Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats are so easy to make! Just four simple pantry ingredients and the pups just love them!
If you are anything like we are, we love our dogs. We think of them as furry family members and they are very well loved. They are also pretty spoiled, especially in the treat department.
These Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats recipe makes 4 dozen treats, but the recipe can be easily doubled and half of the dough frozen to bake another time. The perfect way to spoil your pups!
Why Make Your Own Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats?
Our family is full of dog people. We don’t necessarily have anything against cats but two of us that live in this house have some pretty bad allergic reactions to them, so we limit our exposure.
We have two dogs that live here in our house permanently. One is a spunky puppy with limitless energy and the other is a rescue Pit/Lab mix who is terrified of the world but is a devoted, loving, snugglebutt when it comes to our family. We also take on rescue puppies several times a year so there are always dogs in our lives.
Do Dogs Like Homemade Treats?
Our dogs are like our family and because of this, we cook for them too! They are happy to be my taste testers, no matter what I am making. Their favorites are Two Ingredient Dog Treats (Small Batch) – probably because there are so many flavor combinations – and these Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats.
These are made of just four ingredients and the pups love them. We have been making them for years and they make awesome gifts too!
About the Ingredients
- Pumpkin Puree – Pumpkin puree is usually found either in the canned fruit aisle or the baking aisle of the grocery store. Be careful not to buy pumpkin pie filling by mistake – it is full of spices and sugar. You just want plain pumpkin puree. The 15 ounce can is enough to make a double batch. I usually double all of the ingredients and freeze half of the dough for another time. When ready to use just thaw in the refrigerator, thaw and roll out!
- Smooth Peanut Butter – peanut butter in moderation is good for dogs and they absolutely love it. It can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin. Recently, some peanut butter manufacturers switched to using the sweetener xylitol, a sugar substitute often found in sugar-free products. Xylitol is toxic to dogs so be sure that the peanut butter that you choose to use does not contain xylitol.
- Whole Wheat Flour – while you can use white flour, whole wheat flour is a much more nutritional choice. It does contain gluten, which can be a trigger for allergies in some dogs, so if you know that your dog has a grain intolerance you’ll want to use a gluten-free flour. Check out this article on Wiggleworthy to explore all of the flours that you can use when making dog treats.
How to Make Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
These are our dogs, Daphne and Poppy. They are probably the most spoiled dogs that I know and one of their favorite things is when we make Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats for them!
Luckily this recipe is pretty quick and easy and contains only four ingredients! Get started by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and setting the racks in the middle of the oven.
In a medium bowl, beat 2 eggs until they are a little bit frothy. Add 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling) and 3/4 cup (or roughly three generous spoonfuls) of creamy peanut butter.
PLEASE NOTE: You’ll need to be sure that the peanut butter does not contain Xylitol which is an artificial sweetener that is poison to dogs. Xylitol can be in an ingredient in sugar free or reduced sugar peanut butter but is not always. PLEASE CHECK THE LABEL!
Add whole wheat flour 1/2 cup at a time, working it into the wet mixture until it is completely combined.
As the flour gets worked in, the dough will pull from the sides of the bowl. It will not be wet.
Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and remove from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
If you want to freeze the dough for a later use, put it into a zip top bag, push out the majority of the air, and store in the freezer for up to six months. When ready to use just thaw in the refrigerator and roll out when ready.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out with a rolling pin until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes (whatever shapes you want!) and place onto an ungreased baking sheet.
You can find cookie cutters in so many shapes and sizes for really cheap on Amazon. Just search dog treat cookie cutters.
Bake the treats at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes for small to medium sized treats. Add up to 5 additional minutes for larger treats but keep an eye on them so that they don’t get too brown.
Allow to cool completely before removing from baking sheet. This recipe makes about two baking sheets full of medium sized treats.
Cool completely before sharing with the pups. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two months or store in the freezer for as long as they last!
Enjoy! Your pup is going to love these!
Here’s Some Recipes For Yummy Human Treats You Might Like
Canadian Nanaimo Bars – a traditional and tasty Canadian treat!
Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies – Salty and sweet with a caramel filled center, they are decadent and delicious!
Fudgy Salted Cookie Bars – a great balance of gooey chocolate and the perfect hint of flaky sea salt!
Butterscotch Ranger Cookies – a little bit of everything when you want something a little out of the ordinary.
Three Ingredient Butterscotch Fudge – Sweet decadent deliciousness – and only three ingredients!
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (1/2 of a 15 oz. can)
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter* Be sure it does not contain XYLITOL
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat two eggs in a medium bowl. Add pumpkin puree and peanut butter and stir until well combined.
- Add whole wheat flour 1/2 cup at a time, working it into the wet mixture until it is completely combined. Dough will not be wet.
- Form dough into a ball and remove from bowl.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes and place onto an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes for small to medium sized treats. Leave larger treats in for up to 5 minutes longer, keeping an eye on them.
- Cool completely before sharing with the pups. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two months or store in the freezer for as long as they last! Enjoy!