The last few days for the cop and I have been quiet and relaxing. After spending last weekend out of town and rushing around, we were really looking easy to spending Saturday and Sunday hanging out at home and getting things in order. Grocery shopping, taking Riley to the park, deep cleaning the apartment and more loads of laundry than I can count. The cop spent most of Sunday and watching the US Open, and I was able to get a little baking in.
Some may say that I spoil our dog Riley. But I think it’s just the right amount love. The truth is I spent my ‘baking time’ Sunday actually making dog biscuits for Riley over the weekend. Riley is an extremely food driven dog and we do our best to give him treats without trying to pack the pounds on our pooch. Lucky for us Riley likes healthy treats like apple slices and carrot sticks just as much as he seems to like dog biscuits. This weekend though I wanted to whip him up a special treat, and I happened to find canned pumpkin on sale at my local grocery store for 59 cents. Apparently pumpkin is not a hot item in 90 degree Savannah summers (hot item… get it?).
Turns out pumpkin is actually good for dogs. A small amount each day aids in digestion. These dog biscuits are extremely simple to make and healthy to serve to your furry friend. Here’s the recipe for you all to try at home!
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Adapted from: Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats
Yield: 48 small biscuits Prep Time: 10 minutes Bake Time: 40 minutes
- 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
- 2 Eggs
- 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, peanut butter and cinnamon with paddle attachment.
3. Slowly mix in whole wheat flour, 1 cup at time, until thoroughly incorporated. Dough should be thick and form a ball on your paddle.
4. Spread flour out on baking mat and roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick with a rolling pin. Cut out cookies and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
5. Puncture each biscuit with a fork to allow air to escape.
6. Bake biscuits 40 minutes. Turn oven off at 40 minutes and allow biscuit to cool in oven (about an hour). This will create crunchier dog treats. (Bake 25-30 minutes and cool on a baking rack for chewier dog treats).