Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients used, please consult with your veterinarian.

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats - pups LOVE them and they're so easy to make.

If you read my blog regularly, surely you know who Jude is.

If you’ve never visited my blog before, meet my little (big) man. A 115lb rescue Rottweiler/German Shepherd from a small town in Colorado. His previous owners left him and his sister to die in a deserted house. Kevin adopted him from Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats - easy, 1 bowl!

This is Jude.

Professional SBA employee, part grizzly bear, cuddle monster, mailman hater, cookie sniffer, and peanut butter lover. He lays with me when I’m sick, he jumps on the bed when we’re not home, and he still thinks he’s a small puppy.

Jude!

Everyday Jude watches me bake up a storm in our tiny apartment. He sits and waits.

“Just one taste, please?”

Then I run around from my computer, to the kitchen, to the camera, and back again all day. He follows my every move. Staring at me with his big brown eyes and never able to taste a single treat.

It’s time my little best friend gets the spotlight. A homemade treat with his very favorite ingredients. Made with love, just for Jude.

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats - pups LOVE them and they're so easy to make.

Jude’s favorite flavor is peanut butter. He gets it from his mom. After doing a lot of research on homemade dog treats, I confirmed with our vet that the combination of whole wheat flour, egg, milk, baking powder, oats, and peanut butter is perfectly healthy for a pup.

I added chopped bacon because it completely drives him nuts.

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats - pups LOVE them and they're so easy to make.

Combine the simple ingredients together in a large bowl. Yep, this is a one bowl recipe. The dough will be extremely thick and hard to form, so use your hands for ease. Roll it out into 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to make shapes. I used cookie cutters in the shape of a bone, a large heart, and a little bite-sized heart. Clearly your dog won’t care about the shapes. The cute shapes are really just for the humans. 🙂

The size of the treats should be based on the size of your dog. Jude is the size of a bear, so the big treats are perfect. We still break them up for him.

Arrange the shaped dough onto your baking sheet. The dog treats won’t spread in the oven, they just puff up very slightly. The treats can be close together on your baking sheet.

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats - pups LOVE them and they're so easy to make.

Bake one side for 18-20 minutes. Until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and flip. Bake for 10-12 additional minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely before sharing with your furry bud. Jude was going NUTS from the way our apartment smelled. Pure doggie heaven.

Go ahead. Spoil your pup with a batch of homemade treats. Their unconditional love totally deserves it. 

Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats - pups LOVE them and they're so easy to make.

Before beginning, please check with your vet about any allergies your dog may have. If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients I used, please consult with your vet.

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Homemade Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

Because your pup deserves some home baked goodies too!

Yield: depends on the size of your cookie cutter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
  • 1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour* (measured correctly)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
  • 2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
  3. Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Make ahead/freezing: Since the pups can't eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Jude loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.

Adapted from Pet Guide

Recipe Notes:

*Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat was more highly recommended by our vet because of its added health benefits. Again, please consult with your vet about any allergies your dog may have.

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Bonus: licking the spoon!!! 🙂

Jude - Peanut Butter

Try them in gingerbread men shapes for the holidays!

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Comments

  1. Jess on January 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Oh I’m going to have to try this.

    Also, you dog is so cute and very lucky too!



    • Sally on January 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you Jess! You’ll have to let me know how your pup(s) likes the treats.



  2. CareBear on January 25, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I get 90% of my baking recipes off your ‘blog. Love them!!

    We just got a dog this week; she’s a rescue Boston Terrier with some Jack Russell. Just made a double batch of these for her and to give to our family members’ pupcakes. I can attest to the fact these are delicious! 😉



    • Sally on January 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

      I am so glad you tried these for your adorable sounding terrier/jack russell! So excited for you and your new rescue! I’m so glad that you love to bake recipes from my blog. And that you used a doggie recipe now too. 🙂



  3. Nicole on January 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you! Those were so easy, used common ingredients that we had on hand, AND my doggies LOVED them. We’ve been stuck indoors for the last few days due to frigid temps (schools canceled, etc) and it also happened to be one of my dog’s birthdays. So, my daughters (ages 7 & 10) decided to search pinterest for homemade dog treats. I linked you on my blog if you don’t mind.

    Thanks again! I predict we’ll be making these on a regular basis.



    • Sally on January 29, 2014 at 7:15 am

      They look great Nicole! Love that you made them in heart shapes for your pups. Happy birthday to one of them! Jude’s birthday is in a couple months. Stay warm!



  4. Aidan on February 1, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Hey sally, are these treats edible for humans?



    • Sally on February 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I suppose… but I can assume they are a bit dry. I wouldn’t recommend eating them.



  5. Sophie on February 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    My flatcoated retriever turned 4 today. Made some of these for her and she just keeps coming back for more! Definitely a hit, thank you!



  6. Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking on February 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    How cute! We have two border collies, Patches and Rookie, and they love their homemade treats! We’ve always adopted our animals from shelters…they always become part of the family. Jude is a cutie for sure!



  7. Kim on February 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’m not allowed to have a dog in my apartment in San Francisco, so I baked these treats with my 7 year-old daughter and we put them in little carryout containers and shared with all our friends who have pups. They went crazy for them. We just finished baking another batch with heart cookie cutters for Valentine’s. Thanks again for sharing the recipe! Cheers.



    • Sally on February 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      This made my heart melt. So thoughtful of you and your daughter! The pups and owners must have been SO happy and thankful. 🙂



  8. Courtney on February 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I found your page while searching for doggie treat recipes for my dog Bear to celebrate his 12th birthday today. I really enjoyed reading about your dog Jude especially since our dogs look so much alike. My Bear is Pitt Bull, Rotweiler, Australian Shepherd mix (so I was told). Thanks for the recipes!



  9. Ginny Bullock on February 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Hi sally

    thank you for the peanut butter and bacon recipe my dachsund will not eat any shop bought treats, so this afternoon I followed your recipe and wow Harvey has followed me around the house and has so far eaten a whole biscuit. Will be trying out more of your recipes

    Thanks again Ginny and Harvey



  10. Ann on February 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Sally,Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!
    My puppy loves cookies made ​​on this recipe:

    Ingredients:
    6 cups whole wheat flour
    1 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
    1 tbsp ground ginger
    2 tsp cinnamon
    3/4 c applesauce
    3/4 c molasses
    1/2 c honey
    1/4 c vegetable oil
    1 egg, beaten

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.Combine all of the ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook. Turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick.
    Cut it with cookie cutter or simply with a pizza cutter. Place them on cookie sheets and poke each in the center with a fork.
    Bake for 8 minutes and turn oven off, keeping oven door closed. Let the treats sit in the oven until hard about 1-2 hours.

    You may be interested to see my collection of recipes of homemade dog treats (snacks, biscuits, cookies and bones) :
    http://www.pinterest.com/gornoz/recipes-for-homemade-dog-treats-cookies-and-bones/



    • Sally on February 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thank you so much for sharing!



  11. Nikki B on February 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! My dog’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, and we just happened to get her brother the same day last year so it’s a very special day for us (whether they know it or not, haha). I’m going to bake them up some of these for sure!



  12. Cindy H. on March 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I love that you posted pics of your handsome boy, Jude, along with the recipe! He’s lucky to have “found” you.

    I made these treats for our rescue pup, Jetta, for her 3rd birthday this week and she LOVED them. Later I caught her walking along the kitchen counters with her nose up in the air…guess she was looking for more!

    Jetta is a 75 lb. Black Lab/German Shepherd mix (says the vet) or a Black Lab/Rottweiler mix (said the shelter) that we adopted when she was 8 months old. We weren’t looking for a new dog since it had only been 5 weeks since losing our 10 yr. old German Shepherd. But luckily she “found” us one day when we just happened to need bird food and she just happened to be up for adoption at PetSmart!

    Thanks for the great recipes, Sally!!



    • Sally on March 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Jetta sounds adorable, Cindy! What a beautiful sounding pup. I love black labs so much. She sounds a lot like Jude – with the german shepherd or the Rottweiler in her. She’s very lucky to have found you!



  13. Jessy on March 16, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I just made these for my dogs ( a 2 year old lab/beagle mix and a 8 month old lab/mastiff mix) and they loved them. Thanks so much sharing and not forgetting our loyal companions!!



  14. Helen on March 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I made your dog treats for my young sheltie’s 2nd birthday, they were a hit. I made icing for the special ones with cream cheese and little milk.



  15. Sara on March 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Today is the second time I have made these for my 2 dogs (Pit/Mastiff and Rott/German Shepard), my Pit actually sniffs the air as they are baking. I do use low fat peanut butter, fat free milk and precooked bacon just because that’s what is in my house. I also just roll in a ball push lightly with a fork to flatten and they look like peanut butter cookies, it just saved the time f trying to roll out and use a cookie cutter this way made approx 40 cookies. Great job with this.



  16. Elisa on May 25, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Hi! I made this for my three dogs Queen, Lady and Reyna today & they loved it!!
    They were jumping all over me for more!
    Thanks you so much for sharing this recipe!!

    I love your recipes as well, they’re amazing!!
    Have a blessed day,
    Elisa.



  17. Christina on June 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Sally! I LOVE this post, your photography is great and these dog treats look like something my dog Minnie would love! Can’t wait to try out this recipe on my blog and link back to yours as the source of inspiration! -Christina



  18. Vanessa on June 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Sally,

    I have two little ones and I would love to try baking homemade treats for them. I have a question about the bacon. Do I need to cook them first our just cut them up and mix in the dough raw? This sounds so tasty. I’m afraid that they will not eat their regular food after they try this 🙂

    Thanks,
    Vanessa



    • Sally on June 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Hey Vanessa! Your pups will love these. Yes, cook the bacon.



  19. Alex on July 31, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    These were so easy to make! My foster doggy can be a bit choosy about her biscuits – she tends to prefer pure meat as a treat. I’m happy to report she was absolutely CRAZY about these! They’re right up there with lamb sausages as her new favorite treat. Thanks for the recipe!



  20. debby on August 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you!!! I have the most finicky Chihuahua-Yorkie puppies who turn up their noses at nearly every treat! They love these!



  21. Kari on August 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I made these treats on Monday and today I see this feature on yahoo http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/dog-treat-recipes-homemade-woof-woof_n_5671894.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592. Love that you put bacon in them!



  22. Clare on September 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

    PB cookies were a hit with my 3 wonderful dachshunds (Ernie, Edgar & Einstein). Made it for them to celebrate their 3rd birthday. They gobbled them up and keep looking at me for more. Thanks for creating such a yummy treat!



  23. Bailey on September 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    So my grandma and I are going to try this with her 12 yr old chow-chow today. And I’m really excited! 🙂 thanks for the great recipe and I’ll let you know how it goes! Sorry if you don’t care but…. I’m going to anyways! 🙂



  24. Walter's Mum on September 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Is the flour self-raising or all purpose? Thanks



    • Sally on September 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      all-purpose



  25. Carolyn Bernard on October 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I have made your peanut butter cookies for my 3 Wheaten terriers at least 5 times now and I though that I had to tell you just how much my babies looove these treats…They don’t just gobble them like any other cookies.. they actually savor them !!! I’m not even kidding.. We can’t wait to try more of your yummy treats ! Thank you for making my doggies happy !!!



  26. Julia on October 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Sally, thanks for sharing the recipe! I just made my first homemade biscuits for my dog and would love to try this one! One quick question though, how would I know it’s done? The recipe I tried yesterday called for “bake until hardened” and then I think it turned out to be way too hard for my 6 lb. doggie. Thanks!!:))



    • Sally on October 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Julia – I’m unsure about the other recipe but these are done in about 30 minutes.



  27. Sandy Newby on October 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the recipe my picky dog loved them! I refuse to buy store treats so these are a keeper!



  28. mk on November 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Hi I have made these twice and my puppy love’s them. He is very fussy for a teddy bear



  29. Olivia on November 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Hi! I was just wondering what the texture of the treat should feel like when it’s done. Is it going to be crunchy or chewy? My dog is older and he has a little trouble eating hard treats so I was just wondering. Thanks!! :))



    • Sally on November 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      they’re a little crunchy, yes. not overly so, but i fear your pup may have trouble with these. sorry Olivia!



  30. Lexy on December 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Yuhpp. His name is O’Malley and he’s a cat. I’m looking to make family dogs- dog treats – for Christmas.



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