The One Where Dart Bakes Cookies

I’m not sure what took me so long, but I’ve finally baked cookies for my dachshund Dart. Yes, I do have an old recipe for dog cookies in my recipe box, but I must have tried it once with my first pup and then lost interest in baking more for him. So here we are in about the ninth month of a pandemic, I’m no longer in graduate school, and I only work part-time. And I had plenty of time to throw together a batch of dog cookies on the weekend!

Dog on couch waiting to eat treat shaped like gingerbread man

It looks like Dart approves of the new treats! We found today’s recipe here:

https://www.spendwithpennies.com/pumpkin-dog-treat-recipe/

I picked this recipe simply because I already had almost all the ingredients in my fridge and pantry. Recently, I had to stop eating gluten, so this recipe was a great way to use up some of the wheat flour I don’t quite know what to do with.

I had to make slight changes to the recipe, but here are the ingredients we used:

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup peanut butter (NOT with xylitol, it’s poisonous to dogs)

1 egg yolk

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

First, you need to preheat the oven to 375 ℉. In a large mixing bowl, stir the pumpkin, peanut, butter, and egg yolk until combined. I used my KitchenAid mixer, but I’ll bet you could mix these treats by hand too. Next, use a separate bowl to mix together the dry ingredients and then gradually add them to the pumpkin mixture. Ok, I never take the time to do this separate bowl technique and I just throw everything in πŸ˜‚ but it still worked! The dough for this recipe will be a bit dry.

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Transfer the dough onto a slightly floured surface and roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. Next use cookie cutters to cut shapes in the dough. Unfortunately, today is the day I realized I got rid of most of my cookie cutters when we downsized our house! There is definitely room for me to invest in some dog-themed cookie cutters now 😊

Cookie dough on counter being rolled and cut into shapes

I used my favorite silicone baking mat to make sure my dog treats didn’t stick or burn to my cookie sheet. The recipe says to keep the cookies spaced at least an inch apart on the cookie sheet, but I didn’t find these cookies to expand almost at all while baking, so I’m sure I’ll pack them in closer to each other next time. Finally, bake the cookies for 20-25 minutes (mine took 20) and let them cool completely before serving to your dog.

My husband was quick to point out that I had just washed the couch blankets today, and immediately let the dog get cookie crumbs all over them πŸ™„πŸ™„ I guess that’s why we have blankets on the couch and I literally never have to vacuum the poor thing!

We’ve got about 18 cookies and only one tiny dog that doesn’t need to get fat, so I think a few of these treats are headed to our neighbors’ and coworkers’ dogs. The recipe says we can keep these in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. At least Dart won’t care if they get a little stale! Do you have any favorite tips to help me make sure these cookies don’t go bad? Or how about a favorite place to buy bone-shaped cookie cutters?

Dart loved these cookies, and I don’t think it will be long before he learns to love the noise and scents of me baking in the kitchen. So far he only knows to come running to the kitchen when he hears foods like eggs frying in the cast iron skillet at breakfast! These overcast Las Vegas days are few and far between, so it was a perfect day to do some indoor baking and give Dart a fun new sensory experience. He loved the taste and texture of the cookies, and they were a true hit ❀

Update: husband tried the cookies and said they taste like peanut butter, but could use a little frosting to be sweet enough for human consumption 😁

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