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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A pile of peanut butter pumpkin bone shaped dog treats on a wood surface, sitting in front of an open jar of the treats.

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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    107 comments
    1. Jenny
      October 17, 2020 AT 3:06 pm

      A Coon Hound, Husky and Great Dane all approve this recipe!
      Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2020 AT 3:26 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad these doggie treats were a hit!

    2. Janet W
      October 5, 2020 AT 12:06 pm

      I haven’t made these yet (but will be this afternoon), but your readers should know that they should check their peanut butter label and ensure the brand they are using does not have xylitol in it. Some peanut butters have it, and it is toxic to dogs! Others use sorbitol, which is ok. Better yet, use a natural peanut butter. This is important to note, so could you update your recipe?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 6, 2020 AT 12:07 pm

        Hey Janet – I note that in the recipe card. 🙂

    3. Sandra
      September 21, 2020 AT 3:12 pm

      My dogs love this recipe, even though they’re extremely picky eaters! The first time I made it was too hard for them however, as they’re older Chihuahuas with little teeth; so the second time around I doubled the wet ingredients and kept the dry ingredients as is, and it came out perfect for them!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 1:49 am

        So glad your pups enjoyed these treats!! Thanks for making them, Sandra. I appreciate it.

    4. Gretchen
      September 15, 2020 AT 9:08 am

      Made for my Son pups, one has a sensitive stomach, hope these work better than store bought.
      Thanks Gretchen

    5. Gretchen
      September 15, 2020 AT 9:03 am

      How long will these keep ?
      Do they need to be refrigerated??
      Thanks Gretchen

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2020 AT 3:00 pm

        I would keep them in the fridge. They should last 1-2 weeks stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

    6. Melisa
      August 31, 2020 AT 6:39 pm

      How long will these keep for? I just made them and the dogs like them. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2020 AT 8:09 pm

        So glad they’re a hit! They should last 1-2 weeks stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 🙂

    7. Michael
      August 16, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

      I made them for the second time I just wish they got Harder.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 3:22 pm

        Hey Michael, You could probably bake them a bit longer to try and crisp them up a bit.

    8. Bree
      July 22, 2020 AT 5:38 pm

      Doggos loved it and it was the perfect consistancy 😁 Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2020 AT 11:21 pm

        Yay!! So glad they were a hit. 🙂

    9. Ashley
      July 13, 2020 AT 12:25 pm

      How long do the dog treats tend to last? One similar recipe I used, the leftover treats molded after a week

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 12:38 pm

        Hey Ashley – They should last a few weeks depending on how they’re stored. They’ll stay fresher longer if stored in the fridge or freezer.

    10. Kari
      June 21, 2020 AT 4:43 am

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 21, 2020 AT 6:59 pm

        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.

    11. Roxane
      June 18, 2020 AT 9:08 am

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2020 AT 1:58 am

        So glad these cookies are a hit with your pup, Roxane!! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    12. gisella
      May 28, 2020 AT 3:14 pm

      I made this wonderful treat recipe and my dog and all my neighbors’ dogs loved them!

    13. Leanne Russo
      May 20, 2020 AT 2:43 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 21, 2020 AT 3:37 pm

        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. 🙂

    14. Olivia Williams
      May 17, 2020 AT 10:44 pm

      Thank you for this awesome recipe!! What can i use instead of broth??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2020 AT 10:55 pm

        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!

    15. Shelly Westergard
      May 9, 2020 AT 10:58 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2020 AT 9:18 pm

        Ahh I love it!! So glad these treats were a hit! Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    16. J krieger
      April 30, 2020 AT 10:30 am

      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 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 10:47 pm

        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

    17. Kellie Cox
      April 20, 2020 AT 6:31 pm

      I made this recipe but instead of adding broth I puréed half a banana with tsp of water. Turned out great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2020 AT 1:29 pm

        So glad these doggie treats turned out for you, Kellie! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I appreciate it!

    18. chelseamaesmenu@gmail.com
      April 6, 2020 AT 8:15 pm

      OMG these dog cookies look great! I love your photography and the recipe looks great — the addition of cinnamon is so unique!
      Thanks so much for sharing. Your site is beautiful!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 7, 2020 AT 12:34 pm

        Thank you so much, Chelsea. 🙂

    19. Jennifer Tidmore
      April 4, 2020 AT 11:20 am

      Made them and he loves them

    20. Sara
      April 2, 2020 AT 7:06 pm

      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.

    21. Allison
      March 27, 2020 AT 3:39 pm

      I made these for my Saint Bernard and he loves them! They’re drool worthy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2020 AT 3:31 pm

        Yay!! So glad he loves these treats!!

    22. Sue DeBord
      February 26, 2020 AT 10:58 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 2:06 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad these treats are a hit with your dogs! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it.

    23. Nancy
      February 13, 2020 AT 7:42 pm

      Can unbleached white flour be used instead of wheat flour?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 14, 2020 AT 2:00 pm

        Hey Nancy! I haven’t tried it, but that should work just fine! Let me know if you make these and how they turn out. 🙂

        1. Sara
          April 2, 2020 AT 7:07 pm

          I used AP flour and it was fine

          1. Brittany Mullins
            April 2, 2020 AT 11:19 pm

            Awesome! So glad they turned out for you. 🙂

    24. Shannon
      February 8, 2020 AT 2:28 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 10, 2020 AT 1:17 am

        Ahh I love the idea of heart-shaped cookies for V-day!! 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Shannon. I really appreciate it!

    25. Leeann
      January 28, 2020 AT 9:27 pm

      Can I get the nutrition facts for this?

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