Buddy loves, what we call the "throw-hunt-find-repeat" game, so I made a big pan of miniature dog treats to to entertain (and train) him with.
This recipe is quick and easy. You can make them any size you want, but we stick with smaller treats. They are super hard and crunch like a good milk bone.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup water
2 cups flour
This is a very thick dough, so you'll need a heavy duty mixer (I use my stand mixer).
Mix the peanut butter, pumpkin, honey, water and egg until smooth. Gradually add the flour and beat well.
That's it!! Easy-Peasy, and it makes a dough that is VERY easy to work with (almost the consistency of Play Doh).
Roll the finished dough into ropes. If you are making it for a BIG dog, you can just make "fatter" ropes (does that make sense?)
Some times I roll them into a ball before baking, but if I am short on time, I just throw them on the cookie sheet (Buddy doesn't seem to notice). The pieces don't expand much at all, so you can place them fairly close together. No need to grease the pan.
Bake in a pre-heated 300 degree oven for one hour.
If you are making BIG treats, bake them for 1 hour
then turn the oven OFF and let them sit in the
oven for another hour.
I hope YOUR dog enjoys these
as much as Buddy does !!!