Homemade Dog Treats

i’ve been doing the blog for over a year now…and scout has been by my side for every recipe.  she gets to sample some, but overall…she only gets to enjoy the smells.  she always stays close, smiles for the camera, and cuddles with me while i write the posts.  she’s such a good girl.  so i thought it was about time i made something just for her.  i finally learned how to make homemade dog treats! these are so simple and easy…and let me tell you…they were a BIG hit.

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!i made these with peanut butter, but you could substitute other pet friendly flavors.  sweet potato or pumpkin would make great substitutions!  the dough is very firm and sticky…don’t let that scare you.  you’re making it right! i rolled my dough to about half an inch thick before cutting out the shapes, and they turned out great.  the dough only rises slightly, so you can cut out almost any shape and it will hold.  i chose some small christmas shapes as well as my adorable “scout” cookie cutter from etsy.  you can find it HERE.  (check out our GIVEAWAY for a free cookie cutter from Name That Cookie HERE!!!!!!) Scout was so excited to eat her homemade dog treats!

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

they bake up just like scout wanted them…crunchy and delicious.  and the best part?? they smell good.  peanut butter smell is much better than milkbone smell!  these homemade dog treats are cheap, easy, and your dog will love you even more once you’ve made them! :)

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

these would make great (and CHEAP AND EASY) gifts for your favorite dog lover.

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

aren’t they so cute?

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

i think scout looks oh so sweet in cookie form.  she thought so too!

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

she was a pretty good sport about getting some pictures in before she enjoyed her homemade dog treats.

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

“well hello, pretty!”

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

twinsies!

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

at this point she was getting pretty annoyed with me :)

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

:)

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!she loved them!

simple homemade dog treats! making these for my pup for Christmas!

this makes a great gift for the dog lover, or the sweet pet in your life.  i look forward to making lots of different types in the future! merry christmas to you and to your pup :)

NOTE: there has been some discussion on whether or not peanut butter is safe for dogs.  I always do research before even thinking about feeding scout something that could be toxic…she’s my girl!! when researching for this post, I found this link from Cesar Milan’s website. (click HERE) peanut butter is actually a healthy food for dogs, containing vitamins and healthy fats.  as always, moderation is a key.  dogs can be allergic to things just like people.  if you feel uncomfortable using pb, other great alternatives would be pumpkin or sweet potato.  let me know if you have questions!!!

Be sure to click HERE to see how to use these treats to make Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Ice Cream Sandwiches!!

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peanut butter dog treats
 
make great homemade dog treats for your favorite pup, or favorite dog lover.
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Recipe type: pet treat
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour (see note below for substitutions)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • ***NOTE: some dogs are allergic to flour/wheat. if you want to make these wheat free, you can use rice flour of coconut flour as a replacement. they will work, but might change the consistency a bit. thanks so much to the readers who wrote it about this!
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and the egg. Add peanut butter, water, honey and stir until you have stiff dough. the dough becomes very firm and sticky. you may need to use your hands, or the paddle attachment on your mixer.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about ½ inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. the treats barely spread and rise, so get creative with your shapes.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden.
  5. keep in an airtight container or give as gifts!

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Becky Hardin (291 Posts)

Becky woke up on her 30th birthday and realized she didn't know how to cook, ANYTHING! She started The Cookie Rookie as a way to document her journey to learn how to cook, one recipe at a time! The Cookie Rookie is a place to find easy recipes that anyone can make, and everyone will love!

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Comments

  1. Brigette Britton says

    I was just reading the above comments. If a dog needs to be wheat free oats are generally not a good idea to use unless they are gluten free oats or oatmeal. Of course every dog is different. But with people who either have wheat sensitivities (gluten) or Celiac’s you can’t eat any type of flour and it includes the oats too. My dog has wheat issues and she can’t touch oatmeal anything :( Try in moderation for your dogs.
    Always as your vet too. All the recipes look amazing on here and I can’t wait to try them all out.

  2. says

    I’m questioning the honey. I’ve never added sweetner to my biscuits. Most, if not all commercialy sold honey isn’t honey at all, it’s corn syrup or something else. I make Christmas biscuits, I will defenitly try these minus the wheat and honey.

    • says

      all purpose flour is not very healthy for dogs, I used whole wheat flour and scout loved them, no adverse reaction. some people use the other flours because some dogs can be allergic, just like humans. the whole wheat flour is super easy to find, you can get it at any grocery store. hope that helps! thanks for stopping by :)

  3. barb says

    I put mine in a airtight container and they molded. This second batch I left get air are find. Freezing is also good.

  4. Tammy says

    I just made these cookies the cup of water makes it to gooy so I did another batch with only half a cup and they were flaky and they were greasy from all that peanut butter but my dog’s loved them just have to figure out a right amount of water for the right consistentcy, I would love to receive more easy dog cookie recipes for small dogs so I can try them I make peanut butter pumpkin cookies when I can find the pumpkin and I also made cinnamon rolls for my dog’s 1 didn’t like them.

    • says

      that makes me so happy!! that is so awesome that you’re a pet foster mom. I have always wanted to do that but we have a VERY finicky cat that would probably go off the deep end if we had dogs in and out. he was a foster kitty and i’m so grateful he was well taken care of before he was ours. thanks for doing that!!

  5. says

    Just whipped these up for my Oreo’s 2nd birthday!!! I used my KitchenAid stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, worked wonderfully!! Can’t wait to spoil him with these!! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • says

      I don’t remember the exact brand, but I used one of the “Natural” peanut butters (I was worried about the sugar too). I think Jif makes a natural option. Hope your doggie loves them! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. says

    I know my dog would love these treats. I’ve always wanted to make my own dog treats homemade but I haven’t actually sat down and done it before. I think I will today, will get some of these dog treat cookie cutters and use your recipe here. My dog won’t wear a bow though ;)

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  8. Patricia says

    Awesome recipe! My dogs loved these!!! I made these for the first time with coconut flour and my dogs loved them however the treats were very soft and crumbly lol. So I made another batch on another day with whole wheat and the treats turned out perfect! Not soft or crumbly anymore! Will make these always for my babies!!! They deserve it! Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

    • says

      Yay!!! That makes me so happy. I just made cat treats and used coconut flour for the first time. I had the same results, a little crumbly. It worked for the cat treats, but I think you’re right about wheat flour being the way to go for these. Thanks SO much for the input!!

  9. annette says

    Thanks for the recipe.. I doubled the recipe and used whole wheat and oats so I could also feed to my horses…They Love Them….Thanks Again

  10. Missy says

    I made this recipe for my Corgi for his ninth birthday. He loves peanut butter, so I was excited to find this recipe. Not to mention it was so easy!

  11. Elizabeth says

    Hi, I was wondering if these could be done without honey? I don’t have any, and my dog has never had it. I fear he might be allergic.

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