Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy! 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! And let me tell you…they were a BIG hit.

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, but 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.  Scout was so excited to eat her homemade dog treats!

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

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! :)

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

These homemade dog treats make a great (and CHEAP AND EASY) gift for your favorite dog lover.

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

Aren’t they so cute?

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

I think Scout looks oh so sweet in cookie form. She thought so too!

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

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

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

“Well hello, pretty!”

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!


Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

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

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!


Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!She loved them!

Homemade Dog Treats are so simple and easy to make!

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 peanut butter, other great alternatives would be pumpkin or sweet potato. Let me know if you have questions!!!

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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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  • 2 1/2 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!


  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 1/2 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!
Recipe Type: pet treat


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my dog can't eat anything with corn,wheat or soy so what can I replace the whole wheat flour?
    becky gall hardin
    such a good question. I was actually just looking into this for someone on facebook. I'm going to keep doing some research...but initial thoughts would be oatmeal and some kind of brown rice flour or there's also oat flour. you could also use quinoa flour or flax meal. I'm going to do some more looking into where you can purchase those items. thanks so much for the question! def want to keep the doggies out there feeling good :)
      izzy's mom
      What about chick pea flour? Then it could be grain free.
        Doodlebug's mommy
        I have to make gluten free desserts and I usually use almond flour instead of regular flour. You could try that.
          While Almonds are not on the "danger" list of nuts that cause toxic reactions in dogs, they are extremely difficult for many dogs to digest and can cause GI distress. In some large and giant breeds, the excessive production of gas can lead to a life threatening condition known as Bloat or GDV. A dog that goes into a bloat is in further danger of a torsion and can die in a very sort amount of time without emergency treatment and typically very expensive surgery. Here's a couple links that will provide more information on fruits, nuts and seeds that are safe / unsafe for dogs: http://www.dogheirs.com/dogheirs/posts/141-toxic-foods-for-dogs-fruits-vegetables-and-nuts http://www.pawnation.com/2013/03/04/nuts-that-are-unsafe-for-dogs-to-eat/ http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health-toxins/Nut-Dangers-to-Dogs.aspx
      My dog has had seizures and I worry about EVERYTHING! I use whole wheat and coconut flour for my dog cookies. The coconut flour is just SOOO dry with a cornmeal texture though, but because my husband on a new diet, I use ground pecans for pie crust for his sugar free cheese cake, and she has no problem with the pecans. This sounds like we should try a new experiment! (keeping in mind of course that the pecans have a high oil content) I hear almonds could be a problem for some dogs, so I haven't even tried almond flour.
        Becky Hardin
        Thanks for the info!! It always helps to learn more about this stuff. Hope your pup loves them!!
          Can you use just normal baking flour ?
          Becky Hardin
          You can, although some dogs have an allergy, just like some humans. I have made them that way for my dog and she didn't have any stomach issues, but some doggies will. Hope you love the recipe!!
      Oat flour can be made by just grinding oats in a food processsor. This is less expensive than purchasing the oat flour already processed. If your flour of choice has no gluten, like rice flour, you can add some xanthan gum to it for a binding agent.
      Nancy Sawhill
      Almond Flour which can be found in most baking areas. I got some in my local Wal Mart
    Mary Doris-Antonopoulos
    You can use Rice Flour, Barley Flour or Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats or a combinations of these to make the required amount of flour needed.
      becky gall hardin
      thank you SO much for the info! I'm sure lots of readers will appreciate that. i'll try to make my next treats wheat-free!
        Katrina Matt
        You can also use any gluten free flour blend that doesn't contain a fun base. I just made these with my own blend of sorghum flour, tapoica and potato starches. That are still banking but look awesome !
    coconut flour
      Becky Hardin
      Such a good idea! I actually bought some this weekend and plan on trying that next
        I don't have any peanut butter and am trying to avoid a trip to the store. Can I use coconut oil instead? How much should I use? Thank you SO much!!!!
        I'm super late to the dog baking party, but reading through the comments, I see no one else offered a coconut flour tip... I made these last night, and the dough was way too crumby with the same amount of coconut flour as wheat flour. I read up on it, you should only use 20% of the amount of regular flour, and then add the same amount of liquid. When I made these cookies I ended up adding an extra egg and about 1/4 cup extra water. Mind you I actually halved the recipe. It was kind of dry and hard to work with, and my cookies were not hard or crunchy. 3 dogs in the house, and they all looked like Cookie Monster eating these, so they obviously didn't care. I just wouldn't give them away as gifts this batch, because the crumby dough baked into cookies with cracks that fall apart easily. :)
    It's best not to feed hard treats like this to dogs because they're hard to digest and are not a natural food for them. They don't digest grains and flour. It causes digestive problems and aggravates health conditions like allergies and seizures. Peanuts and peanut butter contain aflotoxins which cause cancer. People and animals are advised NOT to eat both items.
      if you don't like the recipe, then ignore it and move on.
      If you give your pet store bought treats, this is a safe healthy alternative. My dogs have had peanut butter in their treats for years. My yellow lab is 14 and hasn't had any issues. Everything in moderation works best for pets, as well as humans.
        Becky Hardin
        I agree about everything in moderation and I love your substitution for the tapioca flour. Pets can be allergic to almost anything, just like humans. Thanks for being such a thoughtful pet owner, and I really appreciate you stopping by!! Glad your lab liked the treats :) :) :)
      What? peanuts and peanut butter cause cancer?? I have NEVER heard that before! Cancer runs on both sides of my family so I'm careful with my diet. I eat natural peanut butter almost every day! I usually give some to my 9 year old dog as well and we are both healthy! As far as I know its a natural anti-inflammatory which helps prevent cancer.
        http://naturalsociety.com/is-your-peanut-butter-full-of-carcinogens/ My comment is based on facts, not that "giving treats is good for dogs." No, only the correct food is good for dogs and the only correct diet for dogs is raw meat and bones. They don't eat flour, make fire, bake anything...Poor and incorrect food along with vaccines is responsible for the poor health and shorter lives dogs have had for the last several decades. Before vaccines and "pet foods" dogs averageed life was 25 to 30 yrs without all these diseases they have now. Facts only are what's important, not what people think or feel.
          Facts are important, Debi, but this article on "naturalsociety.com" does not provide any. It cites minimal references, none of which actually describe a definitive link between peanut consumption and cancer. I would instead refer to peer-reviewed literature, like this article http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/9/1757S.full.pdf+html, which indicates that the relationship is unclear, but possibly beneficial.
          Becky Hardin
          Thanks for this article An. I know we are all constantly learning. I have heard and read that peanut butter is fine for dogs, although some dogs can definitely have an allergy, just like people. I appreciate all of the comments!
          Ha, you lost me at vaccines. Please read some properly researched material.
      Sonya Wedge
      That's crazy....I would give my dog peanut butter for treats for years....she lived to be 16.5. Part of the problem might also be with pure bred dogs....they seem to have a lot more problems than mixed breeds. Thanks for the dog treat recipe; I just made them and I used molasses instead of honey.
    Brown rice flour and oat flour will work.
Nikki Darkforest
I just made this using coconut Flour and my dog loves it!
    becky gall hardin
    another great idea! I'm going to update the recipe with your suggestion! THANK YOU! (and thanks for stopping by!)
    I use tapioca flour, as my golden cannot have any wheat or oats. :D
Brigette Britton
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.
What a good pup ....my dogs woulda eaten them before I took the pics LOL
    becky gall hardin
    I had my husband helping me haha. She was compensated for her good behavior with a treat every couple pics lol
Lori Viereckl
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.
    Not if it states honey
Why can't you just use white flour?
    You can although it is not as healthy for the dogs.
Janet Sonneman
Sounds good!! Can't wait to try this for my pup!
Sandy Bruce
Can we not use all purpose flour? Must we use rice flour? Anxious to make these dog treats.
    becky gall hardin
    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 :)
I put mine in a airtight container and they molded. This second batch I left get air are find. Freezing is also good.
Can I use Peanut Butter flour?
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