Homemade Dog Treats

Silhouette of woman feeding a dog oa treat.

It’s National Dog Biscuit Day! Our fur babies love homemade treats just a much as we do. Show your precious pooch some TLC with this quick and simple recipe to make your very own dog treats at home.

Picture of mass produced store bought dogs treats

Over 160 years ago, dog treats started to be produced on a large scale by a man from Ohio named James Spratt. Spratt traveled to England and started to produced these biscuits. Not until the early 1900’s did these dog delicacies show up in the shape of a bone.

Making homemade treats for your best friend can ensure you know what goes into them- making them healthier and BONUS you save so moolah! Your K-9 will love this recipe made with pumpkin puree and peanut butter.

Dog treats made right in my own kitchen
Dog treats made right in my own kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
    • Eggs are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and fatty acids. They are a great source of nutrition.
  • 2/3 C canned pumpkin puree
    • Pumpkin is a super food for dogs and contains essential micronutrients and fiber. I use organic natural pumpkin puree. You don’t want any spices, sugar, or additives in the canned puree you use. It will irritate a dogs stomach.
  • 1/4 C peanut butter
    • ***Make sure the peanut butter does not contain Xylitol. It is toxic to dogs.
  • 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour

Let’s chat about flour power

You want to make sure you measure flour properly. To do this, use a whisk or fork and fluff the flour. Then, spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level the top with a knife. Humidity plays a huge role in baking. You may need to adjust the flour measurement depending on the weather or altitude where you live.

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Combine eggs, pumpkin, & peanut butter together and mix until well combined.
3. Slowly add whole wheat flour and keep mixing. You may not have to add all of the flour. While mixing, monitor your dough. It should not be sticky. If your dough is still sticky after adding 2 1/2 C, add 1 TBS at a time until it does not stick to touch.
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
5. Use fun cutters to cut shapes.
6. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 19-22 minutes. You want to bake out the moisture. The edges of the cookie should be lightly browned.
8. Let completely cool and then reward your doggo.

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Published by Karen Piehl

I am a wife, mother, friend, artist, baker, decorator, risk taker, mess maker, coffee lover, quirky, creative, and a wonderfully made child of God. I wear a lot of hats in the creative world, but my love and passion is baking and decorating cookies & cakes.

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