If you’d like to include your dog in the Halloween celebrations but don’t want to risk taking them out and about to all of the spooky events, you can still enjoy the season with them by baking some tasty fall treats! These dog-friendly cookie recipes are the perfect way to use all of those pumpkin leftovers (those that are dog-safe, of course) from your own treats and carvings. And, best of all, they’re super easy to make. Plus, your pup will absolutely gobble them up! Let’s take a look at the recipes:
Halloween Pumpkin Cookies
This simple pumpkin dog biscuit recipe calls for 1:1 parts flour to pumpkin. So, it can be easily adjusted to the number of cookies you want to make for your favorite K9 companion. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two cups of pumpkin puree, or sweet potato puree, or butternut squash puree, depending on what you may have on hand. Just make sure that you DON’T use pumpkin pie mix.
- Two cups of flour. This can be white flour, wheat, rice, oat, or even a mix of whatever you have on hand.
- A bag of frozen peas.
With all of your ingredients set out, you’re ready to mix and bake:
- Mix the pumpkin puree and flour together, adding the flour slowly. You may need to make adjustments, as you want the dough to be soft but not too sticky.
- Roll your dough into cookie sized balls.
- Press down each ball of dough with the back of a fork to flatten it out into cookie form while creating ridges in the top. Or, you can cut them into fun Halloween shapes!
- Place a pea in the top of each cookie.
- Bake your cookies at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, and let cool before serving.
Spooktacular Peanut Butter Banana Bites
If your dog can’t enjoy the spoils of trick-or-treating, bring the treats to them! The only thing spooky about this recipe is how delicious it is! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two bananas.
- One cup of peanut butter with NO sugar, salt, preservatives or xylitol.
- Three cups of rolled oats.
With all of your ingredients measured out, prepare in the following manner:
- Grind the rolled oats into flakes using a food processor.
- In a separate bowl, using a mixer, beat together the bananas and peanut butter until smooth. Then add the oat flakes into the bowl, and mix thoroughly to incorporate.
- If your dough is too dry, add more peanut butter. If it’s too sticky, add more oat flakes.
- Roll out your dough on a floured surface. You want it to be about ¼ -inch thick. Then, cut out festive shapes using your favorite cookie cutters.
- Place your spooky bites onto a greased cookie sheet making sure that each cutout sits two inches apart.
- Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees until they are lightly browned. Allow the bites to fully cool before serving.
Enjoy these simple and festive treats with your pup this spooktacular season! You can even make these treats again when Thanksgiving comes around so that your furry loved ones have their own treats to enjoy while you feast at the table.