Pumpkin Molasses Dog Treat Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Dashing through the kitchen… to get their paws on these delicious treats! Bake up a batch of our Pumpkin Molasses Dog Treats for the holidays.

Want to make the holidays even warmer and happier? You should make our Pumpkin Molasses Dog Treats for the Santa Paws in your home! Molasses is a great sweetener that contains vitamin-B6, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, and other beneficial minerals. And for a digestive boost, pumpkin puree adds a festive flavor.

Pumpkin Molasses Dog Treat Recipe

Makes 25 cookies


2 1/2 cups rice flour

1 egg

½ cup pumpkin puree

4 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tablespoon water

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, blend the egg, pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together.
  3. Add the gluten-free flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder into the wet mixture, and stir until a soft dough forms.
  4. Scoop dough by teaspoon, and use your hands to roll the dough into balls.
  5. Place balls on cookie sheets and flatten with a fork.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.
  8. Store in fridge or freezer in an airtight container.

Benefits of Pumpkin for Your Dog

Not only is pumpkin a delicious festive treat for your dog but it offers many great health benefits. I’m not talking about offering your dog a pumpkin spice latte (there are too many dangerous spices). But why not try baking with pumpkin?

With high moisture content, pumpkin makes a great food topper for dry dog kibble. The added moisture hydrates your dog and helps to prevent dehydration. It also contributes to his skin and coat health, helping to prevent dry, flaky skin and excess shedding. If you have a dog that needs to lose a little weight, the combination of moisture and fiber makes pumpkin-based treats a powerful addition to your dog’s diet. It helps your dog feel full and satisfied while encouraging a healthy digestive system.  

Pumpkin also offers a high concentration of vitamin A, or beta-carotene. Not only does vitamin A support your dog’s eye health today, but it also contributes to their sign long term. This includes preventing the development of night blindness and slowing the effects of eye degeneration that are often experienced as they age.

Is Cinnamon Safe for My Dog?

Anytime that spices are used, dog owners may find their self questioning whether it’s a safe choice. When it comes to the use of cinnamon, the answer is yes and no. In small amounts, cinnamon offers anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a great choice for the management of arthritis and joint pain. It can also help lower blood sugar levels. But too much can leave your dog feeling ill.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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