Homemade Pumpkin Crisp for Dogs

by Louise Lawson
Tranform that plain pumpkin into a tasty treat for your canine companion.

Tranform that plain pumpkin into a tasty treat for your canine companion.

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Pumpkin isn’t just a pretty orange Halloween decoration; it is a safe, healthy snack for both humans and their canine companions. Many dogs enjoy the taste of pumpkin, and will eagerly gobble up these simple, tasty pumpkin crisps.

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange your oven racks so you can place your crisps in the middle of the oven for even cooking.

Step 2

Drizzle three or four drops of vegetable oil on a cookie sheet and distribute it evenly with a paper towel. This keeps the crisps from sticking as they bake.

Step 3

Pour 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour into a big mixing bowl and mix in 1/2 cup canned pumpkin. Use only pure, unseasoned pumpkin for this recipe; don’t use seasoned pumpkin pie mix, because the spices may give your dog an upset tummy.

Step 4

Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture for a little sweetness. If the honey is very thick, warm it in the microwave for 10 seconds to make it easier to blend.

Step 5

Scoop a tablespoon of dough out of the bowl and place it on the cookie sheet. Flatten it into a circle with the back of the spoon. Flattening the cookies helps then dry out and turn crispy while baking. Add the remaining dough, one scoop at a time, to the cookie sheet.

Step 6

Bake the crisps in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Pull the hot cookies out of the oven with an oven mitt to prevent burns, and transfer the crisps to a wire cooling rack. Leave the crisps on the rack for at least an hour to cool completely before serving to your precious pups.

Items You Will Need

  • Cookie sheet
  • Vegetable oil
  • Paper towel
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Oven mitt
  • Cooling rack

Tip

  • If the cookies aren’t crispy after 15 minutes, bake for five more minutes and check them again.

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

About the Author

Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.

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