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Pumpkin Molasses Dog Cookies

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Counting down the weeks before Christmas and this year I am making lots of gift boxes, for charity auction winners, family, friends and clients. I go through a huge amount of ingredients, flour, butter, sugar, dried fruit, chocolate etc… I don’t really care to calculate how much goes into this because I’m afraid I would scare myself.

When making gift boxes or baskets I will always include dog treats if the recipient is a pet parent. I posted a recipe for dog biscuits with peanut butter and fruit,  but for the holidays I wanted to do something with more holiday flavors and pumpkin, molasses and a dash of warm spice just screams holidays, at least to me. Why shouldn’t our fur babies have something a little different, special and holidayish.  After doing a little research I determined that molasses in small amounts is not bad for our canine companions and we all know that pumpkin is very very good for them, I didn’t go grain free  for these cookies, but used whole wheat pastry flour which given as a treat and not in large amounts is fine. I found a recipe online for pumpkin molasses dog treats and proceeded to put my own spin on it.

Pumpkin Molasses Dog Cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup coconut oil

6 tbs water (more if needed a tbs at a time)

1 large egg

5 cups whole wheat flour or comination of whole grain flours

1/2 tsp baking soda (optional)

4 tsp dried milk

1/4 tsp powdered ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Optional- sprinkle a little coconut palm sugar mixed with cinnamon and ginger on top before baking.

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Heat oven to 350 degree’s. In small bowl mix together the wet ingredients, pumpkin, molasses, egg, oil and water. In large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, dry, baking soda and spices. Add the wet ingredients and combine until it is a cohesive dough, if you need to add more water do so in small amounts 1 tbs at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool on rack.

Percy ate it but liked the bite of ginger molasses cookies for humans better

Percy ate it but liked the bite of ginger molasses cookies for humans better

 

48 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fun making homemade gifts I love doing it too!!! Happy Holidays! x

    December 5, 2016
  2. All adorable treats, pet and human. Percy looks determined to find more treats! 😀 Mega hugs.

    December 5, 2016
    • Thanks Teagan, Percy is not the best one to test my dog cookies, he is so picky, he ate it but he didn’t devour it. LOL, he doesn’t think he is a dog and can’t understand why he can’t eat what I make for humans.

      December 5, 2016
  3. Fantastic! Percy looks happy even if she’d prefer a human treat. Don’t they all! My dog is on a special diet for her Cushing’s Disease, so I’d have to check with her vet. They look good enough for me, though! LOL

    December 5, 2016
    • I think with Cushings like diabetes you have to give no sugar and low to no grains. I lived with a special diet for Izzy and Nando for years for diabetes. Thanks Mary, for treats I made them ground turkey with vegetables baked and cut into bite size pieces. No grains and no sugar, these only have molasses but that’s still sweet and was contraband 😀

      December 5, 2016
      • True about the sugar and low to no grains. She’s on special dog food for that reason. I think I remember your treats made with ground turkey.

        December 5, 2016
  4. This is the cutest and coolest recipe! My daughter is going to make them for her doggies, thanks Suzanne. Really great.

    December 5, 2016
    • They are so easy to make and I am sure your daughter will have fun. The dough is very easy to work with too, I really liked the recipe. Thanks so much.

      December 5, 2016
  5. My dogs said they would move to your house to be your taste testers if Percy isn’t up for the job. Happy Holidays!

    December 5, 2016
    • Percy is Mr. Picky he had half of one of the little round cookies and only after I said please and retrieved it from the floor twice. They are welcome to come be my taste testers.😀

      December 5, 2016
  6. My daughter really wants a furry little friend. This is so ADORABLE I might just cave. 🙂

    December 5, 2016
    • It’s so good for kids to have pets it teaches them responsibility and caring. Thank you so much Eartha.

      December 5, 2016
  7. Percy has good taste and is one lucky dog!

    December 5, 2016
    • Well, Percy is one picky eater. It really amazes me. He has very definite taste preferences. Thanks Michelle.

      December 5, 2016
  8. You are such a good mama, even if P is picky. 🙂

    December 5, 2016
    • Well I think it’s partially my fault for spoiling him but I thought pugs are supposed to be greedy eaters willing to eat anything anytime, Percy is more like Izzy who was very picky. P has a discriminating palate for sure❤️❤️💕💕😘😘🎄🎅🏻

      December 6, 2016
  9. You are such a precious soul to always look out for our furkids! Silly, picky dogs we all have. Of course they’d rather have human treats but any dog should be grateful to get these! xo

    December 5, 2016
    • Ha, Percy is the ultimate picky eater. He took one bite of the cookie and that was all. I think he did that for my sake. Thanks Kathryn.

      December 12, 2016
  10. You’re so amazing, Suzanne. You have such a big heart. I am lucky to know you.

    December 5, 2016
  11. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    These are awesome a friend of mine are making dog biscuits she is trying out recipes I think she will like this one. My huskies loved them.

    December 5, 2016
  12. Anything with pumpkin and Bob will like it!! They look fab xx

    December 6, 2016
    • They turned out really well even if Percy was not excited I think most dogs would like them. He is so picky 😂😀 thanks Elaine ❤️

      December 6, 2016
  13. Suzanne– you are so creative!! Percy is a lucky guy. (and all your other recipients of dog treats). I can imagine you in the kitchen for days pulling this all together. Hope we get to see more of your baking treats… How is your December going?? Does work slow down a bit? Do you have a big neighborhood event in December?? Hope all’s well. take care blog-friend!! hugs hugs!

    December 6, 2016
    • Hey Rhonda, have been busy baking sending off gift boxes and attempting to decorate for the holidays. This Saturday is our block association holiday party and I have had to coordinate, getting invites out, its potluck so keeping track of what everyone is bringing, etc.,,, I have 2 auction items to send out and have to make 6 more gift baskets for clients and friends. I am so busy my head is spinning. I hope you are enjoying your holiday prep and I look forward to some of your holiday recipes. Thank you Rhonda!😘😀

      December 6, 2016
      • Hey Suzanne– I can picture you, bringing all that together. Do you keep lists and lists?? I have a big one here I’m working on. We have Christmas events 6 nights in a row (3 at our house)– tonight about 30 young girls are coming for an ornament exchange– should be noisy fun. Hope you get all that baking done and beautiful to send out. And hope you (and I) can enjoy the quiet moments in the middle of all the busy-ness. Here’s to Christmas carols and a glass of wine! hugs hugs!

        December 8, 2016
  14. This is the cutest recipe I have ever seen. You are one with a great heart Suzanne😍

    December 7, 2016
  15. Those dog treats look absolutely lovely…and yes, it is better to not start counting how much you spend on ingredients…I think I would scare myself as well 🙂

    December 7, 2016
  16. They’re so pretty!

    December 7, 2016
  17. These bones sound good enough to eat as a human snack. Maci prefers anything that goes into my mouth versus what’s in her bowl too. I always love getting homemade gifts and I’m sure there are some very lucky people on your list!

    December 7, 2016
    • Thanks Julie, I have fun making them and I wonder whether the other dogs who got the cookies liked them. Thank you again.

      December 12, 2016
  18. Oh this is a perfect recipe! I am doing cookie favours for a wedding coming up and we want to do a personalised human cookie and and matching dog cookie for the pet owners…this could be perfect! Do you think the dough is firm enough to be stamped with letter stamps? (like a sugar cookie?’

    December 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much. Yes you can definitely stamp the dough. It is soft but firm enough for that. Sounds great!!

      December 7, 2016
  19. Suzanne, I couldn’t help guffawing at this “I don’t really care to calculate how much goes into this because I’m afraid I would scare myself” – my sentiments EXACTLY!!! 🙂
    Btw, these adorable pumpkin – molasses cookies are such a wonderful treat! I used to be under the impression that dogs werent allowed molasses but I was misinformed – am gonna have to try these out when it gets closer to Christmas – one of mine just had some dental work done – and I must say, how come dog dental work is way cheaper than ours eh?! 🙂
    Btw, you are a doll to include doggie treats in boxes you send out – I was so glad to have finally met ya this year!

    December 8, 2016
    • Thanks so much Shashi, before I put the molasses in I did a bit of research and it seemed that there was no negatives to using it. Didn’t use a lot anyway and the pumpkin is so good for our fur kids. I know about the dental work, I should bring Percy to Georgia, it’s expensive here but then everything is expensive in NYC. I also loved meeting you as well.

      December 12, 2016
  20. Looks like a winner doggie cookie! I may have to actually make these for my little Shih Tzu!! Thanks Suzanne 🙂

    December 8, 2016
    • Thanks Linda, If you did make them I would love to hear if your little one liked them. I actually wanted to use spelt but ran out and had to use whole wheat which I don’t like as much, as a matter of fact I ran out of the different flours I like to use, barley, spelt and oat. These turned out nicely though. Thanks again.

      December 12, 2016
  21. Such thoughtful treats for Christmas 🙂

    December 12, 2016
  22. We have a recipe for soggy biscuits too! Thank s for sharing yours. Please keep posting.

    December 15, 2016

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