These easy, three-ingredient pumpkin peanut butter dog treats are pup-approved and perfect for fall!
It’s time that you all meet Lily. Our little fur baby is the sweetest part of the Howard family. We adopted her just over a year ago from a local animal shelter, but it feels like she’s been a part of our family for much, much longer. We had been dogless for about 6 months and knew it was time to find a new family member.
We searched PetFinder for adoptable dogs and scoured Facebook for all of the local adoption events. Our shelter had a photo up of an adorable beagle, so my husband scoped out the shelter after work one day to meet him. We went back on Saturday to meet this dog together, but when we arrived he had already found a new family. Then we saw Lily – a beautiful, energetic, loving dog that looked so lonely in her kennel. We took her for a walk, played some fetch, and were instantly in love. We signed the papers and took her home that morning. She responded so well to her shelter-given name, so she’s been Lily ever since.
What we know about Lily: Lily’s about four years old but has the energy of a puppy. She has the softest fur, loves to cuddle, and loves attention from any human. She chews hard on her Kong or gently on her soft, squeaky toys and has never chewed on anything that was not a dog toy. She loves to play fetch and zoom around our yard. She dreams about squirrels and tries to jump our 6-foot fence to get to them. She’s quite a jumper! Her only dislikes are baths, rain (an outdoor bath!), and nail trims.
I love to buy treats for Lily and look for wholesome treats made of ingredients I can pronounce. Lily is very food motivated, so treats have helped immensely in her training! When I had some pumpkin puree leftover after making these pumpkin cream puffs, I decided to make some homemade treats for Lily. I’d like to say that these pumpkin peanut butter treats are her favorite, but she’s never turned down a treat of any kind… She also loves these blueberry banana frozen dog treats if you’re looking for something else to make for your pup!
How to Make Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
These treats are so easy and only have three wholesome ingredients, so I feel good about feeding them to Lily. Start by mixing together pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and whole wheat flour together in a bowl. Roll out between two sheets of parchment paper (the mixture is a bit sticky, so the parchment paper minimizes the mess).
Cut into squares using a knife, or any shape you want using a cookie cutter. Place on a nonstick or foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 to 35 minutes. 20 minutes will yield soft baked treats, 35 minutes gives you crunchier treats. Let me know how your dog likes these!
Looking for another dog treat recipe? Try these blueberry banana frozen dog treats!
If you make these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats for a special pup in your life, leave a comment and a review below and let me know what they thought!
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on your counter. Add the dough place another sheet of parchment paper on top. Using a rolling pin, roll until desired thickness. Mine were about 1/4 inch thick.
- Remove the top sheet of parchment paper, cut with a cookie cutter or knife and place the pieces on a nonstick or foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 20 to 35 minutes depending on the thickness used and the desired crunchiness of the treats. 20 minutes will yield soft baked treats and 35 minutes will be more crunchy.
I made these treats for my miniture foxy who is a little piglet, She would eat herself to death idf you let her. My vet said she had to lose 2kgs which is a lot for a little dog. He said to bulk up her meals with psyillum husks and tha would help to make her tummy feel full. So I made these treats to serve up with her kibble, I put 1/2 cup of psyillum husk and 1/2 cup of flour. My goodness she loves them, even he staffy loves them as well. Thanks so much for the recipe.
She loved every little crumb. I have a dog that looks like the black & white dog on the site Would you happen to know what breed – I rescued her – I would love to know. I will be back Great recipe.
My dogs love these! Do these have to be refrigerated or anything after they bake to stay good?
Thank you for this recipe!! My dog – pom/spaniel mix – came down with pancreatitis recently and the vet suggested pumpkin to help with digestion. He hated pumpkin and he’s never liked peanut butter , but absolutely loves these treats. He looks forward to getting a couple after every walk.
My 10 month old pup absolutely LOVES these cookies! We use them as “high value” treats when training more difficult tasks like recall. I use the rim of a shot glass as a cookie cutter so they’re smaller treats. I love that the ingredients are natural too; thanks so much for a great recipe!
Unfortunately, my dog passed this year so at the moment I don’t have any furry kids of my own. But the neighbor dogs love me and several of my kids and friends have four-legged family members. I decided to make these cookies for them as Christmas gifts. I made small ones for the small dogs and large ones for the big dogs. They loved them! I will save this recipe and use it again. Hopefully soon for my own dog.
I’m so sorry to hear of your dog’s passing 🙁 It’s super sweet of you to make these for other furry friends in your life! I’m glad they loved them as much as my pup does!
I have a Pom-Chi, who is very picky, and a Pitt bull puppy and they LOVE these treats! I had to substitute with all purpose flour but they came out great. I love how the dough is not sticky, easy to handle and roll out. I’ll be making these all the time. Thank you for the recipe!
I’ve been using this as my base recipe for more than a year now. I tweak it from time to time with various extras but always use this ratio as my base. A friend of mine calls them Canine Crack Cookies. Best recipe I’ve found. Thank you and well done! My Carolina Dog watches the oven like a television while they cook. 🙂
Just made these, but with oat flour, for my pit bull/boxer rescue and he loves them! He goes just as crazy for them as he does his pup-eronis. Only wish the dough was easier to handle and shape with cute cookie cutters 🙂
My dog loves the treats. I didn’t have whole wheat flour, so I used gluten free flour and made up the rest with rolled oats. If you bake them crispy do you think they would keep longer on the counter?
I think making them crispy will likely help them keep longer! Let me know how it works out for you!
My dog loves these treats!! I made them for Christmas will definitely make more 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!!
Great site! I wanted to share with those who were asking:
Whole wheat flour can be substituted for floured oats, chickpea flour, almond flour or my favorite, Cassava Flour, to make these treats gluten free and low allergen risk for pets. Cassava Flour is made from the Yucca plant root, and has the added bonus of having anti-inflammatory properties! Most can be used on a 1:1 substitution, just adjust as needed. Happy Ba(r)king!
Just discovered your web site and love the look of things, the clear instructions that think of everything, and beautiful photos. Regarding the dog biscuit recipe, I wish it weren’t wheat flour, even though whole grain, because wheat flour is not the best for dogs. Has anyone tried with better grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oat, barley?? Don’t see why you couldn’t, right? 🙂
Hi Cherie! I just happened to have whole wheat flour on hand for these, but it’s a good idea to try out some of the other flours you mentioned!
i haven’t tried it yet but all the whole wheat flour in my town is sold out can i use coconut flour in this recipe or others?
I actually have never baked with coconut flour before. It’s worth a shot, but I’m not sure how it will work out. If you do try it, let me know how it goes!
I am about to give these a whirl. How long do these keep? Will they be OK out in a jar or should they go in fridge? Thank you!
I generally keep them on the counter for a few days, but would refrigerate if keeping for longer!
This looks amazing. I haven’t been able to find whole wheat flour for a few months. Do you think I could substitute oat flour?
I think that oat flour would probably work!
I made these last night (quarantine baking). My dogs LOVE them. They even ate a little raw dough and were so happy. Only issue was they were too dry to roll out and cookie cut. I just sliced with a knife ultimately. No big deal. Simple recipe I’ll definitely keep!!
Made these today and my dog loves them! Thanks so much for the recipe! I was wondering if these can be frozen? It would be nice to make up a whole bunch of them and freeze some for later.
Hey Debra! I can’t think of any reason they can’t be frozen. You may want to try baking for a few minutes when they’re thawed to make them a bit crunchier if they don’t seem crunchy enough. Glad your dog loves them!
These dog treats look so delicious! My dog loves the combo of peanut butter and pumpkin. I can’t wait to try. Thanks so much for sharing — your pictures are beautiful, too!