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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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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  1. Just made a double batch. When cool, will give to the dogs. Rolled out beautifully except I did not get the amount it said. And I bake pies, so I am aware of thickness of dough. But they sure smell good and I added the banana with the applesauce. Cut them out with mini Christmas cutters.

    • I love that you made Christmas treats for the dogs! The amount of cookies depends on the size of the cookie cutter, so that could have been the reason why you didn’t get the same number of cookies. Thank you so much for trying this recipe and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  2. My dog (buddy) absolutely loves them 🥰 they’re unbelievably easy to make (I’m somewhat new to baking so that was a huge plus), and they take so little time compared to other recipes 😊 buddy goes nuts over them so next I’m gonna make a big batch and give them as Christmas’s gifts. Now whenever I say “cookie?” Buddy comes running 😂

    • Awww I love it!!! I’m so glad Buddy likes these cookies and that they were easy for you to make. 🙂 Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it.

  3. Cookies are so delicate they fall apart. More like a shortbread recipe than a dry dog biscuit. They smelled & tasted good but impossible to give as gifts

  4. I use this recipe to use up the EXPENSIVE kibble my picky Cavaliers turn away from. I make a double recipe and put one cup of kibble in my cuisinart and process it to a mealy consistency. Then I proceed with the recipe written including the whole wheat flour. They love it.

  5. I just tried this recipe for the first time. I used a bone shaped silicone mold tray. Super cute and easy!!! They were taste tested by 4 dogs, and all of them loved them. They’re mainly for my little picky eating Chihuahua, who absolutely LOVED them! That makes me so happy!! I am planning on making them on a regular basis and send some to my Grandpuppies too. Thanks for the recipe.

    • My dog loves this recipe!! She sits and looks at the oven, her mouth watering and waits for the treats to be done. I usually make little round treats, but one time I made a gingerbread shaped girl, she loved it!!!!! I did not use ginger, I just shaped it like a gingerbread girl, I’m going to make it again at Christmas.My dog loves peanut butter!!!! Great recipe!!!!

      • Yayyy! So glad that you tried this recipe, Claire and I’m glad your dog loves them. 🙂 Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. The ratings are super helpful!

  6. Amazing recipe to make the dog food as in home as there are certain food items which you can add in the dog food but besides that you can add healthy food indigents which makes the dog food more healthier and fit your dog from diseases.

  7. Great recipe, our dogs sit by the oven drooling in anticipation 🙂 even better knowing what is in the treats with an allergy dog. Thank you!!

  8. Made these with meridian peanut butter, (palm free and no sugar), applesauce and chicken stock. My ancient dog loves them, and so apparently does my 7 year old… but then who doesnt love peanut butter.

  9. This is a super easy recipe, and my two dogs love them. My bone cutter is kinda big so I think I need to bake them longer as they’re kind of soft. I’m heading into the kitchen to make a triple batch for my dogs and a gift for my son’s dog for Christmas. I’m using applesauce and banana for a nice taste treat.

  10. I made them last yr and this year. Dogs love em as Christmas gifts. We make them for my daughters cliets she dog sits for!

  11. I just made a batch. They did not turn out! They were to soft and still not done in the middle. Can you give details on how you measured the flour? My baby loves peanut butter I usually give her a teaspoon a few times a week.

  12. Made these just yesterday! Four out of five of our dogs LOVED them! (Fifth one is super picky, so no surprise there haha). This is a great recipe, truly. Our dogs love banana so that’s what we used with it. My step-mother tried some of the dough, and she said they were actually pretty good, just a little salty. So if you know anyone that wouldn’t mind the amount of salt flavor, then I’d totally recommend this recipe for them! ?(And your dog(s) of course lol)

  13. This recipe turned out perfectly! I did substitute a quarter of a cup of the flour with a quarter cup of organic oats (chopped to “quick size “). Used my own homemade applesauce, which includes cinnamon, and water instead of broth. Also I made flattened discs about an inch in diameter, because I didn’t have any cute cookie cutters! My old boy Lobo is 13 &1/2 year old pit bull/Lab mix and fussy and he LOVES these!! I made them a little softer for him – baked around 15 minutes – and they’re chewy but not crunchy. Perfect for an old boy (who still has all his teeth but makes it pretty obvious that he’d like to chew a little less .). Thank you so much for this recipe!! I’ll be making it constantly ?

  14. Thank you so much for the recipe. Our new puppy love loves. A bit soft, but works great for me to insert her meds. Cheap and easy.

  15. I quadrupled the recipe for my 2 Saint Bernards. It made 60 biscuits. To make mixing a little easier I heated my crunchy peanut butter (Aussie Kraft brand) for 1 minute on high in the microwave. My fur babies love them. Thanks for the recipe:-)

  16. OMG! My 3 Shihtzus LOVE these. They are at this very moment literally crying for more. I made mine med sized and a tad bit softer…I baked them about 14 minutes but didn’t make them as thick due to one of my boys just had palate resection surgery and his throat is still a bit sore. If you could only see how they are acting to get me to give them more…lol! They are killing me ???

  17. I tried making large bones with the recipe but they buckle in the middle and break has anyone had this problem. I used pumpkin instead of apple sauce and brown rice flour and oat flour.

  18. I want to Thank You, I made these with a little bit of additions and my toy poodle loves them. I added fresh minced carrots, yogurt, pumpkin and a bit more flour and she just loves them.

  19. I think it’s great that y’all have found the way to make these at home, but I just wanted to bring awareness to all dog lovers: Brewhaus Bakery employs many special needs children who make these dog bones at school including my 19 year old daughter Lexi. They then sell them at various locations. They really take pride in what they do & enjoy making the dog treats. Just wanted to let you know

  20. I am only a 12 year old and I wanted t make something for my dog but not have her get sick or nead to go to the vets again so I looked up dog treats and this had came up and I do nead to say that I do not regret that I had gone onto this website. and my german shepard loves these treats.

  21. I just made these today, super easy! Used banana instead of the applesauce. I had to pull them early because Tank has dental issues. It smells like peanut butter cookies in my kitchen right now. First time making dog treats. I will send some home with my son since Tank is his dog, and I’ll freeze some so I have them when Tank comes over. Thanks for a great recipe.

  22. I want to make these and give them for Christmas to my family with dogs. How long to they last? Do I have to keep them in the refrigerator or is a air tight container enough?

    • Hi Stephanie. I haven’t tried it with almond flour so I’m not totally sure. If you try it, be sure to let me know how they turn out. I’d love to have a grain-free version for those who need it for their pups.

  23. sugar free peanut butter is a little different and not so creamy. Will it still work? I brought sugar free once and it was really stiff. Not sure any thing with sugar is good for dogs.

    • Hi Diane. Are you meaning natural peanut butter with no sugar added? That’s what I use and it’s perfectly fine. Just make sure it’s not a sugar-free peanut butter that has artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is one artificial sweetener (sugar alcohol) that can be deadly for dogs.

    • I know this is over a year later, but in traditional cooking, I was told that in order to cut fats, like oil, out of the diet, you can substitute applesauce or mashed banana to make it healthier. The opposite is true, though I would stick with coconut oil if that’s the case.

  24. I just made a batch of these for my border collie. She loves peanut butter and bananas, so these went over great! I was afraid they would spread as they cooked, but they held their shape fine. I used a 1-inch heart shaped cookie cutter, they ended up the perfect size for a snack! Thank you for the recipe!

  25. These treats look so cute. I know my pup is going to love them. I feel guilty if I give him store bought treats with all those nasty ingredients. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  26. Hello,

    I just tried your recipe and my dough came out super greasy and would stick and split when I tried to roll it out. I did try more flour but it did nothing.

    The only thing I can think of is that I used rice flour and that my Kraft peanut butter was soft and slightly liquidy. I could use some pointers 🙁

    • Yes, it’s the rice flour. We have people with celiac in our family, so we know a lot about how different flours bake up. Rice flour doesn’t contain any gluten, which is what holds things together when baking. When we use rice flour for my sister, we have to add other ingredients to compensate. If you don’t want to use wheat flour for your dog, you may have a hard time finding a baked recipe. Also, my dough got softer the more I handled it, so I popped it into the fridge to firm up before finishing the last few cut outs.

  27. I’m getting a collie puppy next week and I’m going a bit crazy with dog stuff! Can’t wait to make these, hoping my current 13yo collie likes them too (he’s picky)!! I’m gonna use banana, fingers crossed it goes well because I suck at baking!!!!!

  28. Hi! I have never made dog treats before.. I’m a new dog owner! Is it okay to use regular flour in them or is that terrible for dogs? Just wondering because that’s what I have at home already..

  29. I followed the recipe to the letter, using whole wheat flour, and it’s really sticky. I’m having to add flour to stiffen it up. Hope it turns out ok! I’m really excited to try this and will also be trying it with bananas in the next batch, then steamed carrots in the next one We’re having a baking day since it’s cold. 🙂

    • hmm… I’m wondering if your peanut butter was a bit looser than mine? I hope adding the extra flour helps! Let me know how they turn out!! And please let me know how the carrot and bananas work too!! Enjoy your baking day.

  30. I followed this recipe to the exact. But for some reason when I cut the mixture with the cookie cutter, It crumbles and falls apart. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

  31. I AM SO HAPPY HOW THESE TURNED OUT! i even gave some to my neighbors dog! they loved them! I love these! Thank You Brittany!

  32. I LOVE this recipe! I have 5 pups – 2 labs, a Weimie mix, an American Bulldog/Lab mix, and a Beagle – so we go through A LOT is treats! This is less expensive, and more healthy, than the treats I get at the store. My question is this: I have to have surgery on a ruptured tendon on my right hand this week and wanted to make up dough in advance. Can I make the dough and freeze it for later use? Also, have you ever made the treats by just dropping them by the spoonful on a cookie sheet (like cookie dough)? I won’t be able to use my hand for 4-8 weeks, so rolling and cutting might be difficult.

  33. I have baked peanut butter cookies, never thought to put in applesauce and bananas. I have 3 Border Collies and they loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. My pup has some dental issues so I took them out a bit sooner. They are firm but not real crunchy. She loves them! Great recipe. I have also substituted pumpkin purée for the peanut butter. They came out great too.

  35. My two pups love these treat! I did make one change to mine, I added a Tablespoon of coconut oil. I have made them three batches, Bentley actually goes to the cabinet and “asks” for them. ????❤️

  36. My pups love these treats. Super easy to make. I added a heaping tablespoon of organic coconut oil, only had banana and needed a little more moisture and did not want to use more broth. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Hey Brittany,

    Just found your blog through this recipe. I just did the dough and I felt that it is a bit too soft. I feel that I need to use a bit of flour to be able to roll it. Is that normal? If not, should I add more flour? I used oat flour instead of wheat flour if that makes a difference..

    • Hi Myriam. Yes, if the dough seems soft I would definitely add a bit more flour. It was probably because you used oat flour instead of whole wheat. I realize you wrote this comment earlier today. I hope the treats turned out well and your pup(s) are enjoying them!

  38. I just made these for the first time. Mine are larger than the ones shown. I used a hydrant, dog and bone cookie cutter. Mine are still a bit soft out of the oven, will they harden up like a dog biscuit as they cool? Or do I need to bake them longer?
    I made these for my oldest son’s newly adopted dog and can’t wait to ship them off.
    Thank you for the recipe!

      • I’ve been making dog cookies for years. I was told long time ago when done baking turn oven off, open door a bit and just let the cookies stay there til oven is cold. They finish drying out without over baking. They are nice and crispy even tge ones I put the veggie pulp in.

  39. I doubled the recipe and baked them today. They came out perfec – dry and very firm. I baked these as Xmas gifts for 4 dogs. Thankyou for sharing this very simple recipe.

  40. This is such a great idea! I’m hoping to find the time to make a batch to give as gifts, but if not, I know I’ll make some for my own dogs after the holidays. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  41. I’m so excited to make these! I’m going to order my cookie cutter now and I plan to make some for family and friends over the holidays. And my dog’s gift was the first gift I bought this year.. I had to put it away so I wouldn’t be tempted to give it to her early!

    • Go to tractor supply online. They sell a complete set of dog cookie cutters shaped like little bones from 1 “ up to 3 inch. If you go through work like this your may as well look professional. I am make several sizes and bring a bag of treats to my friends for their dog. The friends get nothing. The dog feels special.Also try chicken bouillon soaked up by quick oaks as a thickener

    • They’re dry so I think they should last about a week when stored at room temperature in a sealed container. Since a week is a short time to eat a large amount of treats you could also freeze any extras. They should last for a few months in the freezer. If your dog likes cold stuff (like ice) he/she might be fine eating them straight from the freezer. If not, you can take them a few minutes early.

    • Just made these for my baby, easy recipe, I didn’t have banana so I grated cheese through it instead.jim loves them.

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