Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Making homemade snacks for your four-legged friend is a breeze with this simple peanut butter dog treat recipe. Pups will love the peanut butter flavor!

A small white bowl with mini homemade dog treats with a baking sheet in the background.

Did you know that homemade dog treats are crazy easy to make? Yup! I actually just found out myself a few weeks ago. I got inspired after reading the ingredient list on a few natural treats that I bought for Olive and decided it couldn’t be that hard to make them myself.

And it’s not! The dough can be whipped up in a flash with everyday ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry right now.

The only time consuming part is using a cookie cutter to cut out whatever shape you want, but I didn’t mind because it’s kind of relaxing. Plus all I could think about the entire time is how tiny and cute these mini bones are.

Homemade dog treats being cut with a mini bone cookie cutter.

Seriously, how cute are they?

I used this mini bone cookie cutter so the bones are about 1 1/2 inches — just Olive’s size!

Mini homemade dog treats on a baking stone.

I’m actually worried I might be quickly becoming a crazy dog lady because I’ve already made THREE batches!! Some are for Olive, but we’ll definitely be gifting some to Olive’s friends over the holidays as well.

I’ve given homemade baked goods for holiday gifts, but never thought to do the same with homemade pet treats. I’m not sure why because homemade dog treats are perfect for dog-lovers. Your friends and family will love that you thought of their furry four-legged friend and the treats will keep their pets happy for days!

The recipe I used is really straight-forward with only four simple ingredients:

  • The base is whole wheat flour (all-purpose works but whole wheat is more nutritious). You can also use a gluten-free option like sorghum, oat or garbanzo bean flour.
  • Peanut butter for some healthy fat and flavor.
  • Apple sauce or mashed banana for a little sweetness.
  • Veggie or chicken stock to moisten the dough and add flavor.

Once mixed together the dough is really easy to work with. Simply roll it out on parchment paper, cut the dough into desired shape and bake. That’s it!

The great part about this recipe is that you know exactly what’s in the treats and you can feel good about the fact that there’s no preservatives, additives or funky ingredients.

Homemade dog treats in a mason jar with a red and white ribbon around the top for gifting.

The treats have been taste-tested by at least three dogs (and  a few humans) — two paws up all around! We don’t really feed Olive people food so I wasn’t sure if she liked peanut butter, but after having her taste-test these treats there’s no denying that she’s a fan. I guess she takes after her parents considering both Isaac and I are peanut butter fanatics.

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A small white bowl with mini homemade dog treats with a baking sheet in the background.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 120 mini bones

Description

Making homemade snacks for your four-legged friend is a breeze with this simple peanut butter dog treats recipe. Pups will love the peanut butter flavor!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce or mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock
  • bone shaped cookie cutter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flour, peanut butter and apple sauce in a large mixing bowl. Add stock and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick. Once combined use your hands to press the dough into a ball.
  3. Place dough ball on a flat service (with a sprinkle of flour if needed) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into desired shape and place on ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Store in an airtight container.
  • Category: Dog Treats
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Dog Treats

Keywords: peanut butter dog treats

I used a mini bone shaped cookie cutter because Olive is small (6 pounds), but you could use a bigger cookie cutter to make treats for larger dogs. I think I might actually buy this little set so I have a few different sizes and shapes.

Do you give your pets gifts for the holidays? 

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    207 comments
    1. Melissa
      February 27, 2021 AT 6:57 pm

      I was shopping for bones for my bear this morning and hate the prices of healthy dog treats which you never really can pronounce all the ingredients… so are they really all natural and healthy… I found this recipe while shopping and came home and made them… super easy and he loves them! I think bear thinks there my cookies and I’m giving him them.. lol… these are his new treats from now on!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:37 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad your pup loves these treats. 🙂 Thanks for giving my recipe a try and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Cami
      February 21, 2021 AT 3:35 pm

      I love this simple recipe and my dogs are so obedient when they receive these treats! We live in the countryside so they do a lot of running. When they are called inside they know they will get a treat. Now they all to go outside and want to come right back inside for a treat! Lol I added the full amount of applesauce and a whole banana. I bake it about 3-4 minutes longer. Thank you!!! My dogs thank you too! The recipe is so easy to follow my husband can make the treats! Win win for everyone!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 21, 2021 AT 8:15 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad your pups love these treats, Cami. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Ann Marie Noone
      January 24, 2021 AT 10:28 am

      I let my stay in the oven after 18min to dry they out further. I make them every week for my pups

    4. Emma
      December 29, 2020 AT 6:28 pm

      These treats are amazing! My puppy loves them just wondering how long do they last? Would totally make again just curious for next time.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 7:20 pm

        Ahh yay, I’m so glad your pup loved these treats, Emma. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it.

    5. Caitlyn
      December 22, 2020 AT 10:43 pm

      I made this for my dogs, but I changed the recipe a bit. I used unsweetened applesauce and smashed banana (I added a bit extra to make the dough thinner. I didn’t add any veggie/meat stock, just a bit of water. They went crazy over just the smell and loved them, I will definitely be making them again! Thank you for the recipe, I highly recommend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:46 pm

        So glad these treats were a hit with your pups!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    6. GJ
      December 18, 2020 AT 1:44 am

      my dogs love this and its fun to make especially during the holiday times!
      Its hard to find apple sauce where i’m at and bananas are sold only in bulk right now.. are there other substitutes for these?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2020 AT 5:32 pm

        Maybe mashed sweet potato or canned pumpkin?

        1. Kayla
          December 23, 2020 AT 11:41 am

          I’m going to make these with canned pumpkin today, I have it and know my dog loves it (I often freeze tablespoons as treats in the summer). I’ll report back with how it works out!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            December 23, 2020 AT 3:41 pm

            Keep me posted!!

    7. Liv
      December 16, 2020 AT 2:58 pm

      This recipe is perfect!!! Super quick to make and my dog is crazy about them. Way cheaper than buying a bag of treats, and much healthier with no preservatives or anything. Thank you!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 17, 2020 AT 7:24 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear! I’m so glad these treats were a hit with the pups. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    8. Kristen
      December 5, 2020 AT 10:57 pm

      My dogs absolutely love these!!! We used larger cookie cutters because they are big pups and doubled it and still got plenty of cookies. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2020 AT 1:16 am

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear. So glad these cookies were a hit with your pups. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    9. Naomi
      December 3, 2020 AT 1:11 pm

      Easy to make! Dogs loved it ♥️ thank you for this easy recipe! I ended up using gluten free flour and water just because it’s what I had on hand but they turned out perfect! Couldn’t decide on banana or apple sauce so banana next time!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 3, 2020 AT 10:19 pm

        So glad these treats turned out for you, Naomi! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    10. Frenchie
      November 17, 2020 AT 1:26 am

      They turned out smelly. I added 2 eggs and no broth because I don’t know it’s safe and rather not. Smelled terrible, but was a hit even with my picky one. Gaged alot but was worth it for the girls.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:32 pm

        Oh no! I have never made these with eggs, so I couldn’t speak to how they smell, but that’s probably the reasoning for them smelling.

    11. Georgia
      November 2, 2020 AT 7:10 am

      How long to they last for before they go out of date?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2020 AT 4:25 pm

        They should last about 2 weeks in the fridge.

    12. Maria
      October 15, 2020 AT 9:59 pm

      So glad I stumbled on this. Very easy to make and wholesome treat for my pup. He LOVES them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 16, 2020 AT 2:50 am

        Ahh yay!! So glad these treats were a hit with your pup, Maria. Thanks for making them!

    13. cheryl crittenden
      July 19, 2020 AT 10:52 am

      I intend to make this today. It has the wholesome ingredients I’m looking for. My dogs Sarah and Heidi r addicted to store bought PB biscuits but I’ve been looking for better ingredients n refuge to pay the high prices for the removal of corn n other biproducts.
      I’m not the best Baker but I will let u know of the results.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2020 AT 11:01 pm

        Definitely let me know how they turn out, Cheryl!

    14. Kristy
      June 28, 2020 AT 3:36 pm

      My 14 (almost 15) year old girl, loves these! She has been having trouble with crunchier snacks so these were amazing. My 4year old also grabbed one and says it tastes good 😂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 1:22 am

        So glad these treats are a hit with your pup (and little girl haha!), Kristy Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    15. Julie
      June 7, 2020 AT 4:33 am

      Please make sure you buy peanut butter which doesn’t contain xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs

    16. ParrotHead
      June 6, 2020 AT 4:34 pm

      My labs love these, and now turn their picky snouts whenever I try to give them store bought treats. I double the recipe, scoop out teaspoon portions (small walnut size) and roll into balls. They bake for about 22 minutes at 350º. It is much easier than rolling out and cutting. I get, on average, 90 treats per double recipe. The dogs don’t seem to care if they’re cute – they devour them without even admiring them!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2020 AT 11:46 am

        I’m so glad these treats were a hit with your pups!! Thanks so much for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    17. Buttson
      May 30, 2020 AT 11:27 am

      We are making this for our dogs 49 birthday! I think she will love them because she loves dog treats and peanut butter!

    18. Amy Curtis
      May 27, 2020 AT 7:33 pm

      hi, I want to make these treats but first, does anyone know the kcal? I want to use these for training so I don’t want it to have too many calories

      1. Laurie Herlihy
        June 12, 2020 AT 11:58 am

        I would just make them smaller.

    19. Tanya
      May 16, 2020 AT 3:51 pm

      This was super easy and not messy. I did it with the apple sauce, next time to change it up I’ll use the smash banana! Thank you for sharing 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2020 AT 10:57 pm

        Yay!! Thanks for trying this recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    20. April
      May 7, 2020 AT 12:51 pm

      Thanks for the recipe. My little pup turned 12 today and I wanted to do something special. She doesn’t have any teeth, so I made these in little bars and only cooked about 9 minutes so they remained really soft. I crumbled her up one and she went crazy over it. Used a little extra apple sauce and water, since I didn’t have broth.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 7, 2020 AT 8:06 pm

        Ahh I’m so glad these treats were a hit!! And happy birthday to your pup. 🙂 Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it.

    21. Pam
      May 4, 2020 AT 8:22 am

      Can I use water instead of stock ?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2020 AT 1:53 pm

        Yes! The treats won’t be as flavorful, but the recipe will still work and your pup will still enjoy!

    22. bernie
      April 15, 2020 AT 3:33 pm

      Careful: make sure there is no onion or garlic seasoning in the broth/stock. Dogs love it, but doesn’t love them!

    23. Esther
      April 10, 2020 AT 6:36 pm

      Super easy and the dogs love them! However, I had to take mine out before 18 min – my oven settings may be off – so keep an eye on them!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:41 pm

        Yes, everyone’s oven temps are different, so good call keeping your eye on them. 🙂 I’m so glad they turned out and that your dogs loved them!!

        1. Brenda McKay
          April 18, 2020 AT 2:20 pm

          Could I use chickpea flour instead of any of the three in your recipe.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            April 19, 2020 AT 10:24 pm

            I haven’t tried it, but feel free to experiment! I’d just look up the ratio for chickpea flour to whole wheat or AP.

    24. Sarah
      April 6, 2020 AT 3:01 pm

      It looks so easy and yummy!!!!

    25. Carol
      March 27, 2020 AT 10:03 am

      Easy to make, simple ingredients.
      My dogs love them 🐾

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