Homemade Dog Treats

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Like most girls, I’ve thought about what my wedding will be like….err maybe only once or twice (or three times). I think a farm wedding in the summer would be straight up dreamy;  with a barn, and tall grass, mason jars and fireflies–it’d be magic. It got me sort of thinking about how awesome it would be to have a petting zoo, too. A freakin’ petting zoo! How amazing would that be?!  Now, I usually have huge issues with petting zoos, because while I LOVE petting farm animals, I don’t really dig petting goats–they kinda suck.  I don’t get them. We don’t get each other.  And that’s usually all petting zoos consist of…that and random chickens that want nothing to do with you. Kinda boring.

So at my future wedding’s petting zoo, there will be animals I do wanna pet like dogs, cats, pigs, and miniature horses.  And I will pet them in between dances and knocking down champagne, and so will my guests.  It’ll be lovely.

And you know how you you’re supposed to give guests, like, a little gift bag or something? Well, I’d want to give the animals gifts too.  I’d probably give the pigs the leftovers from the reception, the miniature horses would get some sweet apples, I’d give the cats some private time…and the dogs, well, I’d make them these homemade treats.  I bet they’d really like them because I gave them a try and they’re not half bad. Sooo if your dog is peering over your shoulder as you’re reading this blog post, you can tell them this: these treats have a predominate peanut buttery taste, the texture is hearty and nourishing due to the rolled oats, and the finish has a lovely hint of coconut and chicken.  Yum!

{Chuck and my little brother, Daniel.  Chuck will be getting a care package this week and these will be included–he’s pumped about them.}

Homemade Dog Treats

Recipe tweaked from Shared Sugar

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I added virgin coconut oil to the batter because it’s awesome for dogs and humans alike.  If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, and don’t want to run to the store, simply replace it with olive oil.

1/2 cup of peanut butter (I used the creamy kind)

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil)

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together peanut butter, honey, oil and chicken broth. In a separate bowl, combine flours and oatmeal. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Place dough on flour dusted surface. Roll or press dough out to about 1/4” inch thick. Use a small bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies. My cookie cutter was a 5-inch bone-shaped , but for small dogs you may want to use a small cookie cutter (around 2″). Roll out leftover scraps and cut out as many as possible. Put cut out cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

{ 124 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris January 31, 2014 at 8:12 pm

My dog Chippy loved this recipe…and so did I! We could eat this everyday!


Vanessa February 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I baked these for my dog, but my husband and daughter keep eating them. She wants to take them to school for a snack.


Adrianna Adarme February 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hahaha! So funny and cute!


Liv September 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm



Ann February 9, 2014 at 3:18 am

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!
My puppy loves cookies made ​​on this recipe:
6 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c applesauce
3/4 c molasses
1/2 c honey
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.Combine all of the ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook. Turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut it with cookie cutter or simply with a pizza cutter. Place them on cookie sheets and poke each in the center with a fork.
Bake for 8 minutes and turn oven off, keeping oven door closed. Let the treats sit in the oven until hard about 1-2 hours.

You may be interested to see my collection of recipes of homemade dog treats (snacks, biscuits, cookies and bones) :


Sydney July 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Do you need molasses for this recipe?


Adrianna Adarme July 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

There’s no molasses in this recipe.


Maddie December 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

It does contain molasses. It says
3/4 c molasses right after 3/4 applesauce.
So do we NEED the molasses???


Adrianna Adarme December 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I meant no molasses for the recipe on this page that I posted. I cannot vouch for the recipe a commenter posted.

Kellie October 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Hi I was wondering if you could substitute all purpose for the whole wheat flour?


Adrianna Adarme October 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

Sure, that should work!


best dog treats February 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm

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I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!


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Corie March 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

I was wondering what you could use to replace the wheat and chicken in this recipe. My dog is allergic to both but this recipe sounds awesome.


Adrianna Adarme March 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

Hi Corie,

Yes, I actually have this recipe:


Which is grain-free and doesn’t use any chicken broth.


Corie March 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Thank you so much! I’m so excited to make these today.


janet December 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm

My dog is allergic to chicken, too. I usually just substitute organic vegetable broth when I see chicken broth in a recipe.


Sarah S. January 2, 2015 at 8:53 am

Cocnut flour


Susan Calise June 2, 2014 at 6:30 am

Hi I have 2 dogs and they are losing there teeth . But they love soft treats is there any thing I can substitute the flour with so it will hold together but maybe make them a little more moist. Also can I leave out the chickean broth and add some thing else like mashed bananas. Please help me make my dogs happy. Thank you Susan Calise


Adrianna Adarme June 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hmm…I’m not quite sure. I haven’t tested this recipe in this way. You can feel free to substitute the chicken broth with water. You can also cut down on the baking time tremendously. I’d say bake them in half and remove them when they’re a teeny bit golden brown on the edges but still really soft on the inside. Let them cool completely and they should be a bit softer. Hope this helps!


julienne December 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

for my dog i put in a blender peanut butter oats strawberries and some cheese the blender then i transfer it to an ice cube tray and freeze it this might feel good on the gums!


deb January 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm

If you bake the whole batch on a cookie sheet and and then use a pizza cutter to cut them, and take them out when just done they will stay fairly soft. My 4 like them soft or crunchy so I do batches of both.


Sandy August 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

Why aren’t mine crunchy? I made them as thin as possible.


Adrianna Adarme August 14, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Hmmm…it’s hard for me to say since I wasn’t in the kitchen with you. But if you can always bake them for longer.


Crystal September 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Can you sub peanut butter for soy butter? i am having my classroom make dog biscuits and they cant have peanut butter in the school.


Adrianna Adarme September 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Sorry I’m not completely positive. I haven’t tried them with soy butter.


Kelly September 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Ha! Ha! I’m with you Vanessa (comment dated February 8th) My husband came home and said “Yum! The house smells good! Oooo cookies! Why are the cut into the shape of a Boxer?” Me ” They are Dog cookies, and I used our Boxer cookie cutter. Try one if you’d like”. He did, and liked them! My poor boxer girls Stella & Sophie just sat and stared at him with sad eyes. :-(
I did stay away from the whole wheat flour…they are just as tasty!


Adrianna Adarme September 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Love this story!


Susan October 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Does anyone know how to make dog treat for dog with urinary crystals, that would be safe.Just spent 1600.00 on surgery for blockage


Kathleen December 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I started making my own dog treats when my shih tzu got a urinary tract infection. I use a turkey cranberry recipe (all organic ingredients) and a pumpkin peanut butter one as well. I, of course, changed her diet to a urinary care one (she didn’t care for the hills’ Science so my pet store did some investigating and found essentially the same ingredients in a Wellness brand). Really don’t want to go thru that infection again so I’ll do anything to keep her healthy.


Liv October 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

Is this good for hamsters too?


trisha October 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

I was wondering if you have tried freezing or vacum sealing them and if so, what would the freezer life be? I am going to make these for xmas gifts for friends, great recipe thank you!


Adrianna Adarme October 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

Oh I haven’t tried this, if you do, please report back.


Brandi November 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

I am doing the same thing. I am going to store them in foodsaver bags. My friends do that at Christmas with regular cookies.


kirstbag November 22, 2014 at 1:40 am

These look so awesome! We are going to make a whole batch of these and sell them at the local Christmas Fair!! I think they will definitely sell!!! :D


Tracy December 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

Do you think I could substitute molasses for honey (which has gotten so expensive)? Thanks!


Adrianna Adarme December 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

Hmm…not sure. I’m not even sure if molasses is ok for dogs. Sorry about that!


janet December 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Molasses is fine for dogs. In fact, honey is bad for dogs in large quantities. I never use more than 1/4 cup or so for a full recipe of treats.


Christine February 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

These treats didn’t work for me as the dough was way too wet and no matter how much flour or oats I added it didn’t get anywhere near the consistency that I would be able to roll it out!! Very disappointed and waste of time and money to have even tried them!!!!


Adrianna Adarme February 12, 2015 at 8:40 am

Hi Christine, Sorry this recipe gave you trouble. Not sure what happened since many people in the comments have made them with success. Unfortunately since I wasn’t there I can’t tell you what went wrong.


Christine February 12, 2015 at 8:46 am

I did use liquid honey, because that’s all I had, could that be why?


Adrianna Adarme February 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

I used liquid honey, that should’ve been fine. Hmm…is there anything else you changed?


Christine March 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm

No :(

Stephanie February 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

I’m way to lazy to roll them out. I drop them like you would oatmeal cookies and they always work just fine. Last batch I made, I added a whole bag of carrots I ran through the food processor and my dogs loved them!


Rebecca February 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

These look great–I’m about to try them now!

Just wondering… do you know what breed your dog, Chuck, is? His face, head shape, and ears loos EXACTLY like my dog’s, and I’ve been trying to play detective and figure out what he might be :)


Adrianna Adarme February 21, 2015 at 10:21 pm

We think he’s a canaan dog! But obviously not sure since he’s a rescue. Take a look at ‘em:



Chelsea March 17, 2015 at 6:48 pm

I was wondering about for you measure the coconut oil, do you heat it up and use it as a liquid, or as a solid?


Chelsea March 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Wondering about how you measure * sorry for typos


Cassandra April 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

hi yes i was wondering if i could trade out the peanut butter for sweet potatoe?? or could i do both?


Adrianna Adarme April 7, 2015 at 6:38 am

I’m actually not sure. They both have very different consistencies so I’m not sure it would work. Sorry I can’t be more help!


Justin April 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

Fantastic recipe – My puppies looked so sad when I ran out of biscuits!

If you’re ever on the lookout for more dog treat recipes, my girlfriend has started a website – http://caninepantry.com – with recipes for all the treats she makes for her little Pomeranians.


Victor Johnson May 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Mmmm, coconut oil honey-oat cookies… I mean, dog treats* lol


Adrianna Adarme May 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I’ve eaten them before and um they’re not bad! Haha.


cathrine May 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

Thank you, great article about dog’s treats. I found more about obedience treats specifically here:http://dogsaholic.com/food_treats/best-dog-bones.html


Jessi June 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Hi, I was wondering what the shelf life is?


Adrianna Adarme June 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

These stay good in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month. Even if they get a little stale, the dogs can’t tell ;)


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