When you’re busy in the kitchen this holiday season, make sure you don’t forget about your four-legged family members!  This Pumpkin Dog Treat recipe is easy to make with only 6 ingredients, and they are also a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin.  Your dog will definitely thank you!

Dog bone cookies on a table

My kitchen is in a very busy state right now with a flurry of pumpkin recipes flying through.  I have bought so many cans of pumpkin in the past few months that I alone may be largely responsible for keeping the pumpkin puree industry in business.

The only problem with this is that, for a lot of my recipes, I don’t seem to end up using a whole entire can of pumpkin puree.  Which means I have a lot of half-full cans that I don’t want to throw away, but am not entirely sure what to do with them.

Well I’ve found the perfect solution to all of this leftover pumpkin puree — bake it into puppy cookies and feed them to your furry family members!

Dog Bones in a jar

Pumpkin is a dog friendly ingredient that even can be good for their digestive tracts.  I mixed this up with some other dog-safe ingredients including peanut butter (possibly my own dogs’ favorite flavor in the whole world), eggs, flour (I used a mix of whole wheat and all-purpose, though you can certainly use just one or the other), and just a little bit of baking powder.

The dough is then rolled and cut out using cookie cutters — I used two different sizes of cookie cutters from Amazon, but you can use any shape!

Because their texture is harder and crunchier than your average cookie, they take a little extra time in the oven, but mixing them up and cutting them out takes only minutes.

My dogs absolutely adored these pumpkin dog treats, and since they’re so easy to make, you can bet I’ll be making them over and over again!

dog bone cookies stacked on a table

Dog bone cookies on a table
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Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe

When you’re busy in the kitchen this holiday season, make sure you don’t forget about your four-legged family members! This Pumpkin Dog Treat recipe is easy to make with only 6 ingredients, and they are also a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 large or 48 small cookies
Author Samantha


  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer, stir together pumpkin, peanut butter, and egg yolk until completely combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until completely combined (dough will be quite dry).
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to approximately ¼″ thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of dough and transfer cut out cookies to prepared cookie sheet, placing at least 1″ apart.
  • Re-combine any dough scraps and re-roll and then cut out to use all of your dough.
  • Bake cookies on 375°F for 20 minutes for small cookies and 25 minutes for large cookies.
  • Allow to cool completely before sharing with your pet.
  • Keep uneaten cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.


*Please double check the ingredients to ensure that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs. Most peanut butters do not contain this, but always double-check the ingredient list just to be safe.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 72 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Snack
Cuisine American

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Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.
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  1. I was just wondering if there’s any way that I can make them a little on the soft side my baby girl does not like hard treats

  2. Thank you for the recipe! While searching for dog treats I came upon a couple of recipes that call for salt. Why anyone would recommend adding salt to the dog’s treats is beyond me, but very glad you’re not advocating that! Thanks again for the recipe.5 stars

  3. Awesome treats, and easy to prepare. My dog can’t get enough of them. Doubled the recipe for gifts, and worked great!5 stars

  4. I hate to ask about alterations to recipes but my dog gets pancreatitis pretty easily so I’m wondering if I could leave out the peanut butter, or use very little of it. Any suggestions as to how to tweak this a bit so he can still enjoy them? I’m not sure how they’d come out without all the peanut butter so that’s why I’m asking. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Alexis!
      I know this is a year later, but I just came across this and hope you might see this reply.
      If your dog can tolerate bananas, that would be a great alternative to the peanut butter in this recipe! My dogs love the combination. Pumpkin and banana actually go very well together. :)5 stars

  5. I made these dog treats and they look gorgeous! I love the beautification color they are from the pumpkin and the wonderful aroma from the peanut butter makes me want to try them! But I’m giving them as a gift and will restrain myself. I’m drying them a little further on 170° too hopefully make them a little harder. I hope I’m not stepping on my own toes by doing this outside the constraints of your recipe. If it works, I’ll let you know.

  6. I added just a little bit more peanut butter than the recipe calls for but oh my gosh, my dog will not stop staring at me to give him another one. They have all had 3 already!! This is a keeper. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!5 stars

  7. Thanks for recipe.  We adopted a dog that came to us looking pretty hungry.  Then a month later had five puppies.  We named the Momma  Bella!  I know she’s gonna love these treats! 
    Let me know if you have other recipes.

  8. I think my doggym kid and my friends may be getting these pumpkin peanut biscuits for Christmas :-). Thanks for the info and idea.

  9. Try subbing brown rice flour. Our dogs are much. Less gassy even the one without an allergy. We have to refrigerate them but they love them ( I live in a damp place and they mold quickly- which is kinda good, means no preservatives :) )