On my blog I like to share the recipes that I make for family and friends, but Ive realized lately that there are two very important family members who often get left out of the foodie fun- my dogs!
So when Emily from Table & Hearth selected peanut butter for Marchs Monthly Ingredient Challenge, I thought it would be the perfect time to make something special for my pooches Chase and Cole. These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats are the perfect little snack for your canine companion, and theyre super easy to make! They would also make a cute DIY gift for any dog lovers in your life.
We adopted Chase in December of 2005 and Cole in April of 2006, both from the Annapolis SPCA. Chase was born at the SPCA but was adopted and then returned all over again by the time he was 4 months old. Luckily, we strolled through the doors of the SPCA the very first morning he was there and we fell in love with that brindle fur and those big brown eyes. He came home with us that day and has been an interesting member of our family ever since. Cole came along a few months later with a similar story of having been adopted, returned, adopted, returned again, and spent two months at the SPCA before finding his forever home with us.
Chase can often be seen adorned with a safety vest and a homemade harness to carry tools, because in my six year olds eyes, hes a work dog. Poor Chase happily complies, although Ive noticed that he has a look of terror every time he sees the safety vest haha! Cole is a big love bug, and even at 92 lbs, thinks hes a lap dog. He often serves as a giant furry pillow for the boys when theyre snuggled up on the couch, its the cutest thing ever!
Both pups are getting older and are starting to show their age a little more each year. The graying of their whiskers, taking a few extra seconds to get up, and a slight limp that never seems to go away. It makes me sad to see, but they are happy, healthy and very much loved. Chase, in particular, is having a rough time right now and was just diagnosed with arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Hes on a new prescription regimen which hes not happy about. I hope these Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats make taking his pills just a tad easier on him (and on us)!
Theyve become quite the lazy little pups over the winter, lounging around most of the day waiting for a squirrel to scamper across the yard or the mailman to pass by. Although they did have a blast playing in the snow last month (and then promptly returned to their place by the fireplace for the remainder of the afternoon).
We often feed them little pieces of cheese or other nibbles from the kitchen, but I thought it would be fun to make something special, just for them. These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats were easy to make and only require 5 basic ingredients. My six year old son and I had fun whipping up a batch for Chase and Cole. He loves helping me in the kitchen and I put him in charge of rolling out the dough and cutting out the treat shapes.
Speaking of the shapes, I found the most adorable set of dog-themed cookie cutters on Amazon. They are small and make the perfect bite-sized pup treat! (Im sharing these because I like them, not because I have any affiliation or ties to the product theyre just cute!)
Do you have any four-legged family members that hold a special place in your heart? If so, I bet they would give two paws up to these dog treats! Chase and Cole give them their stamp of approval and I see many more batches of dog treats being made in our kitchen soon. After all, our pooches deserve a little pampering now and then, right?!
Be sure to check out the other fabulous peanut butter recipes that my fellow bloggers came up with for this round of the Monthly Ingredient Challenge!
- cup smooth peanut butter
- cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 2½ cups flour (I used a gluten free all purpose, but any kind will do)
- ½ cup quick oats
- Preheat your oven to 350* and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Then, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the peanut butter, pumpkin, and eggs. Mix on medium speed until the batter is smooth.
- Next, carefully add in the flour 1 cup at a time, mixing only until blended.
- Add the oats and mix on medium speed until the batter comes together.
- Form a ball with the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it out until it’s about ½” thick.
- Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350* for 10-15 minutes (depending on what size your dog treats are). Store in an air tight container.