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It is so easy to make these tasty Pumpkin Dog Treats using only healthy, nutritious ingredients--no preservatives or additives, just pure wholesome goodness, in under 30 minutes!
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  1. Why We Love This Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe
  2. Ingredients / Shopping List
  3. How to Make the Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats
  4. Tips
  5. Storage Tips
  6. Substitutions and Additions
  7. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
  10. Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe

It is so easy to make these tasty Pumpkin Dog Treats using only healthy, safe, and nutritious ingredients–no preservatives or additives, just pure wholesome goodness. In under 30 minutes, you can spoil your dog with these homemade treats that are pup-approved and loved by even the pickiest pets!

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Why We Love This Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Dogs loved them!
  • Healthy, nutritious treat for your furry friends that doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives.
  • Homemade dog treats eliminate the risk of unsafe ingredients.
  • Bone-shaped cookie cutters are so much fun to work with and come in different sizes.
  • They make great homemade gifts for friends and neighbors who have dogs.
  • Less expensive than store-bought treats and you will feel good knowing exactly what is in them.
pumpkin dog treats in a basket

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure that the pumpkin does not have pumpkin pie spice. Do not use pumpkin pie filling as it has added spices. The pumpkin puree should have no added ingredients, just pumpkin. 
  • Applesauce: You can use homemade applesauce or store bought.
  • Peanut butter: Make sure you use a peanut butter that doesn’t have xylitol in it. Xylitol is toxic to dogs. Most peanut butter does not have xylitol, but make sure to double check just in case.
  • Egg: The egg will help bind the biscuits so do not omit it.
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda: If you have worries about using the baking soda, you can omit it. The treats will still firm up without it.  A dog can safely consume 5 to 11 tsp per pound of body weight, we use 1/4 teaspoon for the entire recipe.
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How to Make the Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats

It is so easy to make these tasty Pumpkin Dog Treats using only healthy, nutritious ingredients. Simply mix, roll, and cut for the best pup-approved treat baked with wholesome goodness (My dogs love these treats!)

  1. Beat together pumpkin puree, applesauce, peanut butter, and egg.
    pumpkin puree
  2. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to the mixture and beat until just combined.
    add flour to the pumpkin puree
  3. Roll out the dough flat with a rolling pin. You will want about 1/4- 1/2 inch thickness
    Pro Tip: Knead the dough together if it hasn’t come together all the way. 
    Roll dough flat with a rolling pin
  4. Use cookie cutter to form bone-shaped treats.
    Use cookie cutter to form bone-shaped treats and spread on sheet pan
  5. Spread on sheet pan.
    Spread on sheet pan.
  6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes. Let cool, and spoil your favorite furry friend!
    Pro Tip: Depending on your desired level of hardness, you can bake shorter or longer than recommended time.
    baked pumpkin dog treats

Tips

  • Make sure you give your dog only pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, which has added sugars and spices.  As with any treat, give your dog these snacks in moderation.
  • If you want crunchier cookies, you can bake them longer. 

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Place these in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: dog treats can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for a few months.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Sub With Squash: Defrosted frozen butternut squash can substitute for the canned pumpkin if you want to try a different flavored dog treat.
  • Flour: In addition to whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, brown rice flour, grain-free or gluten-free flour works for this recipe.
  • For Sensitive Stomachs: You can use sorghum, oat, rice, or garbanzo bean flour if your dog has allergies or sensitivities.
  • Peanut ButterYou can use any non-natural peanut butter or natural peanut butter BUT DO NOT substitute almond butter or any other nut butter, as most nuts are toxic to dogs.
  • Stand or hand mixer
  • Mixing bowl and tools
  • Measuring tools
  • Cookie cutter: I have this set and used the medium size for this recipe. You can use any of the sizes, but you may need to adjust the cook time. 
  • Sheet pan and parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
pumpkin dog treats in a tray

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pumpkin good for dogs?

Pumpkin is very nutritious for dogs. Vets commonly advise owners whose dogs have either digestive issues to feed them plain canned pumpkin to calm their tummies. It is a good source of fiber and also settles their stomach, and many dogs love the taste, too. Even if your dog isn’t having stomach issues, pumpkin is great for digestion and a healthy natural ingredient that dogs enjoy, especially when paired with peanut butter in a dog biscuit!

Is peanut butter good for dogs?

Peanut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats, vitamin B, and vitamin E that adds nutrition to these dog treats. Make sure your peanut butter does not have any xylitol, a sweetener found in some brands, because it is toxic to dogs.

Is peanut butter safe for dogs?

Dogs can be allergic to food just like people. Consult your veterinarian or do your research if you have any questions about what to feed your dog.

Is applesauce good for dogs?

Applesauce is rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and calcium, and is beneficial for healthy bones, nails, and teeth. It also supports your dog’s heart health.

Are eggs good for dogs?

Eggs have great protein, fatty acids, and multiple vitamins that are good for dogs.

Can I use regular flour for this recipe?

If you only have regular all-purpose flour, you can certainly use it, but I prefer to use whole wheat flour because it includes vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

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Pumpkin Dog Treats

Serves — 20
It is so easy to make these tasty Pumpkin Dog Treats using only healthy, nutritious ingredients–no preservatives or additives, just pure wholesome goodness, in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together the pumpkin puree, applesauce, peanut butter, and egg.
  • Mix in the whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat until just combined and then roll out dough on a floured surface. Knead the dough together if it hasn’t come together all the way.
  • Cut the cookies using a bone-shaped cookie cutter and evenly spread them out on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, until they reach your desired level of hardness.
  • Let the treats cool completely before serving to your favorite four legged person.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Place these in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: dog treats can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for a few months.
Tips:
  • Make sure you give your dog only pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, which has added sugars and spices. As with any treat, give your dog these snacks in moderation.
  • Make sure your peanut butter does not have any xylitol, a sweetener found in some brands, because it is toxic to dogs.
  • If you want crunchier cookies, you can bake them longer.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 967IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. I have a dog treat maker machine. The recipes are usually more like batter. Do you think I could use this recipe for the machine

  2. I have made these twice now for my two small chihuahuas. They are very picky eaters but they love these.

  3. Hi. I have wheat bran instead of whole wheat flour. Have you ever tried it with that? Would love to substitute it.