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Soft Pumpkin Dog Treats

Soft pumpkin dog treats are perfect for older dogs or dogs with dental issues. Homemade pumpkin dog treats without peanut butter are low fat, which is also good for older dogs who aren’t as active.

These 4 ingredient pumpkin dog treats are similar to the banana pumpkin dog treats that I made a few years ago. I have yet to meet a dog (or human!) who doesn’t like them.

Soft treats for senior dogs on baking sheet.

Soft treats for older dogs

My dog will turn 13 this year. She’s a senior dog and I lovingly call her my old lady. She’s also had a few teeth pulled and isn’t quite as active as she used to be.

Soft pumpkin dog treats with bone shaped cookie cutter.

I’ve been making treats for her since she was a puppy, but when I don’t have time to make them, I buy them.

I started to notice recently that she was having trouble with really crunchy or hard treats from the pet store, so I set out to create a soft dog treat for older dogs.

Thank you for posting this recipe for dog cookies. My dog is old and can’t eat the store bought treats any longer. She absolutely loves these!

– Laurie

DIY dog biscuits

DIY pumpkin dog treats, like this oatmeal pumpkin dog treat recipe, are less expensive than store-bought treats and I feel better knowing exactly what is in them.

Stacked pumpkin dog treats.

Making dog biscuits is (or should be) really easy, and these are very easy.

Just a bit of mixing, rolling out and cutting cute dog bone shapes. They are the easiest cookies you’ll ever make.

Soft pumpkin dog treats

This is a soft dough. It is very easy to work with and also quite forgiving. Which is helpful, because let’s be honest – we want to make these treats but we also don’t want it to be a huge hassle.

Pumpkin dog treat dough on counter.

These soft pumpkin treats will puff up a bit when they are baked and they stay soft. The applesauce helps to make them moist and just a touch sweet.

Like these homemade dog treats with rolled oats, there are no preservatives in this dog biscuit recipe. You can leave them out on the counter for a few days, but after that, they should be refrigerated.

how to make pumpkin dog treats

You’ll need a few tools to make this recipe. The good news is that you probably already have everything. Just in case you don’t, this is what you’ll need:

Pumpkin dog treat dough.

In a medium bowl, you’ll mix the applesauce, pumpkin and egg together. Then stir in the flour until it forms a soft dough.

Lightly flour the counter or a cutting board, roll out the dough and cut shapes. Bake and cool before giving to your dog.

How to store homemade dog treats

If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for about a week.

Because I live in a warmer, humid climate, I’d only keep them on the counter for a few days, then store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.

Homemade dog biscuits

These pumpkin dog treats make great homemade gifts too. I like to make small dog treat bags to give away to friends and neighbors who have dogs.

Pumpkin dog treats without peanut butter on counter.

If you see the same neighbors walking their dogs in the neighborhood or at the dog park, getting homemade dog biscuits would be a welcome gesture.

And it’s something nice to do for someone (which we could all use a little more of). Plus, I guarantee their dogs would love it.

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soft pumpkin dog treats

Soft pumpkin dog treats

Cheryl Bennett
Soft pumpkin dog treats are perfect for older dogs or dogs with dental issues. They are also low fat, making them a great treat for less active dogs.
4.50 from 134 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dog Treats
Cuisine Dog
Servings 85 treats
Calories 22 kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce


  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C / Gas mark 4.
  • In a medium bowl, stir egg, applesauce and pumpkin together. Add flour and mix until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Dust the counter with flour and knead the dough a few times to make sure it is uniform.
  • Lightly flour a rolling pin, then roll out dough to approximately 1/8" and cut out treats.
  • Lay on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 18 minutes. Cool completely before giving to your pup!



I used a 2" cookie cutter because my dog is small. If you use a larger cutter to make treats for a larger dog, you will need to increase baking time and the yield will be less than 85.
Make sure you buy 100% pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling. Check the can carefully!
Apple sauce should be plain, no added sugar. Ingredients should be apples, water, vitamin C.
These pumpkin treats are perishable – there are no preservatives. After a few days on the counter in an airtight container, you should refrigerate them for up to a few weeks.
If the dough is too sticky to roll out, add a bit of extra flour until you can roll it out easily. If it is a humid day, you may have to add more flour.


Serving: 1gCalories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 1mg
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      1. My dog is a tea cup chihuahua. So will have to roll out very thin, since it will raise during cooking. So will I need to cut down the cooking time.

        1. I needed to find a snack alternative that helped to firm my pugs stool. So I began researching and found this recipe online which I’ve made a few times now. The first time, followed it to the letter with the exception of the size. I used a spice jar lid (fun to see that others had the same idea). The subsequent times making them, I added 1 banana, a small amount of (didn’t measure) carrot which I used the food processor, and oats rather than the flour, I also added 1/2 tsp nutmeg. My pug absolutely loves these treats. I take 1 disc with us for her walk and reward her for doing her business and being polite with people and other dogs. Now the other dogs ask for the treat too. I freeze 28 discs in snack size ziplock baggies and pull out a new baggie every 2 weeks and store that bag in the fridge. Love this recipe!

          1. Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much 🙂 I’m so happy that this recipe works for your pug and I love that you share with other pups too! Thanks for sharing your tips too <3

              1. Absolutely!
                I use cinnamon in my doggie treats… and ground oatmeal for flour, pumpkin and peanut butter. They also love cooked chunks of butternut squash, and canned without salt green beans. Lots of options for my 15 & 13 year old fur babies.

            1. In dogs, myristicin causes drastic and harmful reactions, including high blood pressure, hallucinations, increased heart rate, abdominal pain, or even seizures. Although the amount of nutmeg your dog may consume in a bite of a cookie may have little or no effect, it’s best to keep your dog away from nutmeg altogether.

              1. Thank you for copying and pasting that paragraph directly from AKC, Stacy, but there is no nutmeg listed in my recipe.

          2. Sorry, responded to the wrong commenter below. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs, even in small amounts it can make them sick.

      2. Do you have any more SOFT TREAT recipes for dog treats? My dog is 14 years old and dosen’t have any teeth. I rather make treats for her. It’s also hard to find soft treats in stores. But like I said I’d rather make home made ones and then I’ll know exactly what’s in them. Thank you🐾🐾🐾🐾

        1. Hi Colette, I am working on a new one, so keep your eyes peeled for it 🙂
          However, in the meantime, try the banana pumpkin recipe. Make them a bit smaller (I’m not sure how big your dog is) and reduce baking time by just a few minutes – but make sure they are fully baked through. Keep them in the fridge, because they will go bad at room temperature. That should work.

  1. The recipe calls for applesauce but the video says to add mashed banana. Can you use either one? How much banana?

    1. Hi Robin, The video is for a different dog treat recipe (with banana), so just follow the directions in the Soft Pumpkin Treat recipe post. I hope this helps to clear the confusion! 🙂

      1. Just baked these treats for my senior hounds. They are soft and taste almost like a tea biscuit! I used a spice jar as my cookie cutter, as suggested my another reader.

        1. Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for that lovely review! I’m so glad they turned out well for your senior dogs 🙂 That tip was a good one!

  2. I made these for my dog today with some fresh pumpkin and he loves them! I tasted them and I agree with Fluffy that the treats are tasty.

    1. Hi Anita, I’m sorry, but I have no idea if they are safe for goats 🙁
      I’d consult a veterinarian and see what she/he has to say.

  3. I’ve read this page repeatedly and I see the ingredients needed but I don’t see where it tells you how much of each. Could someone please tell me the amounts of each ingredient? My dog has barely any teeth, doesn’t play with toys and can’t eat the store bought snacks she loved. So I wanted to make these for her for Christmas so she’d have something to enjoy. Can anybody help??

    1. Lesa, the ingredients and full recipe are listed at the end of the post. Below is copied and pasted from the recipe card.
      3 1/2 cups flour
      1 cup pumpkin purée
      1 egg
      1/2 cup applesauce

    1. Hi Debbie, I’ve never used all rice flour before, so I’m not sure how they would turn out. If you are trying to avoid flour, try grinding oatmeal in the food processor and using that instead. I hope that helps!

  4. Just made these and they’re great! Wanted to add that I used an empty spice jar as my cutting shape and they turned out great following the same rolling and baking instructions. The texture and shape turned out like tiny pita pockets.

  5. My dogs absolutely love these dog treats! They won’t quit begging for them. I used oats in the food processor instead of flour omitted the egg and used wheat flour for rolling them out.

      1. Love the idea of oats instead of flour. Should I be measuring the oats amount before putting them in the food processor?

          1. Great! Can’t wait to try this recipe out this week. I’m sure my little senior is going to love them 🙂

    1. Hi Denise, As long as carrots are the only ingredient, I think it would be ok. I’ve never done it, so I can’t say 100%, but in theory, it “should” work just fine 🙂

  6. I made these for my poor little girl (5 lb) who had 9 teeth pulled yesterday. I used the end of a piping tube for the shape, and eve those are too big for her. We break them into bits. She was able to eat one and liked it, I’m so glad to have them.
    Her vet said her kidney enzymes were a little elevated so we need low fat treats. I made half the recipe and froze the other half.

    1. Hi Brigid, I’m glad this recipe worked for your little baby. Having teeth pulled is no fun at all. I hope she is feeling better <3

    1. Hi Nao, I wouldn’t give these to a young puppy. Wait until the pup is a month or two older before you give them any treats.

  7. Making these for the first time. Can you add peanut butter to the recipe as well? If so how much?

  8. Hi there, I make these for my dog every few weeks! I know they are his favourite over anything we get store-bought and he loves to get something from the fridge. He has a very sensitive stomach and when he’s not feeling well these are often the only thing he will eat. He will even choose them over fresh cooked rice and boiled chicken. Thank you for this recipe 🙂

    1. Aw, Paulina! Thank you so much for the feedback. I’m thrilled that your boy loves these treats! (But, I’m sorry he has tummy issues, I know what that’s like). Thank you again for taking the time to leave a lovely comment 🙂

  9. This recipe ROCKS! Who would have thought something so easy with simple good ingredients would make my babies so happy. I have two little senior pugs (14 & 11). One only has two teeth left and the other is blind, but don’t let that fool you because their little noses work really well. They actually know when I am mixing a batch of these up and get so excited for them. I mix, roll, cut out, while my husband bakes them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Tara, Jim, Molly & Mogely

  10. This recipe ROCKS! Who would have thought something so easy with simple good ingredients would make my babies so happy. I have two little senior pugs (14 & 11). One only has two teeth left and the other is blind, but don’t let that fool you because their little noses work really well. They actually know when I am mixing a batch of these up and get so excited for them. I mix, roll, cut out, while my husband bakes them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Tara, Jim, Molly & Mogely

  11. Wallace, the boxer, is around 11 years old and, lately, has been turning down crunchy treats. We’ve been blowing through commercial treats trying to find some that he loves that are good for him and don’t cost next month’s mortgage payment. I made these for him. Didn’t have apple sauce so I pureed the apples we froze from our harvest last fall. I held my breath when I offered him the first one. He loved it and asked for more! (I had to taste them too and they are sweet from the pumpkin and nice and soft.) Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. Carol, this absolutely MADE MY DAY! I’m so happy that Wallace has treats that he likes! I understand what a struggle it can be to find things for our aging fur babies. I’m thrilled that this recipe has worked for him (and YOU!) <3

    1. Hi Sandi, yes, you can freeze the dough. However, I recommend freezing the baked treats instead. I’ve never frozen the dough, but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work.

  12. Hello! My little Bean was just at the vet’s for 5 days due to pancreatitis. So, I’m concerned about the fat from the egg. Would it turn out ok if I just did egg whites or mashed banana?

    Thank you, Kristina

    1. Hi Kristina! I’m so sorry that Bean wasn’t feeling well. I understand your concern. Yes, you can absolutely use mashed banana or egg white instead of whole egg. The egg is there as a binder and a little extra protein, but the recipe should still work with that change. If you run into any issues, shoot me an email and I’ll help you figure it out.

  13. This is the BEST treat recipe ever!! Believe me, I have tried way too many dog treat recipes, and this one is the winner. Dogs love them and I do too!

    The soft texture makes these perfect for seniors and puppies. It also makes using these as training treats a breeze! Easy to break into smaller pieces.

    I am a dog walker and I like to make treats to use with and give to my client’s dogs. I have yet to meet a dog who doesn’t go absolutely bonkers for these treats. I don’t know what it is about them but other recipes are no match for the simple ingredients, soft texture and (apparently) addictive flavor of these treats.

    P.S I make these with oat flour. I take old fashioned rolled oats and grind until a fine powder/ grainy texture in my food processor. Then, use just like I would all purpose flour! Treats still come out nice and soft.

      1. Thank you for this recipe I have an 8 year old pomapoo that has seizures and I have been searching for treats that will be healthy and help his seizures now time to go bake them

        1. Hi Tammy – I don’t think these treats will help his seizures, but they are healthier than store-bought options!

  14. Hi Pook I am going to be making the soft pumpkin treats for a friends dog as well as my fur baby. Unfortunately their baby has a tumor and has lost some teeth too. I am concerned about the cancer side. Are these ok for her and they have to cut out sugar because it actually helps the tumor grow. 🙁 Your nutritional info says no sugar and I assume the sugars from the applesauce and pumpkin are natural, therefore no sugars.

    1. Hi! There is no added sugar, but there is naturally occuring sugar in both the applesauce and pumpkin. It is minimal, but to be on the safe side, I would ask the veterinarian about it, considering it is a serious health issue.

  15. I just made these today as I wanted a soft treat for my Molly as she has an abscessed tooth that will be removed at the end of the week. They are a little chewy so maybe not so if I cook them less than 18 minutes? I see that I can freeze these too which was my question. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Not being one who bakes any sort of sweet stuff, (never baked a cookie in my life), I’ve got a question of a how to nature. Saying a fella wanted to make up some very small treats for a very small dog, how would do that? Try and make a bunch of small treat sized pieces to bake, or make a bunch of smaller “balls” and bake in a group similar to how you’d bake “splittable” dinner rolls in a muffin pan? Or miniature Dachshund just can’t deal with most hard treats and won’t even try.

    1. Hi Drew, I’d say to make it easier on yourself, tear off similar sized pieces of dough (you want to make sure they are relatively the same size, otherwise they won’t all bake at the same rate) and place those pieces on the baking sheet. If they are quite small, reduce the baking time by a minute or two. You’ll want to make sure they aren’t raw in the middle, but also, make sure not to overbake them and make them crunchy.
      Don’t hesitate to ask if you have more questions, I’m here to help! You can also email me (cheryl@pookspantry.com) if you need an answer more quickly. I hope this helps!

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