Festive Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Cookies!

halloween cookies in the shape of ghost and skull

halloween cookies in the shape of ghost and skull

It is pumpkin spice time of year!

I have to admit I enjoy pumpkin spiced things for a little while!  I also enjoy egg nog flavored things near Christmas time (especially egg nog pancakes) and minty things near St. Patrick’s Day!

So I figured maybe we should get our dogs in on some of the festive action!

However, it is critical this time of year to realize that certain spices like NUTMEG are toxic and can be deadly to dogs.

Nutmeg in large doses can actually cause neurologic problems and death in people as well.   For more on that; click here for this news from CBS.

Remember dogs respond with more increased sensitivity to some things!

Be very careful when making your own dog cookies and when purchasing dog biscuits that you stay away from anything that has these “spices”.

Pile of dog cookies over white background

Pile of dog cookies over white background

Most “pumpkin spiced” human goodies actually don’t have “pumpkin” in them at all; they are a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice (which has nutmeg in it) and ginger spices.

But those things are dangerous to our dogs.

And, let’s face it; our dogs have a great sense of smell and therefore a great sense of taste!  They don’t need spices.

But they do like pumpkin and many vets recommend pumpkin because pumpkin is actually beneficial to your dog’s health!

Did you know that pumpkin can help dogs with incontinence and urinary problems?

It also helps with diarrhea AND constipation!

And, the fiber in pumpkin is good for weight loss!

Giving dog a cookieSo here is my favorite pumpkin dog cookie recipe so our dogs can get in on the festive pumpkin fun!

2 ½ cups of flour (wheat flour is better for your dog but any flour will do).

2 eggs

½ cup of canned pumpkin

3 table spoons of peanut butter (what dog doesn’t love peanut butter!)

A pinch of salt if you desire but remember your dog doesn’t need lots of salt to flavor his snacks and salt in large quantities is bad for his kidneys.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter and salt in a bowl.

Add water, if needed to help make the dough more workable, however the dough should be fairly dry and stiff (remember these are dog cookies not human cookies).

Roll dough to approximately ½ inch thick and cut into pieces (or use your favorite Halloween, Fall themed or bone shaped cookie cutter).

Bake in oven until golden and crisp.  Crisp cookies last longer!

Moist cookies need to be stored in the refrigerator and used fairly quickly before they begin to mold.

I like to use a moister cookie if I am giving small gifts (classes or events) or if I will be using them quickly and will refrigerate but use your own judgement!

Not only are these healthy; but my dogs tell me they TASTE GREAT!

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  1. Marg says:

    Allspice is a single ingredient spice like cinnamon or ginger. Pumpkin pie spice contains allspice as one of its ingredients along with cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

    Plain canned pumpkin is great both for its nutrition and for its fiber and dogs love it.


    Minette Reply:

    Actually I googled it and it can have many spices included


  2. Kathie says:

    Sounds great thanks so much for this and all your tips…. Love my puppies…


  3. Lew says:

    Thanks for the recipe and for the harmful spice info!


  4. Patty J Shay says:

    Remember not to use peanut butter with Xylitol, as it is also toxic to dogs.


  5. Lea Smith says:

    Sounds yummy! Remember to check the ingredients on the canned pumpkin AND the peanut butter. Look for the purest products without added sweeteners or sugar. I would love to see recipes from those who love to cook.

    Thank you Chet for sharing your knowledge with us, and for all that you do for our animals.


  6. Jim says:

    Makes me wanna wag my tail!


  7. NH says:

    Just be sure that the peanut butter you use does NOT contain XYLITOL. It is a sweetener also deadly to dogs. (Found in all sorts of things like sugarless gum, toothpaste, etc.)


    Minette Reply:

    Although I did know that I have never seen xylitol in Peanut butter… I will have to look!


  8. anita e says:

    I was just wondering if wheat products are fine for dogs. With so many dog foods claiming to be better for dogs because they don’t contain wheat, soy or corn, I was just wondering. p.s. I am not real worried however, since I do give my dog a small portion of my whole wheat toast at breakfast time and he is in good health.


  9. Annie says:

    Just be sure you are using Solid Pack Pumpkin–NOT Pumpkin Pie Mix! The mix has the spices already added.


  10. irene says:

    thank you so much for all your wonderful valuable advice. i love the photo of your Daughter she is absolutely gorgeous. irene


  11. Lorene says:

    Allspice is an actual plant fruit like cinnamon. However, some spice companies sell a combination of other spices mixed to mimic the flavor and aroma of allspice, and label it “allspice”. There is, apparently, no food regulation to control this practice, one must carefully read labels in search of one that says it is the real allspice product. The aroma IS different, and it is supposed to be extremely beneficial for human use.


  12. Ash says:

    I have a kitten. I was just wondering… Are these spices deadly to cats too?


    Minette Reply:

    Yes, and humans in large doses


  13. anne says:

    Our dog is a “celiac”. Can I use a “gluten free” flour and if not what flour can I substitute for wheat flour??


  14. Mimi Bathgate says:

    I am interested in possibly using pumpkin to help my dog with her spay caused incontinence. Will it help? and how.much should I use? She is a 58 lb. English Springer Spaniel.


    Minette Reply:

    Talk to your vet. There is a drug called PPA that can help with that but you will need to see your veterinarian.


  15. sue says:

    thank for the info


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