Thanksgiving is next week! With so much to do to get ready for the holiday we sometimes forget our furry friends. But they’re part of the family and deserve a special holiday treat too! This year why not make your fur babies some Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes?
Yes I said Pupcakes, not cupcakes, although I use human friendly ingredients so if someone mistakenly eats one it’s all good; they may not like it like my Siberian Husky Cannoli does, but it won’t kill them! These Pumkin Spice Pupcakes are the perfect doggie treats for Thanksgiving! Believe me your pup will love them. Best of all they are super easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry.
Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are perfect for fall birthday celebrations too! I know you can buy doggie cakes and cookies from pet stores and gourmet pet bakeries that are springing up all over town, but why spend big bucks when you can whip up a batch in about an hour?
Seriously these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are easy and inexpensive. All you need are basically flour, egg. baking soda, and pumpkin puree. I like to use coconut water too, but if you don’t have any plain old water will do. And of course a dash of cinnamon; but you pretty much have all these in the kitchen specially this time of year!
My recipe makes 20 regular size cupcakes but you can use mini cupcake pans and get a whole lot more. The size of your pupcake will pretty much depend on the size of your pooch. Since we have a medium sized dog the regular size cakes work best, she just inhales the minis!
I frost my Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes with cream cheese but dogs love them without frosting too, so no need to take the extra step if you don’t have too much time. These Pupcakes freeze very well. I usually freeze them and thaw them out as needed. I also frost them just before feeding them to the pooch.
Now these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are dense so don’t expect anything light and airy. They’re quite heavy too! They don’t rise much during baking so whatever level you fill each cupcake wrap will be the same after they’re baked.
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3 Cups Flour – white or wheat whichever you have on hand
1 Large Can Pumpkin Puree – be sure it’s the puree and not the pumpkin pie mix that’s already seasoned.
1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water – regular water works too
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir very well – be sure the flour is all blending in.
Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
Scoop batter into each cupcake liner filling at least 3/4.
Smooth tops of batter.so pupcakes look neat.
Bake in oven for 25 – 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool before frosting.
Store in airtight containers or freeze.
Frost with peanut butter if you like.
Pupcakes are treats we love to make for our dogs, and of course the pooches just love them. They’re ideal for pet birthdays, which of course we celebrate for each pet!
We make pupcakes in a variety of flavors using fresh ingredients. I like to take advantage of seasonal ingredients and since it’s summer and berries are in season and are reasonably priced I make the Very Berry Pupcakes using fresh blueberries and strawberries. I know the dogs just love them and they’re good for the dogs too!
The only thing about berries is that they don’t have a very long shelf life. The best way to keep them is in Ziplock freezer bags in the freezer. I thaw them out as needed that way they don’t spoil or mold.
For birthdays and special occasions I frost them with softened cream cheese. Honestly they look good enough to eat!
Here’s my recipe for Very Berry Pupcakes! Hope your fur babies love them as much as ours do!
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Tsp Baking Soda
I 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Strawberries diced
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Beat egg and coconut water together
Slowly mix in dry flour mixture and stir until well combined
Stir in Berries to distribute evenly in the batter
Line cupcake tins with paper liners
Fill each cup about 3/4 full – they don’t rise much so you can pretty much fill them to the top if you want, but these pupcakes are dense and heavy if you fill the cups too much it might be too big a portion for one serving
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool
Place cooled pupcakes in freezer bags and freeze until ready to use.
Thaw out as needed and remember to remove liner before giving them to your pet.
Frozen pupcakes should last about 2 months.
My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves peanut butter, I think most dogs do. I know my daughter’s 2 Frenchies love them too. That’s why we started making peanut butter dog treats and recently started making these Peanut Butter Pupcakes.
Actually we started making Peanut Butter Pupcakes to celebrate doggie birthdays. In the past we’ve purchased doggie birthday cakes from a pet bakery in town, but they’ve shut their doors and we couldn’t find any one else to make them.
After making pupcakes the first time we discovered just how easy they are to make, it’s just like making people cupcakes! We sort of, we don’t usually use any type of sweetener, trust me the dogs don’t mind. Not only are pupcakes so easy to make homemade ones a super inexpensive, sure beats the high price tag the bakery charged! And of course we know exactly what’s in them and know that they’re pet friendly.
Before I share my recipe a couple of tips to make sure that the Peanut Butter Pupcakes you make, or any other homemade dog treats for that matter, are safe for your pup.
Don’t be tempted to add sweetener to the recipe just because you think pupcakes should be sweet. Cupcakes for people should be sweet, pupcakes for your pet don’t need to be. If you must add sweetener then add natural sweeteners like honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc.
NEVER use artificial sweeteners for your pets, artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol are very poisonous to pets!
Never use onions or garlic in anything you make for your pets. Onions and garlic are very toxic to pets.
Always check and double check the ingredient lists of anything you use for your pets to make sure it doesn’t contain anything that will harm your pet.
Having said all that here’s my recipe!
Peanut Butter Pupcakes
1 Cup Rolled Oats
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Sm. Jar of Applesauce Baby Food
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Coconut Water
Combine oats, flour, and baking soda in a bowl, set aside
Beat egg then stir in peanut butter and applesauce
Slowly mix in dry ingredients
Add in coconut water until dough becomes soft
Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin
Spoon batter into liners about 3/4 full – pupcakes don’t rise much so you can fill up liners
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until pupcakes are done
Be sure to remove paper liners before giving them to your pet
Store in air tight containers or freeze in ziplock bags.
To make treats for special occasions like birthdays you can ice the pupcakes with peanut butter or softened cream cheese then stick a candle or decorate with a dog biscuit or carrot or what ever you pet likes.
My Siberian Husky Cannoli loves, loves, loves, Peanut Butter and Bananas; she also love dog biscuits! Well to be fair she’s never met a treat she didn’t love. But Peanut Butter and Banana treats disappear faster than any other treat I make. That’s why she loves these Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits!
These Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits are super easy to make, they require just 3 ingredients, 4 if you count water! You can leave them plain or for extra special treats you can ice and decorate them just like human cookies! Except you don’t use a sugar based icing, your pup doesn’t need the sugar and really won’t mind if the biscuits aren’t sweet.
The grandkids and I love decorating cookies but we can’t eat, or really shouldn’t eat, all the cookies we want to decorate, so decorating doggie biscuits is a fun alternative!
You can make Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits any shape you want, just use the cookie cutter of your choice. Or don’t use a cutter and just make them into squares, believe me whatever shape they are your pooch will still love them!
I like to use metal cookie cutters in the bone and paw shape. I have a set of dog treat cutters by Wilton. But if you prefer you can also use silicone molds. I make my own “doggie royal icing” to frost and decorate with, but you can use Magifrost Dog Treat Icing mix, it’s premade just add water. Or you can just leave them plain without icing.
These Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits make great gifts to friends with pets. If you ice and decorate them your friends will think you spent a fortune on them at the pet store!
So here’s my recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Doggie Biscuits, they look and taste just like the pricey Gourmet Dog treats!
2 Cups Flour – white or whole wheat
1 Large banana – mashed
1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Water +/- depending on dough consistency
Combine flour, banana, and peanut butter in a bowl and start mixing.
Slowly add water until the dough forms into a ball and is not sticky.
If dough is too stiff slowly add more water 1 Tbs at a time.
Knead dough well making sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated into the dough.
Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thickness, cut into desired shapes
Place on parchment covered baking pan and bake in 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until done.
Remove from oven and move on to racks for cooling.
Cool completely before frosting and decorating.
2 Tbs. Corn Starch
1 Tbs water
Put cornstarch in a small bowl and add water.
Stir well, it may become hard, add water 1 Tsp at a time until you get your desired consistency. Icing should be a bit runny and not to thick.
Color if desired.
Icing dries quickly so stir as needed, if it gets too solid add water a bit at a time until it’s liquidy again.
Decorate your biscuits as desired and allow icing to dry.
Store unfrosted biscuits in airtight containers. Iced biscuits should be refrigerated.
It’s time for some DIY doggie treats!
Our Siberian Huskie puppy loves treats. She expects treats whenever she listens to a command to sit, stay, and shake. We go thru a lot of treats!
Recently we went to Petco to buy more treats, we usually buy the bulk biscuits from the treat bar. The price had gone up to over $6 a pound. The pre-packaged ones were more expensive, even those on sale. The “organic” treats were in my opinion ridiculously priced, over $10 for a 6 oz. bag.
I found a recipe online for easy baked dog treats, I tweaked it to suit our needs, adding flax seed meal which is said to be healthy for dogs and good for their skin and coats.
Here is the recipe I ended up with Cannoli loves them! It uses just 3 ingredients and can be made in different flavors, I used sweet potato and apple/blueberry, her favorites!
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal
4 oz. jar of strained baby food (any flavor works as long as it doesn’t have garlic and onions)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
1. Measure the flour and flax seed meal to equal 1 cup.
2. Mix dry ingredients with one 4 oz. jar of baby food in a mixing bowl. Knead until you have a ball of dough. If it’s too loose add flour a little bit at a time until you have the right consistency.
3. Place ball of dough on lightly floured surface and roll to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness
4. Cut into desired shape with a cookie cutter or use a pizza cutter to cut squares
5. Place on to parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 mins.
6. Remove from oven and cool. Store in airtight container.