Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

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Cheer up reluctant (dressed-up or not) pups. Bake pumpkin Halloween dog biscuits just for them.

Jay Leno famously opposes dressing up dogs for Halloween or anytime. Many pet owners and pets agree. Even so, some pets will reluctantly tolerate a scarf, cape or hat anyway, if only to appease their owners.

Costumed or not, why not reward good dogs for their year-round loyalty? Surprise them with fresh pumpkin treats just for dogs. Most will be happy to show off their favorite tricks in exchange for these sweet and tasty pumpkin treats. (Recipe below.)

Pet expert Cesar Millan counts pumpkin snacks among his list of 11 “dog-approved” people foods. (See warning tips below.) Most pet pros advise giving small amounts of any new food first, as well as checking with a veterinarian. Every dog is unique and some may have allergies or other reactions.

The following recipe from Rachel Ray is simple, sweet and smooth. It’s rich in beta-carotene, too, but don’t tell the pups it’s good for them.

Rachel Ray’s Pupkin Biscuits Recipe

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 2 1/2 cups white or whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together the eggs, pumpkin puree, milk powder and flour; add 2 tsp. water, or enough so that the dough just comes together.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut into shapes with 1-inch cookie cutters. Gather the scraps, combine, roll and form more biscuits; repeat until all the dough is used.
  3. Place the biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn over and bake until hardened, another 20 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
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