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My Favorite Dog Cookie Recipes

Updated on June 10, 2014

Treat Your Pooch To Homemade Biscuits!

I enjoy making made-from-scratch dog treats for our canine friends. They always receive a "paws up" from the pooches in the neighborhood so I thought I would share my favorite recipes.

These are a labor of love and so worth the effort! Especially with recent dog food recalls, pet allergy awareness, and stale, non-descript store bought treats...making your own pup cookies gives you peace of mind knowing what your dog is ingesting. Tasty, fresh and no chemicals or preservatives since you control the ingredients. It's so satisfying to watch the dogs enthusiastically devour the homemade treats!

This lens is dedicated to our dear Daisy dog...our wonderful hound / lab mix. She so loved made-from-scratch dog biscuits. It was a joy to watch her gobble them up. I placed a photo of her and one of her favorite toys snoozing on our bed in the "Dog Treat Poll" module below...

Caution: Once your lucky pet tries them they may stick their nose up at the boxed varieties! ; )

Photo: Rupert, Naperville Humane Society,

Cheddar Cheese Dog Cookies

My All-Time Favorite Recipe! Always a Huge Hit With Our Furry Friends!


1 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup margarine

1 cup boiling water

3/4 cup cornmeal

2 teaspoons white sugar

2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

1/2 cup milk

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 egg, beaten

3 cups whole wheat flour


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets (I spray with Pam).

2. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time until a stiff dough has formed.

3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place 1" apart onto the greased cookie sheets.

4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in preheated oven until golden brown (check at 35 minute mark to make sure they are not burnt on bottom). Cool on wax paper before serving. Store in a covered container (does not require refrigeration)

(You can substitute chicken bouillon for the beef if you - or your dog - prefer)

You Will Need Dog-Related Cookie Cutters - Here's a few of my favorites...

Fire Hydrant Cookie Cutter
Fire Hydrant Cookie Cutter

A fun and whimsical cookie cutter. What dog can refuse a fire hydrant? ; )

R&M International 1823 Bow Wow Dog Cookie Cutters, Assorted, 13-Piece Set
R&M International 1823 Bow Wow Dog Cookie Cutters, Assorted, 13-Piece Set

A great selection of cutters in various dog breeds including labs, poodles and collies.

Fox Run 3645 Mini Animal Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 9-Piece
Fox Run 3645 Mini Animal Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 9-Piece

Set of 9 animal themed cutters: swan, reindeer, chick, pig, cat, cow, bunny, dog, and owl. Very cute!

Wilton 2308-1125 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set
Wilton 2308-1125 3 Piece Hearts Cutter Set

You need to make your special dog friends some treats in heart shapes! Great for their birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas...etc.

Fox Run 3683 Dog Bone Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 3-Piece
Fox Run 3683 Dog Bone Cookie Cutter Set, Stainless Steel, 3-Piece

My favorite dog cookie shape is naturally the "Dog Bone". Nice set with different sized bones for small, medium and large breeds.


Daisy's Peanut Butter Cookies

Drool worthy indeed!


3 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup rolled oats (uncooked)

1 cup hot water

1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil

2 eggs - lightly beaten

3 to 4 tablespoons peanut butter - smooth variety


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets.

2. Combine wet ingredients: peanut butter, hot water, oil, and eggs in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Set aside.

3. Combine dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, and oats in a separate bowl. Mix well.

4. Pour the bowl of the wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well with a hand mixer until dough forms.

5. Knead dough on a floured surface until no longer sticky (add flour as needed). Roll out dough to about 1/2 " thickness and cut into desired shapes.

6. Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes (or firm to the touch). Remove from oven and cool until hard. (I transfer cookies to wax paper and cool on counter) Store in an airtight container.

Dog Treat Poll - Please take a second to vote...thank you!

Have you ever made homemade dog cookies / treats?

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Homemade Dog Cookie Tips

What I've Learned Through Trial & Error

* Use fresh, quality ingredients. Take stock before you start so you don't need to run out to the store for a missing item.

* Keep an eye on the cookies near the end of the bake time. They can burn quickly...especially a second batch in a hot oven.

* Tailor your treats to the size of dog you'll be serving. For example small bone cookies for pugs and toy breeds, and larger bones and other shapes for big breeds like mastiffs and great danes.

* These recipes are very easy to adjust to what you have in your pantry or your dog's food preferences. If you make substitutions, keep an eye on dough consistency. If it's too wet, add more flour. If it's too dry, add some water.

* Let the treats cool and harden on the countertop then place in covered containers. When I give them as gifts I use festive, dog-themed tins (last Christmas I used bone shaped tins I found at Walmart) or cute gift bags with pawprints or dog images (picked those up at Target)

Photo: Babydoll, Naperville Humane Society,

Baked Sweet Potato
Baked Sweet Potato

Turkey Day Treat Recipe

Dogs love turkey and sweet potatoes too!


1 1/2 cup oat flour

1 1/2 cup brown rice flour

1 cup oat bran

1 cup mashed, cooked sweet potato

1 cup raw ground turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the sweet potato then mash. (I bake one large sweet potato for 1 hour at 400 degrees...let cool. It will slide right out of its skin. Place in bowl and mash pulp)

Combine all the ingredients and thoroughly mix until a dough forms. Roll the dough into 1" balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (much easier clean up!). Treats can be placed close together as they don't spread while baking.

Bake for 22 - 27 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

(Recipe taken from the "Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook")

I love homemade dog cookies!! When are you making the next batch??

Bella's Advice - Here Are Some Great Occasions For Homemade Dog Treats









OK thanks Bella - we get the idea! Geez, any day is good for homemade dog cookies...; )


People Food to Never Give Your Pets

We can eat these, but they can cause distress, illness, or even death in dogs

1.) Chocolate

2.) Alcohol

3.) Avocado / Guacamole

4.) Macadamia Nuts

5.) Grapes & Raisins

6.) Onion, Garlic, Chives

7.) Salt

8.) Xylitol

9.) Hops

10.) Fruit Pits and Seeds

For more details please go to:

Easy To Make Homemade Dog Treats! Step-by-step video...

Muddy Paws Treats

Paw Licking Good with Carob and Peanut Butter!


1 1/2 cups oat flour

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1/4 cup carob powder (You cannot substitute with chocolate which can be toxic to dogs)

1/2 cup carob chips (You cannot substitute with chocolate which can be toxic to dogs)

1 egg

1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted)

1 TB. honey

1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be rather close together since they don't spread while cooking). Press each one down with a spoon or your hand to flatten the cookies.

Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature in a loosely covered container.

(Recipe taken from the "Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook")

Make Frozen Dog Treats

Perfect for the Dog Days of Summer!

Help your pooch cool off on hot days with a refreshing, homemade frozen treat!

Just mix together 16 ounces of plain yogurt, two mashed bananas, and a tablespoon of organic peanut butter and spoon into ice cube trays. Freeze for several hours then let sit on the counter about 5 they are easier to remove.

You can also use other types of fruit such as blueberries or apples. Your dog will thank you for the cold, tasty snack!

Freezy Pups Kit Dog Treats
Freezy Pups Kit Dog Treats

This bone-shaped treat tray works great for frozen concoctions for your pup!

I have two of these...they are perfect for the recipe above!


Carrot Snaps

Carrots make a great, healthy treat for your dog!


2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup ground flax meal

1 cup steamed mashed carrots

4 TB applesauce

4 TB olive oil

1 tsp molasses


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet ingredients separately. Add wet to dry and stir just until dough comes together.

Drop teaspoon-sized balls of dough on a greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. (I make criss-cross patterns). Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until crunchy. Cool before serving. Store in a covered container.

(Recipe taken from "Dogscaping - Creating The Perfect Backyard & Garden For You and Your Dog")

Diesel Waiting For The Cookies To Be Ready!

Diesel Waiting For The Cookies To Be Ready!
Diesel Waiting For The Cookies To Be Ready!

Harley Relaxing After Enjoying Some Homemade Treats!


Have You Made Homemade Dog Treats? - Thanks for stopping by! Please share your tips.

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      4 years ago

      My Little Girl says these look tasty. I definitely second the tip about making sure to let them harden before storing them. I made some for Little Girl's birthday last year and didn't let them harden. We ended up with moldy treats pretty quickly. Not good for pups!

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      4 years ago

      These recipes are really great! Very informative and well done!

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      5 years ago

      No I haven't, but what's funny is that I was just telling my mom that I wanted to start making our dog Roadie, homemade dog treats, so I will definitely be referring to your lens!! Thanks! :)

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      June Nash 

      5 years ago

      Not yet, but after reading this, I might try! Thanks for the recipes.


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