Bowser's Birthday Cupcake Recipe:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup Pumpkin Purée (not pie filling)
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons (¼ cup) butter, melted
½ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease a large cupcake tin.
- In a large bowl, combine all cupcake ingredients, mi thoroughly.
- Divide mixture into cupcake tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Recipe makes 4 large treats for dogs 65 lbs. and up, or cut into pieces for smaller dogs
4 ounces cream cheese, warmed nearly to room temperature
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
- In a large bowl, add yogurt and flour to cream cheese, mi until smooth. Frost cupcakes as desired. For peanut butter-obsessed dogs, add two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter to frosting.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
2½ cups whole-wheat flour
½ cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup water as needed
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except the water, then add it sparingly (the amount of water depends on the oil content in the peanut butter – natural peanut butter is often more oily, so less water is needed to soften the dough).
- Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into fun shapes.
- Bake on cookie sheets for about 20 minutes then remove and cool. Be sure to cool the treats completely before serving or refrigerating.
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Dehydrated Sweet Potato Chews:
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
- Wash the sweet potatoes, being especially careful to remove any sprouts or green spots *
- Slice the potatoes lengthwise no thinner than ¼-inch thickness. Slightly thicker slices will be chewier for your dog (although they won't dry out as well and will have a shorter shelf life, even in the refrigerator).
- Arrange the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Don't allow the slices to touch one another or the edges won't dry properly.
- Place in the oven for 3 hours.
- Cool and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.
* The green parts of sprouted potatoes contain Solanine, a glycoalkaloid poison. It's toxic not only to dogs but also to people (although poisoning is rare because of the bitter taste.)
Photos from top: Courtesy of The Healthy Hound Cookbook; Getty Images