Spoiling the dog with pumpkin dog treats: Day 1

dog eating pumpkin cookiesDoggie desert. My dog Victor has it for breakfast. (So do I … human dessert, I mean). Bring on the homemade dog cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pumpkin dog cookies.

Brace yourself for four days of dog treats from dogtrotting.net. I’ve been pinning recipes like crazy on the dogtrotting Pintrest board for two years and now I’m giving them a go, in true fall pumpkin crazy style.

The dog cookie cutters (affiliate link) I bought from a dog rescue booth at Dog Tales Festival spurned my enthusiasm. After picking up the list of ingredients I need, I discover one set back: I don’t own a rolling pin. I don’t recall ever owning a rolling pin.

That’s how much I bake.

This should be good. So after making a ‘rolling pin run’ to the local hardware store – yes, it’s the closest store to me in my semi-rural world – I warm up easy, with a three-ingredient recipe:

dog pumpkin and peanut butter cookies3-ingredient Easy Pumpkin Dog Treats

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

½ cup peanut butter (NOT containing Xylitol – that’s poisonous to dogs)

1 ¾  whole wheat flour

Mix all three ingredients in a bowl. A mixing bowl with paddles works best but I don’t have one (no surprise), so I mix it by hand and form a giant ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. I start with bone shape because it’s cute.

Bake at 350 degree F on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn them over the last two or three minutes so the bottoms don’t burn.

dog pumpkin and peanut butter cookies on trayVictor loves them. He’s actually a picky eater, and he’s been under the weather recently so I’m glad to see him eat. He loves them so much I can’t get a good photo. He grabs one after another from the plate I want him to sit in front of and moves out of frame. He gets at least four until I give up trying.

These biscuits are going in the next rescue organization bake sale fundraiser. If I ever get asked to participate in a bake sale fundraiser… until an hour ago, I was that girl without a rolling pin.

Up next: Pumpkin Dog Treat #2, adding egg.

Interested in making your own dog treats?dog cookie cutters
Check out the cookie cutters we used here: Wilton Dog Shape Cookie Cutters on Amazon.com (affiliate link) or in Canada on Amazon.ca (affiliate link).


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