How to Make Healthy and Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs




As an avid dog lover, I have spent far too much money on dog treats at various stores. When my dogs started gaining weight I began to pay more attention to the content of what I was feeding them. I was surprised by the fat content in some of the common dog treats. I wanted to find a tasty treat for my dogs that is low in both fat and cost. Every dog I have met loves peanut butter but it is not very healthy to feed them globs of peanut butter even though they enjoy having sticky mouths. These cookies are both simple and inexpensive to make. You do not have to be an experienced baker in order to successfully make these delectable dog treats. If this is your first baking experience it may take longer but the preparation time is usually about 20 to 30 minutes and then add 20 minutes for baking time.

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Step 1: Step 1 - Preparation

1. Gather the following materials
  • One large mixing bowl
  • One mixing utensil (rubber scraper or large spoon)
  • One large cutting board
  • Two baking sheets (depending on the size of cookies you make)
  • Cookie cutters (or you can cut out any shapes you want)
  • Rolling pin
  • Two tablespoons of oil (you can use either vegetable or corn oil)
  • One-half cup of peanut butter (any brand is fine)
  • One cup water
  • One cup whole wheat flour
  • Two cups white flour
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Step 2 - Combine Ingredients

1. In the large bowl combine:
  • One-half cup peanut butter
  • One cup water
  • Two tablespoons oil
Note: These three ingredients do not mix together well so don't worry about mixing thoroughly until the next step.

2. Add each of the three cups of flour one at a time (in any order) mixing after each one.

Note: The last cup of flour is more difficult to mix because the ingredients become dry.

3. Knead the dough with your hands until it is in a firm ball.

Step 3: Step 3 - Roll the Dough

1. Sprinkle some white flour onto the cutting board and put the ball of dough on top of the flour.

2. Sprinkle some additional flour onto the ball of dough.

3. Using the rolling pin, flatten the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Tip: If you don't have a rolling pin, I found you can always use something of similar shape, such as a wine bottle.

Step 4: Step 4 - Cut Cookies

1. Use cookie cutters of any shape and cut shapes out of the dough.

Tip: If you don't have any cookie cutters or want a different shape feel free to be creative and cut out your own shapes.

2. After cutting as many shapes as you can in the dough, knead the remaining dough into a ball. Then, sprinkle flour on both sides and flatten the dough to about 1/4 inch and start cutting again. Repeat this process as many times as it takes to use up all the dough.

3. Place the cut out cookies onto a baking sheet. I usually end up using two baking sheets but it depends on the size and amount of cookie shapes you come out with.

Note: Do not grease the baking sheets before putting the cookies on them.

Step 5: Step 5 - Bake

1. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: Cookies will look drier and some will bubble slightly when done.

2. Let the cookies sit until cool to the touch.

Warning: Let cookies cool completely before trying to touch. The baking sheets will be extremely hot when taken out of the oven.

3. Use as a tasty treat when your dog is good or when you feel generous.

Tip: I suggest you store the cookies in a sealed Tupperware container so that they do not get dry and hard. Also, if you make more than one batch you can store the cookies in a freezer and thaw as needed.

Now you know how to make simple and delicious dog treats that any dog will love. This recipe ends up making around 2 to 3 dozen depending on the size of cookie you choose to make. You can double or even triple the recipe for more dogs or to give to your friend's dogs. These are a great alternative to buying expensive treats from the store. These will take less time and money and your dog will love you even more.

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    21 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I think it's great you love your dog enough to make him/her treats. Good for you!!!! The only thing I would say is, when I make these for my three, I use only quality peanut better and coconut oil. Veg and especially corn oil is really bad for dogs (and us). I've also experimented around with flours and found my dogs love when I use coconut flour, which is even better for them than whole wheat.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    If you are going to feed your dog peanut butter make sure it is not one of the brands listed on this website as it contains xylitol which can kill your dog in very small doses.


    4 years ago

    Nice! Sounds great, except that peanut butter. Read the ingredients! Better off getting fresh ground peanut butter! I get a tub from publix for under $4:).


    5 years ago

    I've been wanting to try these for quite some time, unfortunately, it took bad news about my dog's health to do it. She does love them though and they're healthier than store bought. Hearts, stars, circles and dinosaurs.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, absolutely! Just keep an eye on the dough consistency. Start with the amount in the recipe and if it feels too moist add a little more flour until you will be able to roll it out. I have made it with all purpose flour before and it turned out just fine :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for this recipe My pup is a little picky when it comes to treats and this will be a lot easier and cheaper than buying a bag of treats he will not touch. I will be trying these soon. Thanks


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    I have three dogs. I have a cockapoo named kiko, a lhasopoo named carmen and a yochon named loki. :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I have eaten one and they're actually pretty good. Of course they would be improved with sugar but my girls don't mind :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made my dog biscuits with the following recipe. I kept a third out and put the other two thirds in freezer storage bags and froze them for future use. My babies were begging for them before they cooled enough to eat them. I hope you enjoy them too.

    PB Dog Biscuits
    ½ cups water
    ½ cup oil
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup peanut butter
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    ½ cup cornmeal
    ½ cup rolled oats

    Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. If it is too sticky, add a bit of white flour. Roll out and cut into the desired shapes. Put onto a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one. Cook 18 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are the best doggy cookie recipe I have found. Will be making a batch of these for my "boys" this weekend ;)

    Thanks for such a great 'ible!



    7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome and easy recipe!
    I have made two batches of these treats. The first time I used your recipe, but instead of the combination of flours I used white flour because that was all that we had. I cut the recipe in half and still had a lot of treats. The dough was the perfect consistency to work with and make shapes with cookie cutters. My dog Peekay also loves them! :)

    Tonight I did a full batch (and more! haha) and substituted a few things:
    - Brown rice flour instead of the combination of white and whole wheat.
    - Olive oil instead of vegetable oil.

    I made these treats to give to my local animal rescue to sell at a craft show. I am certainly not an expert, but I believe that the brown rice and olive oil are nutritionally better for dogs and have less things in them that can cause allergies. I also used a peanut butter with peanuts as the only ingredient, so there was no extra salt or sugar. I just wanted to make a simple treat as healthy as I could to sell to the public. I also want to impress the rescue so they let me work with them more. :P
    But the whole point of that was to say that the brown rice flour was a little harder to work with. With the full recipe, I could only use about 2 cups of it until it started to get too dry. The dough was a little crumbly and I had to be pretty delicate when doing the cut outs. Also took a lot longer to bake! 30-40 minutes to make them crunchy. But they still came out great, and I am very happy that I got this idea here! I will post a picture of them all packaged up and ready to sell. Thanks! :)

    Lily Baldwin

    7 years ago on Introduction

    That was a really simple recipe and my dog was practically crying at my feet for a taste of the batter! They are actually in the oven right now and they smell delicious! My pooch can't wait for a taste of the treats.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I knew someone from our class would bake something for dogs. Nicely put together. ^^