Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treat Gifts
You've picked out lovely Christmas gifts for your two-legged pals but what about your furry four-legged friends? Aren't your puppy pals just as important as your human buds? Seth and I don't have a dog of our own but I still think of my family's doggy as "mine" and I miss having her around, even though she is crazy.
My family adopted a black lab springer spaniel mix in Summer 2004. We named her Montana because my dad say, "She's a big dog so she needs a big name," and because Montana is my family's favorite vacation destination. As you can guess, because she is a lab/springer mix she is hyper. All of the time. Despite her not so angelic behavior, I do miss having her around the house. Just recently she has started taking an interest William and whenever he cries, she attempts to lick his face. Because slobbery dog kisses always make babies stop crying, right? To thank her for trying her best to take care of William, I thought I would whip up some homemade dog treats as her Christmas present.
Making homemade dog treats is super easy and will make an adorable gift for your favorite pup or puppy-loving human. These treats are super soft so they are good for big and small dogs alike. You will need just a few things and a few minutes to make these cute little treats.
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 almond milk
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup quick oats or rolled oats
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour + more for rolling
First, preheat your oven to 325° and grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Then, in the bowl of an electric mixer, using the dough hook attachment, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Add in egg and almond milk and mix well. Slowly add in baking powder, oats, and whole wheat flour and mix until dough comes together.
Do not over mix.
The dough will be fairly tough but if it seems too tough, add a splash more milk or alternatively if it is too soft and sticky, add more whole wheat flour, one tablespoon at a time.
Turn your dough out onto a well floured surface and roll to 1/4" thickness with a floured rolling pin. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on prepared pan. You will get around one dozen treats, depending on the cookie cutter size.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Once cool, tie small bunches together with twine or pretty ribbon; just be sure to remove the ribbon before feeding your pup.
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