It’s Sunday night and my dogs had to go all day without cookies. While they’re convinced this is super bad behavior on my part, I have to figure out a solution quick. I check the cabinets and come to the conclusion that my easy peanut butter dog treats will save the day (err night, sorry got carried away).
I love making these since they only need 5 ingredients, 4 if you only use 1 type of flour; and it takes no time to whip up a batch. I was able to right my heinous crime in no time plus I love making these treats look like people peanut butter cookies. Keep reading for my easy peanut butter dog treat recipe.
Check Your Peanut Butter!
Before you begin, grab your jar of peanut butter and read the ingredients label. Make 100% sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is used in the place of sugar to make foods lower in calories. It’s important to make sure your peanut butter doesn’t have xylitol because it can make your dog very sick or even kill him.
To learn more about xylitol and how it can affect your dog’s health read my post Xylitol is Bad for Dogs – Why to Avoid it at all Costs
Ideally, your peanut butter will just have peanuts in it but most have salt in there too. If you don’t get the natural kind, there’s probably sugar added in as well but that’s still OK.
If you have a choice, go for the natural kind of peanut butter. Yes, it’s a giant pain to mix the oil and peanut butter together and it always seems runnier than the other kind but it’s a little healthier since it has less added ingredients. I don’t buy natural peanut butter for us humans since my husband hates it and it’s not as smooth in some recipes, but if I’m buying peanut butter specifically for my dogs I will go for the natural kind.
If all you have is the regular kind of peanut butter, as long as it’s xylitol free – go for it.
A tip for measuring peanut butter: spray your measuring cup with a little non-stick cooking spray first. This will help the peanut butter slide out without getting really stuck in your measuring cup.
Did you know you can make your own peanut butter at home? All you have to do is throw peanuts in a food processor and let it do the work. I’ve never tried it myself but it sounds awesome.
Grain Free Option
This recipe isn’t grain free as written since it uses brown rice flour and oat flour (or ground oatmeal). If you’d like to keep it grain free, you can substitute coconut flour or garbanzo bean flour instead. This does change the texture a little but it still works OK.
If your dog has an allergy to dairy or milk, you can just use water, almond milk, or coconut milk in place of the regular milk in this recipe. I’ve made it with all of them, and I never noticed a difference. My dogs loved all the versions and that’s what counts anyway.
This recipe calls for oat flour. If you don’t have any, don’t worry. You can just put oatmeal in a food processor and pulse it until it turns into flour. I’ve done this many times before, in fact it’s what I did when I took these pictures, and it works great.
The only thing is, the DIY version isn’t quite as fine so when you make the dough you’ll see tiny pieces of oatmeal in it. Like I said above about the milk substitution, my dogs still love them and that’s the whole point of this anyway.
I keep saying these doggie peanut butter cookies are so easy to make, and that’s because all you have to do is measure and mix everything together in one bowl. Mix the peanut butter and milk together then add the baking powder and flour. That’s it! Then just roll them out for cut-outs or roll into balls and press with a fork for the human looking peanut butter cookies.
If you want to make roll out cookies, roll out the dough to 1/4″ thick and I use cookie cutters that are about 1″ in size for my small dogs. If don’t have cookie cutters, you can just cut the dough in squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. The pizza cutter makes this task super fast and easy.
For my small dogs, I make these into little cookies that are just the right size for them. I’ve found that measuring dough into a teaspoon and then rolling it into a little ball before pressing it with a fork makes the perfect tiny peanut butter cookies. They remind me of those Nutter Butter cookie bites that come in the little to-go cups at the grocery store minus the filling.
If you make teaspoon sized cookies, this recipe yields about 9 to 9.5 dozen cookies! That’s enough to last my 5 little monsters for about 2 weeks. Cookies of this size have 20 calories each.
If you have a bigger dog, you can make the cookies bigger. That will result in fewer cookies of course.
These are crunchy cookies so I just store them on the counter in a bowl. I don’t like to store crunchy cookies in an air tight container if they are left at room temperature. That’s because any moisture left in the cookies is kept inside the container and it can make your cookies go bad faster.
I don’t know how long these cookies last before going bad, they just don’t last long enough at my house. I’d say if your dog isn’t going to eat all of them in a week or two, freeze 1/2 or 2/3 of the batch and just thaw more as they get eaten.
Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup milk any kind
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour or ground oatmeal
- 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet or 2 with parchment paper. These cookies don't usually stick, but parchment paper cuts down on cleaning time and ensures a clean release. Then gather all your ingredients.
- Mix the peanut butter and milk together. Then add in the flours and baking powder. Start with 1 cup of each flours and add in the additional 1/4 cup of each once everything is blended together. Your dough will have the texture of play dough when it's done.
- Using a teaspoon, measure out the dough and roll into balls. Place on lined cookie sheet. These cookies won't spread after you press them down so you don't have to leave a lot of room between them. After your cookie sheet is full, take a fork and press the cookie flat. Then repeat in the other direction to make a criss cross pattern.**If you would rather make cut out treats instead - roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness and cut out cookies.
- Bake for about 15 minutes. Cookies are done when they turn light golden brown around the edges and on the bottoms.
Did you know you can make peanut butter cookies for humans with just 3 ingredients? Mix together 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 large egg. Roll into balls, press flat with a fork, and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Now you have a quick fix for that peanut butter cookie craving you probably have now that your house smells like peanut butter cookies!
If you’re looking for a great soft dog treat recipe that makes fantastic training treats, be sure to check out Healthy Dog Training Treat Recipes – Grain-Free Apple, Carrot, and Coconut
What do You Think?
My monsters LOVE peanut butter (what dog doesn’t) and they go crazy over these cookies. If you make this recipe, let me know what you and your dog think of it. If you have any questions, definitely feel free to post them as well and I’ll help you out.