Don't Leave The Dogs Out

Published on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:01pm

Save money and have fun with these make-at-home dog treats
By James Egolf
"Dog people" are a special breed—no pun intended. We love our dogs, and, like any other member of the family, we like to give them treats once in a while as a reward or to show affection. And as much as the recipients seem to appreciate them, store-bought treats can get expensive. Additionally, many breeds face certain food allergies, making pre-made treats a hit-or-miss proposition.

To save some money and sidestep some food allergy issues, we thought we'd give homemade treats a try. Our first step was to hit Pinterest and see what was out there. We quickly found what seemed to be a popular pumpkin and peanut butter biscuit recipe of indeterminate origin. We think it started at dessertfirstgirl.com, but variants have popped up nearly everywhere—three different versions showed up in our first search result.


The recipe

Here's the recipe we followed. We like that it keeps costs down by using ingredients easily found at home or the local market. While our dogs are members of the family, we didn't want to negate any money savings by driving all over looking for exotic or difficult to find ingredients.

TIP: When gathering ingredients, keep any known food allergies in mind. For instance, a similar recipe from famed dog trainer Cesar Millan suggests using other flours if your canine companion has wheat allergies. Since both of our dogs do better with a wheat-free diet, we decided to sub out the whole wheat flour for almond flour.

With two discerning dogs in the house eager to judge the final product, we decided to give it a try. What did our panel of pooches think? Let's find out:


Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients:[1]

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (we used almond flour and had to add another 1/2 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin, either canned or fresh
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix on medium speed until the dough comes together.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4˝ thick. Add a few drops of water if the dough is too stiff, or a touch of flour if it's too sticky.
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until the cookies are dry to the touch.
  6. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

So, how did they turn out? The panel gave them two paws up.