How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

By: Capreek Mar 16, 2012

created at: 03/15/2012

I'm known around these parts as "the crazy Schnauzer lady", but in truth, I'm crazy about ALL dogs... and think they deserve some tasty, homemade treats every now and then!  This simple, two-ingredient recipe can be customized like nobody's business, so get creative and have a little fun (while pampering your pooch)!   

created at: 03/15/2012

I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it. Re: crazy dog lady; see above), and have made a ton of variations since.  The basic recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour (or wheat germ, or spelt, or rolled oats, or a mixture of these, etc.)
  • 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food - beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken - whatever. Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it*.  Avoid any with artificial preservatives (should be easy, most are just pureed veggies and water).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Mix together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.

4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they're still edible).

Easy, right?  Now this is where you can get creative!  Consider including grated carrots or sweet potatoes, a little bit of parsley (which supposedly helps with bad breath), blueberries, or some of that homemade peanut butter!

created at: 03/15/2012

How will you customize these treats for your pooch?  Do you have any other homemade dog treat recipes?  Share them in the comments!

*Onions are toxic to dogs!  If you're unsure about what you can/cannot include, check out this list of possibly toxic foods from the ASPCA.  Not everything on there is toxic, but each one links to an explanation of why you may want to avoid it.

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Thankyou a tonne for this recipe... My dogs are howling and jumping every time I get them out! I added some chopped parsley to help one of my dogs breath, and 1/3 of a sweet potato, aswell a 1/2 cup of mashed banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of honey for sweetness.... And lastly I added an extra 6 tablespoons of water because the mixture became quite dry. Also I found that the mixture is yummy for a lunch snack for a personaswell, and made a seperate batch without the veg for the family!! I made them each into mini gnomes and leaves and was able to make loads of doggy biscuits :) When I took them out though they were quite dry and elasticy, do you know why that would be ? 

Thankyou xoxo

going to make these for my dogs.  i have brought apple baby food aqnd the chicken and apple casserole with no onions!  im sure they will enjoy them!

Yes, you can use any kind of flour.

Can I use all purpose flour?
I'm making them now for my poodles (3). I used chicken baby food and a little no sodium chicken broth. I hope Jenny Maddie and Zsazsa love them!
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What a great recipe, I started making these for my great dane that has serious food allergy issues.  I used chickpea flour, squash baby food, added shredded carrots and a mashed banana, some cinnamon, and drizzled some honey in.  I didn't bother to roll out the dough, I spooned it onto the cookie sheet in about quarter sized blobs, then flattened slightly with a wet fork, like the old-fashioned peanut butter cookies.  My dog LOVES these treats, he has actually started to drool for them as he waits for me to get them out of the fridge!!

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You are very creative!!  Thank you for this recipe I will try it.  Sounds human yummy.  My dogs will love it. 

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I used two bananas instead of baby food as I didn't have any also about a table spoon of butter. My pups love them. I used a pooh bear shaped cookie cutter which made them extra special..thanks for the recipe..

Instead of baby food I used food ground up in a blender

Thank you for sharing.  I had bought some dog style cookie cutters last year for my older dog but never got around to using them until now.  She has since passed so I'm making them in memory of my baby dog Ashley, for our new puppy Trixie.  They turned out great and she loves them.  I think I'll be giving these away as gifts for Christmas as well.  Thanks again.

I have a diabetic dog and need to find a healthier treat to giver her. Is the recipe for the two ingredients okay to give her?
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Sorry, I should have said wheat germ and baby food.

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I have got  to tell you. I used your original recipe, and they were fantastic, so the next time I felt confident to change it up a bit, as per your suggestions. The second times some oats, peanut butter and sweet potatoes were substituted for wheat germ. (I used that instead of whole wheat flour.)

When I searched again for the recipe, i couldn't find it anywhere!  (I'd forgotten about the baby food,) I tried a different recipe, but I didn't like it as much. And I'm so happy, I stumbled upon it again. Will surely save!!

My Cav Molly loves them... all the neighbors' dogs love them!  Thank you so much for this recipe!

I made these treats with peanut butter and water instead of baby food. I used a quarter cup measure to make them circle, and pressed in mini pawprints. I got 25, and my dog loves them.
Can you still store these on the counter if you make them with meat?
Trying these for the first time today! I used about 2/3 cup of rolled oats and 1 1/3 cups of the whole wheat flour. Sweet potato and carrot flavor! I've given my doggie sweet potato and oats treats before, but never made them myself so I can't wait to see how they turn out! Hope she loves them!
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Sara - that all depends on the size of the cookie cutter you use, or if you cut them in squares with a knife before baking. I used a 2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter and got approx. 30 + treats. That was one single batch. 

I think it's safe to say you will only need one bag of flour (5lbs) and you'll have plenty of flour left over. 

Use your imagination with grated veggies or fruit, but please do check first which ones should not be given to dogs. (stay clear of onion, chives, garlic for sure!) 

How many treats does this make approximately? My church is doing a "Blessing of the Animals" in two weeks and I'd love to be able to give the puppies and dogs a little something. I'm also looking into cat treats. I just need to know how much extra baby food and flour to buy!

Our lovie has allergies to meat so it's hard to find treats he can eat. These sound great & will be perfect for our Beaux Jackson!
Thanks sooo much for this recipe! My daughter had a ton of leftover baby food once the little one started on solids, so now I can put them to good use. @Rowdy D - one of my dogs has wheat allergies, so I usually use a combination of oat flour and brown rice flour. I also have buckwheat flour in case I run out of one of the others. I'm experimenting with other kinds, too.
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