13th Day of Christmas: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I posted these last year in honor of my childhood dogs birthday. He was a special dog who treated us like his charges. He often took it upon himself to referee us as children so you could count on him to bark at us should we be fighting. Jordache (we named him after the jeans) pretty much loved having children around mainly because they were low to the ground and seemed to have goodies all the time (from his perspective, not ours). He was notorious for gently snatching a cookie out of my youngest sister hands and on more than one occasion finished off that soggy cereal you get when you don’t eat it fast enough. I know, I still shudder to think my mom had no idea and that bowl got reused by one of us though dogs are supposed to have cleaner mouths than us. Still.

Jordache never got to try these treats but I know he would have loved them as he enjoyed peanut butter quite a bit and hunted us down whenever we had it. Though he also did that when he heard those Kraft Singles wrappers being opened so there was no account for taste with him.

What You Need:
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (Creamy)
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I used Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)


Mix It Up

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.
  3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Feel free to cut them into fun shapes for your dog.

I was curious the first time I shared this whether pumpkin is actually good for a dog? As it turns out it is a good source of fiber and great for their digestion. But should you’re dog have health problems like allergies, you should consult your vet before feeding it to them.

Always use pumpkin puree because it being pureed breaks down the cellulose allowing both cats and dogs to digest it without issue. Also never buy the pumpkin pie puree because it has spices dogs cannot eat.

No sugar, which isn’t good for furry babies but you can add raw honey. Honey is a natural antibiotic and is very soothing to the dogs stomach. And in one recipe I found they added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon which is only a tiny amount per treat. Cinnamon can help with diabetes, arthritis and prevent infections… in pets and people. But remember for both pets and people it should be small amounts.

And despite what our pets want these are treats and should never replace regular meals. Of course, if your pet has special dietary needs you should talk to your vet before you furry baby gets to partake.

And like last year, here is Jordache to make things festive.


Yes, that candy cane was his Christmas present that year.
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