Pumpkin Paw Prints Recipe

Fall into the holiday season with this easy to make pumpkin dog treat for your dog.

Posted: November 13, 2012, 10 a.m. EST

Dog and Pumpkin We all want to spoil our pets during the holidays, but giving your dog table scraps can be dangerous. This do-it-yourself dog treat recipe for Paw Print Pumpkin Biscuits is safe for your furry friend and is a healthy way for your dog to share in the holiday baking.

The recipe comes from Roberta Deen of Capers Catering Company in Los Angeles. She is one of the chefs who contributed to the book The Culinary Canine: Great Chefs Cook for Their Dogs- And So Can You!

Easy to make our dogs gobbled them up. They would also make great dog lover gifts to take to your friends this holiday season or any time of year. Package them up in cellophane or a nice tin and you'll have your friends barking for the recipe.


  • 1 cup plain pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup peeled, 1/4” diced, lightly blanched fresh pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325 (300 if using a convection oven)*
  2. Mix above ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Add water to achieve a chocolate-chip cookie like consistency
  4. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  5. Drop by teaspoons (for the petite puppies) and Tablespoons (for the big guys) onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart
  6. Flatten into rounds with a fork in a cross-hatch pattern
  7. Bake for 10 minutes
  8. Switch the baking sheets front to back, top to bottom and bake for 5-10 minutes longer until golden and firm - adjusting time for teaspoons (a bit less) and for tablespoons (a bit longer)
  9. Turn off oven and leave the door open until the treats cool completely

Yield depends upon size of the cookie


Treats should be fed in moderation. Consult your veterinarian any time you are making changes to your dogs food or diet.


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Tipsy16   Mesa, AZ

5/12/2016 12:10:17 PM

I take a can of pure pumpkin and line up tablespoons of it on parchment paper, then cover it with another layer of parchment paper. Put in the freezer until they are solid. I then put them into a zip lock bag and each day pull one out, this way none of it goes to waste. My dog goes nuts when I reach into the freezer each day, jumping up and down until I get it defrosted in microwave (30 seconds), she absolutely loves the treats! She is allergic to grains so adding all of the other products don't work for us.

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nancy   streamwood, Illinois

10/14/2014 4:21:33 PM

Ok I give my dogs can pumkin..they love it...so why not just the can pumpkin why add 1 cup peeled, 1/4” diced, lightly blanched fresh pumpkin? cant understand why you need both

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

12/1/2012 4:09:02 AM

Christmas is coming, and my dog is on a dog sport show team so I am going to make these as a Christmas gift from her to the other dog team members.

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player   Anaheim, CA

11/24/2012 12:34:16 PM


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