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Because they deserve dessert too!

dog treats shaped like bones

Could this recipe BE any more random? Cue Chandler Bing.

But if you’ve ever read my blog before then you know this recipe isn’t random at all.

Because I’m a total DOG LADY.

jude dog laying on the floor

Look at how excited and happy Jude is waiting for a homemade treat!

jude dog looking at dog treats on a baking sheet

“Quit your picture taking and fork them over!!”

I made these for Jude last weekend. His favorite homemade peanut butter bacon dog treats sounded perfect, but I decided to change things up a bit. With today’s homemade peanut butter dog treats, we have an added flavor: carrot.

dog treats on a silpat baking mat

dog treats shaped like bones

The wonderful part about these homemade peanut butter carrot dog treats is that they’re super soft– perfect for senior dogs or those with sensitive teeth. Jude loves crunchy treats, but I think he loves these so much because they have a completely different texture to regular crunchy dog treats.

And they couldn’t be any easier to make! Simply combine the ingredients together in a large bowl, then the dough out to 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to make shapes. The size of the dog treats is up to you. Jude’s about the size of a horse, so the big treats are perfect. We still break them up for him.

Bake the treats until browned. They’ll seem crunchy when you take them out of the oven, but they quickly soften up from the carrots inside.

dog treats shaped like bones on a marble tray

Usually I bring half the batch over to other dog parents in our neighborhood, but freezing also works. See my make ahead tip in the recipe! 🙂

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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dog treats shaped like bones

Soft Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Treats

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: fifteen 4-inch treats or thirty 2-inch treats 1x
  • Category: Dog Treats
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Soft-baked goodness for our pups!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) skim milk
  • 1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 1 large carrot, shredded (or 8-ish baby carrot)– around 2/3 cup shredded
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (290g) whole wheat flour* (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)

Instructions

  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, egg, and carrot 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. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
  3. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10 more minutes. Want the treats to be a little more crunchy? Bake for 5 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.

Notes

  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.

Keywords: peanut butter carrot dog treats, homemade dog treats

And just for fun, here is a picture of Jude as a pup. I can’t even handle it. His Eeyore stuffed animal was his absolutely favorite! ♥

jude as a puppy

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

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. I can’t imagine any pup not liking these! I’m on my 4th batch
    We have 2 pit bulls, Kayne (22 months) and Blayze (10 months). Kayne is a more “delicate” eater .. Blayze inhales his, and tries to take Kayne’s out of his mouth. They’re loving the treats! Thank you

  2. Hi Sally,
    I have an amazing dog which happens to be named Sally. I’m thinking about trying this recipe for her, could I use unsweetened almond milk instead of skim milk?
    Also, can I use all-purpose unbleached flour?
    Thanks,
    Pepper

    1. Hi Pepper! Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat was more highly recommended by Sally’s vet because of its added health benefits. We’re unsure about the unsweetened almond milk and would recommend checking with your vet just to be safe. Hope your furry friend loves these treats!

      1. Just have to chime in here because I made these treats today for my dog named Sally! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. I have made these numerous times. My dog and every dog in the neighborhood loves them. Last week we had a ‘take your dog to work’ day and I made a few more dogs happy with these treats. Perfect recipe that yields a good amount of cookies to share.

  4. My dog’s are toy dog’s so I mad the really small and just in half a cup of the batter made 25 pieces and have around 3 cups batter left

  5. Great recipe! Wondering if you can freeze in unbaked dough?

    1. Hi Angie! We’ve never tried freezing unbaked dough since the baked treats freeze so well (see recipe notes).

  6. My dogs (old and young) love these treats! One has a sensitive tummy so the limited and safe ingredients are a huge plus! It’s easy to make them soft or crunchy for their preference and tooth needs. I’ve made these over and over again, they even love them out of the freezer. Plus I don’t have to worry about whether it will harm my 2 year old when she gives the dogs treats and sneaks a bite herself haha…

  7. I have organic whole milk. Can I use that instead of skim milk?

    1. Hi Cathy, The treats should turn out fine, it’s really up to you (and your vet) to decide if the higher fat content of whole milk would be ok for your pup!

  8. Hello! I have a little labradoodle (labrador x toy poodle) called Cafe as in like the french word for coffee. He can not have peanut butter because once we gave some to him but he vomited it. I think he liked it because he will eat anything, but it makes him sick. Is there a good, healthy substitute for the peanut butter here? Thanks! Lots of love to you and Jude.
    Leah

    1. Hi Lorraine! Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  9. Hi Sally, I was thinking of making these for our dog. Do you think I could use 1% milk instead? I think our dog will enjoy these!

    1. Hi Christine, The treats should turn out fine, it’s really up to you (and your vet) to decide if the higher fat content of whole milk would be ok for your pup!

  10. I’m on my second March, which I bake for my 13 year old Staffie, as they’re soft. She loves them!

  11. I made these with the hopes my aunts little dog (who is fussy and 17) would enjoy them. She loves them!! It’s an easy recipe Easy to make and healthier than the store treats. Since I didn’t have fancy dog bone cookie cutters I just cut them in two inch squares and they baked beautifully. Would highly recommend trying them.

  12. My 14 year old Poodle x Shih Tzu is such a fussy guts but has also had numerous teeth removed over the years (largely because she refuses to chew on anything that will help clean her teeth!) She struggles with hard biscuits but she absolutely demolished 2 of these the second they had cooled down!! Thank you 🙂

  13. I just made a batch of these treats for my elderly dog, I did use 1% milk since that was all I had!
    They are way easier to make than I thought. My dog loved the treats and even my husband tried them
    and thought with a little salt, they taste good!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  14. I’m making these for the 2nd time for our dog Sophi. She is 16 years old and needs soft dog treats. I “doctored” them up a bit and chopped up some leftover bacon we had for breakfast and threw in a few Tablespoons of the bacon grease and a little less peanut butter. I don’t take the time to cut them out- I just rolled them on the parchment paper in the pan and scored them in squares before I baked them and they came out great.

  15. Will make again. So easy to make. My dog loves these and I like that it’s a healthy snack, thanks.

  16. Hi there, will it be possible to change all flours to oat flour or coconut flour?

    1. Hi Emma, We haven’t tested that but let us know if you do!

  17. Hi! Can I use silicone mold instead of cookie cutter? Thank you 🙂

    1. Ww haven’t tested it but can’t see why not! Let us know how it goes, Cindy 🙂