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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  1. Last year my girl had 11 puppies! They are about to turn 1 and I am looking for a good recipe to make to add to their puppy presents! Some have to be mailed. How log will these treats last? Do they need to be refrigerated?

    • Hey Kari – These can be stored in an airtight container at room temp, so it should be fine to ship them. They should last a few weeks depending on how they’re stored. They’ll stay fresher longer if stored in the fridge or freezer.

  2. I’ve made these cookies 3 times already and they’ve been an absolute hit. My 1yr old puppy Apollo and his furriends can’t get enough. The neighbours keep asking for more so I end up baking extras and taking them along on walks.
    Really simple to make and super tasty. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Doubled the recipe which worked well, except that it seemed I should keep the liquid to the original 1/4 cup. Used half GF flour (I have celiac), and half pumpkin flour, which I was surprised to find in a market. Added bits of apple as well. Pressed onto a cookie sheet with a silicone liner, baked for 10 minutes, made crosshatch markings with a pizza cutter, baked another 20 minutes and -voila! My 2 year old pup loves these treats!

    • So glad these treats are a hit with your pup, Leanne! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to share your thoughts on doubling the recipe. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

    • Hey Olivia – You can use either milk or water instead of the broth. The treats will turn out fine, they just won’t be as savory. Let me know how they turn out for you if you make them!

  4. Came out perfect. Lovely consistency and my dogs liked them so much they refused to leave the kitchen. I did roll out the dough between sheets of parchment paper and that worked really well.

  5. First time i ever baked dog treats…
    THIS Recipe stood out! So simple and the cinnamon is great addition.All dogs love them.Today I’m baking 4th batch with our Mom’s vintage doggie cookie cutters to send more to my sister’s dogs. Next batch for my pup and the new dog next door 🙂

    • Ahh I love hearing that!! I’m so glad these dog treats are a hit with the pups. Thanks so much for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

  6. I made these last night for my dog. I needed a healthy/ish recipe that I could include his supplements into. I followed the recipe but added one shredded carrot (strained the water) and green lipped mussel supplement powder into it and used AP flour. I would have preferred whole wheat but AP is what I had in my pantry. He absolutely LOVES them and it was super simple to make. I let them bake for about 18-20 minutes and they still had some softness to them making it easier for my senior dog to eat. even had the dough store over night before baking and it came out fine.

  7. I use a pizza cutter, makes it faster and no need to reroll the dough. My dogs are like crack addicts over these cookies!

  8. I made these in heart shaped as a Valentine’s treat for the dogs we watch! My dog just taste tested them and loved them! Can’t wait to give them to the owners as a special homemade treat for their dogs!

  9. Are you sure this is for diabetic dogs..our dog is also blind so I like making special things for her. She is very sweet.

  10. I used up left over pumpkin from Christmas to make Christmas copies for our Labs and a guest Beagle. The Beatle doesn’t like store bought treats but they all loved these! This recipe is better than ones I have made previous years.

  11. These are a gift for a friend, so I made them with oat flour and unsweetened applesauce rather than wheat flour and chicken stock. They did not cook up as dark as yours, but still look very nice. Our 5-year old black Lab Olive loves them!! Thank you. 🐾🐾

  12. Best recipe for dog treats! Easy, easy, easy to make and ROLL out and cut! My girl loves them so much and I love making them for her!

  13. Made these two years in a row now for my friends pets. My boss thought they were regular cookies and ate some. Hahahah he said they weren’t bad!

    • The treats are delicious and the consistency of the dough is PERFECT for cookie cutters which is exactly what I was looking for. The only issue is that when I baked them, the cookies bubbled so the shapes I cut them in got distorted. Any advice for preventing that next time? Thanks!

      • Hey Sara! I’m sorry to hear that! Maybe chill the dough before rolling it out, which should help the cookies keep their shape. Let me know if you try it and how they turn out for you. And I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating! <3

  14. I just made these for my 2 Bichon. Used a tiny gingerbread cookie cutter. The dough was super easy to work with and the dogs love them,

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.)

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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!

  27. 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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