Pumpkin and Brown Rice Flour Dog Treats

These Pumpkin and Brown Rice Flour Dog Treats are a homemade recipe combining soothing pumpkin and brown rice flour to make a delicious, healthy treat for your canine friends.

UPDATE: Originally posted in 2014, the recipe called for a bit of dry milk. Milk powder adds a bit of sweetness and can give the treats a creamier texture. However, after much commentary about the treats being made without it, or needing to omit because of allergies; I decided to make them for myself. Still doggo approved and the texture worked fine as well. 

It also gave me the opportunity to update the photos. 

Pumpkin Brown Rice Dog Treats

If you saw my earlier post or follow me on social media, then you know that we welcomed a new member foster dog into our family over the weekend.

We’ve been busy adjusting to the additional set of paw prints around the house, an extra wagging tail complete with begs for pets and kisses, and we’ve realized just how crazy one person looks while walking 3 dogs….but we’re loving having Dennis here with us!

It didn’t take long before Stella & Milo were requesting that I make the new guy some treats, and they suggested the Homemade Pumpkin and Brown Rice Flour Dog Treats might be just the thing to make Dennis forget all about his previous cares and worries.

The good thing about using pumpkin is its stomach-soothing properties are ideal for a dog whose sensitivities you don’t quite know yet.

Pumpkin Brown Rice Dog Treats

And since they’re homemade you know exactly what’s in them and can be confident that you won’t have a pup with an upset stomach your first week.

No one wants a pup with the poops the first week in!

The addition of Brown Rice Flour makes the consistency more like a cookie than a mush pumpkin texture and what dog doesn’t love a cookie?

My dogs loooooove the cookies.

Pumpkin Brown Rice Dog Treats

Use miniature cookie cutters to keep portion size under control and store in mason jars to retain freshness.

Pumpkin Brown Rice Dog Treats

Homemade Pumpkin and Brown Rice Flour Dog Treats

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Soothing pumpkin and brown rice flour make a delicious, healthy treat for your canine friends.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, organic (NOT PIE FILLING)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the eggs and the pumpkin, whisking until smooth. Add in the salt, & dried parsley. Gradually, 1/2 cup at a time, add in the rice flour. Using your hands, gently fold in the sides of the dough and roll out the dough on a floured countertop to the desired thickness, based on your dog's preferences. Using cookie cutters, press into the dough and straight up and place each cookie onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake on a greased cookie sheet (or a nonstick Silpat mat) for about 20 minutes. Take the cookies out, flip them over, then back into the oven for an additional 20 minutes, or until they are a nice shade of golden brown.


Depending on the size of your cookie cutter this recipe makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.

Store in airtight mason jars to preserve freshness.


Since “cookie time” they have been following me around non-stop. ALL of them. All. Day. Long.

Have you ever fostered a dog? Any tips you want to share?

Since this post several years ago, we’ve also tackled:

Heart Shaped Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

Decorated Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

Frozen Yogurt Pupsicles for Dogs



  1. Great cookies. I did not have parsley and added 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and my dogs love them!

    1. My dogs will devour anything with peanut so I’m sure your dog approved! Thanks for letting me know you tried them. 🙂

  2. I really want to try this recipe. It sounds great. Why does it call for powdered milk though. Could I use something else instead of powered milk?


    1. Hi, Vicki! I try to avoid giving my dogs anything diary and used the powdered milk as a substitute. If you don’t have it on hand, the recipe will work without it as well- I’ve made them in a pinch when I didn’t have the powdered milk. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this recipe. I was specifically looking for a rice flour, low protein biscuit for my Australian shepherd who has a slightly inflamed liver due to an as yet undetermined random infection. He’s started today on 2 antibiotics and a liver supplement, with a prescription liver diet (at my suggestion) for least liver stress and the best support during his 10 days of meds. The prescription formula has egg and rice flour as ingredients, hence my search for biscuits with that base. Since his pills are 4 times a day, 3 times with food, I wanted to keep up the normalcy of his morning large dog biscuit as the food. I tripled this recipe and got over 2 dozen large dog biscuits. Not quite as big as a large milkbone, but much more dense. I discovered too that I could roll the dough into a log and slice it with a serrated knife for less squishing. Much faster than rolling cutting, my dog does not care what they look like. Mine were a bit over 1/4 inch thick and remained slightly chewy,.not super hard and dry. Fine with me though I may make them a little thinner for crispness next time. I filled 2 and a half cookie sheets, I baked 2 sheets at once, alternating oven racks after the flip. I refrigerated them in a gallon size bag, I think I have more than enough for 2 weeks at 2-3 a day. Cost effective too! Thanks!

    1. Hi Cynthia!
      How genius to roll them into a log- you’re right the dogs don’t care and it cuts down tremendously on having to re-roll the dough. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and try out the treats for your Australian shepherd. I hope he is doing much better!!!

  4. I found it difficult to keep the doughnut in a ball to roll out. Too crumbly. Would it work with just 2 cups of rice flour?

    1. Hey Sally, I haven’t tried it with reducing the flour but you could add a couple of drops of water to the dough to help it stick together better- that might help!

  5. These baked up beautifully and both our Doxies love them. The dough was a bit crumbly to roll out (had to keep pinching it together) . Wonder how a touch of coconut oil would help maintain a little moisture? Peanut butter?

    1. Hi, Steve! I’m so happy to hear your Doxies love the treats. I’m in the South where humidity plays a large factor into my baking, but I don’t see any problem with adding a bit of coconut oil to the dough (less than a teaspoon though, and depending on the size of your dog).

  6. I make this recipe…….and use a very small ice cream scoop to portion onto parchment covered pans. Then dip a teaspoon into a small glass of canola oil and use the back of the spoon to flatten the cookies. Cook them in oven and then turn them over and cook a little longer.

    1. You have very lucky pups! Thank you for sharing your method- mini scoop keeps things consistent. 🙂

  7. Have a recipe with brown rice flour.
    One pound lean grown Turkey
    One cup Brown rice flour
    One large cooked sweet potato

    In a food processor, process to a paste, using two tablespoon scoop roll into a ball. Between two sheets of plastic wrap using the bottom of a cup, smash into a disc. Put the disc on dehydrator trays (I used two) , dry at 145 degrees for eight hours. My dog loves them, large German Shepard.

  8. Hi my doggies love these cookies I have omitted the powdered milk, always forget to get it at the grocery so I never have any lol but they still come out just fine. 🙂 and my girls have allergies so these cookies are perfect for them ! Thank you ❤️

  9. I am so glad I found your site. I have a Cav that looks exactly like Stella. My Choo has terrible tummy problems. I’m cutting her off store bought treats. Heading to the grocery store to get the ingredients .

  10. I need soft treats for my dog who recently had half of his teeth removed. He has the 2 lower canines and back teeth. Still getting used to things are these treats hard ?

    1. Hi, Tucker’s Mom! These are not quite soft, but definitely not hard and crunchy unless you want them to be by baking for a longer time. In fact, I often break them in half for my Bea (she is missing all of her front teeth, and only 14.5 pounds) and they do easily.

  11. Hi! I was wondering if I could substitute the whole wheat flour with chickpea flour? I’m trying to cut out grains in my sweet Yorkie’s diet. I love the simplicity of this recipe and really want to try it out!

    1. I haven’t tried it with this recipe, but it should work fine. And, chickpea flour is a great gluten-free alternative. I’m going to test it this weekend!

  12. Hi, I would like to know if I can use real pumpkin in this recipe? As canned pumpkin is not really a thing in my country, is there any other way to make this recipe without using canned pumpkin? Can I cook some raw pumpkin to make this recipe?

    1. Yes, you can certainly use real pumpkin! Use the same amounts as the canned, and if the fresh is a bit more loose, just add additional flour.

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