Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies (For Dogs!)

So this is what mama does all day.

All I know is she goes into the kitchen and cooks a BUNCH of yummy-smelling stuff and I can’t eat any of it.

It’s so unfair!

Sometimes, I’ll lay in the middle of the kitchen just so she’ll notice me and hopefully drop something on my head. Or sneak me a piece without Oreo knowing. Since mama likes me best, she’ll probably give me two pieces. But nope, she just steps over me and doesn’t drop anything.

It’s a hard life I live.

I mean, doesn’t she know I work all day? Between howling with sirens to direct them to their destination, barking at the UPS man to tell him what to do, and growling at our evil neighbor dog, Dakota, I barely have enough time for napping or sunbathing.

And when she takes me on our walks, I do so good! It works me up quite the appetite… one which is not rewarded with anything from the kitchen except cottage cheese a couple nights a week (Mom, I promise I’m not knocking the cottage cheese–I love it and it’s awesome and so are you.)

But a dog wants something special every once in awhile for a job well done. I mean, the UPS trucks aren’t going to get chased off by themselves. And I can’t trust anyone else to do the herding and barking, soooo…a guy wants a little reward. Is that so much to ask?

I noticed mama was cooking with pumpkin this past weekend. Did you know pumpkin is good for dog’s digestion? (Are you wondering how I know this? Well, it’s because I’m the world’s smartest dog breed, that’s why. I also know all the numbers of Pi and the real story behind the Bermuda Triangle, but no one bothers to ask me so I never bother to tell them).

Anyway, I have a good mama who knew that pumpkin was good for my sometimes-picky tummy and wanted to make me some pumpkin treats for being such a good barker boy. When I smelled something cooking in the kitchen, I laid right next to the oven to wait for it. This time, it was for me and I was so excited. To show my enthusiasm, I proceeded to bark for ten minutes straight. It was awesome.

I give these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies one paw up (you do know I only have one paw, don’t you??) but I would give them two paws up if I had one to spare. Basically, these cookies are like running through a park that’s riddled with pee smells, catching a squirrel, and going on a Petco shopping spree all at the same time.

Mama insisted on sharing these cookies with you guys and your dogs, so I guess the secret’s out. I know your dog will like them just like I did, unless you’re Dakota, in which case you better not eat any of my cookies, you barking bark.

Oh, and woof woof bark bark woof.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies For Dogs *from THIS recipe at Dog Treat Kitchen

1 can (approx. 1 & 1/4 cup) pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 & 1/2 cups flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly mist two cookie sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, cinnamon and flour with a rubber spatula until blended. Dough will be very soft and sticky.
3. Lightly dust a clean, flat work space with flour. Roll the dough out onto the floured surface to about 1/4″ thickness. Use floured cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place about 1″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating pans halfway through bake time for even cooking. These produce chewy cookies. If you’d prefer crunchier cookies, bake for 5-10 minutes longer, keeping an eye on them.
5. Store cookies airtight for up to 3 days (no preservatives, so they spoil faster). Allow cookies to cool entirely before serving to dogs.
*Small disclaimer: I’ve heard mama say that pumpkin is good for my picky tummy. However, I’m not a doctor (hello, I’m a dog), so I can’t tell you if your canine friend will like these treats. Talk to your doctor about your own dog’s diet. Unless you’re Dakota, then shut up, I hate you, you woofing woof.

I really enjoyed these cookies mama made. She tried taking action shots of me eating them, but I was so eager to eat my cookie that I disregarded her pretty photos and jumped anyway. This is my silly face.

And this is Oreo. She couldn’t give a statement about these cookies because she is too busy begging at the kitchen entrance for food. Also, she eats anything she can, so she’s about discriminating as a garbage disposal.

Mama said Dorothy‘s dog, Ginger, loved the cookie and started prancing around with it in her mouth. I haven’t seen Ginger before, but if I may, I think I’m in love. Ginger, call me. I think we could make puppies together real nice like. 

Anyway, something, somewhere–perhaps a dust mote–needs barking at. I better get to it. Also, do you KNOW how hard it is to type with one paw?



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  1. Beautiful puppies!

    My babies follow me around in the kitchen too. They are easier to step over though. Usually Zeke is hopping on his back legs so I’ll pick him up. It’s impossible to get anything done while holding a 3 lb chihuahua!

  2. Oh my gosh!!!! My Roxy would go crazy for these cookies!!! Where did you get a squirrel and fire hydrant cookie cutter!! Love these! Dogs deserve some lovin to! Oreo is so cute, love that face!

  3. Aww, poor poor Mannie. Or should I say [one] “paw” Mannie. He’s only got 3 legs? Awww <3 I loves him some more now. He's adorable. He looks so happy in the pictures. I love my fur and feather babies. I'm their skin mama! LOL.

    Loving that you cut the cookies in shapes related to his dawgy interests! My dog, Roxi, does the exact same each time I'm in the kitchen. Sits there staring so much that you can feel the 'eyes' on you with that wide-eyed 'puuulleeeaaseee mama' puppy eyed look. How can you resist.

    • I like staring at my mother. I am a herding dog, so I must make sure she’s doing her job in the kitchen. And I told mama that any shaped cutter would work, but she INSISTED we did fire hydrants since I’m a cliche and pee on them; squirrels because I’m in war with them; and pumpkins, or apples… I don’t know, I’m a dog. Thanks Lisa! 🙂

  4. Cutest guest post ever! My pup would love these for sure 🙂

  5. Definitely the best guest post I’ve seen! Doodle loved seeing these doggy pictures–I think he’s ready to move in with you to eat cookies and play with Mannie.

    • Doodle can come play with me and mama anytime. Although he can’t have any of my cookies or else I’ll make more of these silly faces. Per chance, does Doodle like herding UPS trucks? He could be my new BFF.

  6. I love this post Mannie! You are such an awesome doggie. I wish we could get you together with Ginger, but your momma has said you don’t like other dogs very much. Tsk Tsk! And quit it with the barking already, she’s really tired of that. Now I want you to go give her a huge kiss right on the mouth and tell her how much Ginger loved these dog treats and that I’m pinning and sharing this all over the internet. And that I know she secretly put crack in them because Ginger went cuh-razy both times she ate one. ((Hugs))!

  7. Your dog is too cute! I love other people’s dogs. I love to play with them and pet them, but to have one full time is just too much for me. I can’t commit to the walking in the weather and picking up after them. Sigh… No doggie cookies in this house. Maybe I could make them for all the neighborhood dogs.

    • Karyn, if I were a dog in your neighborhood, I’d be so happy! Even though I act too cool for pets from friendly neighbors, I enjoy it! And dogs like me ARE difficult at times. Dog poop is gross and hello, I AM a dog so I would know!

  8. I guess this is one instance where I can tell you that I wouldn’t want to eat your food?! I bet your dog enjoyed it, however!

  9. OMG these treats are SO adorable! You are the world’s CUTEST doggie too! You are so lucky you got to taste some of these yummy pumpkin pb treats. Did you know that pumpkin AND pb are two of my favorite things to bake with?? I feel like I would steal some of these treats from your little paws! 😉

  10. I love you. And pumpkin cheesecake bars. And I’m sure Elvis will kill himself over these treats

  11. I have a “tripod” puppy, too! He had to have his little front paw taken off at two weeks but he didn’t miss a beat. His name is Remy and he is the cutest (with competition from yours), happiest, hyper-est dog!

  12. My two St. Bernard’s and cairn terrier mix loved these thanks!

  13. Would you be able to freeze these and thaw as you needed. Was thinking about making some for my pup for Christmas

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