Holiday baking doesn’t just have to be for humans, right?
We are proud owners of two fur babies…a 6 year old cat and a 1 year old puppy. While kitty is a well-seasoned family member (and well accustomed to the reprimands of pilfering people food), our new puppy is still all puppy. He loves to chew sticks, lick every part of your face, and chase his tail.
Treats, we’ve found, are extremely useful for training. Thank goodness for those tiny square Milkbone-like treats you can break into pieces.
Pup at two months, when we adopted him, and pup now on his one year birthday, about to devour a homemade “pupcake.” He tolerated the birthday hat like a champ.
I’ve been making the same cut-out dog treats for years (for my parent’s fur baby), but wanted to try something different. Since we have tons of pumpkin in the freezer, I thought I’d put it to good use and try a new recipe and method. Here’s what I did, and I can’t wait to test them out with pup tomorrow!
Mini Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
*Please note these are NOT gluten free. If you have Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance, please bake carefully. 🙂
2 c. white flour
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. water
3/4 c. pureed pumpkin
1 Tbsp. plain or vanilla yogurt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease two to three large baking sheets.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until a sticky, well-combined dough forms. Drop small (one-ish-inch) “biscuits” onto the trays. Fill each tray. These biscuits don’t rise much, so they don’t need lots of room between them on the trays. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Before and after baking.
Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. I love glass mason jars! These store best in the fridge, for up to two weeks. Be sure to label as puppy food, not people food. 😉
Treat your pup!
Bundle helped me put all the little mini treats into a large quart jar and the rest into a small ziplock bag. I can’t wait for play time tomorrow — we’ve been working on a game called “Hide the Treat” where he must sit and stay while Bundle or I hide a treat, and then on command, he hunts for the hidden treat. So fun!
If you can’t tell, we are loving dog-ownership! Hope your furry friends enjoy this recipe as much as ours does.
Update: Pup loves the new treats! He sat and tolerated the camera for two whole minutes just for one treat! Glad these are a winner with him.