3-ingredient dog treats

20141223_192134Here it is. The recipe for dog lovers. I don’t have a dog, but if I could have a dog, I’d immediately steal my cousin’s dog, Jack. I’d steal him and never give him up. Ever.

Jack was my inspiration for making these wonderful, 3-ingredient dog treats.

What’s so special about Jack, you ask? Hands down, his personality. He has a bunch of very amusing tricks he likes to do. One trick is that if you ask him to, “whisper,” he will actually whisper a bark. How cool is that?!

He is playful, intelligent and just too cute for words. He is quite simply THE best dog in the world. Jack, this post is for you.

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image courtesy of: Phuong Huynh

what you will need:
measuring cups
large bowl
parchment paper
rolling pin
cookie sheet (the bigger, the better)
cookie cutters of your choice
a fork
a cooling rack
a jar of peanut butter
2 15 oz. cans of 100% canned pumpkin purée

*two 15 oz. cans of pumpkin purée will make 3 batches of these dog treats*

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ingredients:
½ cup of creamy peanut butter
1 heaping cup of 100% canned pumpkin purée
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour

directions:
1.) Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2.) Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3.) Grab a large bowl and thoroughly mix together the peanut butter and the pumpkin purée.
4.) Add the flour.
5.) Using your hands, mix and knead the ingredients together until the dough is smooth and elastic.
6.) Since the dough will be sticky, sandwich the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll the dough out between the pieces of parchment paper to about ¼” thick.
7.) Use whatever cookie cutters you like.

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8.) Place the pieces on the parchment lined cookie sheet.
9.) Use a fork to punch holes in the middle of your shapes to make them look like crackers.
10.) Bake these at 350°F for 10 minutes, but no more.
11.) Cool them completely on a cooling rack.

They will slightly harden after cooling.

Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

*This recipe was adapted from this blog.

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