15 Pawsome Recipes for Homemade Apple Dog Treats

man feeding dog an apple

The town I grew up in had acres and acres of apple trees. It still does. My mom would take us to the orchard and go through the bins of “seconds” apples to get the best price.

The air would be crisp and the smells from the apple bins would make my mouth water. I knew when we got home there would be apple pies and apple crisps to eat.

Now, I make homemade apple treats for my dogs and they LOVE it. Here are 15 yummy recipes featuring apples that you can make for your pups. And if you prefer vanilla dog treat recipes or want to make easy dog cookies with baby food I have those as well!

Apple Oatmeal Dog Treats Recipe

Bowl of oats with an apple on top cut in half

This recipe is made with wholesome oats and whole wheat flour. It’s got a smidge of sugar, but not too much. One of the things I like the best about baking for my dog is that I get to control the ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup quick cook oats
  • 1 apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ cup water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Wash apple well, grate, including peel if you like.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl combine grated apple, flour, oatmeal, egg oil, brown sugar, and water until well combined.
  4. Flour surface lightly with whole wheat flour, roll out dough to 1/8” thickness.
  5. Cut into 1 ½” x 1 ½ “ squares or 1”x 2” rectangles with a knife or pizza cutter.
  6. Lift crackers with a knife or thin spatula and place on baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or covered in foil.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, turn oven off and allow crackers to remain in hot oven another 20-30 minutes or until crackers are crisp.
  8. Store apple crisps in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  I prefer to store all my homemade treats in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life, as they are made without preservatives and additives.

Thank you to PetCouponSavings.com for this recipe.

Homemade Apple Carrot Dog Treats

apples and carrots on white background

When you are making this recipe be sure to core your apple before you grate it. Dogs shouldn’t eat apple seeds. You can make this two ways. If you use a small cookie cutter you will get 20 to 24 biscuits. If you use a larger cookie cutter it will make about 10 to 12 biscuits.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar optional if your dog doesn’t like sugar
  • 1 apple cored and grated (leave peel on)
  • 1/2 cup carrots peeled and grated
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water note: the apples add moisture, so only add extra water if necessary

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet.
  • Core and grate apples; peel and grate carrots (I used food processor).
  • In one bowl, mix the flour, oats, and brown sugar. In separate bowl, beat the egg and mix in the oil, water, and grated apples and carrots. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients bowl and mix completely.
  • Carefully roll ‘dough’ out and cut out desired shape with a small cookie cutter.
  • Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until apple juices are soaked and biscuits are firm.
  • After biscuits cool, feel free to share with the pups in your life! Store in air-tight container.
  • Serving size: makes 20-24  small dog biscuits.

Thank you to ReluctantEntertainer.com for this recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats Recipe

Apples and cinnamon sticks on a wooden table top with nature background

Cinnamon is a wonderful warming spice and there are a few benefits of cinnamon for dogs. It’s also non-toxic for dogs – you don’t want to feed it to them directly, but it’s great as a spice in baked goods and food.

This recipe creates a kitchen that smells like fall. You’re going to love it!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large apple
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • 1.5 cups of white rice flour (you can also opt for brown rice flour or buckwheat flour)
  • 1 cup of oats
  • Peanut butter (optional, but worth adding since peanut butter is a treat in itself!)

How to make them:

  • Preheat oven to 350⁰F (180⁰C).
  • Peel apple and cut into small pieces. Make sure you take out any seeds as they contain cyanide.
  • Place apple pieces and water into a bowl and mash using a potato masher.
  • Fold in the oats and cinnamon, and add in the flour until a dough is formed.
  • Sprinkle your counter with a bit of flour, and roll out the dough.
  • Use your dog’s favourite cookie cutter and place treats on a sprayed cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, leaving them in the oven to dehydrate further with the oven off for 2 additional hours.
  • Take a butter knife and ice the cookies with a thin layer of peanut butter before serving.

These treats are perfect as a reward after a romp through mounds of leaves!

Thank you to Nutrience.com for this recipe.

Apple Dog Treats Recipe – Oat and Apple Pretzel Twists

Apples in wooden crate on wood table top

These adorable pretzel shaped dog treats are made with only 4 ingredients, so they are a snap to put together and dogs love them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
  • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • 1 free range egg beaten
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Beat egg and set aside.
  • Combine applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats in a large bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the egg over the mixture and set aside the remaining 1 tablespoon of egg.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not overly sticky. Add a bit more or less flour if necessary.
  • Take a two tablespoon sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll into a tube. It should be about 10 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
  • Take each tube and make into a U shape, then twist the ends together and fold back to the top. This makes the pretzel shape. Pinch the ends in to make sure they’re secure.
  • Place the pretzels onto the baking tray. Brush the top of each pretzel with the remaining egg.
  • Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and become crispy. The pretzels should be pretty hard, just like pups love them!
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Thank you to TheCookieRookie.com for this recipe.

Baked Apple Dog Treats – Apple Chips!

Apple chips in a casserole dish on wood table with scattered appleas and a red and white tea cloth

When making this recipe always make sure to remove the apple seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide and aren’t good for dogs. Otherwise apples are GREAT for your dog as part of a balanced diet.

This recipe makes tasty dehydrated apple chips that you can share with your dog.

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Wash and dry apple.
  • Slice them into slices, removing core and seeds.
  • Place the apple slices on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour
  • Flip and bake for another hour
  • Allow to cool in the oven

Thank you to MyBrownNewfies.com for this recipe.

Homemade Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats Recipe

variety of pumpkins and apples sitting on fall leaves

Pumpkin is a great food to settle dogs tummies and since it’s naturally sweet most dogs love it. Also if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender.

Ingredients:

  • 4 – 4.5 cups oatmeal, plus additional
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1 CUP canned pumpkin

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grind the oatmeal down in a food processor or blender. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  3. Core apple, being sure to remove all of the seeds. Grate apple, and add to bowl with oatmeal.
  4. Add egg and canned pumpkin to bowl and mix well to combine. The mixture will be thick and slightly sticky.
  5. On a surface dusted with oatmeal (ground or not, your choice) roll the dough out to approximately 1/2″ thick. Use a doggy bone cookie cutter to cut dough into shapes, and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Thank you to ThreeLittleFerns.com for this recipe.

Homemade Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats

dough rolled out on a green surface with dog shapes cut out and a dog cookie cutter sitting on top

These dog cookies make your house smell like apple pie. Baking them is an absolutely wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning with your pups.

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  •  3/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  •  1 egg yolk only save the white for later
  •  2 tbsp honey
  •  1 tsp cinnamon
  •  2 cups whole wheat flour

Coating for cookies

  •  1 egg white
  •  1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mix the applesauce,egg yolk, honey, cinnamon.
  2. Add in the flour and mix until well combined.
  3. The dough will be a bit sticky so roll it out onto a well floured surface and cut out what ever shapes you want for the cookies, making the dough about 1/8 inch thick.4) Place all cut shapes onto parchment paper or non stick pan
  4. Re-roll the dough until all the dough is used up.
  5. Mix the egg white and the 1/4 tsp of cinnamon very well in a separate small bowl.
  6. Brush the tops of each cookie with the egg white mixture before baking.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. They are done when the tops start to lightly brown. Let cool and dry for 1 to 2 hours for crunchy cookies.

Recipe Notes

Note: My cookies were very small (about 1.5 inch long biscuits) so they were totally cooked in the 20 minutes. If you make larger cookies or thicker they will take longer to bake.

Thank You to the Kitchen Magpie for this recipe.

Homemade Apple Banana Dog Treats

single green Apple and 2 bananas on wooden table

I love bananas, but sometimes don’t eat them fast enough to avoid them getting really, really ripe and mushy. This recipe is GREAT for using mushy bananas up and is a great way to give your dogs a treat they’ll love!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of oats.
  • 3 cups of mashed apple and banana (I used the pulp from juiced apples, but you could easily use a food processor to chop up the apple or make apple sauce and let it cool)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

  • Mix, Roll, Cut and bake at 350 for 40 minutes

Thank you to PetSitterIreland.com for this recipe!

Homemade Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Sliced apples on a cutting board smeared with apples

Almost all dogs LOVE peanut butter and peanut butter and apple is a classic combination. Please check your label on the peanut butter to make sure it’s sweetened with real sugar and not xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in a few peanut butters and is very dangerous for dogs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple pulp or shredded apple (I juiced 3 apples)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour (plus additional for kneading, rolling)
  • 1 flax or chia egg

Instructions

Core and juice 3 apples, reserving pulp. Combine apple pulp and peanut butter, then add egg and flour.

Knead into a ball and roll to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter or knife. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool completely, store in an airtight container.

Thank you to spabettie.com for this recipe!

Homemade Dog Treats with Applesauce

Bowl of apple sauce surrounded by apples

If you want to make apple based dog treats without the fuss, this is a GREAT way to do it. This recipe uses applesauce instead of apples and has just 5 easy ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour and cinnamon together in a large bowl and mix in applesauce, water and egg until fully incorporated.
  3. Knead mixture until a smooth dough forms, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and use your cookie cutter(s) to cut out treats.
  5. Transfer dog treats to lined baking sheets and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Remove and let cool completely before treating your pup.

Thank you to keyingredient.com for this recipe.

Homemade Apple Bacon Dog Treats

dog bone shaped dog treats with crumbled bacon and a plate of bacon in the background

This recipe combines all kinds of yummy ingredients – apple, bacon and cheddar!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 apple peeled & grated (no pits, seeds, or core from apple!!!)
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups white flour
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon chopped into bits
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat.
  2. Combine the butter, olive oil, and egg together with a whisk until well combined.
  3. Add the milk and grated apple then whisk.
  4. Add the whole wheat flour and white flour; mix until just combined.
  5. Add most of the cheddar, bacon, and parsley. Mix until combined.
  6. Side Note: If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour. If it’s too dry, add a bit more milk.
  7. On a lightly floured work surface, knead the dough for 30 seconds until smooth.
  8. Roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle, about 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Sprinkle some of the remaining bacon bits, cheese, and parsley on the dough then lightly press down and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Using a bone shape cookie cutter, cut out the dog bones.
  11. Bake until light golden, 20 minutes.
  12. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  13. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for 6 months.

Thank you to ForTheLoveofCooking.net for this recipe.

Homemade Quick and Easy Apple Treats for Dogs

dog bone shaped cookie cutter sitting on top of rolled dough

Some dog treat recipes are crazy difficult, but this one is a piece of cake. You don’t even have to shred apples, just dice them up and you’re good to go!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (aka rolled oats)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 apples (I used small Gala apples)

If you use chunky peanut butter rather than creamy you may need to add more moisture when making the dough. If your dough ends up extra crumbly just add 1 tsp of water at a time until you can roll it as dough out on a flat surface.

And remember to check that your peanut butter does NOT contain xylitol (an artificial sweetener that can be fatal to dogs).

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 F.
  2. Peel, core and grate 2 apples.
  3. Mix together the oats, flour, peanut butter, egg, & apples until well combined.
  4. Roll out your dough on a flat surface, until the dough is approximately 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out your favorite shapes.
  6. Place the treats onto your baking sheet & cook for 15 minutes.

This recipe will make approximately 36 1″ diameter dog treats.

If you don’t have cookie cutters you can use a knife to cut out some fun shapes, or you can make some some cookie cutters of your own using soda cans. I prefer using the top of a shot glass to make bite size treats; just be careful not to push down too hard.

Storage Recommendations

These dog treats will keep 2-3 days in a sealed container (due to the storage life of apples), and another 4-5 days in the fridge. I usually keep half of the treats in the fridge and freeze the rest for later.

If you want dog treats that will last longer than a couple of days at room temperature you can simply omit the apples and still end up with a yummy peanut butter flavored dog treat.

Thank you to PuppyLeaks.com for this recipe!

Apple Flavored Dog Treats with Sweet Potatoes

Bowl of mashed sweet potato with a sliced sweet potato beside it on a wooden surface

These treats are chewy and soft and they are packed to the brim with healthy ingredients for your dog.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Blitz the oats in food processor or blender, until the oats resemble the texture of flour.
  3. Chop sweet potatoes and boil until soft. Once cooked, strain and mash. Set aside to cool.
  4. Place the apple in a food processor to chop, or alternatively grate the apple pieces. Should have 1 cup of grated apple.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix egg, blitzed oats, mashed sweet potato, grated apple and cinnamon.
  6. Roll dough into small balls or shape using a cookie cutter.
  7. Bake in oven for 15-20 mins, depending on size/shape.
  8. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container.

Notes: These cookies are gluten free, if your dog eats gluten you can substitute the rolled oats for 2 cups of whole wheat flour.

Thank you to unassaggio.com for this recipe.

The Bottom Line on Homemade Apple Dog Treats

Apple is a great ingredient to use in dog treats. It’s high in fiber and vitamins and is naturally sweet, so dogs love it.

Make sure that you core the apples you use in the treats. Apple seeds aren’t good for dogs. Also in recipes that use peanut butter make sure that the peanut butter you get is all natural and contains no xylitol, because xylitol is very dangerous for dogs.

For more great recipes, try Brie’s Banana and Honey Dog Treats or Brie’s Very Vanilla Dog Treats.

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