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The Master Pie Recipe for Dogs

By Rover
published: March 14, 2019 - updated: August 22, 2022 • 2 min. read
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Homemade pie is one of those things that SEEMS really hard, but once you try it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. But can your dog partake? Dog-friendly pie—is that a thing?

Of course. Just make sure you skip the sugar and other non-dog-friendly ingredients. We searched for the best dog-friendly pie recipes around and discovered a foolproof method that you can tweak to make any flavor imaginable. Cranberry chicken. Pumpkin peanut butter. Apples and cheddar. Blueberry + chicken. Mmmm. Okay, for your dog.

How to Make Pie for Dogs

Step One: Crust

At its most basic, pie crust has three ingredients. You’re likely to have them already in your kitchen…

  • flour
  • water
  • butter or shortening

Optional add-ins: crack in an egg for protein and extra-malleable texture. Try grated cheese for dairy lovers. Oatmeal is healthy. Or applesauce. Going gluten-free? Try a meat “crust” of beef, minced veggies, egg, and a handful of oats.

Mix it up by cutting the fat into the flour with your fingers, a pastry cutter, or a food processor. Then roll, cut as needed, and bake. For full pie crust instructions, please follow Epicurious’s 3 Ingredient recipe.

For most unfilled crusts, baking for 20 or so minutes at 350 degrees should suffice.

Step Two: Form Factor

Tempting as it might be to put all of this in a regular 9” or 10” pie dish, that size is a little much for most dogs. We suggest using a muffin tin to make snack-size pies. For extra style, use a dog-themed baking mold, like this $7 silicone one.

Step Three: Filling

Here’s where you can get creative. Many fruits are good for dogs, from blueberries to apples. Blend in some chicken, some peanut butter, some beef … really, you can go places with your pie filling. Simplest of all? Plain old pumpkin. Buy a can of pumpkin—not the sugary pie filling, though—spoon it into your crusts, and voila. As promised, it’s impossible to mess up.

Baking time varies a bit depending on the type of filling and whether you’ve precooked the ingredients. Generally, 20 minutes at 350 degrees should do, just as above.

Want more details? You’ll find great dog-friendly pie recipes hereherehere, and here. This video is also a great step-by-step tutorial for a dog-friendly pumpkin pie.

Finally, if you don’t have time for baking, you can always get your pup this adorable pup-pie to mark the occasion.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Rover. Founded in 2011 with headquarters based in Seattle, WA, Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

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By Rover

Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers, based in Seattle, Wash. Rover believes everyone deserves the unconditional love of a pet, and it exists to make it easier to experience that love. The Rover app and website connect dog and cat parents with loving pet sitters and dog walkers in neighborhoods across the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. Rover empowers a community of loving pet sitters and dog walkers to run their pet care businesses on Rover with the tools and security of our global company to back them. This includes access to a support team that’s available 24/7, the Rover Guarantee and sitter background checks to put their clients’ minds at ease, and photo updates so pet parents can keep up with their pets’ every adventure. Rover and Healthy Paws Pet Insurance have exchanged blog content.

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