Friday, 17 November 2017
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How to Make Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Homemade pumpkin dog treats stamped to look like pies with drawstring treat bags

If playful puppies picked a piece of pumpkin pie, where the piece of pumpkin pie that playful puppies picked?  In their tummy, of course! We're popping in with a bonus post this week especially for our American furfriends who will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week and for lovers of pie in general. Mmmm...pie.  

It's easy to shape your favourite roll-and-cut dog treats into pretty little pies with a few basic kitchen tools and they're super quick to decorate!  If you'd like to make a "real" dog-friendly puppy pie instead of pie shaped treats, check out this post on how to make a cookie cup style shells for pie dog treats.  These pie shaped treats will naturally break along their piece-of-pie wedge lines, which is not only cute but also perfect for breaking a big treat up into little treats for smaller pups or turning one treat into a bunch of tasty little bits. Over the lips, past the gums, look out tummy, here it comes!

Homemade pumpkin dog treats stamped to look like pies

When baking our Pumpkin (Puppy Pupkin) Spice Dog Treats the dough and baked treats smelled so much like pumpkin pie that I couldn't resist using it to make actually little puppy pie treats. This batch included the milk powder, but I think they would also be awesome with a spoonful of plain yogurt, sour cream, or cream cheese in the mix instead for added richness and scent/flavour. This is the feasting season after all! You can use any roll-and-cut pumpkin treat dough that you and your dog enjoy to make your treats (or other flavour if you wish). Smooth dough will work better for making and holding the design during baking than a chunky dough. To make your own:

Step-by-step making homemade pumpkin dog treats stamped to look like pies

  • Prepare your treat dough according to your chosen recipe, preheat the oven, and prepare a baking tray.  
  • Roll your dough to desired thickness. If I was making these again, I'd do them a little thicker than shown so they were a bit sturdier when baked and dehydrated.
  • Cut circles using a round biscuit cutter or similar.  These would be adorable cut with a fluted edge biscuit cutter as well.  Place on your prepared baking tray.
  • Press to indent a slightly smaller circle to create the inner line for the pie crust using a smaller biscuit cutter or similar. I didn't have a cutter in the right size, but the cleaned cap from a spice jar made a perfect substitute!
  • Press to indent lines for the pie wedges. This can be done using a knife or you can expedite with a pasta/pasty cutter. Carefully lining up the rounds when you first place them makes this easier.
  • Bake according to your chosen recipe.

Homemade pumpkin dog treats stamped to look like pies

Tips and Tricks:
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time. 
  • For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator.
  • Most homemade dog treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 
🦴 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.

Round dog treats stamped to look like pies, with one treat broken apart into slices

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