Puppy Russian Butter Balls

Oct 15, 2020 | Pets, Treat Recipes

Happy “Friday Treats Friday” everyone!  Do you love Russian Butter Balls or also called Snowball cookies?  Well, I’ve created a recipe so your pup can eat them to.  Made with canned pumpkin, whole wheat flour, egg, peanut butter, and rolled in ground cinnamon, these Puppy Russian Butter Balls were a hit with Jake and Maggie!  Russian Butter Balls are made with lots of flour and nuts, then rolled in powdered sugar!  You won’t find any of that in these treats and instead chose to use cinnamon to roll these cookies in!  I know they love pumpkin but when I handed them the spoon, their tails started wagging immediately.  As always, this treat is Lab tested and approved!  And did you know that pumpkin can be given to cats also?  I have never tried it as I do not have a cat but I did some research and included the information below.
Puppy Russian Butter Balls
Puppy Russian Butter Balls
Is Pumpkin good for your dog and cat?  
Yes!  Pumpkin has many health benefits such as aiding in digestive issues and weight loss.  Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.

Is it ok to give your dog pumpkin seeds?
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.

Have a pet with weight issues?  
Replace a portion of their food with pumpkin keeping their stomachs full with less calorie intake.  

Puppy Russian Butter Balls
For more treats using pumpkin, check out my previous blog posts:

What Kind of Pumpkin Should I Feed My Dog?
Plain canned pumpkin is the healthiest choice for your dog. Both fresh and canned pumpkinare good sources of nutrients and fiber, but canned pumpkin contains a higher concentration of fiber and nutrients compared to fresh pumpkin.

How much canned pumpkin can I give my dog?
Generally, 1 tsp of canned (or cooked and pureed) pumpkin per 10 lbs of body weight per day is a good standard to go by. If your dog has a health condition such as diabetes, please talk to your vet before feeding pumpkin to your dog.

Can cats have pumpkin?

Feed your adult cat 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of pumpkin daily, or mix that amount into her food. However, it is recommended first checking with your vet before indulging in canned pumpkin for cats. Do not give your cat raw pumpkin, pumpkin pulp, or the stem or skin of the pumpkin.

How long does it take for pumpkin to work on cats?

If you decide to help treat your cat’s constipation or diarrhea by adding pumpkin to his diet, you should see improvements within a few hours to 1-2 days. Most cats will enjoy a bit of pumpkin mixed in with their wet food, or all by itself.

Puppy Russian Butter Balls

Puppy Russian Butter Balls

A sweet treat packed full of pumpkin, whole wheat, peanut butter, egg, and cinnamon!
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Course: Snack
Keyword: pumpkin, cinnamon, whole wheat, egg, peanut butter
Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ground cinnamon for rolling russian butter ball in


  • Mix whole wheat flour, egg, canned pumpkin, peanut butter together until smooth
  • Take 1 tablespoon of mixture and roll into ball
  • If to soft, roll in whole wheat flour to help form a ball shape. Dough should not be runny
  • Roll ball into cinnamon
  • Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes
  • I used a toaster oven for this recipe. Depending on your oven, you might need to change the cooking time.
  • Puppy Russian Butter Balls should be spongy when broken open
  • Store in air tight container for up to 1 week

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  1. Carla Evans

    I would like to start trying to make homemade cat treats for my boys! Pumpkin is something I am gonna try ????

    • Bobbi

      Awesome! Let me know how they turn out.


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