Easy Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats – Cooking with Kids Recipe

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats - by Little Spoons and SpiceDuring the holiday season, everyone is busy baking cookies and candies. While you’re slaving away in the kitchen, your 4-legged friend watches and hopes for a sample or even just a crumb.  So why not include them this holiday season? This healthy doggy treat will make your pooch feel like they’re part of the whole festive family.

As for us, we don’t have any dogs (at least not yet), but these make great gifts too!  We love dogs and our kids have asked many times, but we’ve decided to keep our house pet-free until the kids are a little older.  We’ve been tempted many times, but with another little bundle of joy (human baby) arriving in March, its best to wait.

Even though we couldn’t share them in our house, we can still wrap them for our friends’ and family’s fur babies.  So, Lily was super excited to make this recipe.  Her cousins have dogs and they sampled them over Thanksgiving… so these treats are officially doggy tested and approved!

OK, let’s get started.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:



Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats.

Younger than 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Help pour ingredients into bowl
  • Sprinkle flour on surface (for dough rolling)

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Measure and count ingredients
  • Help mix together ingredients together
  • Assist with rolling out the dough
  • Use cookie cutter, with assistance

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Crack egg into bowl
  • Transfer cut out dough shapes to lined baking sheet

8 – 9 years old

  • All of the younger tasks

10 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Using the oven to bake the dog treats
  • Take treats out of oven and transfer to cooling rack

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats - by Little Spoons and Spice


  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • ½ cup pumpkin puree include liquid
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour or flour of your choice
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • *depending on how moist your pumpkin is you may need to add a couple Tablespoons of water to moisten the dough


  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Combine dry ingredients (oats, flour, and cinnamon) in bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl, stir together wet ingredients (eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter).
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until evenly combined and creates dough. The dough should be a moist crumble and packs together.
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface to approximately ¼” in thickness. Use cookie cutter to create individual treats. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350℉.
  • Transfer treats to a cooling rack. The treats will harden as they cool.


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