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Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

August 27, 2017

Last week we ran out of Tiden's dog treats and I'd been wanting to make a homemade version for some time.  I looked up a few recipes and noticed I had everything I needed already in my cupboard, so I committed that this Saturday morning would be reserved for doggy baking.  After whipping up these super easy wheat-free treats I sat down at the computer to jot down this post. Suddenly pictures of happy pups popped up all over my Facebook feed alerting me that today is actually National Dog Day!  How incredibly furr-tuitous.  I encourage you to try out this super simple recipe the next time you run out of store-bought treats.  Not only are they fun and easy to make, but you'll feel good about giving your loved one wholesome treats baked with love that don't contain any weird ingredients like cane sugar or other chemical additives or preservatives.   



Our pup's name is Tiden, which is a mashup of two of our families previous dog's names (Titus + Baden = Tiden) Lots of people think his name is Titan and that always makes me giggle, but I don't correct them!  



Clay and I recused Tiden three years ago from an organization that had a booth set up at a local farmer's market.  He was 13 weeks old, 17 pounds of skin and bones.  He was sick with a cold and had giardia and worms, poor guy.  We scooped him up and nursed him back to health.  He was a timid little fellow that quickly found his way into our hearts.  The first year of his life I worked tirelessly to provide him with the socialization that he clearly did not get in his first thirteen weeks. We did puppy kindergarten, beginners obedience, intermediate obedience, pack walks, and even nosework training like the police K-9's do!  My trainer Kristi was a total life saver!  I was a bit of a tiger mom when it came to Tiden's training.  Our hard work paid off as Tiden is quite obedient and has learned all kinds of tricks like turning on and off lights, to closing drawers, he can even push the button at the cross walk!  Three years later Tiden still does struggle with anxiety around people, but he's come a long way since we first brought him home. 



Each day Tiden wakes me up by ringing a bell at our back door to alert me it's time for his walk.  He's a joy in our lives and I am so delighted to celebrate him and all my favorite doggy friends out there on today's National Dog Day! 



For this recipe you'll need a large bowl, electric mixer, cookie cutters, and alphabet stamps.  Some puppers are sensitive to wheat, so that is why I chose to use Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Oat Flour in this recipe.  Oat flour is a tad coarser that regular all-purpose flour, but I found that it was easy to use and came together just like you'd expect.  


Use plain old canned pumpkin, not the seasoned one for pumpkin pies. 



In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon.



Add chicken stock or water as needed to help make the dough workable.  Mix with a hand mixer till the dough comes together.  It should be on the drier and stiffer side, not sticky. 



I like using this Real Simple Nonstick Pastry Mat, because it makes clean up a breeze and the dough doesn't stick. Use a rolling pin to roll out your dough till it's about a ¼ inch thick.  I also love using my straight wooden rolling pin such as this one by Repast Supply Co



Now for the fun part cutting out your dog themed shapes!  Re-roll the dough as you go and use it up till its all gone. 


I collect cookie cutters in all shapes! I found these doggy bones, squirrels, wolves and fire hydrants on Amazon!  



Now if you're feeling extra you can personalize your treats for your doggie friends with their names by stamping the dough with alphabet stamps such as these.  



Tiden's bffs are Royal, Clementine, Bella, Winnie, and Charlie!  I also pricked the dough in some places using a toothpick for a little extra design element. 



Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for about 40 minutes or until hard and crisp.  Cool completely before treating your pup!   



Your treats should keep well for a week if stored in an air tight container. Or honestly I am not sure if doggies really care if they go stale.  Comment below if you've made these or other flavors before!  What's your pupper's name?  Let me know if they loved these peanut butter pumpkin biscuits as much as Tiden did! 



Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Biscuits




2 1/2 cups whole grain oat flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon              

2 tablespoons chicken stock or water, or more as needed




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon.

  2. Add chicken stock or water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.

  3. Empty the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.

  4. Use a rolling pin roll out dough till about a ¼ inch thick.

  5. Cut out shapes using your favorite cookie cutters.

  6. Stamp with your dog's name if you so choose using alphabet stamps. 

  7. Place biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

  8. Bake for 40 minutes or until hard and crisp.

  9. Cool completely before treating your pup!   


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