DIY Dog Treats

Assortment of homemade DIY dog treats displayed on a marble table. Various shapes and sizes, including bones and hearts, with ingredients like peanut butter and pumpkin puree. Perfect for pampering your furry friend with wholesome, homemade goodness

You can’t be the only one who reaps the tasty benefits of baking, so here’s an easy recipe for a peanut butter-based dog treat that’ll make your furry friend wag their tail (and drool) like nobody’s watching. Our dogs tell us it’s so yummy, they’d bake a batch for themselves at least once a week — if they had thumbs.

Servings: 3 dozen treats


  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (Note: Check your peanut butter to make sure it does NOT contain xylitol, a sweetener found in some peanut butters, as it is toxic for dogs.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting surface


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. Combine the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth, about 1 minute. 
  3. Add 2 ¾ cups flour and mix on low speed until just combined. The dough should feel soft but not too sticky. If the dough sticks to your hands, add an additional 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until the dough no longer sticks.
  4. Lightly dust a flat work surface with flour. Turn the dough into the counter and knead it until smooth and slightly elastic, about 1 minute.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick. Using a small cookie cutter, about 2 inches in diameter, cut out the desired shapes and place the treats 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Reroll the leftover dough as needed to cut out more treats. Note: If you don’t want to bake all the treats at once, you can freeze the dough on a parchment lined pan, then transfer them to a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  6. When ready to bake the treats, place the prepared baking sheet in the oven and bake until the treats puff up and the edges are golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. 
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the treats to a wire rack to cool completely. Store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
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