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Make Your Own Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Updated on October 5, 2014
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Homemade Dog Treats

My dogs love homemade dog treats as much as kids like cookies. They love watching me mix them, roll them out, and they like licking the bowl clean, but their favorite part is eating them!

I like homemade dog treats because they're healthier, cheaper, better versions of store-bought puppy dog treats.

And best of all, if you make them yourself, you'll know exactly what's going into them and they'll be made with care.

Please Sir, May I Have a Puppy Treat?

Dog Waiting for Treats by waferboard
Dog Waiting for Treats by waferboard

Dogs love treats! Give them what they want -and sneak in some healthy stuff too- by making some of the following homemade peanut butter dog treat recipes.

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Basic Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup dry Milk
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 6 Tbsp creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 cup Water (or broth)
  1. In a food processor, combine flour, dry milk, and honey. Mix well.
  2. Add egg, peanut butter, and water/broth and mix until incorporated.
  3. Roll biscuit dough out to 1/2-inch thickness, then cut with a cookie cutter or a sharp knife.
  4. Bake dog biscuits for 25 minutes in a 350°F oven until hard and dry.
  5. Cool and store in an air-tight container.
5 stars from 3 ratings of Basic Dog Biscuit Recipe

Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats by Rachel Tayse
Homemade Dog Treats by Rachel Tayse

Homemade Dog Cookie Sharing

It'd be lovely to make a variety of dog cookies and pop them into a nice cookie tin to give as a gift.

Or when you go to hand out cookie plates to your friends and neighbors for Christmas, make another plate up for their pets.

Get the Dog Treat Cookbook

The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend
The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend

Get some great dog treat recipes in this handy cookbook.

 

Get Cute Cookie Cutters

Cut out your dog treats with these adorable cookie cutters. Make little bone-shaped cookies and paw prints and more.

Dog Treat Lollipops

This is a tricky recipe, but so cute it's worth making. These are Peanut Butter Dog Treats with rawhide handles to be sort of like doggie lollipops, though since they're for doggies, they're chewy instead of hard like people lollipops.

To increase your chances of success, use a simple lollipop mold that is plain and deep without a lot of detail. You can even use a mini muffin tin, standard muffin tin, or ice cube tray if you wish.

Use whatever dog rawhides or sticks that you'd like in this recipe. There are all sorts of flavors and various versions, so find out which your dog prefers. For a big lollipop use a few sticks put together so it'll be sturdy.

Dog Treat Lollipops

  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp Cold Water
  • 1 Tbsp Carob Chips
  • Compressed Rawhide or Bully Sticks for each Lollipop
  1. Stir all ingredients except the rawhide sticks together in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on half power for about 30 seconds at a time until the ingredients are warm and somewhat of a pourable consistency. Stir thoroughly after each 30 seconds in the microwave.
  3. Spray lollipop molds with cooking spray (the baking cooking spray with flour works best).
  4. Scoop the peanut butter mixture into the lollipop molds. Press the mixture with your fingers, into the molds to fit the forms. Fill each mold 3/4 full.
  5. Let the mixture sit in the molds for 5 minutes.
  6. Then press a rawhide stick into each one. Make sure the stick is placed about in the middle, with the top being covered.
  7. Refrigerate the dog lollipops overnight.
  8. Very carefully remove each dog lollipop from the lollipop mold, wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Have a Puppy Cookie Party!

Get your friends and dogs together for a puppy cookie party.

Invite everyone over, share dog treat recipes and spend the day baking all sorts of goodies for your pets.

Your dogs can spend the day playing while you and your friends can hang out and make dog treats.

Afterwards each person and dog can go home with a selection of treats from the day.

Dog Party!
Dog Party! | Source

How to Make Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats

These would be great for Halloween!

From the video description:

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup pumpkin (NOT Pie Filling)

1/2 cup peanut butter (Cream or Crunchy, your choice)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup water as needed

Directions:

Preheat your Oven to 350. Mix together all ingredients except the water. Mix well until the dough is firm and not to sticky. If it's to dry, add a splash of water as needed, and if it's to sticky, add a touch more flour.

On a lightly floured surface Roll out your dough and cut it into shapes! You can do your cookies between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick. It just depends on how long you want to cook them. Pop them in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes. They will get slightly brown and when you go to pick them up they will be nice and firm. Now place them on a rack to cool.

Frosting:

For this recipe I used just melted white discs with a bit of paramount crystals added, and a touch of food coloring. You can also use yogurt discs.

Peanut Butter for Dog Treats

Peanut Butter is a great source of vitamins E, K, and B12, plus potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, calcium, and fiber. Using natural peanut butter reduces fat and sugar.

It's always good to find the best peanut butter you can when making treats for your pups.

My Favorite Peanut Butter for Dog Treats

Once Again Peanut Butter is

  • Gluten Free
  • No Salt Added
  • No Sugar Added
  • Vegan
  • Natural
  • Wholesome

Healthy Stir-in Ingredients

Dog treats are a great way to slip in

all sorts of healthy ingredients.

Mix in some of the following and add a bit of a nutritional boost:

  • Farm-Raised Eggs from real farms are full of vitamins, especially Beta-carotene and Omega-3s

  • Raw Milk has massive amounts of nutrients, though be sure to use Raw Milk since some dogs are lactose-intolerant and can't digest processed milk

  • Shredded Carrots

  • Cooked Pumpkin

  • Shredded Zucchini

  • Mashed Banana

  • Cooked Sweet Potato

  • Dried berries (no raisins)

  • Parsley for fresh breath

  • Mint for fresh breath

Or purchase some of the following and add into your dog treats to make them even healthier. About a tablespoon or so will add all sorts of nutrients. Go slowly though, make sure your pets aren't allergic and since some of these help digestion they can add gas if suddenly added in large amounts.

Chia Seeds

Chia pet, or better yet, chia seeds for your pet.

  • Complete Protein
  • High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • High in Calcium
  • High in Iron
  • Have lots of Potassium
  • Have lots of Vegetable Protein
  • Have lots of Vitamin C
  • Contain boron
  • Have lots of Antioxidants

Flax Seeds

Flax seed needs to be ground before being used, or buy preground flax seed.

  • High in Lignans
  • Lots of Antioxidants
  • Omega-3 fatty acid Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  • Fiber
  • Linoleic (Omega-6s)
  • Linolenic (Omega-3s)

Hempseed

Get shelled hempseed and easily add lots of nutrition to all sorts of items, but especially dog treats.

  • High in Vitamin E
  • Omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
  • Omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)

Wheat Germ

  • Nearly every B vitamin
  • Thiamin (vitamin B1)
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Iron
  • Soluble fiber
  • Essential fatty acid Omega-3
  • Essential fatty acid Omega-6
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Protein
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Wheat germ is also the best source of vitamin E contained in any food

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional Yeast

  • Rich in B-12
  • Folic acid
  • 18 amino acids
  • Protein
  • Biotin
  • Several other vitamins
  • Rich in 15 minerals
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Nutritional Yeast repels fleas and other biting insects
  • Improves your dog's coat
  • Good for breeds that tend to be stressed or excitable

Rolling Out Dough for Dog Treats

Rolling Out Homemade Dog Treat Dough by Rachel Tayse
Rolling Out Homemade Dog Treat Dough by Rachel Tayse

Cutting Out Dog Treats with a Bone Cookie Cutter

Cutting Out Dog Biscuits by Rachel Tayse
Cutting Out Dog Biscuits by Rachel Tayse

Dog Treats Ready to Bake

Baking Dog Cookies by Rachel Tayse
Baking Dog Cookies by Rachel Tayse
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Dog Treat Size

Most dog treat sizes can be adjusted to accommodate larger or smaller dogs or your personal preference, you will likely need to adjust the cooking time. Lower the heat and leave in longer for bigger sized treats and take them out early for smaller ones.

Dog treats used for training tend to be smaller so the dog doesn't lose focus, but dogs who need to be occupied need larger treats or small treats scattered for them to look for.

No matter what size you make, just make sure the dog treats are sized too big or too small to choke on.

DIY: Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1/3 cup Peanut Butter

1/2 cup mashed Banana

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 cup Flour

1 cup Oatmeal or Wheat Germ

1 Egg White, lightly beaten for brushing

Good Doggie Dog Treats

Picture of homemade dog treats by ginnerobot
Picture of homemade dog treats by ginnerobot

Dog Treats in Moderation

Dogs should only get treats in moderation since they often are higher in fat, salt, and sugar, but have less health benefits than their regular food they'd be replacing. Overweight dogs especially should get treats rarely.

Just as we shouldn't live on potato chips, dogs should only occasionally get treats, and the healthiest version should be used when fed regularly.

Luckily, homemade dog treats are often far healthier than store-bought varieties, so you can relax and give them a bit more treats than they could get otherwise, especially if you have added lots of healthy additions such as flax seed and nutritional yeast.

Picture of homemade dog treats by ginnerobot
Picture of homemade dog treats by ginnerobot

Good Doggie Dog Treat Recipe

  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (more if needed)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes, dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2-3 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp hulled raw hemp seed
  1. Preheat oven to 300*.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
  3. Stir until well blended.
  4. Knead dough for about 1 minute.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4" thickness.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut dough into various shapes.
  7. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool, then store in air tight container.
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Homemade No-Bake Dog Treats

It's nice to make some dog treats that don't have to be baked, especially since if you're using the dog treats to sneak pills to your dog, most medications cannot be cooked.

No-Bake Peanut-ty Pupcicles

  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Wheat Germ
  • 1/4 cup chopped Peanuts
  1. Mash the banana and peanut together, then stir in the wheat germ (or you can use oatmeal) and peanuts.
  2. Form mixture into a log-like shape.
  3. Wrap with saran wrap and chill mixture for 1 hour.
  4. Once chilled you can separate the log into sections for easy treating.
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Kong Dog Toy

One of my dogs' favorite treats is a Kong Dog Toy stuffed with peanut butter. All I need to do is fill it with peanut butter and they're occupied for hours. Or make some of your homemade treats a bit smaller and stuff the Kong with those so that your dog has to roll and play with the toy for them to fall out.

Stuff Your Kongs with Peanut Butter

I stuff my dogs' Kongs with peanut butter, and this squeeze peanut butter specifically for Kongs makes stuffing them much easier.

Beefy Peanut Butter Dog Treats

  • 2 (6 oz) jars of Beef & Veggie Baby Food (or other flavor)
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ
  • 2 cups Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  1. Mix all ingredients well in a medium bowl.
  2. Drop the peanut butter and baby food mixture by spoonful on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 for around 10 minutes.
  4. It's hard to tell when the treats are done but they're pretty forgiving. Remove from the oven once they don't look wet and seem set.
  5. Let cool and store in the refrigerator.

Dog Bone Treats

Dog Bone Treats By cathyse97
Dog Bone Treats By cathyse97

Dog Treats Storage

Many homemade dog treats don't have the preservatives that store-bought dog treats have, so they can't be stored a room-temperature as long. Most should be stored in the refrigerator, or the freezer so that they last longer.

But the best thing is, dogs go through homemade treats so quickly that you likely won't have them for long.

Your Dogs Want Treats

Labrador Waiting for Dog Treat by theilr
Labrador Waiting for Dog Treat by theilr

Share Your Extra Dog Treats

Give some dog treats to your neighbors for their dogs.

Share some dog treats with your dog-loving coworker.

Donate a whole bunch of homemade dog treats to your local animal shelter (ask first though, some don't accept them).

Have a pet treat bake sale at school.

Make some dog treats for Christmas gifts (don't forget to print out and attach the recipes).

Comments

Have a favorite peanut butter dog treat recipe? Leave a comment down below and share it. Or if you've tried some of the above recipes let us know. Us, and our pups, are waiting to hear from you :)

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      DebraGarcia 3 months ago

      My two dogs would love these treats. They are so spoil but in a good way. There good boys and they deserve some good doggy treats.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for all of these recipe's. I can't wait to get in the kitchen. We must be so careful when buying "store bought" treats for our dogs and these recipes look so easy and have ingredients that are readily available.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I love your idea about throwing a "Puppy Cookie Party"! We enjoy making homemade treats for our dogs and the neighbors' pooches. They especially love the peanut butter variety and the cheese biscuits.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Fabulous! My puppies would love these homemade treats!

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      Evelyn88 5 years ago

      My dog isn't a puppy anymore (although she acts like one) but I will certainly try make some of these dog cookies!

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      Lucky621 LM 5 years ago

      Wow!! These are great recipes. My dog loves snacks but I worry that the store bought ones are not healthy. Can't wait to try these. Thanks!

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I have to send this to my mom

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you! This is exactly what I've been looking for! *Blessed*

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      Jolent 5 years ago

      I love this lens! We've been considering making our own treats for our dog, and you have so much here on one page I will not have to spend hours looking for everything!

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      josephpowell519 5 years ago

      Great lens, really enjoyed it. Very unique lens

      I've given this a like too.

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      JessyGene 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I don't have a dog, but I have pet rats who also enjoy homemade treats. I may try some of these recipes for them. Thanks!