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 liquid 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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    141 comments
    1. Krystal
      March 2, 2021 AT 6:12 pm

      I cant wait to try this recipe for my dogs! Has anyone tried dehydrating them after baking to prolong the shelf life?

    2. Zena
      February 11, 2021 AT 10:14 am

      About how many treats does the recipe make as stated? My cookie cutter is about 2″x3″ but whatever info you have would be helpful.

    3. Julie
      February 7, 2021 AT 2:15 pm

      My dogs LOVE these!!They can be playing loudly in the backyard and will run to the door when they hear their treat jar open.(3 dog home) I make this recipe in bulk. Because it is a proportional recipe, I use a whole can of pumpkin and then use the can to measure out other ingredients. I freeze 1/2 of the dough in a flattened zip lock bag. I bake the rest freezing half of the baked treat. This way I don’t waste pumpkin and don’t have to mess the kitchen as often. Also my dogs don’t care if they look like little bones etc. so I roll out the dough on silicone baking sheets then use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares. They break apart very easily when baked. (Takes a bit longer to bake but totally worth the time!)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 7, 2021 AT 2:22 pm

        I’m so glad these treats are a hit with your pups!! Thanks so much for making them and for coming back to leave a review, Julie. I so appreciate it!

    4. Judy Zavodny
      February 1, 2021 AT 9:48 am

      I’ve made these dog treats several times. The first time I mad them I put them in an airtight container as suggested. After a week they started to mold. I now put them in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze them. My dog loves them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 3:23 pm

        So glad these treats are a hit with your pup!! They’ll definitely stay fresh longest in the fridge or freezer. 🙂

    5. Andria Louca
      January 25, 2021 AT 2:34 pm

      Hi there, when you say stock do you mean liquid or powdered form? Can I use broth as well?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2021 AT 12:46 pm

        Hey Andira – I mean liquid stock. And yes, broth will work. Sorry for any confusion. I will update the post.

    6. Emily
      January 18, 2021 AT 6:37 pm

      My dog seems to really like this recipe. I’d like to try it with oat flour, since my boy has a sensitive stomach. I know that oat flour doesn’t necessarily substitute to the exact amount as the whole wheat flour. Do you have any advice for how much oat flour I could use, keeping the other ingredients as is?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2021 AT 12:19 pm

        I think you could try it with still 1 cup of oat flour, maybe a touch less as they might turn out a bit drier with the oat flour. Keep me posted how they turn out!!

        1. Emily
          February 1, 2021 AT 7:48 pm

          The switch to oat flour worked well. I made my own oat flour from oats. I used just a wee bit less than a cup of the oat flour.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            February 3, 2021 AT 10:29 am

            Oh yay!! Good to know. Thanks for coming back to share, Emily!!

    7. Keri d Stevenson
      December 28, 2020 AT 3:04 am

      Even my picky dogs lived these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 28, 2020 AT 9:54 am

        Ahh, this makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for the review, Keri.

    8. CeeCee S.
      December 21, 2020 AT 5:17 pm

      For the holidays, I made cookies for our Charlie Doodle and his furiends. These are a huge hit! I made small treats using cookie stamps to be festive! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 22, 2020 AT 6:39 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad these cookies were a hit with your pup! Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

    9. Zoe Pollak
      December 15, 2020 AT 11:31 am

      Hey! I’m wanting to make these and mail them to a friend out of state. Will these be safe to mail or will they get moldy? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2020 AT 2:14 am

        Hey Zoe – I imagine these would be just fine shipping as long as they’re sent in an airtight container and packaged properly. 🙂

    10. Cassie Sorensen
      December 13, 2020 AT 5:50 pm

      My 4 labs Lovedddd these. Super easy, great recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 9:38 pm

        I’m so glad, Cassie! Thanks for making these for your pups. 🙂

    11. Denise
      December 8, 2020 AT 1:56 pm

      Thank you so much for this recipe.I doubled up on the ingredients adding less stock and more pumpkin purree.my kitchen smelt doggy divine! All made with love for my 2 grand-dogs as a pre Christmas treat.Displayed in air tight mason jars. Keep safe and here’s to brighter days for 2021 x

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 7:11 pm

        I hope the treats are a hit! Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Monique Hails
      December 4, 2020 AT 4:00 pm

      This is a fabulous recipe! Thank you for sharing..my dogs LOVE them ❤️🐾❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 4, 2020 AT 6:24 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad!!

    13. Liz
      November 22, 2020 AT 9:42 pm

      Great recipe! Very simple and quick to put together. My dog loved it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 23, 2020 AT 10:42 pm

        Yay, I’m so glad these treats were a hit!!

    14. Crystal picard
      November 17, 2020 AT 4:52 pm

      My dog loved them going to make again for friends who have dogs

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:25 pm

        Ahh yay, so glad your pup loved these!

    15. Aimee Hughes
      November 14, 2020 AT 7:28 pm

      Hi – can I use regular flour? That’s all I have in hand!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2020 AT 8:02 pm

        Hey Aimee – That should work just fine.

    16. Suzanne
      November 13, 2020 AT 2:15 pm

      I made these today. The pups just love them. So easy to roll out and the 1/4 inch thickness had them bake up brown and crispy. Pinned this recipe to make again. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 13, 2020 AT 4:03 pm

        So glad they were a hit with your pups, Suzanne. 🙂

    17. Jenny
      October 17, 2020 AT 3:06 pm

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

      1. Kimberly McLaughlin
        October 31, 2020 AT 10:31 am

        horrible receipe so inaccurate.

        1. Brittany Mullins
          November 1, 2020 AT 3:36 pm

          I’m very confused by your comment. Can you explain why you think the recipe is horrible?

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

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

    18. 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. 🙂

    19. 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.

    20. 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

    21. 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.

    22. 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. 🙂

    23. 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.

    24. 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. 🙂

    25. 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.

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