December 4, 2011

Bean's Favorite Cookie

My dog, Bean, responds to 2 words. "Outside" and "cookie". Cookies of course are code for dog treats. He is almost 9 years old but still flips out like a puppy when he thinks/knows he's about to get a cookie. I've tried making him cookies before that were a complete disaster. Technically they were supposed to be "brownies" but they ended up looking like pudding.

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. Most dogs will readily eat canned pumpkin, but it can be messy, inconvenient and isn't a practical take-along treat on outings. These easy to make whole wheat pumpkin dog cookies are the perfect way to give your dog a healthy snack featuring beneficial pumpkin fiber.

This treat didn't require any special ingredients and since I already had them all in the pantry from Thanksgiving I decided this was the best way to use them. They were a big hit. If you were so inclined you could eat them yourself, but just knowing I made them for my dog was enough of a detterent to keep me from trying them. My mom would though! She has always tried the natural treats she gave to her dogs. We try not to judge her, but..... Parents are so weird :)

This recipe produces a very stiff dough, so make sure to flatten the "cookies" before baking as they will not spread.

Bean is the only man in my life that has never disappointed me ;)
Finished product.

Pumpkin Molasses Dog Cookies

  • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 350 Farenheit.

2. Blend the pumpkin, molasses, water and vegetable oil together in a mixing bowl.

3. Add the wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon to the wet ingredients and stir until a dough forms.

4. Form the dough into balls (whatever size you like, I used a 1/2 oz. cookie scoop) and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten them using a fork/cup/palm of your hand, etc.

5. Bake until hard, 25-30 min.

6. Cool completely and store in an airtight container. Pin It

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