Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients
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Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients

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.

Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients

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.

Substitutions

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.

Milk

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.

Oat Flour

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.

Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients

Easy Peasy

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.

Serving Size

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.

Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients

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.

Storage

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 – Only 5 Ingredients
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Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

This is an easy peanut butter dog treat recipe that can be made using one bowl with only 5 ingredients
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Dog Treats
Keyword: peanut butter
Servings: 9 dozen
Calories: 20kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
    Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients
  • 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.
    Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. Cookies are done when they turn light golden brown around the edges and on the bottoms.
    Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe – Only 5 Ingredients

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.

14 Comments

  • Viviana Munoz


    I absolutely love this recipe I think it’s a great idea especially if you want to save a trip to the pet store for some treats. I have never heard of the ingredient xylitol so thank you for sharing that information. I have to start looking at the labels now since from time to time I let my dog lick the spoon with peanut butter on it. I have a french bulldog you think one cookie is ideal for him? or can I give him two? we normally don’t give him anything but dog food once in a blue moon he will have a treat. Again thank you for the feedback. 🙂

    • Missy

      I love Frenchies!!!!! As long as you make them small like I did, I don’t think he’d have a problem eating 2 a day. I guess since your little guy doesn’t normally get treats, maybe start him out at one a day just to make sure they don’t give him any tummy troubles and go from there.

      I ran out of tapioca flour to make training treats and we are currently out of those as well, so these cookies are doubling as training treats for potty time. I’m just breaking them up into little pieces. Between my 5 Chinese Cresteds and my mother in law’s Pomeranian they split 2 cookies each time we go out plus they get 1-2 whole cookies during the day and we haven’t had any tummy problems or anything.

  • Dr. SD


    Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe… wow, you have shared a great idea! For Jimmy (my dear pet doggy) I always buy cookies and biscuits, but never thought to prepare those. You have offered a great idea. And the overall procedure is pretty interesting too!

    How long does it take to prepare the cookies? Is it possible to manage the whole process within 40 mins? Actually, at weekends, I love to spend lazy hours.

    You printable sheet for easy peanut butter dog treat recipe is very useful. I just saved it as PDF. Let’s try this in the coming weekend. Don’t know whether I’ll be successful or not. Ha Ha….

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Missy

      It only takes about 5 minutes to measure and mix everything together and maybe another 5-10 minutes to shape the cookies depending on how quick you are. Cook time is 15 minutes, so you’re looking at a total of 25 minutes. I’m sure you’ll do great and Jimmy will be so happy. I’d love to know how they turn out.

      Missy

  • Wayne

    This recipe is great! My dog loves peanut butter, what we normally do is stuff it into a bone and let him have it.
    now he’s tried these cookies, he’s not interested in the bone. he just wants the cookies.

    great recipe, would highly recommend.

  • John

    Missy,
    I had always feed my dogs peanut butter when giving medicine in pill form. I did not know that the ingredient xylitol would harm them. I will look at the label before purchasing it now.
    Do you think the dogs will loose a taste for peanut butter, mine always took their medicine without any trouble.
    I thinks I will try to use your recipe and make some of these cookies. When storing cookies, I have always put a piece of bread in the container to keep them soft and easy to eat, will it work with the Peanut Butter Dog Treats.
    John

    • Missy

      Hi John!

      I don’t think you’ll have any issues with your dog getting tired of eating peanut butter, but if for some reason that does happen I definitely recommend you try out some of my other recipes. I posted one for apple, carrot, and coconut training treats – these can be given as regular treats as well. I will be adding more soon so check back too.

      As far as storing these cookies, they are already crunchy so there’s no need to store them with a piece of bread. I actually just store them in a bowl on the kitchen counter with no lid so extra moisture doesn’t get trapped inside which can make them go bad faster unless they’re stored in the refrigerator.

      Missy

      • Jojo


        These worked amazing my lil dog went outside and got rewarded with one now she goes to the door , i think to get the treat 😄 and the human version of the peanut butter cookies got my kids to clean there rooms lol THANK YOU MISSY ❤

        • Missy

          I’m so glad both recipes worked out for you Jojo! Maybe I should change their name to Magic Peanut Butter Cookies, lol.

          Missy

  • Sienna


    This is a great recipe. Our dog loves peanut butter, and I’m sure she’s going to love these cookies. With a simple recipe like this one, there’s no excuse for not whipping up a batch for your pup! And, they sound like they would actually be kind of tasty for humans too… haha
    We have some peanut flour in the house, so I’m going to try the recipe with that and see how it turns out. I’ll let you know!

    • Missy

      My husband has actually tried them and he said they weren’t bad, he thought they could use a little salt lol. I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes!

      Missy

  • Keenan


    This recipe is AWESOME! Just made it for my dog and he loved them, will share with friends and family!
    I did not know that xylitol could harm dogs, thank goodness the peanut butter I had did not contain any!
    This recipe is very simple and one of my favorite things about it is that it is A LOT cheaper than going out and buying dog treats, and my dog like these more!
    Thank you for the awesome recipe, will come back for more!

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