Pumpkin Dog Biscuit Recipe

These biscuits are a fun, festive and healthy treat for your dog.

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A festive and fun treat! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan
A festive and fun treat! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan
Jen R. Duncan

The fall is such a wonderful time of year: The leaves change, the air is crisp and, best of all, we get to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many people. Who wouldn’t love it? Lots of great food, company and so many things to be thankful for. I know my dog seems to be thankful when all the yummy foods are cooking in the kitchen. She sniffs around like crazy at all the delicious smells, and all the visitors who have come just to pet her — or so she thinks.

My dog is part of our family and wants to be included, too. This Thanksgiving-themed recipe specifically for dogs is a perfect way my pet — and yours — can join in the fun. It uses the most iconic ingredient of fall: pumpkin.

Canned pumpkin lines the shelves at supermarkets to make all kinds of fall-themed human treats, but did you know that pumpkin is actually a healthy food for dogs to eat? This treat helps them get all the benefits of pumpkin in an easy, storable way: a dog biscuit. You can also package these pumpkin biscuits up in — dare I say it — “doggy bags” for your guests who have dogs at home or joining you. Instructions for the “doggy bags” immediately follow the recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and assemble the ingredients.

Mmm, pumpkin, honey peanut butter! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

Mmm, pumpkin, honey and peanut butter. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.

The dough will get fairly thick, so you may have to knead it with your hands. To prevent it from sticking, put some flour on your hands. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

The dough will get fairly thick, so you may have to knead it with your hands. To prevent it from sticking, put some flour on your hands. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

3. Once ingredients are mixed into a thick dough, generously sprinkle some flour on a cutting board and roll dough out flat.

Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

Use flour as needed to prevent from sticking. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

4. Use your favorite cookie cutters to shape the dough into biscuits. Place shapes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

I chose pumpkins and dog bones--what fun! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

I chose pumpkins and dog bone cookie cutters — what fun! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through completely.

Into the oven they go!Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

Into the oven they go! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

6. Let cool completely before giving to your dog.

Delicious and healthy pumpkin treats! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

Delicious and healthy pumpkin treats. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

Festive Doggy Bags

Materials:
cellophane bags or sheets
ribbon
construction paper
scissors
marker
fake, decorative leaves (optional)

Instructions:

1. Lay out your materials.

Lay out your materials. I chose some fun, glittery leaves that I found at a local craft store! Photo Credit: J.R. Duncan

I chose to use some fun, glittery leaves that I found at a local craft store. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

1. Spread out the cellophane sheet and stack your treats in the center. (If you are using bags, put the treats in the bag).

I used a sheet of festive cellophane, but craft stores often have small bags too. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

I used a sheet of festive cellophane, but craft stores often have small bags, too. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

2. Bring the corners of the sheet together to create a makeshift bag, then tie ribbon around the center to hold the treats in. (If using bags, just tie ribbon in a spot just above the treats).

I tied a single knot with the ribbon to hold it in place, but next I will add the tag and leaf. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

I tied a single knot with the ribbon to hold it in place, but next I will add the tag and leaf. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

3. Cut a tag or any desired shape from the construction paper and use a marker to write a little note or greeting for the treat recipient. Cut a small hole in the tag to loop the ribbon through.

I also cut a small hole in the leaf to loop the ribbon through. Love the fall colors! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

I also cut a small hole in the leaf to loop the ribbon through. I translated “woof” from dog to human on the tag. Love the fall colors! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

4. Tie the ribbon (now with tag and leaf) into a bow and curl the ends of the bow with scissors.

Now your homemade treats are ready to give as gifts! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

 

This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack and should only be a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

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