How to Spoil Your Dog in 45 Minutes: Homemade Peanut Butter, Bacon and Pumpkin Dog Treats

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Dogs are some of my favorite people. Usually happy, eager to please, content to accept things (and people, for that matter) for how they are, rather than how they might wish them to be. They’re excellent foot warmers (especially our male Lab, Bently, who likes to lie under the coffee table), they help keep the floor clean in the event of spills, and they try to lift your spirits when you’re feeling blue. And here’s the best part. They don’t ask for much at all in return. Just skritches behind the ears, tummy rubs, the occasional stick or ball throwing, a run to the dog park on the weekends, and maybe a tug of war game or three. Oh, and if you could put the TV on Dogs 101 every now and again, that would be cool too. Vala (our female Lab) is addicted to that show. If it’s on, she’s glued to the set for the entire hour, excepting commercials. No dogs in those, so she doesn’t care about them (well, maybe the dog food ones with David DeLuise. He always has big dogs in those). But the thing they want most, at least if mine are any indication, is TREATS!

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Store bought treats are usually accepted pretty well by both of them, but sometimes it’s nice to do a little extra for them. OK, OK. You got me. My dogs are spoiled. Plumb rotten, completely and totally spoiled. Worst part is, they know it. Bently has an entire recliner that he’s claimed for himself. If you sit in it, be warned. He will probably try to join you. Vala, on the other hand, owns the middle cushion on the couch. She doesn’t mind if you sit next to her, as long as you let her use your leg for a pillow. So yeah. They’ve got a tough life. And today, it’s going to get tougher. Today, they get to try homemade treats for the first time.

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Making the treats is really easy.  All you need is whole wheat flour, a couple of eggs, some peanut butter, some canned pumpkin and five or six bacon strips. Chop the bacon up super fine in your food processor so it’s easier to mix throughout the dough.

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Combine everything into a large bowl and start kneading. Seriously. Get in there and mash and squish and knead that dough until it’s been kneaded within an inch (2.54 cm for our metric readers) of its life, or until everything is thoroughly combined.

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Once the dough is mixed, form it into a ball and get out the rolling pin. Smack it a few times to show it who’s boss, then start rolling. You’ll want to roll it out to about 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch (0.3175 cm to 0.635 cm) thickness. Once you’ve got it flattened, break out the cookie cutters and get to cutting. You can use any shape you want. Some folks like hearts, some like stars or snowmen. Use whatever works.

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I happened to have a bone shaped one we found somewhere for a dollar, so that’s the one I used. They’re dog treats, after all. A bone seemed best. Arrange them on a baking sheet as close together as you like. They’ll puff up a bit, but they don’t spread out, so make the most of your cookie sheet real estate and cram those suckers on there. As you go, just roll your dough scraps back into a ball, flatten it out again and continue pressing out cookies till all the dough is used. I have a couple of oddly shaped ones, but no dough was wasted in the making of these treats. Hey, that’s kind of a big deal for me!

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Pop the treats into your oven that I completely forgot to tell you to preheat to 350 F (177 C) and bake them for 20 to 30 minutes (20 to 30 minutes. What? I’m converting units over here! Gotta be consistent.). The longer they bake, the crunchier they’ll be.

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Once they’re cool, feed them to your no doubt drooling fur baby post haste. They’ll thank you. And then immediately beg for another. Be strong though. OK, just one more though, alright?

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How to Spoil Your Dog in 45 Minutes: Homemade Peanut Butter, Bacon and Pumpkin Dog Treats
 
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There isn't really anything in these that makes them "toxic" to humans, they are dog treats... and aren't for human consumption.
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Recipe type: DIY Dog Treats
Serves: 45 treats
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ Cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (we used creamy)
  • ⅓ Cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked and finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together by hand until mixture is uniform. If it’s a little crumbly, add a little bit of water. If it’s sticky, it’s too wet, so add a little more flour.
  3. Form the dough into a large ball, then roll out into ⅛th to ¼th inch thickness.
  4. Cut cookie shapes, or you can just cut it into strips.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Shorter for softer, longer for crunchier. It all depends on what your dog likes.
  6. Allow them to cool completely before feeding them to the dogs.

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21 Comments

  • Kim says:

    I love the sound of these. I will try them but I can not use whole wheat flour because Tyson is allergic to wheat. So it’s white for him.

    • Nerds and Nomsense says:

      We’ve made it from both, and the white flour version seemed to be just as tasty – or at least that’s what our dogs think. Let us know how Tyson likes his treats!

    • Buddha Dog says:

      Try replacing the wheat flour with chickpea flour or brown rice flour, much healthier than white flour and excellent for dogs (like mine) who have allergies.

    • hazel says:

      “Wheat” and “white” are the same — both wheat flour, whether “whole” wheat or white flour. Both have gluten.

      Maybe try oat flour (grind oat flakes in blender), but buy oats that aren’t processed where wheat also is processed.

      You also might be able to use coconut flour or almond flour, but check whether your dog might be allergic to almonds. Almonds and coconut do not contain gluten unless they are processed with wheat, rye, and/or barley.

  • Barb says:

    Kim – Just to be clear, white flour has wheat in it too. It’s made from wheat, it’s just bleached. It’s all wheat unless you are using potato flour or rice flour or something similar. And then the recipe would probably not work, you would have to fool with it to get good results.

  • Dee says:

    I make these w/ 1/2 white & 1/2 wheat. I have also made them w/ rice flour. It takes more flour when you use the rice flour – the mix is very wet w/ these ingredients.
    The dogs ate all of them but my schnauzer liked the 1/2 & 1/2 better. I did the rice for our shih tzu and she gobbled them down so must have tasted okay. My husband tried both — he said they were good. LOL

  • Tricia Hicks says:

    How do you store them? I make a recipe with just whole wheat flour & sweet potato baby food. I bake and cut into squares. (Too lazy to roll out) I’ve always stored them in the fridge but they get kinda gooey.

  • Jen says:

    I made small batch to try these out for the first time last week for our beloved and always-hungry Bella, and by this weekend I was making them again! She LOVES them! I added a little water the first time because the dough was dry, and this time I added an extra egg. Bella-tested, Bella-approved! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Jen says:

    These are my dog’s fave homemade biscuits, and I promoted your recipe on my blog:
    http://www.stepintherightdirection.org/2013/12/the-yummiest-easiest-to-make-dog.html

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Lori says:

    Just made these and my lab gunner is crazy over them!! Super easy and obviously super awesome!!!!!

  • Maria says:

    I have a little chi and would need to freeze batches. Do these freeze well? He loves them but can’t let him eat too many 🙂

    • Nerd HQ says:

      To freeze these treats properly mix the dough and cut out onto cookie sheets, then place them in the freezer till frozen, remove and store in ziplock bags till you’re ready to use them. Let them sit out on the baking sheet while your oven preheats so that they can thaw a little bit. You may need to bake them a little longer – so just keep an eye on them.

  • bambi says:

    Great recipe! Ok for human consumption…healthier than regular cookies! LOL
    We love our dogs(^..^ too) and want them to have only the BEST!

  • Desiree Champine says:

    This recipe should be tweaked for the flour- no dog should be eating wheat anything, nor corn or soy; and somehow these are the main ingredients in most dog foods (check the ingredients lists!).
    Great alternatives for wheat flour are listed in this article – http://pets.thenest.com/type-flour-good-dogs-12871.html

  • Mary S says:

    I have made these three times already. My dogs love them. Mikey, my picky eater, gobbled them up. I’ve made them with coconut flour for a friend’s dog who is gluten intolerant and they turned out fine. In my experience with the coconut flour I had to add more egg, pumpkin and peanut butter because the mixture was too dry at first. However, after a few adjustments, I finally had a mixture that would roll out without crumbling too much. The dogs loved them but I do prefer the whole wheat version in terms of ease of making.

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