Bickies For My Little Punkins


Biscuit dough before baking.

This perennial problem should occur here in Canada sooner than in the States, because our Thanksgiving holiday is held in mid-October. The problem is: what to do with that leftover pumpkin purée?

The other day, E.g. made a batch of the most fantastic pumpkin dinner rolls, and we had a cup of tinned  purée left over. Last night, I wanted to bake some dog biscuits because the expensive, holistic ones we had just bought at the pet store were rancid. So I got out my dog biscuit cookbook. My eyes immediately alit upon a pumpkin biscuit recipe. Ta-da!

Then I changed five of the ten ingredients.

I also rolled it 1/4 inch thick, instead of 1/2 inch.

And I didn’t fuss with cookie cutters.

The biscuits came out slightly soft, a cross between really thin baking-powder biscuits and “Gee, honey, your first pie crust? It’s so interesting!” But the dogs liked them fine. So here’s my version of the cookbook’s recipe.


Finished product.

Garlicky Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.

Stir together the dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

In separate bowl, with a fork, beat/blend together:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée (not pie filling, just plain ol’ pumpkin)
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed (you know, squished with that hand-held thingy)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix the wets and dries together. As in making bread, you’ll have to work it with your hands to absorb all the flour.

Turn out onto a floured surface, and roll 1/4 inch thick. My sheet of dough nicely filled a 17″ x 11″ baking pan. Place on greased baking sheet, and score with knife to the size you want.

Bake about 20 minutes. Wait until it’s cool enough to handle, and break into pieces. Store in airtight container in fridge.


Bedtime snack.

I was able to photograph only Cai, since Fergus did his Lipizzaner imitation and nearly carried off my index finger with his prize. (For two photos of Cardi puppies standing on their hind legs, go here to Shelley’s blog.)

Cai is a different soul. He trotted around the room several times, whining a bit, bickie in mouth. I had forgotten that he used to react this way to a biscuit, but back then, the entire ritual would involve Cai dropping the treat on the floor and dancing about it with his tail wagging like crazy. I suppose he was reluctant now to try out the ritual in front of Fergus, who tends to silently but matter-of-factly take everything from Cai whenever he wants.

Finally, I waved Cai upstairs with his bedtime snack. Better your crust in comfort, than fretting about your strong-as-an-ox little brother.

9 Responses to Bickies For My Little Punkins

  1. Gina says:

    I love Cai’s Checker imitation. I believe I would like those maybe minus the garlic. Tuffy is a little like Fergus…Mandy is supposed to be the alpha but Tuffy will snatch anything from her if she doesn’t eat it fast enough.

  2. goodbear says:

    wow, figures that cody bear and cai are the only two dogs that don’t gobble something before it leaves your finger tips. must be their digestive problems.

    pumpkin is a hot commodity at our house. cody bear its it with almost every meal when ever he is having a stomach flair up.

    i used to bake for loki all the time, but haven’t since she passed. maybe i will do that this weekend! i screwed around with dog bone cookie cutters, but your scoring them is better. they don’t care what they’re shaped like!!!
    i still love your blog.

  3. lavenderbay says:

    They tempt me too, Gina, garlic or not! The original recipe calls for nutmeg and cinnamon, a spoonful of maple syrup, and no garlic. I decided on ginger since it’s supposed to be good for settling stomachs, and garlic for that dog appeal.
    Poor Mandy. Puppies these days don’t respect their elders like they used to, do they? 😉

    I hadn’t thought about Cai’s “polite” eating, Goodbear, but it makes sense, especially knowing that he will grab at a ball or toy.
    The last time I baked dog biscuits — before Cai was diagnosed — I used little teeny cookie cutters, and it took hours. They made nice Christmas gifts, but for my own furkids there’s no sense going to all that fuss.

  4. Checkers says:

    Love that shot of Cai putting the tongue thing to good use. What a dog!

  5. lavenderbay says:

    Takes one to know one, Checkers!

  6. Alyson says:

    Excellent post!! I have about 3 kilos of pumpkin waiting to be taken out on a date – not this time Cinderella, cos treats is all the currency I got at the moment with these Dawgs! Lovely piccys – unfortunately the little brother syndrome is rank among the humans too.

  7. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Alyson! I can’t believe humans would behave like dogs, though. We’re rational beings with souls; that’s what sets us apart, right? Uh, Alyson, why is there coffee splattered over your computer screen? It wasn’t there a moment ago.

    Anyway, assuming that pumpkin puree has approximately the same density as water and therefore the same mass, three kilos of pumpkin would make 1.9 sq m of dough, which would, if cut to the size I cut mine, fill about 24 litre-containers. For the Imperial and American folk, that’s approximately 21 square feet, to fill 6 gallons. For all of you, Alyson’s gonna make 800 medium or 1600 small bickies. WOO-HOO! Where’s that dog-friendly-blogger award, quick!

  8. That looks like a tasty treat! Tucker also takes fingers along with treats, unless you tell him “gentle”. Then he only takes the fingertip.

  9. lavenderbay says:

    If only dogs understood how important human fingers are: baking goodies, opening tins, scooping kibble, setting out bowls, throwing toys, giving scritches, driving to the beach, picking up poopies… Maybe we should work on a “Gentle” command too, James.

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