Homemade Dog Treats

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!


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!

Homemade Dog Treats

Yield: About 2 dozen small treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes


For Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats:

  • 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 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

For Sweet Potato Treats:

  • 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)

For Apple Carrot Treats:

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


For Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  4. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter.
  5. 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.
  6. Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

For Sweet Potato Treats:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir ingredients together in a large bowl until dough forms.
  3. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. 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.

For Apple Carrot Treats:

  1. Preheat oven 350°F.
  2. Mix ingredients together until dough forms.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack.


Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats:

  • These are the treats that are pictured.
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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.

Sweet Potato Treats:

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

For Apple Carrot Treats:

  • If the dough is really sticky, add a few more tablespoons of flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.

by 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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251 Responses to “Homemade Dog Treats”

  1. jane — May 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I am glad I found your site. My dog has the start of heart failure. I have been told she cannot have salt or dairy food’s


    • Jamie — May 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      So sorry for your dog’s health issues. I hope you get the chance to try these treats. I appreciate you stopping by.


  2. Tera — June 17, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Awww, Olive is so beautiful, so makes such a great treat model. :D These treats sound like something my dogs would really enjoy. They LOVE peanut butter and pumpkin and I should be able to find organic for all the ingredients.


    • Jamie — June 18, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I hope you get the chance to try these. Thanks for visiting.


  3. elizabeth — July 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    how do you prevent the treats from burning on the bottom


  4. Food Recipe — July 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Here is a really easy peanut butter recipe- mix together a cup of milk with a cup (or more) of peanut butter then in a SEPARATE bowl mix together 2 cups of flour, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of baking powder. Bake for 15 mins on 350. Enjoy!


  5. Louise from Wagginglicious — July 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Olive is adorable! And so well behaved to pose with a biscuit. My old boy would have demolished it before I could snap a shot! Can’t wait to make a batch up for him.

    I have recently started a recipe sharing site (food photo site) specifically for pet treats, as I found the big food sharing sites, don’t always accept treats for our fur babies!

    I would love to have you submit your recipes and photos.


  6. ingga G — September 2, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you my two Maltese X Terri  adour these all….AND i luv baking


  7. Anne — September 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Hello! thanks so much for posting these great recipes! I am going to be selling dog treats soon and was wondering if I could use them for that? Thanks!


    • Jamie — September 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

      The shelf life isn’t incredibly long on these treats, so I would try to adjust or find a different recipe.

  8. Mary Ellen — December 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I know the shelf life is not long… but what do you estimate the shelf life to be unrefrigerated? What about if refrigerated? Ever tried vacuum sealing some of them? If so, how long did they last? Thank you so much for the great recipes. I might try with coconut flour since I would like it to be paleo/ancestral. Coconut flour is very “thirsty” so it is not a direct substitution and I’ll have to increase the eggs and/or pumpkin while decreasing flour. We’ll see how it turns out… thanks again :)


    • Jamie — January 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Mary Ellen, you are welcome! The dog treats will hold up best in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month or so. I’ve never tried vacuum sealing them, but you could give it a go! Take care.

  9. Lisa — December 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    have you a grain free dog biscuit recipe? My shar pei has a terrible time with grains.


  10. DAWN — December 14, 2015 at 12:24 am

    What is the shelf life of these treats–the Peanut Butter and Pumpkin ones? Can I freeze them?


    • Jamie — January 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Hi, Dawn! I think you could probably store the treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month. And, yes, I think freezing is fine. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  11. Alisse — December 15, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    What size can of pumpkin? 15? Want to make sure before I make these. Thanks! Look great


    • Jamie — January 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Hi, Alisse! A 15 ounce can of pumpkin should give you more than enough for your recipe. I hope your pooch enjoys them!

  12. Amanda — January 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    What a darling recipe! I’m wondering how they would turn out if I tried using gluten free oats, like Bob’s Red Mill. Have you tried? Thanks for sharing!


    • Jamie — January 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Hi, Amanda! I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think it would be a problem. Take care!

  13. Kathleen Krouse — January 21, 2016 at 12:38 am

    I made two of these recipes for all the dogs on my Christmas list and I had rave reviews from all their picky owners! Thanks for some easy, healthy recipes!


  14. Wendy — May 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Absolutely adore these puppy  recipes!!! My girls love them!!! Clarify my yorkie and Siberian husky !! I make them twice a month!!!


    • Jamie — May 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      That makes me so happy, Wendy!

  15. Liz — July 9, 2016 at 5:35 am

    You have mentioned that some salt can be added for a longer shelf life. How long of a shelf life do they have if no salt is added?


    • Jamie — July 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Hi, Liz! Keeping the treats in an airtight container will help a lot. You should be able to store them in the refrigerator for about two months. I hope this helps!

  16. Cathy H — October 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I tried making the pumpkin and peanut butter treats but I wasn’t able to make the mixture get to a dough..it was way too dry. I used coconut flour. Is the recipe correct? 3 cups of flour? The sweet potato treats only use 1-1/2 cups of flour.. I put the dough in the fridge for now until I figure out what to do with it.


    • Jamie — October 18, 2016 at 6:56 am

      Hi, Cathy! I think the coconut flour may be the issue. Maybe try adding another egg or some water to make the dough more pliable? Let me know how it goes!

  17. Beth — December 1, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Can we share this recipe on our vet clinic’s Facebook page?



    • Jamie — December 5, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Hi, Beth! Absolutely! I would add a note that says something like, since nutrition requirements vary, we recommend checking with your veterinarian before giving these treats to your pup. All the best to you!

  18. Corinne Leech — December 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    We recently adopted our fur baby and I love baking for him. (I love baking for my family too). Why do all these recipes call for whole wheat flour. Is there something in regular flour that is harmful to pups? or is it just because whole wheat is better overall? Thanks


    • Jamie — February 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Hi, Corinne! The wheat gives a heartier texture, so I use it because my dog enjoys it more. I hope this helps!

  19. Sharon Miller — December 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    How long can I store the pumpkin peanut butter dog cookies. I did not add the salt. I am giving them as a gift too. How do recommend storing the.? 


    • Jamie — February 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Hi, Sharon! I would store them in an airtight container for two months in the refrigerator. I hope your dog enjoyed them!

  20. Tonia Lipe — February 9, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Do they need to be refrigerated?


    • Jamie — February 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Hi, Tonia! They don’t, but they’ll probably keep longer if they are. I hope your dog enjoys them!

  21. Katherine — February 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    You’re dog is gorgeous :) How did you get him to pose like that!? I want to try out one of these recipes this weekend – which one does your dog seem to like the best?


    • Jamie — February 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you, Katherine! I think she enjoys the peanut butter ones a lot! I hope your dog loves them as much as Olive does!

  22. Kerri — February 14, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    What a great idea! I’m going to share this with my group of friends when we get together next week to watch the Bachelor. Between all 5 of us, I think we have 6 dogs!


    • Jamie — February 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Great idea, Kerri!

  23. Kelli — February 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    This is a silly question…but I do not have parchment paper…do I HAVE to use that?  Can’t I just place the biscuits right on my cookie pan?


    • Jamie — February 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Hi, Kelli! Not a silly question at all! You do not have to use parchment paper. I think you’ll find the treats turn out just fine!

  24. Beverly Hall — March 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Jamie,
    My Bichon has allergies. I want to make treats that are like a biscuit, hard not soft. I want to use blueberries and pumpkin and I have to use almond flour. If eggs are needed I use duck eggs. 
    I make his food and it is soft like a burger pattie. He will chew on his elk antler, but besides brushing his teeth I would like a crunchy dog treat. 
    If you could help with this I would appreciate it. 


    • Jamie — March 30, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Hi, Beverly. My advice would be bake these until they become the desired crunch you like. I hope this helps!

  25. Martiey — June 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Sometimes I have trouble finding whole pack pumpkin during summer so I’ve started making these occasionally  with puréed garbanzo beans. I mash up  the beans and their liquid in a Nutriblast. Then follow the recipe adjusting moisture/flour as needed. I roll them out in a silpat, cut into squares with a pizza wheel, and bake until crispy. Of course at Christmas I go the whole blown doggie bone cutter route. But my corgi doesn’t mind the square shape and I love that she gets nutritional treats. 


    • Jamie — June 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Great suggestions, Martiey! Thank you!

  26. Didi — July 2, 2017 at 8:23 am

    These treats look so good (and healthy). My pup is going to love the peanut butter and pumpkin treats. I’m also thinking about making those apple carrot treats, although they may not be appreciated as much as the peanut butter ones. Still worth a try. Thanks for such good recipes without too many ingredients.


    • Jamie — July 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      You’re welcome, Didi!

  27. Thomas — July 8, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I just got a silicone sheet of dog bone cutouts. Can I use this instead of a cookie sheet?


    • Jamie — July 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      I don’t see why not, Thomas. Let me know how they turn out!

  28. Edwina | The Equipped Cook — July 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Olive is so adorable. I love those photos. These treats look yummy. I’ll need to buy a cute bone cookie cutter!


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