4 Ingredient Homemade Dog Treats

Meet my two crazy and wild dogs, Dixie Belle (right) and Hank (left).  These two are ALWAYS on the move and go through quite a bit of food and treats.  They are also very high maintenance and somehow BOTH have allergies, so we try to be extra careful with what we feed them.  They go absolutely crazy for these 4-ingredient peanut butter and pumpkin treats!  They love them more than any other store-bought treat I have ever given them.  Thankfully they are so easy to make that I can quickly whip them up without making hardly any mess in the kitchen.  

Preheat your oven to 350.  Gather your ingredients to get started: 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup pumpkin, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and 2 eggs.  

There's no prep work needed- you can throw all the ingredients together in your stand mixer or mixing bowl.  

Mix your ingredients until well blended. It should be moist but not too sticky and definitely not crumbly.  If it seems too sticky and wet you can add a little more flour, and if it seems too dry and crumbly you can add a bit of water.   Remove the dough from your mixing bowl and form into a large ball.

On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough.  I usually make my dough anywhere from 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 an inch thickness- it really is up to you.  I use round biscuit cutters to cut out my treats, but you can use any shape/size of cookie cutter.  You can also just skip the rolling and cutting, and separate the dough into little balls or strips then bake.

I usually cut out a few different sizes, some big and some small.  When you've cut out all you can, roll the remaining scraps into a ball, roll it out with the rolling pin again, and cut some more.  Keep repeating until you've used all you dough- it makes quite a few treats!  I usually have at least 2 cookie sheets full!

Grease your cookie sheets and fill them up with your treats.  The treats won't expand much so you can put them pretty close together.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes for soft treats or up to 30 minutes for harder treats.  Harder treats will store longer (up to a week or two in a jar or plastic bag).  Soft treats can be stored in the fridge for up to a week but will only last a few days on the counter.

I hope your pups are as crazy about these treats as mine are!  The best part is that they are actually good for them since they don't have all the added preservatives found in most treats AND pumpkin is great for their digestion, skin, and coat. The only reason I got them to sit for this picture was because I was bribing them with the treats!