Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats

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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!

Homemade Gingerbread Men Dog Treats - peanut butter flavor

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

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  1. What a lucky boy!!!! WOW!

    And that is a great family pic of you, Kevin and Jude! You guys all look so happy and content.

    When we used to have dogs years ago, I used to make homemade dog treats. Then that was replaced by making homemade baby food and that was replaced by a food blog 🙂 You are amazing for doing this for Jude, Sally!

    1. You’re all about the homemade goodness, Averie! Jude was so excited to get some treats. That poor face. Everyday I make foods and he can’t get any. I devoted the day in the kitchen and behind the camera to him. He was in HEAVEN!

      1. Sally I appreciate your love for dogs. I adore mine, hence the reason I feel that I need to contact you regarding a deep concern of mine. You add bacon to one of your recipes and stated you asked your vet if the ingredients (bacon was not mentioned) were healthy for your dog. My vet has told me ABSOLUTELY NO PORK products whats so ever for any of my dogs. It has a high rate of causing pancreatitis and pancreatic abscess in all dogs. Some breeds are more prone. I almost lost my cocker due to a very small amount of ham. She had bouts of pancreatitis the rest of her life because the abscess she miraculously survived
        ( after thousands of dollars of vet bills, months of antibiotics etc) had damaged her pancreas. PLEASE let your subscribers know the danger of pork products. Also you use pumpkin in many of your recipes. PLEASE tell your fans to be leery of pumpkin filling. They are not making it better for their pet. If it has nutmeg in it, which many do, it is very toxic to dogs , even in small amounts. You sound like you love animals and I know you would not like any to be inadvertently injured THANK YOU

      2. I asked my vet if all of these ingredients were OK for Jude and they are. And I instruct readers to do the same. Thank you for your information!

      3. My two shiba inus absolutely love these treats, I substituted the bacon with some parm cheese, only because I didn’t have any bacon. I have made them for all my family and my neighbors and they all love them too! With all the scary news about treats coming out of China I decided I needed to know what my babies were getting! Thanks so much 🙂

      1. In my opinion, they don’t even needed any sugar–the sugars in the peanut butter are enough! They’re pretty tasty on their own. 😉 Maybe one could get froggy and sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on them or something though.

  2. ooooooooo that is sooo sweet !!!! I have a dog. Back in France…it is technically mine. I “tricked” my parents into agreeing to get a puppy 4 summers ago and they said yes. I said he would be my responsability, that i was old enough to really take it seriously this time, feed him, take him out, clean up after him… so we got a puppy, a Bernese Mountain puppy, my dad and my favorite dogs. I was/is gorgeous and sweet, and a bit crazy. 2 months later i found out i got a job in Stockholm and moved to Sweden for good. Let’s say my parents found it…not so funny. Elio, it’s is name but we all call him BouBou, is now 4 years old, he is GIANT, follows my mom all the way in to the toilets, jumps like a kangaroo when we come home….and i miss him terribly, every day. I’m definitly gonna check if i can make those for him for Xmas !!!!!!

    1. So cute, Mo. I only know 1 Bernese Mountain dog and he is HUGE! I love the name Elio – or BouBou. Both so cute for a huge pup. I bet you miss him, so so much. He deserves some of these treats for the holidays. Let me know if you make them, Mo!

  3. I love that you have shared a recipe for dogs! I’m definitely going to make these for my fur-baby – a 2 year old Cocker Spaniel, Buster.

  4. This is so sweet! Your dog is lucky to have such a caring family that rescued him. I have a rescue dog as well. Her name is Chooey and she’s a little blonde mutt. She’s 5 years old and just 7 pounds; oh and she has a snaggletooth – adds to her charm 🙂

    Great dog treat recipe!

    1. OH my gosh Chooey sounds completely adorable. Only 7 lbs, what a little girl!! My sister has a 7 lb maltipoo. Tiny little thing. =)

  5. These will have to be the next treat I make for my baby girl. I’ve completely been slacking on making her treats and meals and she’s kinda upset at me for it. Haha. My little one is a German shepherd mix too, but only 46lbs and we have no idea what she is mixed with, aside from cute…. And possibly a horse, shark, and rabbit… That has been given rocket fuel. Puppies are amazing (they always stay puppies in my mind, my coconut is 3 in December and she will always be a puppy) Jude is too cute and definitely looks like a good little helper

    1. I am laughing so hard right now. Part shark/horse/rabbit who has been fed rocket fuel. Haha! She sounds like an entertaining little (big) pup! And yes, they are always puppie. No matter how old or what size. Let me know if you make these treats!

  6. Jude and Kevin are the luckiest boys ever! Also, adorable family pic. I can’t wait to get a dog, and the moment I do, I’m going to be treating him with this homemade goodness. Love that you can feel great about what you are giving your pup too!

  7. I don’t have a dog.
    However, I’m kind of, sort of, maybe thinking about getting one. Shhh! Don’t tell a soul! It will be the shock of a life time. And these may or may not be the perfect treat for my new little fella!
    These are too cute!

    1. I don’t have a dog.
      However, I’m kind of, sort of, maybe thinking about getting one. Shhh! Don’t tell a soul! It will be the shock of a life time. And these may or may not be the perfect treat for my new little fella!
      These are too cute!

  8. Peanut butter and bacon sounds like a combo I want to eat… good thing I don’t have a dog so I don’t have an excuse to make them! 😉

  9. I am unable to use peanut butter in my home due to severe allergies in myself and daughter. Is there something I can use in place of it as these sound great. My ‘furbaby’ Taffy would love them. She is a 10 year old Cocker Spaniel. Thank you.

    1. Hi Leslie, I would check out the other dog treat recipes to which I linked at the bottom of this post. A few do not contain peanut butter. Or search for homemade dog treat recipes made without peanut butter.

  10. Our dog loves homemade biscuits and has become quite spoiled by them! Anytime the rolling pin and cookie cutter come out, he expects a treat =). Since some dogs have allergies to whole wheat, I use freshly ground oat flour and get a nice crunchy and healthy biscuit that both dogs and humans enjoy!

      1. He says THANKS! And Biscuit is seriously the cutest thing in the world. I get so excited when you share pics on FB or IG.

  11. What a handsome boy! It makes me so sad to hear about animals being mistreated, but I’m glad there was a happy ending. I don’t have dogs (just 3 cats) but I love seeing how pet parents spoil their babies. 🙂 One thing my kitties (and me!) have in common with Jude is a love of bacon. Can’t go wrong with that ingredient!

    1. Yes, you can’t go wrong with bacon in Jude’s eyes. He was STARING me down as I cooked it for this recipe lol. Your cats are lucky to have such a great mom!

  12. I LOVE these! Have been looking for some doggie cookie cutters, since I’d love to make some puppy treats for our new toy poodle. She’s not a fan of pb (weird, right?) but I’m sure I can work around that, especially since she goes insane over bacon. Off to call my vet for the thumbs up!

    1. I know some dogs who hate peanut butter! Just like how some humans don’t like it either. I hope you find a good replacement for it, Ruthy. You could try searching the internet for a few alternative doggie treat recipes too.

  13. I definitely want to make these for Elmo! Maybe with a few carob chips for good measure! I always feel so guilty making things and seeing his little eyes staring at me for a taste test! I die.

    1. Elmo is the cutest name for a dog, Lauren. I bet he would love these treats! He definitely deserves a batch.

  14. This makes me miss my little buddy (Spoofer… a maltipoo). He acted just like Jude. If I was sick and slept all day… he’d be right there not wanting to play with anyone, just laying there with me… and he’d follow me EVERY WHERE– even to the bathroom! Love these treats. (=

    1. Spoofer sounds completely adorable and a lot like Jude. If I’m not feeling well – he just knows! And sits next to me. So cute. I’m sure you miss little Spoofer dearly. 🙁

  15. Your chewy peanut butter cookies have become a staple in my house and my dog begs and begs every time I have one. Shhh, I gave him a little taste once. He looooves peanut butter. I have to make these! Amazon shopping list: One roller, fun cookie cutters.

    My dog’s name is Jayden and he’s a 65 pound yellow lab. He’s also my guide dog. I most definitely think he deserves these treats for all his hard work! Don’t you think so, Jay Bay? *wag wag*

    1. I love those peanut butter cookies (the human ones!). Jude goes nuts when I bake them too! I just know Jayden is going to love these. He sounds like a gorgeous pup! He does deserve a huge batch of them.

  16. Awww, these are darling! I love seeing your pup make an appearance on the blog. My husband’s family has a rescued English bulldog who would just go crazy for these treats. I think PB + bacon must be universally appealing to dogs. I’ll definitely be bringing a batch of these next time we visit them. Can’t wait to try making them!

    BTW, have you ever given your dog Greek yogurt? Husband’s dog goes crazy for the stuff! He isn’t interested in regular yogurt, but he can’t seem to get enough of the Greek variety. Dogs are too funny.

    1. Jamie, Jude’s definitely never had Greek yogurt before! He doesn’t seem to care when I’m eating it. But that is too funny that your hub’s dog turns his nose up at regular yogurt! I’m laughing just thinking about it. So cute.

  17. Just wondering if this good for kitties, too. We have a darling boy kitty named Buddy and a girl kittie named Little Girl. I think they are about the pickiest kids around. But I thought maybe they would love this, too. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated!! Thanks!!

  18. Thanks for the recipe, Sally! I love all your pictures and Jude sounds like such an awesome dog! I have a rescue dog too–Bailey, an Australian Shepherd/Pointer mix. His mom, sister, and him were heavily abused before they were pulled and taken in by Wags and Whiskers Rescue in Modesto, CA. Peanut butter is the BEST thing in the whole world to Bailey too…but then again, he will eat just about anything including broccoli. I will definitely make these treats for him and think of you, Kevin, and Jude! Thanks again! 🙂

    1. Bailey! That’s my sister’s dog’s name. I am so happy that your Bailey is in a much better home now. You saved his life! Peanut butter is the entire world to Jude, so it’s so special to make these treats for him. He makes his day, so cute. I know Bailey will feel the same way!

  19. Cooper! He’s a 30 pound Queensland Heeler/love machine/ankle biter/awesome frisbee catchin’ mix that I rescued from the Pasadena Humane Society. He too loves peanut butter! Who doesn’t??? HA! I was wondering if soy or non lactose milk would be okay to use in place of nonfat milk. Any ideas?

    1. Cooper sounds like an energetic little cutie. I assume that soy or non lactose milk would be OK. Maybe call your vet to make sure, though.

  20. Oh, lucky Jude! Although I love dogs, I’m more of a cat person, but that preference comes with the drawback that you have to miss out on making homemade treats like these cute ones! My cat prefers I just open a can of tuna and walk away…

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