Wednesday, 14 October 2015

{RECIPE} Easy Pumpkin Halloween Dog Treats

Homemade Halloween dog treats shaped like pumpkins

Halloween (Howl-oween!) is coming!  Why not make your dog a batch of puppy pumpkin treats as a special present or to share with furry friends?  Tricks for treats?  Yes, indeed!

Easy Pumpkin Halloween Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 single-serve jar of pumpkin/squash baby food (we used pumpkin and beef...yummy!)
Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of brown rice flour
Water if/as needed to adjust consistency
Frozen green peas (for optional stems)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. 

Empty the baby food into a mixing bowl, and incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required may vary depending on your individual pumpkin mixture and any optional ingredients, so working the flour in incrementally is important. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  

Hand roll into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet, and flatten gently with your hand. To create "pumpkin lines", press the flat side of a fork or knife gently in the center, and the curved side of a spoon gently on either side.  Top with a green pea "stem" and gently push into the dough to secure the pea   Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cool before serving or storing.

Dalmatian dog in front of oven full of dog treats baking

Tips and Tricks:
  • Using a pumpkin/squash based baby food (or another naturally orange food, such as sweet potato/kumara) gives these treats a natural orange colour. Plus they're pumpkin pumpkins! 
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion to be dog-safe.  Our single-serve jars measure just shy of 1/2 cup.
  • Alternatively, you can substitute pureed cooked pumpkin (we like to cube and roast a whole pumpkin/squash and then freeze for easy use in smaller quantities - so healthy and inexpensive too!) or, if it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling. As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the flour quantity (or add a little water) to get a nice workable consistency. I find ready made purees are often more liquidy than homemade.
  • If you want to roll-and-cut dog treats, be aware that plain baby food and flour dough tends to be soft and can be difficult to handle. Consider modifying the recipe with extra binding ingredients (or use a different recipe instead - we have lots of yummy ideas).
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. For more information, see our post on the shelf-life and storage of homemade baked dog treats.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Homemade Halloween dog treats shaped like pumpkins


  1. I love my Blue Tick Heeler/Collie and my Lab more than anything. They are a part of my little family as my son is. Thank you for the recipes. Will be giving them them own little pumpkins for Halloween.

    1. Fun! :) You can use the shortcut recipe above, but any shareable orange doggy dough that your furbabies like will work to make the pumpkin shapes. We have some others in the archives and will be sharing some more autumn orange ideas in the coming months. Thanks for saying hello and virtual pats to your dogs from us!

  2. Can these be cut with cookie cutters instead?

    1. Sure! Baby food dough can be rolled and cut, but is a bit delicate so handle with care.

      It isn't the best roll-and-cut option for cookie stamps if you pumpkin is a plunger-style cutter with a design on it. A dough with more structure and/or some oil/fat (like peanut butter) could have better plunger release and be less prone to crazing to detract from your pattern (little surface cracks, common on low fat treat doughs when baked).

      For other roll-and-cut ideas, check our archives for other treat dough recipes.

      Hope that helps!


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