Homemade Dog Treats

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Homemade dog treats made with peanut butter and oats are always a HUGE hit! Peanut butter dog treats are quick and easy to make and perfect for gifting to the dog lovers in your life as well!

(And for humans who love peanut butter be sure to try my Peanut Butter Apple Crisp, Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting, Peanut Butter Cupcakes, and Peanut Butter Energy Bites!)

A close up of homemade dog treats on a baking pan

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I first shared this homemade dog treat recipe the second year I had this little blog, way back in 2012. Back then we had an amazing golden retriever named Bear. He was a fabulous dog that was part of our family until 2016.

In March of 2018 we were finally ready to welcome a new dog to the family and added Maisy, a Goldendoodle girl, to our household. She’s been quite the addition and we love her so much. She’s given me good reasom to start making homemade dog biscuits again!

TIP: Make homemade dog treats at Christmas to gift to dog owners with your normal holiday cookies! Bake them up and gift them in DIY gift bags made from wrapping paper for an inexpensive but thoughtful gift!

A Golden Doodle laying on a wood floor

Why make homemade dog treats?

I love making homemade treats because I know exactly what is in them. Our golden Bear had some pretty intense food allergies so making dog treats from scratch gave me peace of mind.

Why I love this treat recipe

  • These homemade dog treats are very easy to make and perfect for making with the kids.
  • You probably have everything you need already in your pantry
  • They can be ready in an hour so they are fast as well.
  • You can customize their look. I use these cookie cutters when making mine but you can use any shape cookie cutter or simply cut them into bars with a knife before baking.
A close up of homemade dog treats sitting on a baking pan

Frequently Asked Questions

Is peanut butter good for dogs?

Natural peanut butter is perfectly safe for dogs, it is the ingredient Xylitol that is in some peanut butters that is poisonous to dogs. Xylitol is a sugar substitute so be sure your peanut butter does not contain that before using it in this recipe. Read more about peanut butter and dogs here.

Is oatmeal good for dogs?

Oatmeal is a good source of carbohydrates for dogs as long as:
it is not given raw
it is not prepared with milk
it is not have added sugar or flavorings
Read more about dogs and oatmeal here.

How long do homemade dog treats last?

Store these treats in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep in the refrigerator up to 1 month, and they can be frozen up to 6 months so make a double or triple batch and save some for later!

How to customize this dog treat recipe

  • substitute the peanut butter with pumpkin or applesauce
  • use gluten free flour like coconut flour instead of regular flour is your dog is sensitive to wheat

You might also want to try these homemade dog beggin strips recipe as well!

You might also like my Chewy.com review, all about this pet supply delivery I just love!

If you try this recipe, please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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A close up of homemade dog treats sitting on a baking pan

Homemade Dog Treats

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  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 50 1x


It’s easy to make homemade dog treats! No fancy ingredients, just pantry staples and you can have homemade treats in an hour!


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  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix water, oil, peanut butter, and eggs until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk dry ingredients.  Add to wet ingredients and mix to form a ball.  Add more flour if dough is sticky.
  4. Roll on a well-floured surface until 1/4-1/2″ thick.  Cut with a cookie cutter or cut into bars.  Cook for 20-25  minutes on lightly greased cookie sheet.


  • substitute the peanut butter with pumpkin or applesauce
  • use gluten free flour like coconut flour instead of regular flour is your dog is sensitive to wheat
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: pet
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: pet


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 46
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 23.1 mg
  • Fat: 2.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.5 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.6 mg

This recipe was originally published in December 2012 and updated in July 2020 with additional information.

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  1. My dog and her friends love these cookies!! I used whole wheat flour for half of flour and wheat germ for half of cornmeal.

    1. I apologize Donna-it’s 1/2 cup, I’ve updated the recipe, I can’t believe no one has caught that typo in 4 years!! ~Melissa

  2. i have a silicone baking form that makes 12 biscuits. Can I use this recipe for that??? I do have dog cutters but I purchased this darn form and didn’t come with any recipes.

  3. Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a very good
    article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and never seem
    to get anything done.

  4. How do I store these? Refrigerate, not refrigerate? Thank you for the recipe, making some today for Christmas gifts for my little Dorky (Mini Dachshund and Yorky), and my grand-dog, my daughters bestie who is a rescue.

    1. Hi Kelly,

      I store them in an airtight container and keep for 2-3 weeks. (Although my dog rarely let’s them last that long!)

      Take care,


  5. How long are they good for? I make Christmas dog treats for dogs in my family and ship them across the country, but want to make sure they won’t go moldy in a week. Usually make ones with no eggs and baked a lot longer so they’re very crispy. They last several months, provided they aren’t all eaten. Will these last as long?

    1. I have never kept mine months but they bake up hard and I do the same as you-ship them to family and I know at our home they’ve lasted a couple of weeks just fine, our dog eats them up too fast!

  6. I know this is about a year old, but I’m definitely sharing these in my DIY Holiday features this month! Can’t forget our furkids!

  7. What a cutie! I have a Golden boy too and just posted a recipe for dog treats. 🙂 These look fabulous! I made super simple ones, but the addition of eggs and oats make yours much more substantial. I think both kinds would be nice to have around, so I’ll have to give them a try and link up to your post on our site! Have a great day!

  8. I am always on the lookout for simple homemade dog cookie recipes -and these fit the bill perfectly! I’d rather make my own with “real” ingredients. I like knowing know what is in their treats! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. You’re more than welcome Nadine! My dog Bear loves these although he’s tipping the scales at 105 pounds so he might need to cut back a bit! 😉 Have a great day!

  9. LOVE this! I don’t know why I saw your FB post before I saw the blog update. I have a huge soft spot for Goldens. They are the bestest of the best in the doggie world. I got my first golden at 15 and never looked back. I think Jack and I will have to make some Christmas treats for Gracie and Emma while we’re holiday cooking next week. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Oh what a neat idea!!! Murphy loves his treats, but I have never tried to make them myself. Oh I just love this! Will give it a try! 🙂

  11. Awwwww! Bear looks like a sweetheart. My first grandpuppy was a Golden named Daisy. This will be our first Christmas without her. We were so blessed to have been loved by her for 14 years.

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