A Holiday Treat for your Furry Friends


Since Christmas is this week, I’m sure you’ve gotten all your holiday shopping done (unless you are a major procrastinator like me). But, have you remembered everyone on your list? I’m betting there might be one (or a few) that you’ve forgotten… that’s right, your dogs!

This year, make sure your four-legged friends feel special and loved on Christmas morning by making them their very own homemade dog treats. I found this recipe via the Damn Delicious blog, and it couldn’t be easier. I was recently able to whip up a batch of these in a matter of minutes (all with ingredients I had on hand) and my dogs couldn’t wait until they came out of the oven to sample their goodies. And of course, once they got their paws on one, they couldn’t control themselves (think repeated sitting, rolling over and speaking until they got another one).

Leroy with tree and treat

Depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use, you can get dozens and dozens of treats out of one batch, perfect for making plenty for your pooches and gifts for all their friends.

This year, be sure Santa comes to your canine companions by making them some homemade dog treats!

Treats on baking sheet

Leroy and Penny give these homemade treats four paws- Poodle approved!


Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats


2/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth

2 large eggs

3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed


Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-­high until well combined, about 1­-2 minutes.

Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3­-4 times until it comes together.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4­ inch thickness.

Using cookie cutters in the shape of your choice, cut out shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-­25 minutes. Let cool completely before serving.

Note: Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats.


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