Not that long ago I was busy making an indoor cat garden for my two sphynx cats, Lion-O and Miss Kitty. If you’re curious about sphynx cats you can check out my post about them. Anyway, I digress. My girl Kira, over at A Hot Mess Homestead pointed out that I should make something for Bacon too. So I put on my thinking cap and realized that the thing Bacon loves most in the world is…pumpkin. Like she goes crazy for it! Which is handy if she ever has an upset belly because pumpkin is the hot ticket for situations like that. So the seed was planted to make up a batch of pumpkin dog biscuits for my girl Bacon.
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Isn’t she adorable? I know I’m biased but look at that sweet face! She truly is my heart. The best thing is coming home after a long day at The Day Job and having her greet me at the door. She shows up nub wagging (she doesn’t really have a tail) and she always brings her toy to show me. I say show me as I’m not allowed to touch it, that would be rude. But she always shows it to me anyways.
So first I should give you some background. Bacon is our 6-year-old Frenchie. She’s a complete nutbar who can break into what we call a “bunny-run” at any time. She has so much personality and just loves to be with us at all times. She also loves to be in the garden with me. Especially if I am harvesting peas or beans which she adores and steals on her own if I take too long (according to her) giving them to her. She’s also a seasoned tomato and raspberry
Before I get started with the recipe I just want to take this opportunity to show off a Baby Bacon picture. Because who doesn’t love puppy pictures?
Making dog treats is a perfect excuse for me to bust out my adorable little bone cookie cutters. They are just perfect for making these pumpkin dog biscuits, or any dog biscuits really. The kit comes with three sizes which makes them perfect for just about any size pup! Now that Bacon is big, I tend to use the smallest cookie cutter if I am making a richer treat. For these pumpkin dog biscuits I am going to use the big one.
So let’s look at the aforementioned pumpkin dog biscuits which Bacon is quite fond of. These little guys are super easy to make and she just adores them. Which in my books is a win-win situation! I’m also excited because it gives me a reason to try out my fancy new rolling pin with depth markers. No more guestimating thickness for me!
Now that I am appropriately armed with my cookie cutters and rolling pin let’s begin! First things first you need to make sure that you are using pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling. We want these cookies to be healthy and pumpkin pie filling is not what we are after. Delicious though it is.
Now that we have established the pumpkin requirements, we need to get the oven up to temperature. So let’s set that to 350F and then we can focus on the ingredients. Grab your favourite large mixing bowl. Mine is this gorgeous retro-looking bowl, made in Portugal that I snagged at Winners.
Into your large bowl, you are going to want to add all the dry ingredients. So that would be the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, rolled oats and cinnamon.
Now grab yourself another bowl for your wet ingredients. Add in the pumpkin, chicken brith, vegetable oil and egg. Give it a good stir until it is all incorporated.
Add the wet ingredients to the big bowl and using your hands (after you have washed them of course), go ahead and mix everything together until the dough forms.
Dust the counter with flour and roll out the dough until it is 1/2″ thick.
Then you can go ahead and cut the cookies out in whatever shape you would like. Place the cookies onto a parchment covered baking sheet.
Bake them in the 350F oven for 30-40 minutes. Bacon is trying to wait as patiently as she can, but she really just wants to eat all the cookies like now.
Well they’re done so now to see if Bacon loves them.
Hopefully, your pup enjoys these as much as Bacon does.
Now she’s looking at me like this, waiting for another cookie!
Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
- Mixing bowl
- Cookie sheet
- Rolling Pin
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 ½ Cups All-purpose flour
- 1 ½ Cups Whole wheat flour
- ½ Cup Oatmeal
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Pumpkin puree (Make sure it's not pumpkin pie filling)
- ½ Cup Chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 Egg
- Remove any pesky pots or pans from the oven and then preheat to 350F.
- In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.
- In another bowl combine the chicken broth, pumpkin, vegetable oil and egg.
- Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Using your hands, mix in all of the flour until a dough forms.
- On a floured surface, roll the dough until it is 1/2” thick.
- Cut out the cookies using your choice of cookie cutters and place them on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
What is your dog’s favourite treat?