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Making Your Dog Treats for Birthday Gift

close up of Dog treats

One thing that we love to do in our house is celebrate birthdays! We even celebrate our stuffed animals by celebrating the day we got them as their birthday. But one member of our family we especially like to celebrate is our dog Lola May. She is turning six today! Time to make some homemade dog treats!

Picture of Dog

We started off scrolling through some recipes online to find the perfect recipe. When we realized that we had all of the ingredients in this recipe, we went right to work!

Dog treat ingredients

Use Safe Ingredients for your Dog Treats

In our research, we read over and over how important it is to use organic peanut butter, as you do not want to give your dog any toxins, or anything that could upset their stomach. My mom was particularly worried about this, as we happen to have a dog that has a very sensitive digestive system. (In other words, she throws up all over the place if she eats anything unusual, or for no reason at all come to think of it.)

Adding flour to dog treats

I have to admit that the grossest part of making this was the pumpkin puree. I found the smell a bit hard to handle, but maybe it was because I had “dog” food on my mind.

adding Pumpkin Puree to dog treats

I also got some help cleaning the peanut butter off of my spoon.

Dog licking spoon

We hand-mixed the first ingredients but found that it was much too dry to work on the counter as the recipe had said. So we ended up adding more water to make it come together.

Dog treats making mess on counter

Someone was getting excited as we worked! I think she knew we were making dog treats.

Showing dog treats

Water versus Pumpkin Puree?

After doubling the water, we put it out on the counter. This is when Mom walked by and groaned. It did look like quite a mess! It was almost like playing in the sand. Maybe we needed more water before we dumped it? As I was pushing these together, we ended up putting a few teaspoons of water on to make it come together. I think the next time we try this we would put more pumpkin puree into the mixture to avoid having to put so much water in.

Adding water to dog treat dough

My mom always laughs that after sixteen years of marriage, she has never upgraded her rolling pin. It lost its handles years and years ago, but it is so heavy we just push on it anyway.

rolling out dog treat dough

My first rolling was a bit thick, so back to work. It was a lot of work to get this flat! A few times I had to push it back together where there were cracks, but since we had enough water, it was fine. All of that playing with Play-Doh when I was younger paid off.

Cutting forms in dough

Next up was using our cookie cutter to make our shapes. We happen to have a quartzite countertop that does not scratch easily, but if you have a softer stone or laminate, we suggest you do this on a cutting board.

We were very careful in pulling the treats out of the dough and onto the pan. Mom had said that they would probably not expand as they were cooking, so we could put them close together.

Dog bone cutouts in dough

This made a lot of treats! I had to put them on two different pans. After rolling these twice, I decided to just make some fun shapes for the last bit of dough.

Different shaped dog treats

This was a great way to celebrate Lola’s birthday. Do you have any traditions for your pets’ birthdays?

Close up texture of dog treats
Doggy Birthday Treats

Doggy Birthday Treats

Yield: Lots!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Do you need a gift for your dog’s birthday? Try some homemade dog treats.


  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • ½ to 1 cup Canned Pumpkin

  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (organic, without fake sugars)

  • ½ Teaspoon Salt

  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • Start with 1 teaspoon of water and continue to add until the mixture sticks together.


    Mix all of your ingredients into a bowl. This can be done by hand, as it is not too difficult. You can do this with a hand held, or in an upright.
    Start with a teaspoon of water and continue to add until the mixture comes together. You want to add just enough water that it is sticky, but not soggy.
    Pour mixture onto a cutting board, or counter that can handle a cookie cutter. Cut out your designs.
    Depending on how quickly your oven heats up, now would be a good time to warm your oven to 350.
    Place on a cookie sheet. (We love our silpats that make for an easy cleanup.) Roll out any leftover dough and repeat the process until it is all in shapes.
    Cook for 40 minutes. Let cook all of the way before letting your dog celebrate!

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Emma Myers

Sunday 18th of February 2024

What a great way to celebrate a puppy’s birthday! Can’t wait to try the recipe! ❤️

Emma Myers

Monday 26th of February 2024

My mom always has treats on hand just in case we may run into some dogs. My cousins have 2 dogs and when they see my mom they know she has treats. She goes through many treats that way. If I make them she might not have to buy any more!

2 Kids Trying 2 Cook

Sunday 18th of February 2024

You might want to get a dog first! I don't think cats would like this as much!

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