Why should humans get all the tasty fall desserts? Treat your pup to these Soft Baked Peanut Butter Pumpkin homemade dog treats and let ’em revel in the season with you!
This post first appeared over at Sugar & Soul where I’m a contributor.
News flash: I am a HUGE fan of fall.
OK, so browsing this blog for even a minute will bring you to that realization. I’m as basic as it gets when it comes to the cooler season. Pumpkin lattes, caramel apples, hot cider, crunchy leaves, cinnamon candles. The list goes on, right down to cute seasonal bandanas tied around my Mini Aussie, Vader’s, neck. Yes, folks, I even get my pooch in the spirit.
So, why wouldn’t I bake him some sweet fall homemade dog treats to go along with my own?
JUST TAKE ME TO THE HOMEMADE DOG TREATS ALREADY!
If you’d rather skip my (pretty darn helpful) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy healthy dog treats recipe, just scroll right on down to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card!
These are as simple as they are cute!
They’re made up of seven ingredients you very likely already have in your pantry (pumpkin is questionable but very easy to find!)
Knowing what’s inside the snacks you give your pup is pretty comforting. There are no confusing, overly-wordy words on a nutrition label that’s way too long to worry about.
They’re also super versatile. You can make them any shape, as big or as small as you want, bake them a bit longer if your dog prefers crunchy treats.
You could even drizzle them with a warmed up peanut butter “glaze” if you’re feeling fancy.
I kept them on the smaller side for Vader, who has a touch of separation anxiety.
My hubby and I like to treat him (some would say ‘bribe’) when we leave the house, and the smaller size is a sweet little promise that we’ll see him soon.
Of course, I’m sure he wouldn’t think twice about eating the whole tray if I set it on the floor for him. He’s a big fan of these!
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Soft Baked Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup natural peanut butter plus more for drizzling
- ¼ cup chicken broth or skim milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- ½ cup rolled or quick-cooking oats
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, peanut butter, broth/milk, and egg. Mix well.
- Add 2 cups of flour and baking powder and, using a rubber spatula, mix until combined. Stir in oats.
- Continue to add flour 1/4 cup at a time until dough is no longer sticky, kneading on a floured table top if necessary to incorporate flour.
- Turn dough on to a table and use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to create shaped cookies or a pizza cutter to create squares or logs. Re-roll scraps until all of the dough has been used.
- Place cookies on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on size,) then use a spatula to flip cookies. Bake for an additional 7-13 minutes, adding more time for crunchier cookies.
- Remove from oven and drizzle with some warmed peanut butter if desired. Cool the cookies completely before treating your dog!
You know what other HUMAN treats your pup might enjoy with you?
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Aww I love this! We get BarkBox delivered for our pups every month and we LOVE it but every now and then the treats are not a hit. This would be a perfect substitute! What dog doesn’t love peanut butter?? ?❤️
how do you store these after baking?
Sarah Skilling says
Thank you for this recipe! I made these with rice flour (wheat allergy) and they turned out great! Do you have storage directions? How long can they be stored while refrigerated? Frozen?
Rachelle Leech says
How much peanut butter? You have 1/2 peanut butter. 1/2 C, 1/2TBSP, 1/2tsp, which is it? Thank you
Oh my goodness, how did I miss that! I’m so sorry, Rachelle – it’s 1/2 cup of peanut butter! Thanks for bringing that to my attention!
Becky DeLeon says
Recipe says 1/2 cup
I made these for my dog and he loved them. I replaced some of the wheat flour with oat flour and they still came out great. My dog would also eat the whole tray if I let him! This recipe is going to become one of my regular ones. I’ll be making it again soon! I love the photo of your dog – totally adorable.
I’d love to make for my dog’s & the drizzle looks so nice but I don’t see instructions on how to make it. Did you just nuke some peanut butter with milk?
Oh goodness, you’re so right, I didn’t! I actually just warmed the PB a bit in the microwave and drizzled it on – no milk required. Thanks so much for pointing out my flub! 🙂 Hope your pupper loves these!!!
What can I sub the oats with??
cynthia calvert says
how are these stored? Fridge or airtight container on counter??
J Cox says
I made,and tried to get my 3 Yorkshire terriers to eat them.All 3 turned their noses up at them.Waste of time ,energy,and money.Will NEVER make these again.Guess I’ll throw them out for the squirrells.Maybe they will eat them.
Hi J! Thanks for taking the time to leave such constructive feedback on this recipe – I’m so sorry your pups didn’t care for these treats. I guess it’s sort of like human food – not everyone likes everything (if someone tried to feed me goat cheese wrapped in kale, I’d turn my nose up at it, too). Hopefully, you find a recipe more suited to their tastes. Have a great week!
How do store the cookies?
Minnie, I made these for our dog around Christmas and just died them in a ziplock bag, as they didn’t last long(the offshoots after them up) so I would reccomend an airtight container otherwise I think they would dry out and get hard.
I want to put the drizzle on these but I am concerned about the drizzle drying and then cracking. Does this happen? Thanks!
Hello Faith! The drizzle is just a bit of warmed up peanut butter. In my experience, I’ve never had that happen as long as the treats are stored in an airtight container. I hope your pup loves them – thanks for stopping by! xo
My three year old daughter and I made this for our pup. It was a great thing to do together and they turned out amazing…our dog loves them!
Tracy DurrettDurrett says
I don’t have wheat flour can I use regular all purpose?
my dogs love them , even my picky one!! and he has not teeth so they are perfect for him.
Yay Monita, I’m so happy to hear this! Having grown up with elderly dogs, I know how hard it is to find wholesome soft treats for them – I’m glad I could help make your doggies’ day!
Hey Erica! Do the biscuits freeze well? I made them once and they didn’t last long enough to try to freeze! My boys loved them.
Hi Susan – these treats freeze very well, and I actually would recommend it if you’re making a large batch that won’t be eaten within 4-5 days (since they’re fresh and tend to mold after a week). Just pop them in a freezer bag and pull out a few at the start of the day, so you can treat those sweet pups whenever the mood strikes. 🙂 I’m so glad your boys enjoy them – thank you so much for the feedback!
I loved these treats! They were an absolute win!! It makes a large batch and everyone I ended up giving them to loved it for their pups!
Would you know how long they last frozen by chance? TIA!
My dogs love these.
Carol S. Sheppard says
These are wonderful! My dog loves them, throwing them up in the air and playing with them before wolfing them down. They are perfect for a senior dog and healthful, using stuff I had in my pantry.
This is the second time I have made these. My two Chihuahua’s love them! My older one has a sensitive tummy and these work out well for her. I made them a little thicker than my last batch so the inside would stay softer. I freeze them after they cool and just pull out a couple at a time. Takes about a month to go through a batch for my doggies.
I roll mine out into a large rectangle and use a pizza cutter to cut them in to the size I want. I bake them just like that. When they come out of the oven they break apart really easily and wha-la, done! I use a convection oven for even baking and no need to turn them over.