Pumpkin Apple Doggie Mint Treats — Damn Delicious

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Pumpkin Apple Doggie Mint Treats

Freshen your dog’s breath with these homemade dog treats. It’s easy, healthy and cheap. It’s a win-win!

I’m all about homemade dog treats. It’s quick, easy, and you know exactly what’s going into your pup’s treats. But if these treats also double as a breath mint, I am all in.

Now these treats have a pumpkin-apple base. Pumpkin is a nutrition powerhouse, loaded with fiber, and it’s good for both constipation and diarrhea. Apples are loaded with fiber, vitamins A and C, omega-3 and -6, antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols.

I honestly don’t know what half of that is but it’s all good. Promise.

And then you have your parsley and mint ingredients – the goodies that will freshen your pup’s breath instantly.

Now you can cut out bones, hearts, or any other shape you desire, like a corgi shape. Yes, I actually do own a corgi cookie cutter. It’s the absolute best.

Either way, your pups will be licking their lips all day long like Butters here!

Pumpkin Apple Doggie Mint Treats

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Freshen your dog’s breath with these homemade dog treats. It’s easy, healthy and cheap. It’s a win-win!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add apple, mint and parsley, beating just until incorporated.
  3. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
  5. Let cool completely.

*Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.

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oh my goodness, could your pups be any cuter? love the personalization on the treats, what did you use?

We purchased personalized cookie cutters from here.

I have a 3lb Yorkie that has stomach issues. Do you think I could use rice flour in place of wheat?

Hi! Great idea, so I will attempt this on the weekend 🙂 My dog is starting have some constipation issues and a very bad breath from the fish based food we started feeding him to prevent the constipation, so this couldn’t have come at a better time 🙂
How many cookies a day do you feed your dog? I know the size varies, but an approximate number would help…
Thanks!

We feed about 2-3 per day.

Love seeing pics of your pups. My dogs love pumpkin! I’ll give them a spoonful of canned organic pumpkin with their meals. They would love these treats (which are too cute)!!

Aww, What well behaved puppies to pose for a picture with a big bowl of treats right in front of them.

I think our corgi might be able to manage that but there would be a big puddle of drool on the floor, lol.

Looking forward to making these.

These are terrific! Can’t wait to make them for my dog. I’m just wondering how long these last? And have you tried freezing them? I’m lazy, so I like cooking a couple of batches at one time. 🙂

Yes, you can store these in the fridge or freezer to extend shelf life as needed. But as always, please use your best judgment.

Oh man, my boyfriend’s dog has the worst breath. I hope these do the trick!

Love the doggie treat suggestion. Will definitely try. Please tell me the breeds of your dogs.

They are both Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Our pug and German Shepherd loved these treats! And they definitely helped with their doggie breath. Two minor challenges: prep time for me was much, much longer than 25 minutes (close to an hour), but I’m sure it would be easier next time. Also, I wish that proper storage directions had been included. We left them in a ziploc baggie, but they went bad after 3 days so it was a lot of work for most of them to go bad. Bottom line is that it may be best to refrigerate them.

These turned out with a hard chewy texture. Not crumbly like traditional dog biscuits. Did I do something wrong? 3 cups of flour was difficult to blend in. I’m not much of a baker so not sure what went wrong.

Perhaps they were over-baked?

I can’t wait until my kitchen is finished so I can make these, but how do you store them? They sound like they’d go bad quickly

I prefer to store them in an airtight-container in the fridge to extend shelf life. But as always, please use your best judgment.

They look like something my dogs would love. The family is starting to complain that the baking kick I’ve been on is making them fat, and doggie treats will be a nice change of pace. Question: do you peel the apple before grating it?

It’s completely up to you (and your dog’s preference). 🙂

made so many . how long can they be stored for and how is the best way of storing them

You can store these in the fridge or freezer to extend shelf life as needed. But as always, please use your best judgment.

Hi, I made these last week. My dogs loved them. One thing I’m concerned about is if I cooked them long enough. They were still somewhat soft, not fully crunchy.

I stored them in Tupperware dishes. I opened the second container yesterday, 6 days after making gem, and they had started molding.

Do they need to be crunchy or still soft when they come out of the oven?

For a more crunchy treat, you can extend cooking time as needed.

You can find these and other cookie cutters at half the price listed here!

Sorry, find them @ Amazon if you want them at half the price!

All your photos are gorgeous but that one of your fur babies licking their chops and eyeing the bowl of treats is just TOO much. I’m about to make a batch of these for my Zelda girl 🙂

Amazing recipe and the personalized cookie cutter is just too cute!
I wanted to start introducing parsley in my dogs diet and have been reading on it.
Just learned today that there are 2 different types of parsley – parsley and spring parsley.
I’m reading that spring parsley is toxic for dogs. Do you have any knowledge in the different types of parsley?
Thanks in advance!

I have read that spring parsley is toxic to dogs due to high levels of furanocoumerin, which can cause photosensitisation and ocular toxicity. You can read more about it here. Hope that helps!

I just made these for our Gread Dane and Corgi. They love them! Add a tbsp of honey and I’d eat them myself. My hubby offered our Dane a piece of raw chicken and she turned her nose up at it but took another cookie.

If you lower the oven temp and extend cook time (I like 275 for about an hour on treats) it will help “dry” them out which makes a little more crunch as well as extending the life. Always put in the fridge after a few days though.

Very cute , great site and thanks for the recipe. I like adding fresh ground herbs to my dog’s food. Looking forward to baking these for an occasional treat, but without the wheat. It sound like you are careful about what you feed your dog so I wanted to share some information(ignore if you know this already. ; ) ). My dog’s DVMs from years of research and practice believe that that wheat(gluten) and other grains like corn, barley and rye are damaging to a healthy dog’s digestive system(gut) over the years in addition a high carbohydrate diet. Sadly most of the grains are now also GMO which makes them even harder to digest. Still, I really am thankful for this great sounding recipe! I’m sharing because after 15 years of learning about canine nutrition, if you weren’t aware, I thought you might want look into the canine/wheat/gluten relationship.

I recently tried out this recipe and the treats turned out wonderfully! My dog LOVES them and I can feel good about giving them to her. 🙂

I shared your recipe on my own blog, giving a link to your page of course. I hope that’s okay?!

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