My dogs go crazy over these Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats. They’re easy to make and only require 4 ingredients. No special equipment needed, just a bowl and a cookie sheet. Woof!
My dogs, Baxter and Charlie Choc’ate Puddin’ love these treats, but they’re also fun to give as gifts to other dog lovers.
Wrap them up in a little bag or box, and take them with you to share.
Everyone, especially pups, love presents.
Making Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats
First, you need a large bowl to mix all the wet ingredients in; eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter.
Once those are well combined, start adding the flour.
When it gets too hard to stir, start working the dough with your hands.
Lightly flour a surface and place the ball of dough on it.
Knead the dough and keep adding the flour until it’s all in there.
If the dough becomes too stiff, add a tiny bit of water, but seriously, only a tiny bit.
The dough should not be sticky when you work with it.
Ok, prepare your 2 cookie sheets with, for example, non-stick spray or parchment paper.
What shape to make the Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats into.
You have choices here.
First, you can simply pinch off the amount you want for each treat and plop in on the cookie sheet to be baked.
That’s pretty easy.
Or, you can get a little fancier and use cookie cutters, like I did for my Homemade Dog Treats recipe.
For that recipe I used bone shaped cookie cutters, although for my Parmesan Pup Treats, I used regular cookie cutters, too.
For this recipe, however, I tried something new. I grabbed my melon baller.
Yep, I made their treats look like melon balls. Actually, half balls.
I scooped it up against the side of the bowl, which flattened one side.
Oh, and I also tried one of those silicone forms that look like tiny presents, squares and circles, with bows on top. Cute!
Spray some non-stick spray in the melon baller and silicone form if you use either one.
With the melon baller, I still had to give it a wack on the side of the bowl now and then, but they always came out. Ha!
Bake in a preheated oven set at 350° for 20 minutes for smaller pieces, like the melon ball size. You can bake them 5 minutes longer if you want them really crunchy.
For a larger size, like a large dog bone cookie cutter, bake for 30 minutes, then 5 minutes longer for that extra crunch.
Make sure to let them thoroughly cool before giving one to your furry little friend.
Also, keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Do they freeze well?
Yes, they do. Double that batch and freeze half for later.
Or, for those of you with small dogs, you could freeze half of this batch, especially if you make them into small pieces.
Can I substitute pumpkin pie filling?
No, don’t do that. Pure pumpkin is really good for dogs, and pie filling has other ingredients they don’t need.
Can I use organic ingredients?
Absolutely. I do when I have them, or think to buy them.
Nothing is too good for my boys.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with non-stick spray or parchment paper.
- In large bowl, mix eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter.
- Gradually add flour and work into dough. Knead dough adding flour until fully combined. Add tiny bit of water only if necessary.
- Shape treats into desired size using cookie cutters, melon baller, or just pinch off size wanted.
- Bake smaller pieces for 20 minutes, 5 minutes longer if you want them crunchy.
- For larger pieces, bake 30 minutes, and an extra 5 minutes to make them crunchier.
- Store in sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats
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