It’s almost Thanksgiving, and seasonal scents of pumpkin and cinnamon have been wafting through our houses as we sip hot cocoa and enjoy the end of Fall…. or not. In reality, we have been insanely busy with work and other obligations, and can barely squeeze in time for a get-together with our friends. There are no seasonal scents wafting through our small NYC apartments, and if there were, we would hardly have time to notice! Realizing that we need to stop and enjoy the feelings of the season a bit more, we thought it would be fun to whip up a batch of delicious pumpkin dog treats with Minnie and spread the Thanksgiving cheer.
These treats are really easy to make and Minnie had a blast cooking them up. The dough keeps its shape as it bakes, so you can create any pup-inspired shapes your pooch desires. Better yet, these treats are grain and gluten-free, which makes them even easier on our dogs’ tummies. Our favorite part of homemade dog treats is that we know there are no artificial ingredients, food coloring, or preservatives in them, so we can feel good about feeding them to Minnie.Check out the recipe below!
We were inspired by this recipe on Care2.com. The recipe makes 75 small (1″) dog biscuits, or 50 medium biscuits.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons dry milk
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour – this flour is grain and gluten-free which we love!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk the eggs and the pumpkin together in a large bowl until smooth. Incorporate the dry milk and sea salt, and continue stirring. Slowly add the brown rice flour, forming a stiff dough. Turning the dough with a spatula or with your hands as you add the flour will help the dough to evenly absorb the moisture from the wet ingredients.
Take a bit of additional brown rice flour and coat a flat surface where you’ll roll out your dough to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Use cookie cutters or dog biscuit molds to shape the dough however you like. We used doggy shaped cookie cutters and a silicone bone-shaped mold from K9cakery.com. Place your creations on a cookie sheet and bake for up to 40 minutes, carefully flipping the treats over halfway through.
Since Minnie is a princess and refuses to work too hard chewing, and since our treats were very tiny (again, because Minnie is a princess and refuses to chew anything too large for her mouth), we only needed to bake her treats for around 20 minutes so they didn’t get too hard. There are no preservatives in these treats and they’re full of natural ingredients, so be sure to store them in an airtight container.