Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Use leftover canned pumpkin to make these 5-ingredient homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats! They’re super easy to make and the perfect fall treat for your furry friend. 

Since making these homemade peanut butter dog treats last year I’ve decided that homemade treats are where it’s at. They’re so easy and inexpensive! And although I personally haven’t taste-tested them, I know they taste pretty good because Olive and all her friends gobble them up like they’re going out of style.

Olive’s birthday is coming up next month. She’s turning eight, which is so crazy. I remember the first week we got her. Isaac was living in DC at the time, in a grad program to become Montessori certified, and I was caring for an 8-week-old puppy, in a new city by myself. It was so hard and very much life consuming, but also the best thing ever.

She’s our baby and naturally, we don’t want her to get older. Hence the reason we always request the puppy cut when she’s groomed. The longer she looks like a puppy, the longer we can deny that she’s getting older.

Overhead shot of homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats on a wood surface.

That said, her birthday IS coming up whether we choose to accept it or not, so I thought it would be fun to make special fall-themed pumpkin dog treats with pumpkin puree and cinnamon to celebrate. Who says humans are the only ones who can enjoy pumpkiny treats?

Maria and I tested making a pumpkin-based treat without peanut butter, but the batter was really wet and sticky, even with extra flour so we settled on a peanut butter and pumpkin mixture, which worked perfectly. I honestly think dogs will like this flavor combo better than plain pumpkin anyway so it’s probably for the better.

Homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats on a wood surface.

I made some mini ones using a tiny dog bone cookie cutter because they’re the perfect size for Olive and small breeds, but I also I purchased a larger cookie cutter and made some bigger bones for Olive’s friends.

I couldn’t possibly wait until her birthday to give her a sample so she’s already taste-tested a few and loves them.

Puppy eating a homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treat.

We shared some of the larger bones with Alyssa’s pups, Chloe and Maverick, and they were big fans as well so I think we can officially say they’re pup-approved!

Overhead shot of homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats in a clear mason jar.

I know it’s a little early to start thinking about the holiday season, but I wanted to mention that homemade dog treats are a great gift idea. Last year I made a few batches of these peanut butter dog treats and gave them as gifts to my friends and family who have dogs. They look really cute packaged in a mason jar with a label and ribbon. Just a thought if you’re looking for some cute gift ideas!

If you make these peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes

Description

Use leftover canned pumpkin to make these 5-ingredient homemade peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats! They’re super easy to make and the perfect fall treat for your furry friend. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine flour, peanut butter, pumpkin and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add stock and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick. Once combined, use your hands to press the dough into a ball. Place dough ball on a flat service (with a sprinkle of flour if needed) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. Dough should be about ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into desired shape and place on ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 18+ minutes or until golden brown and hard to the touch. The baking time will vary based on the the size of the treats. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

*Be sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol as it is dangerous for pets.

  • Method: Bake

Have you ever made homemade dog treats? What flavors does your pup love? Olive is a huge peanut butter lover, just like her parents. 😉

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    40 comments
  1. Can’t wait to try this recipe, I buy tiny cookie cutters to make puppy treats for my friends. love to bake and this way I won’t eat them. lol

    I did make the doggie treats from my Fannie Farmer cookbook and they last months, it’s October now and the are little hearts from valentines day.

  2. I tried a few homemade recipes and this was the only one I could get to come out right. My dogs love them!! But I made them six days ago and stored in a Mason jar, and today the remaining treats have mold spots on them. Do you think I used too much broth? Or didn’t cool long enough? I’m not the most experienced cook and tend to mess up alot of recipes hehe. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!!

    • I’m so glad that they turned out well for you, Lori. In terms of the treats getting mold on the, I think it could be that they didn’t dry out completely while baking or that they didn’t cool long enough. To prevent this next time you can store them in the fridge or freezer. Tne thing to note is that they’re not going to last as long as store-bought treats because we’re not adding and preservatives.

  3. Can I use regular milk as a substitute for the broth? I don’t have any almond milk either. I have a 3 year old husky mutt named Oddball that really needs these treats as they would provide him some extra fiber. My daughter and I would really appreciate suggestions. Thanks!

  4. Just got done making a batch! Sooo good. I am putting two more batches together! Easy quick and I always try what I give my digs! NOT bad!

  5. I added a bit of ginger to my batch. As it helps with anxiety problems, (i.e dogs who can’t handle car rides, or staying home by themselves.)

  6. OMG! I just tried this recipe ♡♡♡ it is perfect! I needed a quick and simple recipe for a puppy birthday party gift and found your site! Totally loved it! I couldn’t help popping a few into my mouth! The cookies turned out so so good! I will definitely make this again! ♡

    • Sorry…I read it somewhere that cinnamon if given in large quantity can be toxic for dogs few months back. Today I did a new search and I see postings that ground cinnamon is not harmful to dogs…so it is all good.

  7. I already make a peanut butter and oats treat for my Boston Terrier Gidget. She absolutely loves them. I am sure she will love these too. Thanks

  8. Not cookie related, but do you know of a dog friendly icing that hardens on cookies. I know in the States there are products you can buy online but I am in Africa, which means we it will cost me an arm and 2 legs

  9. Hello! I would like to make these treats for my dog’s friends too! I was wondering how long til they go bad? Thank you!

    • I keep mine in a container in the freezer so they do not spoil. I give them to my Honey straight from the freezer and she loves them. For the dogs that don’t like peanut butter then try using shredded carrots. I do that once in a while for a change.

  10. hi! my dogs both hate peanut butter so I was wondering if I can just leave it out? I know I could replace with another type of nut butter but do you know how just leaving it out completely would affect the recipe? Also, do these turn out crunchy or chewy? thanks for the great recipes!

  11. My little guy can’t have the store bought treat anymore so I’ve been looking for healthy all natural alternatives. I will have to make these for him and I can’t wait! Thank you for sharing this. Pinning! xo

  12. Looking forward to trying this recipe but would you have recommendations for replacing the whole wheat flour with something else? My dog does better when she avoids wheat products.
    Love your blog!

  13. So I made these with almond milk as I didn’t have any stock on hand and didn’t bother with the cookie cutter (it is Canadian Thanksgiving and I don’t have a lot of kitchen space as a result of making all sorts of goodies and side dishes) and my husband ate them … said that they were “the best cookies I had make in ages”!

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