Dog Food Recipes: Pumpkin Cheese Cups

Dog-safe “mutt cups”
By Barbara Burg, November 2008

Beyond dog biscuits—here’s a homemade nutritious dog treat perfect for those festive occasions during pumpkin season.

Yield: About 24 mini-mutt cups and 24 garnish cookies


For the Cups
2 1/2 cups (310 g) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (40 g) whole rolled oats
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup (240 ml) water
1/2 cup (130 g) all-natural crunchy peanut butter

For the Filling
1/2 cup (100 g) puréed pumpkin
16 ounces (450 g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature


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Dog Treat Directions

Start with the dog-safe treat cups.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Combine wheat flour and oats in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg, water and peanut butter and mix well.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough and roll out to 1/8" (0.3 cm) thickness.
  5. Cut out twenty-four 2" (5 cm) circles. Use remaining dough to cut out 24 small garnish cookies (Here’s an idea: Cut the cookies into your dog’s favorite shapes.)
  6. Spray a mini-muffin pan with oil and lightly dust with flour. Lay circles in the mini-muffin cups and press.
  7. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool enough to handle, remove from pan, then let cool completely.
  8. Store in sealed container until ready to fill with cheese mixture.

Next for the filling

  1. With a hand mixer, mix pumpkin and cream cheese together until well blended.
  2. Place cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a large-tip opening; you can also use a plastic sandwich bag—snip corner of sandwich baggie to create a 1/2" (1.3 cm) opening.
  3. Gently squeeze filling into cookie cups.
  4. Garnish with a small cookie.
Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 48: May/Jun 2008

Photograph by Donna Bise

Barbara Burg and her husband founded Barbara's Canine Catering in 1995. She is active in animal rescue organizations throughout the country and in Baja, Mexico.