Wednesday, 30 September 2015

{RECIPE} Easy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

This is a very easy recipe for anyone looking for a special homemade dog treat idea.  It's quick, simple, and hard to mess up. It's a great one for cooking with children to make a special treat for their best furry friend. They can even taste test the treats together after baking! They do smell really good... :)  The cooling rack was well guarded - check out my handsome (albeit slightly drooly) sous-chef in the last picture below!  These soft cookie style treats are doggone delicious, but not so yummy to us humans who are used to sweeter (naughtier) human treats. 

Easy Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut flour
Preheat oven to 180C. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly to form a cohesive dough (you can adjust consistency with a little extra flour or water if needed). Hand roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently.  Use a fork for flattening if you want a classic peanut butter cookie style cross-hatched top - simply press the tines gently twice, with the second press perpendicular to the first. Easy peasy!  Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Cool before serving and storage (see tips below).

Tips and Tricks:
  • Go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like peanut butter for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.  If your chosen peanut butter is gluten free, then so are these treats. 
  • Coconut flour is a good option for gluten-free / grain-free pet treats, but it is also a pretty healthy choice outright: it is high in fibre, high in protein, and low-GI relative to alternatives. You can substitute any flour of your choice (plain, wheat, rice, cornflour, etc) but you might need to up the quantity to get a good "playdough-like" cookie dough consistency as coconut flour is very absorbent.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a large batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.


  1. Can these be made to cut shapes instead?

    1. Hi there! Because of the coconut flour and dough consistency, these are not well suited for rolling and cutting. The dough would be crumbly/crack. I find coconut flour tricky for shapes, so if you wanted to adapt the recipe I'd suggest swapping out some of the coconut flour for rice, buckwheat, or other flour of your choice (you will need more, as they are less absorbent) as well as adding water or other liquid (with more flour) so you have a a better dough hydration and consistency for rolling work. Not to worry though! We have tons of other treats including go-to basic smooth roll-and-cut peanut butter treat dough recipe. Hope that helps!

    2. Anonymous: I use ground up oatmeal,Egg,Yogurt, Pbutter & Coconut oil To make furbaby treats & Am able to use a cookie cutter.. same temp & time..

  2. R these treats suppose to be soft or crunchy

    1. Hi there! These treats are rather soft - much like a non-crispy human cookie.

      Dog treat recipes are usually made without the snappy but unhealthy combo of sugar and fat that bakes up to give human cookies their crispy crunch. To make dog treats crunchier, they are usually baked long and low or (my preference) baked and dehydrated. Leaving the treats in the oven as it cools is one easy way to make things a bit crunchier, but you can also use your oven on low temp (fan forced is best to remove moisture) or a dehydrator. Our dehydrator is only a basic inexpensive model, but works great and is very handy.

      Dense cookie-style recipes like this one I usually leave as soft treats, but I often bake and dehydrate with thinner roll-and-cut style treats for extra snap. You can check out some of our other recipes for ideas, if you'd like! :)

      Hope that helps!

  3. Can the dough be thinned out with liquid to make them less rich?

    1. Hi there! You could indeed, although you will need to use more flour and this may be trick for consistency. I find coconut flour to be rather demanding in the binding department when baking, so if you want to thin things out to be less rich, you might like to experiment with using a combination of flours (such as part coconut, part brown rice or oat flour) and/or using something like pureed pumpkin, applesauce, or other ingredients that can both add moisture but help consistency. You might create an awesome new recipe in your experiments - in which case, please come back and share in the comments! :)

      If experimenting isn't your thing or you'd like some inspiration on ingredients and combos, we have tons of different treat recipes on the blog that you can browse through or search via keyword or ingredients.

      Good luck! Hope that helps!


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