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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

The best DIY dog treats! These super easy homemade peanut butter dog treats are healthier and way cheaper than what you could buy in any store. You know exactly what goes into them.

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My dog, Dexter loves the super simple dog treats. But, seriously what’s not to love? They are basically peanut butter cookies for dogs. 

I usually make my homemade treats with whole wheat flour, pumpkin, and peanut butter. 

Of all the recipes I tried these healthy homemade dog treats were the easiest and seemed to be universally loved by all of the dogs that have ever snacked on them. 

Once you make these, I think you’ll agree that they are the best homemade dog treats. 

What I love about these homemade dog biscuits.

  • Knowing exactly what’s in them: When you make your own dog biscuit recipe at home you know exactly what you are feeding your pets. 
  • Allergy-free: Because these are homemade pet treats you can swap out the ingredients if your dog has any allergies. 
  • Dexter loves these: My dog and all the dogs in my family, love these homemade dog treats. 
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Foodology Geek Recipe Notes

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients: This recipe calls for whole wheat flour. However, if your dog is sensitive to grains you can swap out another type of flour. Almond flour is a good choice. Oat flour also works well in this recipe. You may have to adjust the amount to get the right consistency for rolling. 
  • Peanut Butter: I use creamy peanut butter when I make these dog cookies. You can use any nut butter as a substitution. But, dogs LOVE peanut butter so much!
  • Pumpkin: Canned pumpkin puree is used in this recipe but you can use sweet potato or even apple sauce here if you don’t have pumpkin on hand. 
  • Broth: Any kind of broth works in this recipe. I like to use my homemade bone broth to make these even more healthy!
  • Cinnamon: I am not sure if the cinnamon adds a lot to this recipe. But I include anyways. The last time I made these, I was out of cinnamon and use pumpkin pie spice instead. Dexter didn’t complain at all. 
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Special Equipment

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How to Make Homemade Dog Treats

This healthy homemade dog treat recipe is so easy to make you hardly need any instructions. Just remember if you are swapping out the whole wheat flour for a grain-free option, you may have to adjust the amount that you are using. 

  1. Mix: Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl, mix with a wooden spoon. 
  2. Dump: Once the mixture has come together, flour your work surface and dump out your dough. 
  3. Make a Ball: Use your hands to knead the dough and form a ball. 
  4. Roll: Roll out the dough. It should be about as thick and a standard size pencil. About a quarter-inch. 
  5. Cut: Cut out whatever shape you have decided to use and place the dog biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake: Bake the biscuits for about 18 minutes. Adjust the timing depending on the size of your dog treats. 

FAQs and Expert Tips

Is cinnamon toxic to dogs?

Probably the most common question I get on this post is about the spices in this recipe.
By all means, if you’re not comfortable with the spices please leave them out. I’m sure your pooch will not complain one bit.
However, rest assured that cinnamon is not toxic to dogs. According to this article released by the Pet MD, some spices contained in pumpkin spice, such as nutmeg can be toxic to dog in large quantities.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Laura Reigel
DIY Peanut Butter Dog Treats. These treats are loved by ALL dogs! Made with just a few simple ingredients: peanut butter, pumpkin, broth, and cinnamon. Swap out for anything that your dog might be allergic to. Nutritional info is dependent on size.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine Baked
Servings 1 batch
Calories 2367 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup Peanut butter (affiliate link)
  • ½ cup Pumpkin, puree, canned or fresh
  • ½ cup Broth, chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon, optional: please see tips below

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Stir with a woden spoon or spatula. Once the dough is combined use your hands to make a large ball.
  • Cut the dough in half. LIghtly flour your counter top and roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Use your cookie cutter to cut out the dog treats and place them on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 minutes. You may need to cook your dog treats more or less time depending on the size. Keep an eye on them and check about halfway through baking.

Laura’s Tips + Notes

Spices and Dog Safety
If you have any concerns about the spices in this recipe, check out this article from PetMD. Can dogs eat cinnamon? 
And of course, leave out the spices if you are still concerned. Honestly, these dog biscuits are good enough for humans to eat. 

YOUR OWN NOTES

Nutrition

Calories: 2367kcalCarbohydrates: 233gProtein: 97gFat: 136gSaturated Fat: 28gSodium: 1660mgFiber: 44gSugar: 27gCalcium: 257mgIron: 14mg
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21 Comments

  1. Love the recipe my dogs really enjoy these treats!

    Can you make recipe ahead and freeze? Have you tried?

    1. Kelly, you definitely can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. If you haven’t tried them out, Souper Cubes makes these really cool portioning trays perfect for freezing a portion of a recipe. I usually freeze the dough and then once it’s frozen solid, I pop it out and put it in a freezer bag. Then you can thaw the dough out when you are ready to bake a batch. So convenient.

  2. 5 stars
    My grandson deebo absolutely loved them!!! I gave some to my dear friend for her ๐Ÿ• and they devoured them great recipe and so easy to make a definite keeper ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks so much ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. 5 stars
    What is the texture of these supposed to be in the middle argh never used wheat flour before and they seem a little they look kind a wet still in the middle.. I’m wondering if this is normal.

    1. 5 stars
      Donna, these should be pretty dry…if they are done you will see them puff up just ever so lightly. You can easily toss them back in the oven if they aren’t done. Oven temps vary so sometimes it’s hard to say exactly.

      If you have a probe thermometer. the internal temp should be 200โ„‰.

      I hope that helps.

    1. Karen,
      These dog biscuits keep quite well. Once they are baked in the oven, they’re pretty dry, like crackers. They will keep for at least 6 months in an airtight container. You’re dog will love them.

  4. 5 stars
    Recipe sounds good! Definitely going to try it!

    NOTE: You might not want to use pumpkin spice! Nutmeg is toxic to dogs. It can cause some problems.๐Ÿ˜ž

  5. 5 stars
    We just made these treats for the first time and our dog loved it. Came back wanting seconds right away. How do you store them and how long do they last? Kitchen smelled like fresh baked cookies.

    1. So happy to hear that Joe! I store my dog bones in a glass jar with a screw top or a zip lock bag. In our house the dog biscuits don’t last very long becasue Dexter munches them all. Esentially they are dehydrated and the have an extremely long shelp life. They should keep no problem for several months as long as they are completely dried out in the oven.

      I’ll add that to the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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