Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe


Now that it’s October, we wanted to feature a whole month of special Halloween dog treat recipes. Whether they’re just for you to enjoy at home or whether you’re headed to a doggie party this month, these treats feature seasonal ingredients and, as always, just take a few minutes to make!


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (organic if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup water as needed


The pumpkin you’ll need is canned pumpkin…but not pumpkin pie filling (which has too many spices and too much sugar). You’re looking for just plain, ol’ canned pumpkin. Mine was in a 15-ounce can so there’s plenty more in the refrigerator now for the next batch of treats.

Mix all your ingredients except the water then add it sparingly. Depending on the amount of oil in your peanut butter, you may need the entire 1/2 cup…or not. The dough should turn out sticky but not dry; if it feels dry, you need a little more water. If it’s too sticky (if it’s sticking to your fingers), you need a little more flour.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface; I then used pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters but you can use any shape. I cut the treats out and placed them on a greased cookie sheet.

I started subscribing to Martha Stewart Living recently so I was inspired to take a few extra minutes and get a little fancy with the treats (I think Martha would be proud of me!) I bought a set of tiny Halloween cookie cutters…


…and used them to make indented shapes on the top of the treats:


Next, the treats were ready for the preheated 350 degree oven:


After baking for about 20 minutes, they were ready to take out and cool. Be sure to cool the treats completely before serving or refrigerating. And be warned: the smell of these treats baking is frighteningly good! You just might have to test one before giving it to your dog!


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  • We’ve used a similar recipe for our Husky. The biscuits are baked twice to give them some extra crunch. (And yes, I’ve been known to sample them — but only in between the first bake and the second; the finished product is a little too robust for human teeth.) They keep for a long time, too, and Katya loves them. We’re lucky enough to have pumpkins growing in the garden, so when it’s jack o’ lantern time we cook up a couple and make these with fresh pumpkin. So good!
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    • That sounds so good…fresh pumpkin! I want to make some super crunchy biscuits as soon as the weather cools down long enough to keep the oven on an extended time…I think our dogs would love that! Paris

  • Pumpkin soup…mmm, that sounds so good!

    Our dogs have been eating Proportions dog food lately; it comes with a dry food and then a chicken mixture you pour over the kibble…the chicken mixture is in a pumpkin soup that they LOVE! I’ve got to make some pumpkin soup for our girls!

  • Cara

    Is it possible to substitute mashed cooked sweet potatoes for the pumpkin in this recipe?

    • I think sweet potatoes would work very well! The mashed sweet potatoes might be a little bit drier than the canned pumpkin so you might need to add a tiny bit more water. I’ll bet dogs would love peanut butter and sweet potato!! -Paris

      • Cara

        Just to follow-up, I made the treats with mashed baked sweet potatoes instead of the pumpkin and they came out great! The dogs loved them. The dough was perfect to use with a dog bone shaped cookie cutter.

        • I’m so glad they turned out well…I’ve got to make those for our dogs! This weekend I cooked them (in the slow cooker) some sweet potatoes with chicken breast and they LOVED it!

  • Adriane

    I was just wondering about how long are these treats good for outside of the icebox? I was thinking about making all of my friends with pups some of these as an extra holiday surprise… THANKS! Adriane

    • Hi Adriane, I’d guess 2 weeks without refrigeration? Any treats made with meat I always refrigerate but since these are just pumpkin and peanut butter I’d say they would be OK for 10 days to two weeks in a cool but not refrigerated place! Paris