Often times our toughest food critic is our dogs, but this is one recipe even the most finicky dog can’t resist. Your pup will be happy to devour these wholesome, moist and delicious mini mutt cups made with pureed pumpkin and cream cheese. That’s right! You don’t have to wait until October to enjoy pumpkin’s. Humans like an occasional sweet treat, and our dogs are no different. This Pumpkin Cheese Cup recipe is sure to satisfy your dog’s sweet tooth. Leaving him barking “Where have you been all my life?” Hey, you might like them too, but be sure to leave enough for your canine pal. Enough with the small talk already, lets roll up our sleeves and get baking!
Pumpkin Cheese Cups

Ingredients

Yield: About 24 mini-mutt cups and 24 garnish cookies

For the Cups
2 1/2 cups (310 g) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (40 g) whole rolled oats
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup (240 ml) water
1/2 cup (130 g) all-natural crunchy peanut butter

For the Filling
1/2 cup (100 g) puréed pumpkin
16 ounces (450 g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature

Preparation

For the Cups
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
Combine wheat flour and oats in a large bowl. Add egg, water and peanut butter and mix well.
On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough and roll out to 1/8″ (0.3 cm) thickness.
Cut out twenty-four 2″ (5 cm) circles. Use remaining dough to cut out 24 small garnish cookies (Here’s an idea: Cut the cookies into your dog’s favorite shapes.)
Spray a mini-muffin pan with oil and lightly dust with flour. Lay circles in the mini-muffin cups and press.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool enough to handle, remove from pan, then let cool completely.
Store in sealed container until ready to fill with cheese mixture.

For the Filling
With a hand mixer, mix pumpkin and cream cheese together until well blended.
Place cream cheese mixture into a pastry bag with a large-tip opening; you can also use a plastic sandwich bag—snip corner of sandwich baggie to create a 1/2″ (1.3 cm) opening.
Gently squeeze filling into cookie cups. Garnish with a small cookie.

Courtesy of Bark Magazine

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