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Homemade Dog Treats

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We know our furry ones love treats, even more, when it comes to treats that look just like human food. For that reason we looked for the best DIY puppy treats, we promise they’re easier than you think! No matter your dog’s size, whether they’re small, medium, or large, we guarantee they will love it, just make sure that they are the size they usually eat.

Homemade Dog Cookies


  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
Homemade Dog Cookies, courtesy of Sugarspunrun.


  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer, stir together pumpkin, peanut butter, and egg yolk until completely combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until completely combined (dough will be quite dry).
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to approximately ¼” thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of dough and transfer cutout cookies to prepared cookie sheet, placing at least 1″ apart.
  • Re-combine any dough scraps and re-roll and then cut out to use all of your dough.
  • Bake cookies on 375F for 20 minutes for small cookies and 25 minutes for large cookies.
  • Allow to cool completely before sharing with your pet.
  • Keep uneaten cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.


*Please double check the ingredients to ensure that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs.

Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats


  • 1 free range egg 50 grams
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 250 grams
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour 240 grams
  • ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats 75 grams
Oat and Apple Pretzel, courtesy of The Cookie Rookie.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Using a hand whisk, beat the egg and set it aside.1 free range egg
  • Combine the 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.1 cup unsweetened applesauce, 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour, ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 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 2-tablespoon-sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll it 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.

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