9 Easy Dog Cookie Recipes to Make From Scratch

Dog getting cookie

Have you ever read the ingredients on many commercial dog treats. They often contain items that don’t seem like food to me. That’s why I like easy dog cookie recipes that let me make my dog cookies from scratch.

Making Dog Cookies from Scratch

If you stick with simple, quality, dog-safe ingredients it’s pretty easy to make dog cookies at home. Here are 9 recipes that your dog will enjoy!

And if you want to try some more recipes, here are 7 dog treats for bad breath recipes!

Dog Cookies – Easy

Dog shaped cookie cutter cutting dough on lime neon green background

This recipe has just 3 ingredients and is super simple to make!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups all purpose flour & additional flour for dusting surface
  • 2 large eggs
  • Approximately 1/3 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, forming a stiff dough with your hands. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Dust surface with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut into shapes (or use a knife to cut into small strips).
  4. Place onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned on bottom (tops of treats will not be as browned).
  5. Cool on a wire rack & store in an airtight container.

Thank you to the Blond Cook for this recipe!

Dog Treats with Baby Food

Boxer biting dog bone shaped treat

This is probably the EASIEST recipe on the entire page. It only has two ingredients, and if you want to make it even easier roll the dough into 1 inch balls and press with your finger instead of rolling and cutting.

Ingredients

  • 1 4-ounce jar of baby food
  • 1 cup flour

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350º

  • In a large bowl, mix one cup of flour with the jar of baby food and stir to combine.
  • Add more flour and knead your dough until it’s no longer sticky.
  • Roll out your dough on a floured surface and cut out treats, placing them on a cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 24 minutes or until cooked through and the bottoms are just starting to brown.

For an extra-crisp cookie, turn off the oven when cookies are done, but leave them to cool inside the oven to remove any excess moisture.

Dog Cookies with Banana

Dog with paws on counter looking at plate of cookies

If you have a lone ripe banana sitting on your counter top you can transform it into tasty, wholesome dog cookies lickity split!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
  • 1 large Banana
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter, with NO xylitol

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats until they’re powder.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana here and there is ok. The dough should stick together, but shouldn’t be sticky.
  4. Reserve about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
  8. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.

Notes:

Add additional peanut butter if the dough is too dry or additional oats if too sticky.

Be sure to use a peanut butter that does not contain xylitol, as it is harmful to dogs. Always double check with your vet before feeding your pet new foods.

Thank you to Three Little Ferns for this recipe!

Dog Cookies with Applesauce

Fire Hydrant shaped cookies and cookie cutter with red plaid towel in background and red bowls of ingredients

This recipe has a few more ingredients than the first two, but is still simple to make and most dogs LOVE applesauce.

Ingredients

  • 3 cWhole wheat flour
  • 2 tspground cinnamon
  • 1/2 capplesauce, unsweetened
  • 1egg
  • 1/2 cwater

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all ingredients until just blended
  3. roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness, and cut into bite size pieces or use cookie cutters
  4. Bake for 40 minutes, and cool for 2 hours.

Thank you to Just a Pinch for this recipe!

Dog Treats – DIY

small bone shaped dog treat in human hand with god in the background sitting on grass

Watch the instructions on this recipe. You need to leave these in the oven for 20 minutes AFTER they are done baking.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup water more if needed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  • In a mixer combine water, oil, eggs and peanut butter. Mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes. Place shapes on a baking sheet that has been lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, turn treats over and return to oven to bake for another 10 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave treats in the oven for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely prior to serving to your dogs.

Thank you to Love From the Oven for this recipe!

Wholesome Homemade Dog Cookies

Homemade bone shaped dog treat being handed to a black dog

This recipe is packed with wholesome ingredients and the cinnamon smells great when baking!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter all natural, no sugar added
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree not pie filling
  • 1/4 cup applesauce all natural, no sugar added
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix together peanut butter and coconut oil until creamy and smooth.
  • Add in pumpkin and apple sauce, stir until completely mixed.
  • Stir in cinnamon until mixed through.
  • Slowly add in whole wheat flour. Stir until texture of a sugar cookie dough.
  • Flour your surface and roll out your mixture. Roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Treats will not rise.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut treat and place them on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Place in oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • ***Place treats on a cooling rack and make sure they are completely cool before putting them in a container.  If they are warm still this will accumulate mold within a few days.****

Thank you to Real House Moms for this recipe.

Dog Cookies with Honey Recipe

Pile of homemade dog bone shaped dog treats

This recipe is super simple because you can dump all the ingredients in one bowl, set it on mix and get great results!

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  •  1/4 cup Beaten egg
  •  1/4 cup Water plus 2 Tbsp water
  •  1/4 cup powdered milk
  •  2 tbsp All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter
  •  1 tbsp Honey

Instructions

  1. It is easiest to use a stand mixer and paddle attachment for mixing this. You can mix my hand but it takes a bit longer.
  2. Add all to mixing bowl. Set on low and let it mix.
  3. After a few minutes it will form a dough, (Trust me it takes a while) mix for an additional minute. Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness onto a lightly floured surface. Use small cookie cutters of your choice repeating until all dough is used.
  4. If the dough dries out just wet your hands with water and knead the dough until it is the correct consistency again.
  5. Place them on a sheet of parchment or nonstick pan and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 25 minutes until they are brown around the edges.
  6. Start to watch them at 20 minutes in your oven since the thickness of the cookies and ovens can vary
  7. .Leave them out to cool for 2 hours. The cookies should be crunchy.

Thank you to The Kitchen Magpie for this recipe!

Dog Cookies with Bacon Grease

Jar of bone shaped dog biscuits open and spilling onto  white table

Dog’s love bacon and melted bacon fat is a great fat to use in dog cookies. However, these are rich and you will want to use them sparingly.

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  3. 1/2 cup melted bacon fat
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix it by hand until a dough forms. Add flour if the dough is too sticky, and add bacon fat or water if it’s too dry.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake them for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  4. The treats can be stored at room temperature in a sealed container.

Dog Cookies – Grain Free

Pug with paws on table looking at cat shaped cookies

This clever recipe uses coconut flour instead of regular wheat flour and makes a tasty and healthy grain free dog cookie.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup organic peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted then slightly cooled
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Roll dough out gently onto a cutting board dusted lightly with additional coconut flour, or onto a rolpat. Roll out to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut out shapes using your preferred cookie cutters.
  • Transfer gently to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes. Treats should have a slightly golden color around the edges.
  • Cool on cookie sheets before serving.
  • May be stored in airtight containers for up to three weeks.

Notes

Be sure to measure the coconut oil in its solid form, and THEN melt

Thank you to Urban Bliss Life for this recipe.

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Hi! My name is Heather Hallman. I’m the mother of two beautiful girls and a MAJOR passionate pet parent. I can hardly wait to bring you the BEST resources and information that I've found for our fur-babies.