Gone to the Dogs

 

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I usually groan every time I go to PetSmart and look at the price of the “good” dog treats. I mean, buying the “cheap” ones isn’t an option because my dog is a little king and is spoiled rotten. He should get the Snickers of doggie goodies, right? However, I thought it might be fun to try to make some homemade dog treats to see how Einstein likes them. I mean, why should my baking serve just the humans in the house? Einy should reap some benefits as well!

I was going to make some beef-flavored treats, but I thought that Einstein would enjoy peanut butter better since he DOES go crazy for some good PB. These were incredibly easy to make and even more fun since I found a dog-bone shaped cookie cutter in my big set! I ended up with almost 30 treats.

Peanut Butter Doggie Bones

Ingredients:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

The judge’s verdict:
“Can I PLEASE eat them ALL???”

 

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  1. Deborah on November 3, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I keep wanting to make dog treats for my dog. I should try these this weekend!!

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  2. kayte on November 3, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    awww!! they look so cute and yummy! i don’t have a bone cookie cutter, but i bet they’d taste just as good if i used my other cutters. einstein is such a handsome boy! i can’t wait to make some for murphy.

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  3. Katie on November 3, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    That is SUCH a good idea. And that pic with your dog up on the counter looking at all the treats is seriously the CUTEST picture ever!! :)

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  4. Amber on November 4, 2007 at 9:18 am

    Einy is so flipping adorable I want to reach right through the screen and hug him and scratch his fluffly little ears. Oh and the treats are super cute too. Does he love them? I might have to make some for Cole soon.

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  5. superstaraud on November 4, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    awww.. that picture of einstein is so cute!! what a good mommy you are!! making him so yummy treats!

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  6. carrieskitchencreations on November 5, 2007 at 8:45 am

    How Cute!

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  7. ash on November 9, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    that picture of einstein is so cute! i wish i had a pup to make treats for!

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  8. Nicole on November 9, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    That is too cute!

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  9. Carrie on November 16, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    I am going to pass this on to my mom, she bought some somewhere and her dogs LOVED them.

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  10. peabody on November 22, 2007 at 3:47 am

    OMG…love you pup!
    My pup thanks you for the recipe.

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  11. MrsPresley on November 25, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    i love the pic! too cute! these look great!

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  12. Faery on June 30, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I love the picture of the dog it is so cute

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  13. katy on July 15, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Found your like from the Daring Bakers website — these look simple and great! I am totally making them for my dogs!

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  14. NotAFoody on September 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Hi there! I hope you’re not angry I reposted your recipe onto my blog. And yes, unlike some people, my dogs liked my cooking :)

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  15. Lindsey on December 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I made these over the weekend in Christmas shapes for my Aunt’s Pit Bull and German Shepard…I’m smiling imagining such big dogs eating such dainty little treats but I think she(aunt) will really get a ‘kick’ out of the whole thing. Thanks again for posting and Happy Holidays!

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  16. coco's mom on March 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I made the peanut butter doggie treats for my shi-tzu pup. She’ll be one on 3/28/09. She really loves them and I also made a batch for my cousins lab puppy.. great idea and good healthy treat!
    thanks.

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  17. Jodie on October 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Your dog is SOOOOOOO cute! I made this recipe except I added one 4 ounce single serving container of Mott’s original applesauce (which equals a half of a cup) and the “biscuits” turned out soft, which I liked them that way. The vet says applesauce is a good source of fiber for dogs. I put them in celophane bags and printed out a fold-over tag in a dog font that said:
    Doggie Peanut
    Butter Buddies
    INGREDIENTS: Made With LOTS of Love, Chunky Peanut Butter,
    Whole Wheat Flour, Baking Powder, Milk, and Applesauce

    Then I stapled it shut and gave them to all my “dog” friends. Needless to say, they all went nuts for them!!!!!!!

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    • basketpam on April 12th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      I definitely like your idea of adding the applesauce to the treats. What’s nice is that this now gives a choice of what the person wants to make and what the dogs wants to eat. My golden retriever Lucy has lots of doggy friends here at the retirement community my family owns and manages and almost all of her friends are so small compared to her they can’t handle the large hard biscuits she likes. I started well over a year ago keeping on hand here at the office the small, mini Milk Bone Treats for them. It also works nicely for Lucy too as she’s on a diet and that tiny milkbone at 5 calories is a good deal lighter than a big full-size Milk Bone treat. AND, I also deal with some of the humans that go with these dogs and some are EXTREMELY picky about what the doggies get and I know the humans would LOVE their dogs getting home made treats. One of Lucy’s friends, a poodle mix named Mona loves just about anything with sweet potatoes and she’s also allergic to any treat that has a colored dye in it. Honestly, sometimes I think many of these dogs have more eating problems than most people I know. Lucy herself has a sensitive tummy. On one of her birthdays I thought I would allow her a special “treat” and let her have just about 100% of a nice steak. All the humans were enjoying their steak dinners so I thought for one time that year I’ll let her eat more than just one or two bites. It was a big mistake and a complete waste of a good rib eye steak. An hour after eating the steak she became sick and the entire thing came back up. So much for that idea. It was just too rich for her and she’s not used to that much “table” food at one time. Other than pieces of white chicken, green beans or carrots served with her kibble she rarely gets ANY people food. I’m always trying to get more veggies or fruit into her as she is the dog version of a “meat and potato man” and normally won’t touch any fruit or veggies. It’s been a real struggle getting her to accept any at all in her food.

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  18. Lizzy & Scarlett on December 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    AWWWWW! what an ADORABLE baby!!!!!!!!! Such a cutie pie! My baby scarlett (lab/shepherd) and I are making these cookies for her doggie relative Nellie for Christmas! We are using snowflake cookie cutters!!!!

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  19. Anonymous on January 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Hey, i heard baking powder is toxic to dogs

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    • Kevin on February 6th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      yes. baking powder is poisonous to dogs. it causes muscle spasms and in larger amounts causes heart failure. i dont really see why baking powder needs to be included in this recipe. with just milk, peanut butter and flour, the batter should be quite heavy and dense and unlikely to rise much anyway. even though its only a tablespoon and unlikely to cause damage to your pet, i would recommend not including baking powder in future batches or recipes for dogs.

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      • Melissa on November 23rd, 2012 at 11:12 am

        I’d skin thr flour too. Grains really have no business being in dog food or treats.

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      • Anonymous on August 18th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        Baking powder in large amounts is toxic, not poisonous. Chocolate consumption in dogs is poisonous, meaning in any amount, it has the ability to kill a dog and is requires an emergency trip to the vet. However, baking powder in a recipe, especially in the tiny amount in the above recipe is not harmful.

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      • Julee on December 25th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

        I too am skeptical of including any ingredient that may harm my dog such as leavening agents. I would substitute an egg or two. I live at 6000 feet altitude and I always cut way back on leavening when baking so I don’t think leaving out the leavening would be a problem here.

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  20. a fan of anything chocolate on January 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    What a great recipe. I profess to be a non-dog lover but find myself knitting sweaters for my son and dil’s French bulldog and he is a huge fan of peanut butter. These look like they would suit him just fine!

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  21. Free Dog Training Lessons on February 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Great blog, keeping me from working

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  23. Sarah on April 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Made these for my pup and she absolutely loves them. Waits at the edge of the kitchen until they’re done!

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  24. Jen on April 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    My dogs, B and Albert, are chocolate labs that never miss the slight noise of a jar of peanutbutter being opened! They love these treats, and sit patiently hoping for a bite of the dough while I make them. Thanks for a great, simple recipe!

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  26. melanie prisco on September 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I made these treats over the weekend but modified the recipe some (took out the baking powder and added some other ingredients) and Rockwell (our Basset) loves them. Here is what I did…

    Peanut Butter Doggie Cookies

    Ingredients:
    2 cups whole-wheat flour
    1 cup natural peanut butter
    1 cup low-fat milk
    1/2 cup quick cooking oats
    1/2 cup applesauce
    1/4 cup carrot shreds chopped up
    1/4 cup cheddar cheese chopped up

    Mix all together. Place 1 teaspoon size balls on cookie sheet. Mash with fork (like you would a peanut butter cookie) Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. My dog likes his treats on the soft side so I took them out at about the ten minute mark.

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    • Michelle on September 6th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your modified recipe! I am definitely going to make a batch of these for Einstein!

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      • Maren on February 10th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Yes – I thought that baking powder was not good to give dogs. Thank you for sharing this modified recipe!!

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      • Coley on July 18th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

        My vet said that wheat and dairy are also no-no’s for dogs.

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        • Chelsea on December 14th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

          Wheat and dairy aren’t bad for dogs, simply common allergens for them. You could probably find a gluten-free flour substitute and for the dairy do rice milk (a lot of dogs are also allergic to soy products).

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  27. Bronwyn on September 27, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Such a cool idea…. I finally found a dog-biscuit shaped cookie cutter at a bake shop, so will be making these the weekend!

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  29. Maria on November 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I’m glad I found your recipe, I have 3 dogs and I want to make this for them but I just have a question. Can you use regular flour or it has to be whole-wheat?

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    • Michelle on November 6th, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Hi Maria, Yes you can use regular all-purpose flour, the whole wheat just makes them a little healthier ;-)

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  30. Kelly on November 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Looks great!! how long do they stay fresh??

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    • Michelle on November 10th, 2011 at 1:22 am

      Hi Kelly, I would say you could put them in the fridge and they’d last a couple of weeks.

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  31. Jazzi on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    these sound really good. I will make some for my Jazzi. Feel free to drop by her blog and say Hi!! Lots of dogs on the blogs would be interested in receipes.
    http://www.jazzis-world.blogspot.com

    Wags
    Diana and Jazzi

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  32. Erin on December 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Wow! I can’t wait to bake these for my sweet furry friend. I LOVE the photo of Einstein with the paws on the counter. No way my dog would have that much restraint. They would all be gone in the blink of an eye! I bought a doggy recipe book awhile back but have only made one item from the book because all the recipes are complicated. These look so easy and simple to make. My Samba says thanks to Einstein’s mom for these tips!

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  33. Bronwyn on December 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Made These a couple of nights back. My Labrador just loves them! Wrapping up some for christmas for my family’s canine friends.

    Thanx this is awesome

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  34. Rachel on December 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    i am making these for all of the dogs in my family for Christmas… Molly (bluetick coonhound), Bella (italian greyhound), Sandy (yellow lab), Pritzie (maltipoo), Izzy (toy poodle), and Skeeter (italian greyhound). Molly is mine, and she is turning 1 on Jan. 3rd.
    Any good recipes for a ‘doggy cake’ or something special?

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  35. Mel on December 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    These are awesome! I have made them for my families dogs and ours too. My doggie tested these and LOVED them. Thank you for posting. Rosie(our puppy) is giving this as Christmas presents to her doggie cousins :) I was able to make about 53 too! I did little Christmas trees for the holidays! Thanks again!

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  36. Brena on December 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Just made these for my two girls for Christmas morning :) They are both plotthound mixes. One is 16 months or so, the other is 3-5 years old (unknown as she was a rescue)

    I omitted the baking powder since it is considered toxic to doggies – Instead, I added 1/2 cup of applesauce, a teaspoon or so of water and an extra dash of milk.

    Both dogs love them!!!

    I baked them for about 10 minutes or so.

    Thanks for the recipe!!

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  37. fran on December 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I just made a batch for my pitbull Princess and as she always does she layed on the kitchen floor the whole time i was baking… she loved them :)
    I have a recipe for dog/cat treats
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    1/4 cup corn meal
    1/2 cup parmesan cheese
    1 egg
    1 cup water… mix all the ingredients together except parmesan cheese.
    knead dough until completely mixed, roll mixture into 3inch size pencil sticks
    roll the sticks into parmesan cheese twist sticks 3-4 times bake at 350 for 25 mins
    on a ungreased baking sheet.

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  38. Jenn on January 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I have made these for my dogs twice now and they love them!!! I am going to make these from now on!!

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  39. Noreen on March 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I was wondering if I can replace the Milk for Greek Yogurt, my dogs stomach will not be able to handle the milk ?

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    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Noreen, I think that would work just fine. Hope the pups enjoy!

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  41. Risa on June 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I have made these so many times already since the beginning of the year! I linked you up: http://www.risashoebox.com/blog/?p=1376. Sometimes I gotta kick the dogs out before they cause a flood in the kitchen…

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  42. Ashley on June 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Is it alright for dogs to have almond milk in the recipe? Or can I replace the milk with water?

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    • Michelle on June 12th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Ashley, I think either would be an acceptable substitution (or even beef broth).

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  43. TwentySomething Stella on July 9, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Thank you for sharing this treat! Stella was very happy! http://www.twentysomethingstella.com/2012/07/homemade-dog-treats.html

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  44. Jenny Starley on July 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I can’t wait to make these for my dogs! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Nic B on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I’m a dog walker and decided to make some of this to bring along to work with me. I can’t tell you how much my dog clients loved them! They went nuts trying to get more after I put the bag away in my purse:)

    I did leave out the baking soda and added 1/2 quick oats and they turned out just fine. I’ll be making several batches to give out to clients as Christmas gifts. Awesome recipe!

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    • Nirmala on May 20th, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Thanks Nic for sharing your version. I was concerned about the baking soda/powder.

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    • Nirmala on May 20th, 2014 at 8:48 am

      thanks for sharing your version I am going to try it for Lola. no baking powder

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  46. Deborah on September 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I don’t believe this sight,it is wonderful!! I must become a member… I have a small dog and am very skeptic as to what is truly in the store bought cookies,treats and chews,this is wonderful as I can learn with your help how to make healthy treats that he will enjoy and truly benefit from..Thank you so much for being here!!!!

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  48. Ciera on September 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I took Jodie’s advice and added some applesauce. They came out nice and chewy. My chihuahua, Brandie, seemed to really enjoy these. Not to mention my house smells like peanut butter cookies. Awesome recipe. By far the best dog treat recipie I have tried (and trust me I’ve tried several).

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  49. Cookin' Up a Storm!! on September 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Gonna make these for my labrador retriever, Lady!!!! Do they work without baking soda/powder? Look great!!!!!

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    • Michelle on September 26th, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Yes, they should work without, will just be a little thinner. I hope Lady enjoys them! (that was the name of my first dog as a kid!)

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      • Cookin' Up a Storm on September 26th, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Thanks!!!!! How long do the stay fresh?

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        • Michelle on September 27th, 2012 at 10:06 am

          I’d say up to 5 days or so if you leave them at room temperature, but you can refrigerate them for a couple of weeks (I had a batch get moldy when left out on the counter for over a week.)

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          • Cookin' Up a Storm on September 27th, 2012 at 10:46 am

            Thanks!

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  50. Marni on September 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I just made these for my golden retriever Cooper- he LOVED them!!!!

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