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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats (Step by Step)

These homemade peanut butter dog treats are so simple and your dogs will love them! Peanut butter, whole wheat flour, water, and eggs make up these simple treats. Give your dog something you can feel good about, no secret ingredients or additives just 4 simple ingredients. Even better these are very affordable to make & they stay fresh for months.

bowl of homemade peanut butter dog treats

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Highlights of these homemade dog treats:

  • Budget friendly
  • Simple pantry ingredients
  • Shelf stable
  • Can be made into any size or shape
  • Bake quickly
  • Makes a fun gift for pet owners! Fill a cute jar with homemade treats and tie with a fun pet bandana!

First Steps:

  • Combine flour, eggs, peanut butter, and water
  • Stir to combine until a shaggy dough forms
  • Add a bit more water if needed, the dough will be thick

How many homemade treats can I give my dog?

As with anything, moderation is key! If your dog enjoys these, give them as often as desired and enjoy knowing your dog is having a healthy treat made with just 3 simple, clean ingredients.

How long can these homemade peanut butter dog treats last?

I bake my dog treats until hard and crunchy, that way there is no moisture in them that could cause mold to grow. I also let them cool completely before transferring them to a container that way no moisture is introduced. If baked and cooled properly these will last up to 3 months, unless your pooch eats them all before that! I have not tried storing them in the fridge or freezer, but I have heard other people have success doing so!

If you like these homemade peanut butter dog treats, try these other homemade treats…

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Second Steps:

  • Transfer dough out onto floured surface
  • Knead and roll into a ball
  • Divide into two chunks
  • Roll each chunk to about 1″ thick
  • No need to chill the dough!

These homemade dog treats can keep for months if dried correctly! Even better, they contain no preservatives or additives.

Baking times:

  • Small sized treats: bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Medium sized treats: bake for 25-30 minutes
  • Large sized treats: bake for 30-35 minutes

*You want the treats to be hard and crunchy, not soft to the touch. We want to get all the moisture out so these stay fresh and mold free!

I use mini round cutter and a small dog cutter for bite sized treats! I love this cute bite sized dog cutter, you can find fun dog cookie cutters on Etsy or at baking stores.

Grocery Store List:

Tips for perfect dog treats:

  • Mix dough until shaggy then use hands to knead
  • If making different sized treats bake similar sizes on the same tray
  • Roll out evenly so treats bake evenly
  • Cool treats completely before storing so they do not get moldy

I store my cooled dog treats in a labeled mason jar, the treats need to be completely dry before storing so no mold grows.

Tools I used for this recipe:

  • Liquid measuring cups – my favorite set, these will last forever!
  • Mixing bowls – another Pyrex product I love, these bowls come in the perfect sizes and nest nicely together!
  • Mini Cookie Cuttersthese are perfect for cutting different bite size shapes!

Instructions for these peanut butter treats:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the peanut butter, flour, water, and eggs. Mix to combine until a shaggy dough forms.
  • Transfer out onto a clean surface dusted with whole wheat flour, using your hands knead slightly and roll out to about 1/2″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut fun shapes*.
  • Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the dog treats evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until hard. Baking time will vary on size and shape*.
  • Allow to cool completely and transfer to an airtight container for up to 4 weeks!

Notes:

*The safest peanut butter option for dogs is 100% peanut butter made with only peanuts. If you can’t find that check that your peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs or use homemade peanut butter.

*Add an extra tbsp or two of water to the dough if it gets to tough.

 *Adjust baking time on size and shape of treats, I made smaller bite-sized treats and baked for 25-30 minutes. If you have larger treats try starting at 25 and adding time as needed. The size of the treats will also change the yield.

Make these dog treats in any size or shape desired, see baking guide above for baking time.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

4.50 from 10 votes
Keyword: dog treats, Homemade nut butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 dozen
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Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup Peanut butter, xylitol free*
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Water

Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the peanut butter, flour, water, and eggs. Mix to combine until a shaggy dough forms.
  • Transfer out onto a clean surface dusted with whole wheat flour, using your hands knead slightly and roll out to about 1/2" thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut fun shapes*.
  • Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the dog treats evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, until hard. Baking time will vary on size and shape*.
  • Allow to cool completely and transfer to an airtight container for up to 4 weeks!

Notes:

*The safest peanut butter option for dogs is 100% peanut butter made with only peanuts. If you can’t find that check that your peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs or use homemade peanut butter.
*Add an extra tbsp or two of water to the dough if it gets to tough. 
*Adjust baking time on size and shape of treats, I made smaller bite-sized treats and baked for 25-30 minutes. If you have larger treats try starting at 25 and adding time as needed. The size of the treats will also change the yield.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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18 Comments

  • Anonymous
    April 5, 2023 at 11:07 AM

    Can you include the egg ‘shells’?

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    • Rachel
      April 5, 2023 at 7:05 PM

      Good question! I know dogs can eat egg shells as long as they are cleaned properly, as long as you clean the shells it wouldn’t change the recipe. Just mix in the crushed shells.

      Reply
  • Andrea
    May 1, 2023 at 7:48 PM

    5 stars
    The consistency of the dough was perfect!!! Probably the best recipe I’ve tried yet.? Cookies were super easy to make and my dogs loved them. ?The only thing I had to add was a tiny bit of water so the dough was easier to work with. However, that’s probably because I have weak hands.?

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    • Rachel
      May 2, 2023 at 7:44 AM

      Yay! So glad you made them, the dough can get a bit tough – good idea to add a touch more water as needed. Hope your pup enjoys!

      Reply
  • Bonnie
    May 26, 2023 at 1:25 AM

    Could I use all purpose flour?

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    • Rachel
      May 26, 2023 at 7:41 AM

      Yes, that will also work!

      Reply
    • Anonymous
      June 23, 2023 at 12:29 PM

      Yes

      Reply
  • Mary
    May 26, 2023 at 9:20 PM

    5 stars
    My grand dog LOVES them!!!

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    • Rachel
      May 30, 2023 at 7:46 AM

      Yay, so happy to hear!

      Reply
  • Sarah
    July 15, 2023 at 10:59 AM

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Super easy and my friend’s dog loves them! Curious to know why my cookies look uncooked in the middle though… is the peanut butter too dense? Although my cookies are 1″ thick, they’re soft on the inside. Still a great recipe! I guess I won’t store it for as long 🙂

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    • Rachel
      July 18, 2023 at 7:45 PM

      Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing! Glad the dogs loved them! You could try baking them longer to get the inside to harden up a bit more.

      Reply
      • Anonymous
        July 19, 2023 at 2:12 PM

        I tried and it didn’t work 🙁 is it because I’m using oat flour instead of whole wheat?

      • Rachel
        July 19, 2023 at 3:30 PM

        What part didn’t work out?

      • Anonymous
        July 23, 2023 at 12:17 PM

        The inside of the cookies are still soft and uncooked, would using oat flour make it ore dense?

      • Rachel
        July 23, 2023 at 3:41 PM

        I haven’t tried using oat flour yet, so I’m not sure if that would cause it. You could try baking longer – or turning down the temperature and baking longer if needed.

    • Bizzybits
      November 5, 2023 at 11:59 AM

      3 stars
      They are too thick. Half an inch would be maximum thickness. Hope that helps. I make them about 1/4” inch thick or so.
      I often use oats and/or oat flour and that also works just fine.

      Reply
  • Sally
    July 24, 2023 at 10:06 AM

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. Making another batch this morning. My Viszla and all of my four legged visitors get a treat too!

    Reply
    • Rachel
      July 24, 2023 at 11:13 AM

      Thanks for sharing, Sally!

      Reply

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