Homemade Dog Treats

by Lindsay on October 6, 2013

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Apples, Cinnamon, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin…these are the flavors of the season. We go crazy for lattes, pie, cookies, candles, everything and anything containing those ingredients or scents. All the while, someone close to you is feeling very left out. Your best friend! Staring at you with those big eyes (I have an expert beggar on my hands), hoping you’ll be kind enough to share a bite.

Don’t leave your dog out when you’re celebrating the tastes of the season! Apples, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin are actually all very common ingredients in homemade dog treats. Dogs love these flavors and they are really healthy for your pup. Homemade dog treats are super simple to make and you can easily tailor the recipe for any special diets. So next time you’re in the baking mood, whip up a quick batch of healthy homemade dog treats for your pooch!

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Olive was very patient in letting me photograph her before eating these cookies. They are her new favorite treat!IMG_1928

I just know your pooch will love these biscuits as much as Olive did, so don’t let fall pass without baking them up at your house too. They’re also great as hostess gifts for pet-loving pals. Imagine the delight when your friends get to indulge in pumpkin cheesecake trifles and their pooch gets a mason jar full of homemade dog treats!

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

October 6th, 2013

Yield: About 2 dozen small treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time:

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Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
3 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Notes:

*These are the treats that are pictured.
*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.
*Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

Recipe adapted from Sweet Peas Kitchen


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Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

Yield: About 2 dozen biscuits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup of canned sweet potato (you can sub fresh if you want)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
1 egg (beaten)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Stir ingredients together in a large bowl until dough forms. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about about 1/4 inch thick. Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack.

Notes:

*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker


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Apple Carrot Dog Treats

Yield: About 2 dozen small treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup of whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
1 cup of grated carrots
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix ingredients together until dough forms. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about about 1/4 inch thick. Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack.

Notes:

*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.

Recipe adapted from For the Love of Pooch.

About Lindsay

I'm Lindsay, the owner of OliveTree Handmade. I love designing and creating re-purposed and vintage inspired jewelry and accessories using vintage pieces and old/unwanted/broken items. Giving new life to something that otherwise wouldn't be used or thrown away.

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avatar Claudia December 7, 2013 at 1:27 am

All three of these dog treats look good! I am sure my two greyhounds will love them! Thank you for posting them so that all us dog lovers can make good simple treats for our favorite furkids!

Claudia, Dell and Will

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Lindsay December 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Claudia,

You’re so welcome! I’m happy that I could share some healthy recipes for the pups! Stop back and let us know how your pooches like the treats!

Lindsay

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avatar Rachel December 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Hello! i’m really interested in making the Peanut Butter Pumpkin treats. my question is, i want to ship them to a friend of mine(they are for her dog for xmas) and i was wondering if you have any advice on how to ship them.

thanks!

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Lindsay December 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Rachel,

I would ship them in a cheap lightweight tupperware container or a ziploc bag, then wrap that in plenty of bubble wrap or newspaper and pack in a small box. Make sure to mark the package “fragile” so they don’t arrive as a bunch of crumbs! Thanks so much!

Lindsay

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avatar Jennifer December 11, 2013 at 5:39 am

Hi!
These are perfect! Question – How long do you think they will be good for? These are for a gift and I’m wondering how soon I can make them or how close to the day I should wait.

Thank You!

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Lindsay December 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

Jennifer,

I would try to make them as close to the day you are gifting them as possible…or you could make them and freeze them. Since they do not have preservatives they will not last like store-bought treats. Once made store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the fridge. Also, make sure you bake them long enough that they are hard and brown, this will help with the shelf life. Thanks so much!

Lindsay

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avatar Mary Hogancamp December 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Hi Lindsay,
Thank you for putting out recipes that my dog loves and are easy to make. It’s nice to know exactly what she’s eating. I do have one question though…I made the Apple Carrot Treats recently but think I did something wrong. The dough was very wet and sticky. It was hard to work with. I followed the recipe exactly so I don’t know where I went wrong. My cookies came out the texture of a macaroon (which my dog still loves) but is this correct?
Thanks,
Mary (& Ellie)

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Lindsay December 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

Mary,

They should be a little harder than that. Next time I would reduce the amount of applesauce and up the flour to get a harder cookie. Also, make sure you are baking the treats until they are brown and fairly hard. Your pup won’t mind eating a hard treat! Thanks!

Lindsay

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avatar Amanda December 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I just made the pumpkin treats for my Golden. I gave him one out of the first batch and he absolutely loves them and wont stop begging for more! I’m still baking the rest and he won’t leave the kitchen. He’s never been like this for a treat. Thanks for the recipe!

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Lindsay December 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

Amanda,

Aw, that’s great to hear! Thanks so much for stopping back to let us know!

Lindsay

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avatar Mary December 12, 2013 at 10:53 pm

So I made a few batches of these for gifts. The carrot and apple Sauce ones went green on me after 2 days…not sure why?? Any suggestions?? Thanks!!

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Lindsay December 15, 2013 at 11:24 am

Mary,

It’s the moisture content of the cookie. Next time bake them longer, you want them to be hard. This will help! You can also reduce the amount of wet ingredients to make a drier treat that will last longer. And lastly, these do not have any preservatives so I would keep them in the fridge to get a longer shelf life. Thanks so much!

Lindsay

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avatar Lizmarie December 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi, I wanted to know how long do these last? and what would be the best storage for them in the fridage or an airtight container?

Thanks!

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Lindsay December 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

Lizmarie,

The treats could be stored in either a ziploc or an airtight container. They will last about 2 weeks (in the fridge), or a week or so left out. Make sure you bake them long enough. Baking them until they are hard and brown will help with a longer shelf life.

Lindsay

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avatar Kha Nguyen December 14, 2013 at 4:06 am

Thank you so much.

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Lindsay December 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

You’re so welcome!

Lindsay

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avatar Tera December 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I made a small batch of the pumpkin for my newfie, Big Mama, she LOVED them!! I’ve decided to make all these recipes as gifts for my friends’ pets for Christmas. I bought cute jars like you had on the picture with your dog. I’m so excited!! I do have one question though, my dog loves bananas, do you have a recipe for anything with those?

Thanks!

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Lindsay December 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

Tera,

I don’t have any recipes for banana treats but, in the carrot/apple treats you can substitute mashed banana for the apple sauce. For the two other recipes sub half the amount of sweet potato or pumpkin for mashed banana, I would also add a couple more tablespoons of flour to the mixture. If you try this, stop back and let us know! Thanks so much!

Lindsay

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avatar Lauren C December 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

These look amazing Lindsay. Really happy to see you including a grain free option for these yummy dog treats :)

Looking forward to making some of these

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Lindsay December 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

Lauren,

Thank you so much! The pups with different diets should have special treats too! Have a great day.

Lindsay

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avatar Rae December 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I have been making the pumpkin treats for a couple of months now and the recipe called for a Quarter tea spoon of salt to preserve them is this ok to add salt? thanks Rae

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Lindsay December 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Rae,

Salt in large amounts (like chips or pretzels) is harmful to pets but, that amount in treats will be fine for your dog. I just chose to leave it out of the treats! Thanks for the question. Have a great day!

Lindsay

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avatar Rae December 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Thank you so much Lindsay.

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avatar Jennifer M December 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

If you dehydrate them rather that bake them they have a greater shelf life and can be shipped very easily…. I usually take 1 weekend a month and make a bunch for my 3 and my grand dog…. also do small ones for my moms 2 little ones…..
I also do some with deer meat in them….or turkey for some meat…. dont use eggs since i have a dog with yeast problems but use rye flour and whole wheat flour… can also grind some brown rice and sunflower seeds…… also grind up egg shells for some added calcium….. your recipes are a lot like mine…..

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Lindsay December 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

Jennifer,

Thanks so much! I never thought about dehydrating them! Have a great day.

Lindsay

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avatar chelee johnson January 30, 2014 at 7:07 pm

What do u use instead of egg in the receipe for dogs with yeast problems?

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avatar Jennifer G December 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

Quick question about the sweet potato recipe -> if I wanted to sub in fresh sweet potatoes do they need to be pureed?
Can’t wait to try these!
Thanks,
Jennifer

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Lindsay December 23, 2013 at 10:16 am

Jennifer,

They need to be pureed or just mashed really well! Thanks so much!

Lindsay

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avatar Kristy December 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I made the peanut butter pumpkin treats for my Newfie and also gave some to friends for their 4-legged friends. Big hit with all the dogs! My Newfie can’t get enough of them and since they are good for her I don’t mind giving her a few extra treats in exchange for kisses! I can’t wait to try the other favors. Thank you for the great recipes.

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avatar tina December 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I made triple batches of all three recipes for Christmas gifts this year. My mini doxie “LOVED” them. I do however have one suggestion for everyone….refridgerate the cookies or keep them in the freezer. ALL except the ones my dog ate went moldy! I had to call everyone who received them to tell them to toss them out! “Very expensive lesson learned!”

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avatar Caryl Klaus January 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

I have used these type of recipes for a while. Have added chicken or beef broth to the cookie dough for meatier tasting cookies. These are so much more healthier than store bought, and my grandson loves to bake these for our dogs and his dogs as well! We have also used canned dog food, such as veal, or lamb. But if you don’t have canned food, you can water down your dog food to add to the mix. We always try to use fresh meats and veggies to keep it healthier!

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avatar jackie January 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

What would you say the shelf life on these are?

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avatar Julia January 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hi!
I want to make the apple carrot dog treats and I was
wondering can you sub the flour with oatmeal?
BTW your dog is ADORABLE!!!!!

Julia

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avatar Jamie January 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Julia, I haven’t tried it, but I think it could work. Good luck!
- Jamie

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avatar Becky January 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

My two dogs love all three recipes! I usually make two batches of each and freeze them, I put them in freezer zip lock bags. I purchase less treats these days from the store and I know what’s in my dogs treats is good for them. I also made them at Christmas time and gave each of my friends that have dogs some……and they all enjoyed them :)

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avatar Jamie January 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Becky-
We are so happy to hear the recipe was a success and that they were loved by your pups! Thanks so much for reporting back! Have a great day!
-Jamie

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avatar wendi January 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Hi I have been researching gluten free and grain free dog treats a lot as my dog seems to have reactions to everything …. I am just wondering is putting egg in them good for them? Also the gluten free flour I bought says to add xathiam gum or something to it do I need to do that with dog treats? Never used it before…. thanks!

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avatar Julie January 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

Hi Lindsay. My dogs love your pumpkin and peanut butter recipe. I was going to try the carrot and apple sauce recipe but have read on another website that baking powder is toxic to dogs (also baking soda) so I am a little hesitant to use it in a recipe. What is your advice on this as it can be so hard to separate fact from fiction when on the net. Many thanks for your time.

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Lindsay January 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Julie,

I haven’t heard that! Honestly, I think that the treats would probably turn out just fine if you’d like to leave it out. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Have a great day!

Lindsay

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avatar Jovail Ong February 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

Hi, I’ve tried the sweet potato recipe, however, it seems to be real hard, i could hardly bite off the piece, is that normal? or is it suppose to be this hard? are all dog treats that hard? as it doesnt seem to be this hard when I buy off shelf, please advice, many thanks.

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Lindsay February 9, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Jovail,

They are supposed to be pretty hard, it helps the treats to stay fresh longer. If you’d like them to be a little softer try baking them a few minutes less or adding a little less flour about 1/4 cup. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lindsay

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avatar Julieann February 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm

These sound and look yummy we want to feed our pup’s a healthy homemade diet so that includes their treats too but recipes are hard to find. I love the fact you suggest a gluten free alternative. Still need to convince my husband to let them have peanut butter. Can’t wait to bake. Thank you

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Lindsay February 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Julieann,

Thanks so much! And, just make sure you use all natural peanut butter that doesn’t have a bunch of additives. In small portions, it is perfectly fine for your pups!

Lindsay

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avatar Laura February 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for the recipe! My Italian Greyhound, Ruby, loves the Peanut Butter and Pumpkin treats (I also added some parsley to help her bad breath).
I will have to try your other recipes another time.

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Lindsay March 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

Laura,

Adding Parsley is a great idea! Thanks! I’m so happy that your dog loved the recipes and thanks for stopping by.

Lindsay

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avatar Cheryl February 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm

This is so awesome! I have two pitties that have skin and allergy issues and have decided to try homemade treats. These recipes are great cause it’s so hard to find treats without peanut butter, wheat, chicken. I am really excited about the carrot apple ones. Thank you so much!

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Lindsay March 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

Cheryl,

You’re so welcome. My dog is very sensitive also, I know how hard it can be to find healthy treats. Thanks for stopping by!

Liindsay

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avatar Loren March 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Hi, these are delicious for my dogs! The only issue I had when maki the peanut butter and pumpkin, is they turned out really dry and cracky! I used brown rice flour, but followed the recipe! Any ideas?

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Lindsay March 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

Loren,

If the treats are too dry, you can add a little more pumpkin, maybe just a couple tablespoons. The treats should be fairly dry though…so they last for a little while. Thanks so much!

Lindsay

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avatar Michelle March 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

I made the sweet potato ones with grain free flour and my dog LOVES them!! Thanks for the great recipe. They were super easy to make!

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Lindsay March 21, 2014 at 11:24 am

Michelle,

You are so welcome! It’s great to hear they were a success! Thank you for stopping in to let us know!

Lindsay

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avatar Queeny March 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

How long do these treats last??

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Lindsay March 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

Queeny,

The treats should last about 10 days in an airtight container. You can keep them refrigerated to try to extend the shelf life also. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Lindsay

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avatar Kahren March 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I just made the pumpkin-peanut butter treats for my little malti-poo, Baxter. He loves them. Can I freeze them for later use?

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avatar yuri April 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

hi,can i use Plain Wholemeal Flour and use real apple or pumpkin instead of juice?
so there’s no need to add in any unsalted butter?Thanks

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avatar Robyn April 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

I’ve got the 2nd batch of the Pumpkin and Peanut Butter treats in the oven right now! My pups (also an Olive, and Nelly) love them. There is a glut of butternut squash at the moment here in South Africa so I baked and pureed a load of squash and froze it in 1 cup portions so I can make the biscuits again for them. I love that I can make healthy tasty dog biscuits for so much less than shop bought ones!

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