You can’t be the only one who reaps the tasty benefits of baking, so here’s an easy recipe for a peanut butter-based dog treat that’ll make your furry friend wag their tail (and drool) like nobody’s watching. Our dogs tell us it’s so yummy, they’d bake a batch for themselves at least once a week — if they had thumbs.
Servings: 3 dozen treats
- ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup peanut butter (Note: Check your peanut butter to make sure it does NOT contain xylitol, a sweetener found in some peanut butters, as it is toxic for dogs.)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ¾ cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting surface
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
- Combine the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Add 2 ¾ cups flour and mix on low speed until just combined. The dough should feel soft but not too sticky. If the dough sticks to your hands, add an additional 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until the dough no longer sticks.
- Lightly dust a flat work surface with flour. Turn the dough into the counter and knead it until smooth and slightly elastic, about 1 minute.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick. Using a small cookie cutter, about 2 inches in diameter, cut out the desired shapes and place the treats 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Reroll the leftover dough as needed to cut out more treats. Note: If you don’t want to bake all the treats at once, you can freeze the dough on a parchment lined pan, then transfer them to a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- When ready to bake the treats, place the prepared baking sheet in the oven and bake until the treats puff up and the edges are golden brown, about 20-22 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the treats to a wire rack to cool completely. Store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.