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Making Dog Treats for #FamilyVolunteerDay

This peanut butter pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is easy and you're very special friend will love them. #dogbiscuitrecipe #dogrecipe #dogfoodrecipe #peanutbutterdogbiscuit #pumpkindogbiscuit

One of the things I love about my kids getting older is that we can do more things together. Last year, my two boys and I spent the day before Thanksgiving helping make hygiene bags for the Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Celebration at the VA in Westwood. It was so wonderful to watch them really getting involved, taking initiative and helping out.

Family Volunteer Day is on Nov. 19th, 2016

This year, we’re doing something a little different in honor of #FamilyVolunteerDay on Saturday, November 19th – we made dog biscuits to donate to a local animal rescue – Wags & Walks, a nonprofit that rescues family-friendly dogs from shelters to adopt out to families like ours. Volunteer Day is powered by generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, and sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.

This peanut butter pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is easy and you're very special friend will love them. #dogbiscuitrecipe #dogrecipe #dogfoodrecipe #peanutbutterdogbiscuit #pumpkindogbiscuit

The GenerationOn website has many volunteer options for families including a list of events to volunteer at in your city and things you can do at home. I was inspired by this recipe for dog biscuits on the website and came up with my own recipe below. The GenerationOn recipe includes a mini-lesson on animal welfare, why to volunteer and additional resources.

This peanut butter pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is easy and you're very special friend will love them. #dogbiscuitrecipe #dogrecipe #dogfoodrecipe #peanutbutterdogbiscuit #pumpkindogbiscuit

photo by Yvonne Condes

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

photo by Yvonne Condes

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s so easy. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then combine 2 cups flour and 1 cup toasted wheat germ in a bowl.

Flour and wheat germ

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Then add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (without sugar), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoon water.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

photo by Yvonne Condes

Mix with a wooden spoon or combine with your hands. It will be thick so don’t worry. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

ball of dough for dog biscuits

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Once the dough is chilled, place on the counter or a rolling mat and roll out with a rolling pin.

Rolling pin

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Roll out dough and use small cookie cutter.

cookie_cutter2

Place cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

dog biscuits on cookie sheet

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Cook for 35 minutes or until hard. They made the house smell like fall (which was lovely considering it’s been 80 degrees in LA). I was excited for my dog, Chuy, to try a cookie.

chuy eating a dog biscuit

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He grabbed the biscuit right away and ran to the other side of the room like I was going to try to take it (he must have seen me with the kids’ Halloween candy). He seemed to like the biscuit. Hopefully the dogs at Wags & Walks will like them, too.

Chuy after eating a Pumpkin peanut butter dog biscuit

photo by Yvonne Condes

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits 

Course Snack
Keyword dog treats, homemade dog biscuits, peanut butter dog biscuit, pumpkin dog biscuit
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 dozen small biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tblsp natural peanut butter (no sugar)
  • 2 tblsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Combine flour, wheat germ, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, water cinnamon and salt in a bowl. It will be very thick. Mix with your hand or a wooden spoon. 

  3. Form into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

  4. Sprinkle flour on the counter or a rolling mat and roll out the dough. Cut with a small cookie cutter.

  5. Place biscuits on cookie sheet and cook for 35 minutes or until hard.

  6. Cool and serve. Makes about 8 dozen small biscuits. Biscuits can be frozen.

Disclosure: I am a Family Volunteer Day Blogger Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my recipe, review and opinions are my own.

This peanut butter pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is easy and you're very special friend will love them. #dogbiscuitrecipe #dogrecipe #dogfoodrecipe #peanutbutterdogbiscuit

photos by Yvonne Condes

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