It may seem unfair to describe something that I have never tried as delicious, but these homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog treats are the only treats I have given my dogs for over 2 years and they still go wild for them. That’s right, I haven’t purchased dog treats in over two years. Why should I when I can make them easily at home and control all of the ingredients to ensure a high quality product? It’s not just my dogs that will do anything I ask in order to receive a delectable little treat. Over the last year and a half I have dog-sat over a dozen different dogs and not one of them turned up their nose to these treats. Just look at how my normally very poorly behaved pups, Stella and Jake, are sitting so nicely waiting for a treat.
In case you’re not convinced yet that you need to go bake these dog treats, here are 4 more reasons:
- They have a really long shelf life. This recipe makes a lot of cookies so you only have to make them once every 2 months or so. As long as you bake them until they are crunchy, they should last a long time.
- They are inexpensive to make. You may even have all of the ingredients already!
- They make great gifts. Yes, I give gifts to dogs. Their humans like it because they love seeing their pup happy. Use a fun shaped cookie cutter to make the gift even more awesome.
- You can make them in multiple sizes. This is great if you have both small and large dogs, or if you want to make some small treats for training and larger treats for other occasions.
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 cups whole wheat flour
- Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter and cinnamon until smooth.
- Add in flour a little at a time until it has all been incorporated and it forms a ball. This may take a while and require kneading to get all of the flour incorporated.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4″ thick.
- Using cookie cutters or a knife cut out dog cookies in desired size and shape.
- Place on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, flipping over once halfway through cooking time. Cookies should be crunchy and shouldn’t squish at all when touched.
Did y’all really think I could resist using my goat cookie cutter?
Let me know in the comments how your furry friend(s) liked these treats!