Fall is in the air here in Florida and it’s my favorite time of year. Summers are very hot and humid and when that first hint of cold air hits I’m in heaven. As I also love anything pumpkin, I get doubly excited!
While I’ve been busy finding delicious pumpkin recipes for me to eat, I came across this one for dog treats. I know pumpkin is good for dogs, and I love homemade treats, so I had to share. They really are seasonal sensations – as testified by my doggies Ziggy Stardust, Finn, and Meg, who devoured them! Why not give them a go?
Makes about 20 pumpkin dog treats, depending on the size of your cookie cutter. You’ll need:
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin, either canned or fresh
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter. (Please make sure the one you use DOES NOT contain xylitol as this is toxic for dogs – see which ones here.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl, if possible. Mix on medium speed until the dough comes together.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to a quarter-inch thick. Add a little water if the dough is very stiff, or a little flour if it is too soft and sticky.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the cookies are dry to the touch. You can bake them longer if you want them to be completely dry and hard, but I prefer them to be slightly soft and chewy.
- Let cool on a wire rack before serving to doggies.
I hope your dogs love them, too. Let me know – leave me a comment below. Thanks!