Homemade Peanut Butter-Bacon Dog Treats {Happy 1st Birthday, Duke!}

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Today is Duke’s 1st birthday!!

I can’t believe he’s already a year old, and it’s been just 10 months since we brought that fluffy 7-pound puppy home with us…

Duke 2 days after coming home!

Duke has definitely become his own dog and forged his own path in this house. He and Einstein could not be any more different…

– Duke loves to lead and be in charge, while Einstein is perfectly happy being a follower.

– Einstein will steal your last meal on Earth without so much as a second thought, while Duke really couldn’t be bothered withΒ food.

– Duke definitely got the fearful gene and hates unfamiliar objects – a vacuum cleaner, umbrella, anything that has appeared that was not previously in place. Einstein totally goes with the flow. Thank goodness, though, that neither of them are at all bothered by thunderstorms!

– Einstein loves to chase tennis balls, but will never drop them or return them, while Duke picked up on the return/drop thing super early. He’s a blast to play fetch with!

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Duke has grown into such a fun dog that looks a little bit more grown up every day. He’s sweet, affectionate, loves life, and he loves his big brother more than anything in the world.

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It wouldn’t be a dog birthday in this house without some homemade dog treats! I wanted to try a new recipe, and specifically wanted to throw in some bacon, because really, what dog doesn’t love bacon? And peanut butter, of course! I’ve never given Duke peanut butter, but Einstein adores it, so I figured it would be a hit, as well.

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Even though Duke never bothers with food, he hovered around the table when we were photographing these, something he never does. I’m convinced he knew they were for him πŸ™‚ He gobbled up his treat and cleaned up all of the crumbs… all in all, I think he’s going to enjoy a fabulous birthday!

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One year ago: No-Bake S’mores Pie
Two years ago: Cherry Pie
Three years ago: Angel Food Cake
Four years ago: Scotcheroos
Five years ago: Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
Six years ago: Danish Braid

Homemade Peanut Butter-Bacon Dog Treats

Yield: About 18 to 20 dog treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Homemade dog treats with all-natural ingredients.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup traditional rolled oats
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup beef broth
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats and bacon.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the beef broth, peanut butter, honey and coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix together using a rubber spatula until no pockets of flour remain.

4. Turn the mixture out onto a well-floured surface. Dust the mixture with flour and knead gently until a soft dough forms and is no longer sticky. Roll or pat the dough out to about ½-inch thickness. Cut out shapes and place them on the prepared baking sheet. The treats will not spread, so you can place them pretty close together (without touching).

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving. The treats can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week.

(Recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen)


38 Responses to “Homemade Peanut Butter-Bacon Dog Treats {Happy 1st Birthday, Duke!}”

  1. Pieliekamais on June 30, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Happy birthday, Duke! πŸ™‚ Such a sweet pup!


  2. Reshana on June 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Happy Birthday Duke… You are so adorable..


  3. Julia on June 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

    It’s just not possible for Duke to get any cuter!!! Happy Birthday Duke! He is so lucky to have a loving mama like you.


  4. Marie @ Little Kitchie on June 30, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Awwww, happy birthday Duke!! My dog is about to turn TEN (ahhh!), so I’ll need to give these a try for him!


  5. Tom @ Raise Your Garden on June 30, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Happy Birthday Duke, but really no invite? Duke I thought we were really close? Well you’re a lucky dog especially since your mom makes you homemade treats! My dog’s , Weiner and Bengi are jealous. Yes, they are weeiner dogs and yes my wife named the first one.


  6. Kristin on June 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Happy Birthday to Duke! We are exactly one month behind you with Heatley so I am excited to try these for his celebration! I cannot believe how similar our 4 pups are…Crosby has the same traits you describe for Einstein, and Heatley and Duke the same as well…I wonder if birth order personalities apply to dogs??


    • Michelle on June 30th, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hi Kristin, That’s so funny!! I wonder if it has anything to do with it?! You’ll have to send me some new pics of your boys!


  7. betsy harner on June 30, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Oh, what a handsome guy! It is so true, even though they are the same breed-they can be sooooo different. Duke is one lucky dog (and Einstein, so are you!) My golden boy is 12! Love him more everyday. Enjoy!


  8. Gail R. on June 30, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Such a beautiful boy. Love hearing about both Duke and Einstein. My golden girl is 7 years old and I’ve been looking for a wonderful treat to make for my doodle bug. Thanks for the recipe.


  9. Maureen on June 30, 2014 at 9:08 am

    So cute! Today is my dog Riley’s 3rd birthday, and I made your apple cheddar pupcakes for him – they are a huge hit, and were so easy! I’m sure he’ll be happy to taste test these one day as well πŸ™‚


  10. Kim on June 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday, Duke!!! You get cuter by the minute! Enjoy your goodies–and be sure to share nice with your big brother


  11. Jill T. on June 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Happy Birthday to Duke! Looking forward to trying out a new dog treat recipe for my Bella!


  12. Jan P. on June 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy. We have a 10 year old Golden boy, Magnum and a brand new 12 week old Golden boy Bullitt. So much fun. I just finished reading “Watchers” by Dean Koontz about a Golden Retriever named Einstein. Even though Koontz can be a little “out there”, it is a great story for us Golden lovers.


  13. Janice on June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY, DUKE!! You are such a cutie!! Catch a few tennis balls today & relax!!


  14. Kathy Kordesichg on June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday Duke! Can’t believe your a year old already, time sure does fly! Do you have to refrigerate the treats after a week?


    • Michelle on June 30th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Kathy, If you plan to keep them longer than a week, I would put them in the refrigerator from the start.


  15. annie on June 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Happy Birthday, Duke. What a cutie. I have trouble telling Duke and Einstein apart in the photos, they’re so alike! The treats look good enough for human consumption!


  16. Robin Christensen on June 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Happy birthday, Duke! I can’t believe he’s a year old either! I know we’ve all watched him grow up, but time sure flies! I hope he loves his birthday treats – he sure looks ready! Thanks, again, Michelle for sharing a small part of your life with us.


  17. Cheryl Scott on June 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Sweet boy! Happy birthday!


  18. Sue on June 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Duke! Our golden mix is 14 and we’ll have to try these for our Allie Dog! Don’t forget to share with your big brother.


  19. Jeannine on June 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    These photos are so stinkin cute. Happy Birthday Duke!
    We’ve definitely got puppy fever over here. I’m so excited for us to get a yard, adopt a pup, and watch my husband enjoy his first dog πŸ™‚


  20. Sandy Dent on June 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Duke. So glad I am not the only one who bakes their dogs cookies and cakes. One question. Can any oil be substituted for the coconut oil? I make a ginger cookie for my Jasper and Lucy and it uses sunflower oil so I was hopping I could do the same here.


    • Michelle on July 1st, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Sandy, Yes, I think that sunflower oil would be fine. I hope Jasper and Lucy enjoy them!


  21. Megan on June 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Duke is soooo adorable!! My dogs birthday was yesterday, her name is Suzie. Even though she already had her treat (your other recipe the ‘pupcakes’!) I know she would have loved these too!


  22. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on June 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Ahhhhh! Happy Birthday Duke! I can’t believe he is a year old already! I remember when you got him! He is simply adorable!!! I love your Einstein and Duke stories!!


  23. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog on June 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Oh yay! Happy birthday Duke! I’ll definitely make my little Bailee some of these.


  24. Allison Thibos on July 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I have been making homemade dog treats for my dogs now for about six months. No more treats made in China, or products imported from China and made in the U.S. I can’t wait to make these bacon/peanut butter treats for my two pups. By the way, the pictures of Duke are fabulous! Goldens are the BEST!


  25. Nancy @ gottagetbaked on July 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Awwww, happy first birthday to your sweet Duke! I’ve loved watching him grow from an adorable little puppy into the handsome dude he is now. I hope he enjoyed every delicious bite of his homemade treats! I’m pinning these treats to make for my lil’ Abby.


  26. Katie on July 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Happy day, Duke!! What a lucky dog! My girls will love these (what golden doesn’t love PB??), but as a vegetarian, I don’t use meat products, even when I make puppy treats. Easy enough to leave out the bacon (maybe add a few peanut pieces for crunch), but do you have some thoughts on what to replace the beef broth with?? Veggie broth doesn’t sound very tasty, but I realize they need some liquid to bind the ingredients…


    • Michelle on July 2nd, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Hi Katie, I was going to say veggie broth, not sure that it matters, since the peanut butter is the dominant flavor. I tend to stay away from dairy, but you could use milk or eggs. You could also try something like applesauce, although I haven’t tried it and am not sure how much you would need.


  27. Pearse on July 3, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Happy birthday Duke!. Adorable. Duke and Einstein reminds me of my dogs Ottis and Edd . The things that u said about them relates so much to my dogs except Ottis is a big chewer. I always look forward for your Friday things to read about the dogs.Ottis who is 9 months and Edd were so much like yours. Edd passed away couple of months ago .


  28. sylvia richardson on July 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

    You do not need to publish this if you do’t want to. I was interested
    in these Doggie Peanut Butter treats until I saw it has bacon as
    an ingredient. Per a Vet, dogs should not have any food product
    from a ‘split hoof’ animal’… among them is pig. I know of someone that
    gave their dog those ‘pig ears’ treats and it came down with Cancer. I love seeing photos of your dogs and look forward to their stories. They make my day. (I have Border Terriers). Just forwarding this tip and pray they have a continued happy and healthy life. Sylvia


  29. Lindsey on July 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Happy birthday to sweet, fluffy Duke!


  30. Tera on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I hope Duke had a wonderful Birthday, he sure is a cutie. These treats look delicious. All my dogs LOVE peanut butter, but I always give them organic peanut butter, so it doesn’t have all the extra junk in it. I was wonder if I could substitute the 1 cup of all purpose flower, with another cup of whole wheat flour. I wasn’t sure if there was a reason you were using 2 different types of flour. Thanks.


    • Michelle on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Hi Tera, You could use another cup of whole wheat flour; all whole wheat can sometimes make a dense baked good, but since it’s dogs, I doubt they care πŸ˜‰


  31. Tami on August 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for the recipe. My dog will do ANYTHING to get a treat. I have been using them to help with some behavior issues, and so far they are working. Just wanted to know if you can freeze them. Thanks


  32. Ivy on February 4, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Duke and more delish treats for you every day!


  33. Angela on March 12, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I just made a TRIPLE batch of these last night… we are having a bake sale this weekend where I work to benefit one of our managers who is suffering from Terminal brain cancer, and I thought these would be a big hit. My little Chihuahua Dulce was a big helper while these were being made and she loved the finished product. I’m sure everyone else will too πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe! P.S. — I will also be making your Soft Pretzel recipe (Made them before and they are always a big hit) and your Irish Car Bomb cupcakes!!


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