Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats

I haven’t spent as much time baking since my husband and I adopted an adorable little puppy from a nearby rescue organization. Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles joined us in June 2016 and our lives have not been the same since.

Peanut is now a year old and getting better at entertaining himself so I’ve been able to spend a bit more time in the kitchen lately. He’s not sure why “Mommy” sings (very loudly) and dances (in a very uncoordinated way) to music while puttering in the kitchen, but he’s always glad when the trays of pumpkin oat treats come out of the oven and he gets to sample some after they cool down.

I’ve made these treats a few times, and they have quickly become Peanut’s favourite treat. He’ll do just about anything for one of these cookies. Judging from the excited reaction of his puppy friends when we visit the dog park with a bag of treats for sharing, they also agree.

The recipe is super simple and doesn’t require a stand mixer or hand mixer to make. I use a dough whisk (like this one that I bought from Amazon) and mix the ingredients by hand in just a couple of minutes. If you’re not convinced that a dough whisk is one of the greatest tools in the kitchen, check out this ode to dough whisks by Epicurious.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin (if using canned pumpkin, make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1½ cup whole wheat flour (+ extra for rolling out the dough)
  • 1½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 large eggs

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or a non-stick cooking mat.
  3. Combine the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and stir until a dough forms. Care_70326010
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to approximately ¼” thickness.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut out cookies and carefully transfer them to a baking sheet. Care_70326012
  7. Bake the treats for approximately 38-42 minutes, or until the treats are crunchy.
  8. Let the treats cool completely before serving.

Baking Tips

If you prefer a smoother texture for the cookies, you can grind the oats into an oat flour by pulsing it in a food processor. I sometimes use 1 cup of oat flour and ½ cup of rolled oats.

I use small and medium dog bone shaped cookie cutters; these let me maximize the number of cookies per batch. Using a medium cookie cutter, I get three dozen treats per batch. If you have a larger dog, you might want to use medium and large cookie cutters; this may result in fewer cookies but the treats will be appropriately sized for your pup.

The treats freeze well if you prefer to make bigger batches.

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