Pupkin Spice Pumpkin Dog Treats were made for those dogs that just can’t get enough of Fall’s best flavors. These treats are crunchy, delicious, and packed with some healthy spices for our pups to enjoy the taste of Fall, all year round.

Let’s be honest – my dog is spoiled, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. She’s my special girl, and she gets a lot of special treats.

a few paw-print shaped dog treats

These pupkin spice treats are one of her favorites, and though they do not actually have “pumpkin spice” seasoning in them (the ingredients in real pumpkin spice seasoning are not that great for dogs), they have pumpkin and some spices – so I’m going with it. They are made with ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, so they are packed with flavor, have a bright pumpkin-y color, and smell so good!

a border collie making a ridiculous face

Sometimes, I can’t even handle this dog’s ridiculousness.

🥘 Ingredient Notes

ingredients in pupkin spice dog treats, labeled.
  • Canned Pumpkin – Any canned pumpkin will do, just make sure you don’t buy pumpkin pie filling. The ingredients should just be “pumpkin” and nothing else.
  • Oats – I like to use Old Fashioned Oats, but you can also use whatever you have on hand – Quick Cooking Oats will work fine as well.
  • Whole Wheat Flour – (I usually purchase King Arthur Flour – Regular Whole Wheat and White Whole Wheat both work great for this recipe. In the store, you should be able to find it for under $5 a bag – prices online are a little high right now!)
  • Eggs
  • Peanut Butter – Make sure that you find a kind of peanut butter that does not have any artificial sweeteners like xylitol in it – that is toxic to dogs. (I also recommend picking this up locally – online prices are pretty high right now.)

🍽 Equipment Needed

  • A stand mixer – optional, but makes this much easier. I like to use my KitchenAid Mixer – I have had it since college!
  • A baking sheet
  • A non-stick baking mat or parchment paper

🥣 How to Make Them

This dog treat recipe is one of the easiest dog treat recipes that I have ever made. (I have made a lot over the past 11 years.)

STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F.

STEP 2: Add all of your ingredients to your mixing bowl.

a process collage to make dog treats, steps 1 - 5.

STEP 3: Mix together until everything is combined – it will be a bit dry and crumbly but it will stick together and be malleable. (You want to aim for the texture of playdough.)

STEP 4: Using your fingers, press the dough into your favorite molds – I got these little paw and bone molds on Amazon – they are super cute!

STEP 5: Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. They don’t have to be spaced too far apart because they won’t really expand, but they will stick together if they are touching. (Picture 9)

STEP 6: After you fill the trays and you realize that while your dog might be like Melly, a basic gal who loves her pupkin spice, she probably won’t notice if the treats aren’t shaped like bones or pawprints. I made the rest of the batch by rolling about a teaspoon of dough into a ball and then pressing it flat with my thumb.

a process collage to make dog treats, steps 6 - 7.

STEP 7: You can also roll the dough out using a rolling pin and cut out cut shapes – there are instructions on how to do this in my recipe for Crunchy Blueberry Dog Treats. This dough is a little more dry and crumbly than the blueberry dough though, so if you choose this method, you might need to add a bit of water to the dough.

STEP 8: Bake in the oven at 350°F for 40 – 45 minutes, until the biscuits are hard/crunchy. (If you use a mold, they will be a little thick and will most likely need the full 45 minutes.)

STEP 9: Let the treats cool for a few minutes and then let your pup try them out!

Melly (and a few of her friends that tried them) sure love them!

a black dog with a treat on her nose

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

Is turmeric safe for dogs?

Yes! Just like humans, turmeric is actually a great joint supplement for dogs. In small amounts, it likely won’t do anything, but I like to pretend that I am giving my dog magic treats.

Is ginger safe for dogs?

Yep! As with most foods, as long as you don’t go crazy, ginger is fine for dogs to eat. It can even help settle their stomachs. If your dog ate an entire ginger root – they might not feel as good.

Can you bake these treats in other shapes?

Absolutely. I make these treats in bone and paw shapes because – let’s face it – no one would click on a recipe with ugly treats. In your kitchen, you can use whatever shape you want!

Can you use something other than pumpkin in these treats?

Absolutely. I like to use pumpkin because it has a lot of fiber in it and Melly loves the taste, but you could also swap it out for applesauce or mashed banana.

a pile of pumpkin dog treats

🍳 Serving Suggestions & Uses

Serve these treats as often as you would give your dog a regular small and crunchy biscuit – not too many, but make sure they are spoiled just the right amount 😉
Melly weighs somewhere around 45 pounds and she usually gets 4 or 5 of these a day. (I’m sure she would happily accept more if we offered!)

🥫 Storage/Shelf Life/Reheating

Store these treats in an air-tight container. (We keep them in a wide-mouth mason jar, so whenever Melly hears a jar open, she comes running into the room.) They are really dry and crunchy, like a Milkbone treat, so as long as they are not exposed to moisture, they should last a good while. (I like to freeze half of the batch since I only have one dog, and she won’t go through them that quickly.)

✏️ Helpful Tips

  • Reiterating this because it is important – make sure to find a peanut butter that does not have any artificial sweeteners like xylitol in it – that is toxic to dogs.
  • This dough dries out pretty quickly if you work slowly or let it sit for too long. If it does start to dry out, don’t worry, you can add a little water or bone broth in small increments to it to bring it back to life.
  • Try out different variations of shapes and cookie sizes – We like to use these tiny little bone and paw treat molds to make smaller treats so we can give Melly more, but we have also made this recipe using these cookie cutters from Amazon. They come in a set of five and the middle size that is about 3 1/2 inches long is about the size of a standard dog biscuit.
dog treats arranged in a circle around a mini pumpkin

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a pile of paw-print shaped dog treats

Pup-kin Spice Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

5 from 3 votes
Pupkin Spice Pumpkin Dog Treats were made for those dogs that just can't get enough of Fall's greatest flavors. These treats are crunchy, delicious, and packed with some healthy spices for our pups to enjoy the taste of Fall, all year round.
Author: Kari
Servings: 44
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    an oven screen with a temperature of 350 degrees.
  • Add all of your ingredients to your mixing bowl.
    a stand mixer with unmixed dog treat batter in it
  • Mix together until everything is combined – it will be a bit dry and crumbly but it will stick together and be malleable. (Like the texture of playdough.)
    a stand mixer with orange dog treat batter in it
  • Using your fingers, press the dough into your favorite molds – I got these little paw and bone molds on Amazon – they are super cute!
    bone shaped dog treats in a purple mold
  • After you fill the trays you can make the rest of the batch by rolling about a teaspoon of dough into a ball and then pressing it flat with your thumb. Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. They don't have to be spaced too far apart because they won't really expand, but they will stick together if they are touching.
    a baking sheet with round dog treats on it
  • Bake in the oven at 350°F for 40 – 45 minutes, until the biscuits are hard/crunchy. (If you use a mold, they will be a little thick and will most likely need the full 45 minutes.)
    pumpkin dog treats in a pink silicone mold
  • Let the treats cool for a few minutes and then let your pup try them out!
    a border collie making a ridiculous face

Video

Notes

Tips
  • Reiterating this because it is important – make sure to find a peanut butter that does not have any artificial sweeteners like xylitol in it – that is toxic to dogs.
  • This dough dries out pretty quickly if you work slowly or let it sit for too long. If it does start to dry out, don’t worry, you can add a little water or bone broth in small increments to it to bring it back to life.
  • Try out different variations of shapes and cookie sizes – We like to use these tiny little bone and paw treat molds to make smaller treats so we can give Melly more, but we have also made this recipe using these cookie cutters from Amazon. They come in a set of five and the middle size that is about 3 1/2 inches long is about the size of a standard dog biscuit.
  • You can also roll the dough out using a rolling pin and cut out cut shapes – there are instructions on how to do this in my recipe for Crunchy Blueberry Dog Treats. This dough is a little more dry and crumbly than the blueberry dough though, so if you choose this method, you might need to add a bit of water to the dough.
Storage
Store these treats in an air-tight container. (We keep them in a wide mouth mason jar, so whenever Melly hears a jar open, she comes running into the room.) They are really dry and crunchy like a Milkbone treat, so as long as they are not exposed to moisture, they should last a good while. (I like to freeze half of the batch since I only have one dog and she won’t go through them that quickly.)
Serving
Serve these treats as often as you would give your dog a regular small and crunchy biscuit – not too many, but make sure they are spoiled just the right amount 😉
Melly weighs somewhere around 45 pounds and she usually gets 4 or 5 of these a day. (I’m sure she would happily accept more if we offered!)

Nutrition

Serving: 1treatCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 877IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Dog Treats, Pet Food
Cuisine: Dog Food, Dog Treats
Keyword: homemade dog treats, pumpkin dog treats, pumpkin spice dog treats, pupkin spice dog treats
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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  1. 5 stars
    My second treat try and its another hit! My 11 month old golden doodle Coco is in heaven. I’ve had two successful treats and one main dish that have worked. I’m experimenting using my new insta pot also. Now I know exactly what my baby is eating!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about this! It is teaspoons for the spices – I just corrected it. (I did a blanket search and replace to change tsp to teaspoon and it seems to have just erased the text! Whoops!) Really appreciate the heads up!