Aida is our little trash bag dog; we adopted her six years ago from a local shelter in NY, who found her and her litter at the side of the road in a garbage bag. So sad; it just breaks my heart to think that someone could even do that. But Aida quickly became one of the most spoiled pooches around. Car rides, walks, endless snuggle time, cookies, treats, toys and all the attention she could want; she’s really got it made. She has come quite a long way from her garbage bag days, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
I love to making dog treats for Aida. She is such a happy, well-tempered dog, with loads of personality and she gets so damn excited when I’m making something for her. Usually she lays in the entranceway to the kitchen when ever I’m cooking, scanning for scraps that may fall , but when I’m making something for her, she’s glued to my side the entire time.
This dough is really easy to work with. The food processor makes these cookies come together in a cinch. A few quick pulses and you have a soft, easy to roll ball of dough, which can be cut into shapes or cut with a pastry cutter into squares.
Aida gets pretty darned stoked once the cookies are done. It’s always a challenge getting her to sit still for a cookie shot. There’s usually lots of drool, and speaking, followed by her attempting to cycle through every trick she knows to get that cookie. About 90-percent of the shots I get are blurred action shots, but 10 cookies later, I’ve usually got something that is halfway decent to use.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog TreatsAdapted from Use Real Butter 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 2 large eggs 2/3 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh 3 tablespoons peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
Place all ingredients in a the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until dough forms into a fairly cohesive mass and there aren’t any pockets of dry ingredients remaining. The dough should be soft, but not sticky. If the dough is dry, add water by the tablespoon full, until it is no longer crumbly; alternately, if the dough is too sticky, add flour until it easily releases from your fingers when pinched. Dump dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead a few strokes to form into a ball. Roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into squares using a knife, or cut into shapes using a cookie cutter. I used a 1-inch round circle cutter. If using a cookie cutter, you can re-roll the scraps to cut more cookie.
Place cookies onto sheet pan(s) to bake. I was able to load the entire batch onto two standard size sheet pans, with the cookies placed close together. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F , and remove sheets from oven. Turn cookies over, and return to oven to bake for an additional 10 to 20 minutes or until cookies are dry and hard. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Makes 100+ 1-inch dog treats. Store in an air-tight container.