This week, my mommy and daddy have orientation at my doggie school. I’m enrolled in a class called “Diamonds in the Ruff” at the MSPCA for eight weeks. I’m a little afraid of other dogs and some people, so this class — we hope — is going to get me more comfortable around some other four-legged friends.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love chasing after my daddy outside and he’s really good at tug ‘o war. But, my mommy likes fall a whole bunch, too. This is one of her favorite times of year to bake things. So, she made me some really awesome homemade baked doggie treats. Let’s see how she made ’em…
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup canned pumpkin purée (be careful not to get pumpkin pie mix)
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter (mommy used natural peanut butter that was creamy but I think you could use chunky, too)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mommy used a hand mixer but you could use a food processor if you have it. If the dough seems to be dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it comes together into a ball. Now, if it happens to be too sticky, sprinkle some more flour to the dough, just a little bit.Lightly flour a work surface and dump out the dough. Knead it a few times until it forms a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it’s about a quarter-inch thick. Using a knife or cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes and place on a cookie sheet. You can re-roll the scraps of dough to make more cookies. Mommy used a two-inch dog bone cookie cutter and the cookies filled up two sheet pans.Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The cookies will have puffed up a bit and have started to turn golden brown. Then, rotate the pans and flip over the cookies. Lower the heat to 300 degrees and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the cookies are hard. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Share some with Fido and store in a air-tight container.These treats are really, really yummy. I hope you like them as much as I do!