Get ready to welcome pumpkin spice season with your canine crew in tow with these Pumpkin Spice Cookies for Dogs.
Known for its digestive soothing abilities, the organic pumpkin in these Pumpkin Spice Cookies for Dogs is just what you need in order to treat your pup, but not upset any tummies in the process. As always, be sure what you are purchasing is pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.
Just turn the can around and double-check that the only ingredient is pumpkin.
A couple of notes when making these Pumpkin Spice Cookies:
I have small dogs, and weight management is always a concern for us. I made them heaping 1/2 teaspoon size balls and flattened them out a bit. Use a knuckle for the bottom and the end of a lollipop stick to make the paw imprints.
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (organic or fresh, pureed pumpkin)
- up to 1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine all ingredients (minus the water) together. Add the water slowly, a little at a time until a dough forms. (If the dough is too dry, add more water, too wet add more flour). *see notes
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or a nonstick baking mat and drop by rounded tablespoons onto the cookie tray, or you can be fancy and roll them into balls, flatten and make a paw print imprint.
Unlike human cookies, these cookies aren’t going to rise or flatten.
Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store the cookies in an airtight container or in the refrigerator for up to one week.
* You may not need to add the full 1/2 cup of water. I live where it’s super humid and needed about 1/4 cup.
For a softer treat, they were probably done in about 15 minutes. I wanted them crunchier to last a bit longer, so baked them for about 20 minutes.
Homemade dog treats are not going to last long at all, due to the lack of preservatives. Baking them crunchier (they will only look burnt) will buy you a couple more days than a soft cookie will.
You’re still going to want to store them in an airtight container and toss after about a week, or when you start seeing mold.