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Friday, October 11, 2019

Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Today's post is sort of stolen.  Before you turn me in...it's from my other blog - Turtles and Tails. But I can't imagine any place it would be more relevant than here.

homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

My dogs absolutely adore these peanut butter pumpkin cookies. I make them at least once a month - with four dogs in the house we go through A LOT of cookies. They're cheap and easy to make, and they're healthier than most of the treats in the stores - only 5 ingredients (plus 2 more for the icing) and no extra additives.

These would be super-fun for Halloween with orange or black colouring added to the glaze (make sure it's pet safe!) or cut into ghost and pumpkin shapes.

I will admit that I don't always cut them out into cute shapes - not even the bones. Sometimes I just roll out the dough, then cut it into squares with a pizza cutter. I'll even roll the dough out onto the parchment paper before I cut it, just to save that extra time transferring the cookies to the cookie sheet. It's so fast. And the dogs can't tell the difference anyway.

But please don't mention it to them. I like them to think I'm slaving away.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cookies

(Originally posted November 27, 2017 @TurtlesandTails)

I started my Christmas baking this past weekend, and had some very interested onlookers sniffing around the kitchen while I was working. Unfortunately I was making sugar cookies with royal icing, so no samples for you, puppers.

But while the icing was setting I decided to try my hand at some dog cookies. Our oldest dog, Chloe, is notoriously picky - I always feel bad that she doesn't get as many treats as our younger dog, Sasha, who's like a garbage disposal. Sasha's favourite words are "Clean up!"

homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies


I kept these cookies as simple as possible - you never know what Chloe's going to turn her nose up at on any given day. The recipe is just pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and flour - but you could add just about anything else you like, as long as it's safe for your dog.

Ingredients

For cookies:
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2-3 cups of flour
beef broth

For icing:
2 tbs cornstarch
1 tbs honey
water as needed

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs. Add the flour a bit at a time, mixing until you have a dough that can be handled without being sticky. My batch needed about 2 1/2 cups, but it can vary depending on the flour used or the size of the eggs.

On a lightly-floured surface, roll your dough out to the desired thickness. Chloe is also picky about the size of the treat offered - it truly is like living with Goldilocks - so I made these ones about 1/4" thick. Cut your cookies in any shape you'd like. I used a cookie cutter shaped like a dog bone - here is a cute option that comes in multiple sizes. Right before I put them in the oven, I brushed the top of each cookie with beef broth.

homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

Place your cookies on a greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. I left mine in the oven for the maximum time to get a crunchier cookie.

homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

Let them cool before icing.

To make the icing, mix together the cornstarch and honey. It will seem like it's too dry, but keep stirring! If you add water too soon, the cornstarch will absorb it and you will be left with cement. Once the cornstarch and honey are combined (it will have a peanut butter-like consistency) you can add a few drops of water if you want it thinner.

Put your icing mixture into a piping bag (or a sandwich bag with the corner cut off if you're cheap thrifty like me), and pipe your favourite designs onto the cookies. I went with a basic diagonal squiggle. Refrigerate the cookies to harden the icing faster.

homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

I knew Sasha would like them, but Chloe was the true test. She was a little hesitant at first when the honey smell hit her nose, but she gave it a try and ate the whole thing. I think we have a winner!


A few cookies in a clear treat bag with fancy ribbon to close the top would make a terrific Christmas gift for the four-legged friends and family in your life. I know that's what I'll be doing.

Update: Here they are, all packaged up. I used cellophane cone bags and included both bone-shaped and round cookies with icing squiggles. The finishing touch was ribbon and a fancy name tag. They were a hit!

homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies


homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies
homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies
homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

4 comments:

  1. I have four grand-dogs that would LOVE these! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog tomorrow night.

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  2. These look fabulous. I have been wanting to make some treats for my pup and can't wait to try these. I keep forgetting to get a bone shaped cookie cutter. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

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