Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

by Natasha on September 21, 2013

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This is Bigsby. He’s my bestie. Isn’t he cute?

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Bigsby loves peanut butter. He also loves chasing cats and chewing on my shoes, but I just can’t condone those things. The peanut butter, however, I can get on board with, so I decided to bake him some treats. He’s always by my side when I’m baking and taking photos, so I thought he deserved something for being such good company.

I’ve been a crazy cat lady for years, so adding crazy dog lady to my list of qualifications isn’t too much of a stretch. I figured I’d just be an all around crazy animal lady and call it good. But seriously, just look at that face…

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To make these treats, I looked at some books and websites to see what ingredients were safe for dogs to eat. I used wheat flour, oats, eggs, peanut butter, and unsweetened apple sauce, which were all ingredients that I had in my pantry anyway. I dumped them in a bowl, stirred them up, rolled ‘em out, baked them, and voila! If your dog is allergic to wheat, you can use all oat flour instead, but it might change the texture (your dog probably won’t care). Your dog probably won’t care if you use a bone shaped cookie cutter either, but I thought they were cute. I used the little one to make treats for my 10 lb. dog, and the bigger one to make treats for a friend’s 85 lb. weimaraner.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour (I used rolled oats and finely ground them in the food processor)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used no-stir natural)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4-1/2 cup hot water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl (I used a stand mixer, but you don't have to), combine the wheat flour, oat flour, and baking powder.
  3. Add the peanut butter, apple sauce, and egg, and stir to combine.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of the hot water and mix until combined.
  5. Add the remainder of the hot water a little bit at a time, until the dough reaches the right consistency. It should be pliable, but not sticky. If it becomes sticky, add a little bit more wheat flour.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  7. Use a cookie cutter to cut out individual cookies, and poke a couple of holes in each one with a fork. This will keep them from puffing up too much when they are baking.
  8. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets. I baked the larger dog treats for about 20 minutes, and the smaller ones for 10 minutes.
  9. Cool completely.
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1 Honey What's Cooking September 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I want a dog so bad… hope it happens someday. I could imagine baking cute little cute treats for him/her. I really love your blog.
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2 Natasha September 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

Thanks! I hope you have a dog someday, too. Bigsby is my first dog, and even though he is a lot of work, it is totally worth it!

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3 Nicole @ Vanilla and Beans September 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Oh, what a great idea! My Beans will love them, too. Boy will probably get a batch of these tomorrow :)
Bigsby is so cute. I love his brown eyes!
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4 Natasha September 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thanks, Nicole! I hope Beans loves them as much as Bigsby does!

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5 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com September 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

OMG, I just had to pin the photo of this cutie! You made my day: your Bigsby is such a sweetheart! :) And what an unusual name! I am sure he was very happy to eat those homemade little treats! :)
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6 Natasha September 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

Thanks, Julia! He really is a sweetheart.

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7 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 24, 2013 at 12:51 am

Thank you for the wonderful dog treat recipe! We don’t own a dog, but our next door neighbor has adorable dog and we enjoy spending time with him on the court. I will keep this recipe and make it for holiday treats. These will be a great gift!
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8 Natasha September 24, 2013 at 8:47 am

Thanks, Nami! I hope your neighbor’s dog loves them!

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9 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

He is so flipping adorable!!! These treats are perfect, I’ll have to whip some up for my Ginger!
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10 Natasha September 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

Thanks, Dorothy! And thanks for pinning!

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11 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 26, 2013 at 3:23 am

Oh my gosh, look at that cute face!! Just too adorable :D
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12 Natasha September 26, 2013 at 10:25 am

Thanks, Kiran!

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13 kindra October 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm

How long can these be kept, and would they have to be refrigerated? I’m thinking of putting some in jars for Christmas gifts.

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14 Natasha October 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’ve never tried to keep them for more than 4-5 days at room temperature. They would probably last longer in the refrigerator, but I couldn’t say how long for sure.

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15 Eleanor December 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I make these for my Pomeranian and my German Shepherd….the *only* thing I changed was in lieu of flour, I put 3 1/4 cups oats in the food processor and used that instead. They are perfect. My furbabies LOVE them …. I have shared the biscuits and the recipe often! Thank you so much for sharing!

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16 Natasha December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thanks, Eleanor! I’m so glad your pups liked them!

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17 Casey March 10, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Do I have to add the water? I think the consistency was great before I added the water.. after I added the water, it got really sticky to the point where I had to add way too much flour. I also halved the recipe, if that matters. Thanks!

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18 Natasha March 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

You definitely don’t have to, and you may not need it depending on the consistency of your peanut butter.

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