Soft Baked Christmas Treats for Dogs
Christmas is coming and so is the need for all kinds baked and cozy. While kids have ginger bread houses to build and cookies to decorate, pets tend to be kind of left behind. We get them toys and maybe a Chewy Goody box with natural treats, which are still far from homemade, but that’s about it.
I don’t see anything wrong with giving my dog store bought treats from time to time, but I far more prefer to make some myself.
There is nothing easier and faster than baking cookies with peanut butter and pumpkin puree.
Any level cook can do that with eyes closed!
The best thing is that I know exactly what I put in the dough and can use them up fresh. This means that no preservatives are needed and no artificial taste enhancers are ever used. This particular recipe I tried today calls for just three ingredients. That’s right – three!
I called them Christmas treats because Christmas is coming, but peanut butter and pumpkin can be used year round. They are great for fall treats and as birthday gifts, which is coming for Marlo by the way. I was reminded of it by Chewy’s hand written birthday card that Marlo received a couple of days ago. I guess for the next two weeks I shall spoil him with all kinds of baked goodies made with love, natural ingredients, and Personalization Mall products.
Personalization Mall holds a special place in my heart because I went to them when I needed special personal things for me and gifts for loved ones countless times. Marlo was the most recent recipient of a personalized treat jar. Before that I ordered aprons for me and kids, cutting board with my name, and personalized wooden utensils. Cooking and baking is a lot more exciting with all those items!
Let’s take a look at this quick Organic Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Treat recipe:
- 1 ¾ cup of organic oat flour
- 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
- ½ cup of organic peanut butter
First, you should preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It doesn’t take long to make the dough, so start it right away.
I didn’t have oat flour, so I decided to make my own from organic rolled oats. All you need is a food processor or a blender. I had the latter, so I put 1 ¾ cups of oats there and made perfect flour in a little over a minute.
Next step is to combine all three ingredients. I started doing that in my Nutribullet mixer, where I made the flour, but it wasn’t the best idea. Peanut butter and flour made quite a thick combination and even pumpkin puree didn’t help.
My mixer simply got stuck and did not spin. This is definitely not a problem, because I just took everything out from it into a plastic bowl and stirred to combine with a wooden spoon. It literally took 3 minutes.
Washing Nutribullet cup took way longer than that, so don’t use a mixer, learn from my mistake. I am sure a powerful food processor would handle it just fine.
Once I got my dough combined, I decided to use silicone bone shape for baking.
The best way for these soft baked treats would be rolled and pressed flat into cookies, but I wanted to try my new shape that I got from Chewy.
I love how silicone shape doesn’t stick and is easy to wash.
This time it wasn’t the best method because after the treat got baked, I had to cut it in small pieces and that way bone shape was completely gone.
That didn’t change the taste for Marlo though and he drooled very properly all over the kitchen smelling and seeing his treats in his jar.
It takes about 20 minutes to bake the treats. Let them cool off fully afterwards and use them up in a few days or freeze. If your dog likes crispier treats, bake them for 5 minutes more.