You don’t have to wait for Halloween to try out our pumpkin dog treat recipe–one that’s easy to make and uses items you probably already have in your pantry. Incorporating pumpkin and that dog favorite, peanut butter, these homemade dog treats feature seasonal ingredients and just take a few minutes to make!
This recipe, which appears in our The Healthy Hound Cookbook, has been one of our most popular–not only with the numerous magazines which have run the recipe but with the dogs who have enjoyed the finished product!
It was even included in USA Weekend–with our dear Irie as our model!
What Kind of Pumpkin Should You Buy?
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.
Want to make your own homemade pumpkin from scratch? We’ve got a recipe on making pumpkin puree.
How to Make Pumpkin Dog Treats
This recipe is quick and easy to make–and involves no special equipment.
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 used pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters but you can use any shape then placed them on a greased cookie sheet.
Recently I started subscribing to Martha Stewart Living 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 peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats completely before serving or refrigerating. You can refrigerate the treats for about a week or, if they’ll be around longer than that, freeze part of the batch.
Be warned: the smell of these treats baking is frighteningly good! You just might have to test one before giving it to your dog!
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (organic if you have it)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup water as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except the water then add it sparingly since the amount of water will depend on the oil content in the peanut butter.
- Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into fun shapes.
- Bake on cookie sheets for about 20 minutes then remove and cool. Be sure to cool the treats completely before serving or refrigerating.
Looking for More Pumpkin Dog Treats?
Here are more easy (and yummy) recipes for using that pumpkin puree to create healthy homemade treats.
Pumpkin Mini Muffins
- 1 2/3 cups rice flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 ¾ cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray three mini-muffin tins or line with parchment papers.
In a large bowl, mix rice flour, baking soda, and molasses then add pumpkin puree, oil, and eggs. As needed, add water until mixture is consistency of mashed potatoes.
Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of mixture into muffin cups.
Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before serving or refrigerating.
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, warmed to room temperature
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking soda then add butter, egg, ginger, and pumpkin. Mix thoroughly.
Turn out dough on a floured surface and knead until completely combined. Roll out dough (thinner for a crisp consistency, thicker for chewier biscuits) and cut with cookie cutters.
Place cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet on the middle rack of the oven; bake about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before serving or refrigerating.
Paleo Liver Dog Treats
- 1 pound chicken liver
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease mini muffin tins or line with cupcake liners.
Puree chicken livers in blender. Once pureed, add eggs, butter, and pumpkin. In a large bowl, mix puree with flours and baking powder.
Partially fill muffin tins with mixture and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely before serving or refrigerating.
Poochie Pumpkin Pupcakes
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease muffin tin or line with cupcake baking cups.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients; mix thoroughly. Pour batter into cupcake holders and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and transfer cupcakes to cool on a wire cooling rack. Cool before frosting or serving.
Looking for more recipes? Download one of our free dog treat cookbooks!
Cooks: Don’t miss our My Dog Says I’m a Great Cook™ cookbook with over 100 dog treat recipes from the publishers, readers and fans of DogTipper! This paperback book is available in our YUCKY PUPPY gift store!