Pupkin Poppers For Halloween

pupkin poppers

As we get closer to Halloween, pumpkin starts to creep into all sorts of items: coffee (Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, yum!), beer, and desserts - pumpkin cheesecake anyone? - among many.

But all too often, our four-legged friends miss out on this frenzy of pumpkin. And did you know that most dogs really, REALLY enjoy the taste of pumpkin? Give them a little taste of pure pumpkin when you make your next pumpkin pie and you'll see.

Or better yet, try the recipe below and give them a well-deserved treat. Pure pumpkin is loaded with fiber and key vitamins and minerals, so the treats will be good for them, too.

Our dogs actually start to drool as soon as these come out of the oven. Try giving them one while it's still warm, and they will go crazy. Yes, you'll be tempted to try one yourself, and you should! Don't feel bad--you deserve a treat, too.

You can put the cookie cutters away for this recipe, it's a sticky dough. And when you drop them onto cookie sheets, have fun with the shapes. After all, dogs don't care about the shape of their treat, just the flavor. Your dog will enjoy Pupkin Poppers for Halloween!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour**
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp Crisco
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin, canned
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I mixed from powder)

**To make it gluten-free:

  • 3/4 cup rice flour (brown or white)
  • 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup cornstarch

(1/8 cup = 2 tbsp)

Directions:

  1. Gather your ingredients together and preheat oven to 400 degrees.


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  3. Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Cut in shortening until no large lumps appear.


  4. blend flour

    cut in shortening


  5. Beat egg with milk and pumpkin. Add to flour mixture, and mix well.

  6. beat liquids together


  7. Stir until soft dough forms. (it will be sticky)


  8. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.


  9. Let cool and serve. They should be slightly crisp on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.
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  11. Enjoy!
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