Nov 27, 2017

Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cookies

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. Her 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.


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


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-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!

Chloe mastiff rottweiler
Sasha rottweiler

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.

Homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

Homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

Homemade peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies

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