I can’t believe Gracie is going to be one soon. I look at her every day and say “ugh, you’re almost grown up!” and she looks at me and says “can I have a carrot?” But seriously, I can’t believe our babies aren’t really babies anymore.
For Gracie’s birthday, we and the rest of the parents of the puppies in her litter have planned a central meet up to see how all the kids have grown. There were four other puppies in her litter, two boys and two other girls, and we’ve all kept in touch. I’m so excited to see them all and so thankful we’ve kept in touch! I wanted to make something for everyone, so I found an easy homemade dog treat recipe on Pinterest (thank you Kevin and Amanda!) and put a dachshund spin on it (does that surprise anyone?) 😉
3 ingredients is all you need:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup pumpkin (real pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (you can try this with gluten free flour too, but I’m not sure if that would change the texture)
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix the peanut butter and pumpkin in a bowl, then add the flour gradually until the dough is pliable enough to roll out. Lightly flour a surface to roll out the dough, then use a rolling pin to spread it to 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter (use fun shapes!) to cut out the treats.
Fill a baking sheet (these won’t spread, so no need to allow for room between treats) and bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool and let your pup enjoy! If you use a small cutter, this makes a ton of treats. I rolled out the scraps until I ran out of dough, and made upwards of 60 treats.
…and a few extra special birthday treats, too 🙂 The dachshund cookie cutter was a gift a long time ago, and I’m so excited to put it to good use! If only dogs could understand how cute this is, right?