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Making Dog Treats for #FamilyVolunteerDay

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.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

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.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

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

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

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

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

Rolling pin

Roll out dough and use small cookie cutter.


Place cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

dog biscuits on cookie sheet

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

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

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits 


2 cups flour
1 cup toasted wheat germ
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter (without sugar)
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt


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

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

Sprinkle flour on the counter or a rolling mat and roll out the dough. Cut with a small cookie cutter. Place biscuits on cookie sheet and cook for 35 minutes or until hard.

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

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.


Yvonne Condes (762 Posts)

Yvonne Condes is the Editor and Co-Founder of She is a Los Angeles Mom of 2, former newspaper reporter, and occasional marathoner. Also find her at her personal Latina blog and @YvonneInLA and MomsLA.

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