Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

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

2 images of peanut butter bacon dog treats

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.

jude dog with a peanut butter bacon dog treat

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.

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.

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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 in a measuring cup and chopped bacon on a cutting board

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.

2 images of peanut butter bacon dog treats

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

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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peanut butter bacon dog treats shaped like bones

Homemade Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: depends on the size of your cookie cutter
  • Category: Dog Treats
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Because your pup deserves some home baked goodies too! If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients used, please consult with your veterinarian.


  • 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* (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (30g) oats*
  • 23 strips cooked bacon, chopped


  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. Cover and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Flour: 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.
  3. Oats: Either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine.
  4. Adapted from Pet Guide.

Keywords: peanut butter bacon dog treats, homemade dog treats

Bonus: licking the spoon!!! 🙂

2 images of jude dog licking a pink spatula with peanut butter on it

Try them in gingerbread men shapes for the holidays!

peanut butter dog treats shaped like gingerbread men on a silpat baking mat

Here are a few more homemade dog treat recipes for your pup:

Q: Do you have any pets? What kind? What is his/her name? 


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  1. These sound easy and delicious for my pups…could you please tell me if you precooked the bacon before mixing everything together? Thanks!

    1. Yep, it is precooked Megan.

  2. Just wondering how long these will keep for please 🙂 Thank you x

    1. Hi Danielle! Please see the storing instructions in the last step.

  3. I can’t wait to make these as Xmas gifts! Can you tell me approximately how many they make?

  4. Hello! Do you use cold milk or the instant nonfat?

  5. I work in a veterinary office and we see a lot of dogs who get VERY sick with pancreatitis from bacon (or any other greasy human food), they just don’t process fats like we do, so a word of strong caution especially for small dogs! Pancreatitis can be deadly, so maybe try these without the bacon…your precious pooch may still love them…and you wont have to worry about them getting seriously ill.

    1. Hi, we only have turkey bacon in the house so I was thinking of using that instead. Is that better or skip the bacon completely for our Chihuahua?

    2. Hi Stephanie, just a quick question so u can’t give bacon to ur puppy??? I have a puppy pooddle he’s 5 months old and i just made those treats bot knowing thats bad for him until i read ur comment. So for sure u cant give bacon righ?

  6. Thanks so much for this recipe. I’ve been making these treats weekly for my ‘pot-licker” Mr. Magoo. He loves them. Also made dozens of these for all my dog-owning friends on Ambergris Caye over the holidays. The canines here in Belize are very happy! My best friend’s dog sits by the fridge every night for his daily “allowance”.
    Excellent recipe. A real hit down here. Thanks!

    1. So sweet. I love the name Mr Magoo!

  7. Hi Sally!
    I’m a 14 year old girl, and I make and sell wholesome, all-natural dog treats and all proceeds help my rescued horses.
    I would love to send you a bag.
    Please let me know if you’re interested!

  8. Sally, thank you so much for posting this recipe! I just made it for my baby and he is in love! I am a huge dog lover and love the idea of homemade dog treats! Thank you so much for introducing this recipe into out family, it will be put to good use! Have a great day!

  9. My newly adopted Maltese is 7 ish this yr and his previous owner has been feeding him some crappy commercial dog biscuit. So I thought I’d try and make him something healthier. Is there a big difference between all purpose flour and wheat flour though? Will it be bad or something? Thanks!!

    1. all-purpose is just fine!

  10. Looks delish! Since I am lazy, this is my go to recipe… 🙂


  11. Have 4 little pups at home….they absolutely LOVED the treats. BUT JUST TO FOREWARN ANY PET PARENTS: Unfortunately one of them did get sick and I had to end up taking her to the vets office last night. She had a fever, dehydration, and it was getting to a point where she was refusing to even eat! Come to find out she had pancreatitis which is when the pancreas becomes inflamed and it presses up against the stomach which is EXTREMELY painful and makes them not want to eat (mild case though so thank goodness we caught it early!). The doctor said that it could come from foods that are highly rich and fatty….so to say the least, peanut butter and bacon are both pretty fatty foods and combined it was a double whammy. So sad because they DID really love them but we won’t be giving them these homemade treats anymore. 🙁

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