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

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  1. Thanks Sally!
    That’s very helpful and useful for me!!
    can’t wait to try it out (; bet it’s gonna taste awesome! thanks for the info and help (;

  2. I love animals and kids… my hubbie not so much… but he tolerates our 3 indoor cats…. Theodora, Jonjairo and Pattycake… all rescues and sterilized.. we w ill be spending the weekend with a friend who has a doggy daughter named Luna, a 1 year old Jack russel who loves to play. I will take her these treats… thay sound amazing.

  3. Hi Sally.

    This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try and make it – my dog loves homemade treats and they’ve become a real passion of mine!

    This may be a silly question, so I apologise in advance, but just to be clear – when you say that they freeze well for up to 2 months, do you mean the batter/mixture or the actual baked treats? And if it’s the treats, what’s the best way to thaw them?

    Thank you for your help and your wonderful recipes!

    1. Hi Sophie – I’m just noticing that I never answered your question. The baked dog treats may be frozen (not the dough). Jude likes them frozen or you can thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

  4. My dog son Mason goes crazy over peanut butter! I made these with oat flour for his 2nd bday this weekend. He and his cousins LOVEd them! I also bake a flourless peanut butter/apple doggie cake!

  5. Hi. How do you store these treats? What is their shelf life? Can I freeze them? I have a big dog too and he practically inhales treats. I find if I freeze them first, he takes the time to chew them up!

    1. Hi Linda! I keep these around for Jude for up to 10 days at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. I give any leftovers to friends’ pups. They are great frozen too! Up to 2 months.

  6. I made these last week for my dog Tucker and he loved them!! I then made some for my family and friends dogs too. I was wanting to share a picture but couldn’t figure out a way to do that on FB. It was just too adorable seeing how badly Tucker wanted more…and more! Thank You so much for this recipe.

    Also, when the kids came home from school they asked what I was baking and when would it be done?! They were pretty upset when I told them this time it was for the dog 🙂 I love everything I have made from your site and can’t wait to get my cook book 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Crystal! I’m so happy Tucker enjoyed these. And they are quite simple to make. You can always email me a photo or tag me on instagram or twitter (if you have those). I’m happy you’ve loved the other recipes from my website too!

  7. This looks super easy and yummy. I’m going to make this today for my aunt’s birthday gift. she has two adorable dogs, Bagel & Toffee. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 (see you on instagram)

  8. My dog is usually very picky when it comes to her food and treats, but she LOVES these! The neighbors’ dogs loved them too! 🙂

  9. Making them for my three Samoyeds Nelson, Glinda and Cinta for Christmas I think 🙂

    Thank you

    So excited

  10. hope to make them for my dogs, but having contaced the vet, I found out that one of them cannot have bacon. I don’t want to make some for one and not give them to the little one.
    any ideas for a bacon substitute?

  11. Oooh I can’t wait to try this recipe out! I have a rescue dog as well. She’s a 2.5 lb Chihuahua I rescued from a busted puppy mill. Poor baby was covered in scratches and terrified of everything. Now my little Milli is the queen of the house. She loves peanut butter so I’m sure she’ll be happy to get these for Christmas~ Thank you for posting this recipe.

    1. Oh Angie. The poor little thing. Milli is so lucky to have you. My heart breaks thinking about her past. 🙁 Hope she loves these treats!

  12. These sound delious my 16 month old boxer will love these! How long would you say they last for if I make them in advance? Thanks x

    1. Hi Lizzie – Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Treats freeze well, up to 2 months.

  13. Hi Sally! I’ve just tried this recipe. And Maksim, my 9-month-old golden retriever, loved it. I folded in some flax seeds (for his coat) and parsley (for fresh breath). Thank you so much for this! I believe we are keeping this in our recipe box forever ! xx

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe for peanut butter bacon doggie treats. I have a little 7lb. yorkie-poo I named Emma. My grown children surprised me with her two years ago on my 66th birthday. My husband had a fit and demanded that I give her back, but after we babysat her over a long weekend, my hubby changed his mind and now I don’t know which of us loves her more. She is our little baby and brings us such joy every day and sleeps with us every night. I cannot wait to make your recipe and give some to Emmadoodles. She is going to go nuts over them, I’m quite sure.

    1. Ellen, I hope Emma (Emmadoodles!) loves these treats. She deserves them! She’s so lucky to have such loving parents. 🙂 I think yorki-poos are SO adorable.

  15. Sally, Dear, How ever do you find time to reply so quickly to so many comments? I find this amazing that you can do this and still have time to create such wonderful recipes. In your picture you look young and very trim. If I was busy in my kitchen making all those delectable goodies, I would weigh 300 pounds just looking at them! I am not over-weight now, but If I make all your recipes that are screaming at me to make them, I will be obese in no time at all! Oh well, whatever. Let the baking begin!

    1. I think prompt replies are important. 😉

      My days are basically this: lots of running around, coffee, playing with the pup, lots of yoga, lots of veggies, and a moderate amount of taste testing all the goodies. My neighbors, family, friends, fiancé, and donations get most of the leftover treats. 😉 Thanks Ellen!

  16. Hi. Just made some for my dog, he’s loving them!! Just wondered how long you think they will last? Can you freeze them? And if so how long will they be ok for once defrosted? Thanks

    1. Hi Laura – that information is the last step in the recipe – Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Treats freeze well, up to 2 months.

      1. Great thanks. But once they are defrosted how long will they last? Do they need to be eaten straight away or will they be ok for a while?

  17. Hello from snowy Chicago! I made these this afternoon and my dog practically stared at the oven the whole time they were baking! They were beyond easy to make and my husky/pitbull mix Rex adores them! He tends to be picky about treats, but who can resist peanut butter and bacon?? Thank you for yet another fabulous recipe! 🙂

  18. Hi. Do you have a substitute for the milk please? I was told that dogs can’t have milk because of the dairy in it?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Fiona, my vet gave the OK for the milk. I’m not sure what to substitute it with – maybe nondairy milk if your vet gives the OK.

  19. Jude and our dog Baxter could be brothers from another mother! Baxter is a chow/shepherd mix, also red, but not quite as big as Jude, and LIVES for peanut butter! We got him from a rescue in Indiana and he is completely and utterly devoted to our family, and puts up with our 20 month old identical triplet boys showering him with “attention” all the time! My daughter wants to give Baxter something special for Christmas and I think these treats are just what he deserves! Thanks for thinking of our four legged friends too…life would not be complete without them!

    1. Kristin, Baxter sounds like a little angel. And yes – sounds just like Jude! I love that Baxter doesn’t mind the little triplets all over him. He probably just wants to take care of them and protect them. So cute! Baxter will love these treats! I just made a batch for Jude earlier this week. He can’t get enough!

  20. Sally, Jude is a very lucky dog. Our Lexi Anne is a peanut butter lover too and if she does not have it at a certain time of the day; she will not finish her food. My husband Ed and I loved this recipe and both enjoyed making these treats for our little puggle….she wouldn’t even get out of the kitchen. Once they cooled down, she had two of them and my husband even made bone cut outs and carved Lexi in them before baking. They turned out perfect. Thank you for sharing your recipe and story. P.S. We used 1% milk instead of nonfat and they still turned out great!

    1. Hi Janelle! Lexi Anne is one lucky puggle. (By the way, I love puggles!) I love the idea of carving her name into the treats before baking – I’m trying that next! So happy she loved them – she deserves them!

  21. Sally, Dear, I am so glad that I happened upon your wonderful web-site. I told all my friends and family about it and cannot believe how many of them are now baking up a storm and loving it. And this is all because I was looking for a dog treat recipe and found you. I am having all my near-by family for brunch on Christmas Eve Day and plan to prepare several of your yummy treats for people. Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Ellen. What a sweet comment – thank you from the bottom of my heart! I am so happy that you love my blog and recipes. Thank you for sharing it with your friends too! Let me know what you make for Christmas Eve brunch. I hope you have fun baking for it and enjoy all the recipes!

  22. My golden retriever loved these treats! While I was baking them, it was as if she knew they were for her. I did not have any bacon, unfortunately for her. As well, I just watered down !% milk for my non-fat milk.

    I used Candy Cane cookie cutters for the joyous holiday season!!

    Thank you (from my pup as well) so much for posting !!!

    1. Love that you used candy cane cookie cutters. How special for your pup Brittany. 🙂 So happy she loves them!

  23. These are so fantastic! I have my first batch in the oven right now, baking for my in-law’s dog as a little Christmas present.

    I ended up heating the peanut butter up in the microwave for 15 sec to soften it before I made the dough – the dough was really easy to handle as a result, and it hasn’t seemed to change the biscuits (so far!).

    Thanks so much for a great recipe – Merry Christmas!

  24. OMG!!!! I have five mixed breed dogs and they loved these treats!!! My two little Doxie mixes normally snub crunchy treats but cannot get enough of these!!! Great recipe thanks so much!!!!! I made these Christmas “cookies” for the pups before I made any for my human family…..lol.

    1. I love that you made your pups cookies before the humans got any cookies. 😉 That’s what I did too – Jude had these treats a few weeks ago before I threw in a batch of Christmas cookies. Anyway, so happy your lucky pups love them!

  25. I breed and raise Chihuahua’s and Bernedoodles.. Along with my mother, who breeds and raises, Labradors & Labradoodles.. We go thru ALOT of dog cookies. I am always looking for another home made recipe I can make a massive batch of! I am attempting your’s today. I really wanted something with Egg, as mine LOOOOOVE Eggs, and the added protein and shine to their coats! I am always baking, but lately its more dog cookies, and no human treats! My mother sneaks a couple dog treats anyways! she likes less sugar! 😛 I have tasted them myself in the past, and a lil bland, but Im a sugar hog! wonder how these will taste! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey Morgan! I have to tell you the truth – I’ve tasted these before. With my last batch a couple weeks ago. Quite bland but full of PB flavor in the small bite I had. My dog loves them! Let me know how all your pups love them too.

  26. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. A friend of mine shared it with me and said her doggie loves them! These will be great for a PuppyBowl I am hosting.

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