Homemade Dog Treats (recipe)

by ilene on May 31, 2011 · 76 comments

in baking, recipes

Hello!! I’m back from our sailing trip around the Caribbean! We had a great time sailing to different islands around BVI and hanging out with our friends!  This was my first time sailing and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of vacationing and I LOVED it! We would just jump off our boat deck to snorkel or swim to shore. The water was clear and beautiful and we saw all sorts of sea creatures. I think the highlight of the trip was when we spotted dolphins jumping around us and swimming alongside our boat!  We saw turtles, too! Living on a sailboat for 8 nights was quite an adventure.  I learned to shower with less than 1 gallon of fresh water a day, use just 2 squares of toilet paper and rinse dishes in the ocean.  It was definitely a challenge for a princess like me but one of the best trips I’ve ever been on.  I want to go again!

Before I left for my adventure at sea, I made a whole bunch of dog treats and sent them to my furry friends around the country. My sister just got a Shiba Inu so I wanted to send some yummy treats to welcome sweet Bailey into our family.  I searched the internet for recipes and found lots of recipes that used ingredients like bacon and cheese. I didn’t want to run to the grocery store so I came up with this recipe with what I had in my pantry.  Bailey LOVED the treats! My sister said he’s a pretty picky eater and likes these better than the store bought ones!


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup boiling beef broth
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten (or 2 eggs to make treats softer for older dogs)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour


Combine rolled oats, margarine/butter, and boiling beef broth in a large bowl. Let stand and soften for 10 minutes.  Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, peanut butter, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough comes together.  Knead dough together so that it looks like this:

Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness:

Cut out shapes with cookie cutter. I had a hard time finding a bone shape cutter and almost made my own cookie cutter but then I randomly saw this 4″bone cutter at AC Moore:

I cut some smaller shapes using mini cutters for smaller dogs:

Place on cookie sheet. They don’t spread apart so you can fit a lot on a sheet:

Bake 35 to 45 minutes at 325 degrees, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool:

All packaged up and ready to mail to my doggy friends all over!

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1 Irene May 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Bailey loves his treats, thank you very much!!

2 Debra E July 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Sounds yummy. I’d like to try them for my dog, but the amount of peanut butter is missing from the recipe. Is it 1/2 cup?

3 ilene July 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Yes! Sorry about that! It is 1/2 cup!

ilene 🙂

4 Kimberly September 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

What a great recipe! Can’t wait to try it and send to all my friends’ dogs.

5 Jutta Johnson October 5, 2011 at 7:10 am

I also love the way you wrapped and labeled these treats. Do you have a tag template I could use? Thanks

6 ilene October 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hi Jutta! I just printed out the doggies’ names using the font American Typewriter and cut out and pasted onto polka-dotted scrapbook paper. Sorry I don’t have a template!!

7 Jean October 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Leo loved his treats, too! I must make some more now that I have the recipe!

8 Marta Mercado October 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

Hello, thank you for sharing this recipe. Will make a great gift to the dogs of my friends. I wonder where I can buy beef bouillon granules.


9 ilene October 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Hi! You can find beef bouillon granules in the soup section of the grocery store. You can also make the treats with out them, but i think it makes it tastier!

10 Emily October 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hi there, Just curious if you know how long these last before they go bad…or if they need to be refrigerated?

Thank you!

11 ilene October 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

Hi Emily! They should last 1-2 weeks, but store in an airtight container. They don’t have to be refrigerated.

12 Julianne October 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I made a batch today and the dogs seem to love them! Thanks for the post!

13 Anonymous December 7, 2011 at 12:07 am

Actually, it would be best, given the milk and eggs, especially if they are made softer for older dogs, to keep refrigerated. I make dog treats for a living, and have found that they generally go bad sooner if not kept cool in an airtight container. Also, for better results, try baking at 325 for 20 minutes, then turning off the oven and letting them sit for another 20 in the oven.

14 Ilene December 7, 2011 at 12:26 am

Thanks for the tips!!

15 Shannon December 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Would these be OK for cats too?

16 ilene December 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

i’m not sure, I haven’t tried these on cats before but my guess is that they wont like them.

17 karen December 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Are these treats supposed to real crunchy? I just made these today and I had to cook them longer than the 45 minutes and they arent very crunchy. My dog loves em anyway!

18 ilene December 20, 2011 at 2:11 am

They aren’t suppose to be that crunchy, more like a biscuit.

– ilene 🙂

19 Sharon January 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Can I leave out the peanut butter? My pup cant have peanut butter. Tks

20 Candy October 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

You could use almond butter or some other kind of nut-butter, rather than peanuts. Almond butter is easy to make.. Buy some raw (if you can find them), unsalted almonds & put in a food processor until creamy. doesn’t have to be super creamy like from a store.. when i do this with peanuts, it takes around 10 minutes, because you scrape the sides of the food processor.. it’s the same for almond butter. it will crumble at first.. then go into a ball or dough like consistency.. then it will start to liquify. no oils or anything else is needed.. and if you get the almonds without salt, they’d be healthier for your pet. 🙂 hope that helped!

21 Laura March 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

Our family just adopted a dog from the pound so I think some homemade treats would make him feel quite at home. Thank you so much for the recipe.

22 Mary March 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

can they be made with “white” flour?

23 Janis April 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

Thanks for sharing! I baked my first batch today, and had my black lab, Amber taste test it and be the judge. She absolutely loved them and approves!

Just to note, I don’t usually bake (I don’t even like cooking! well, most of the time)… but I did enjoy making these. Now that I know it’s easy to do, I’m going to be making more of these! 🙂

24 Georgia Hall April 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I baked a batch immediately. They are cooling right now. I am sharing this post with a link on my Friday Friends! feature on by blog. Come check it out.

25 Jessica May 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

My dog is super picky. Do you think she would like these?

26 Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Can you substitute chicken broth and bouillion granules for the beef?

27 dianne June 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I am making your yummy sounding dog treats now except I added a small jar of beef baby food. I have made another recipe before so thought I would add the baby food meat. I know my dauchunds will love these. Thank you

28 Tracy Parrish July 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

Would this be okay for a puppy, or is it only meant for dogs?

29 tess k. August 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm

how many treats does the recipe yield? i have one boxer, and i don’t know what to expect when all is done…especially after learning that the treats last 1-2 weeks. thanks!

30 Anonymous August 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

You should try to make a recipe without corn or wheat, dogs cannot properly digest them and could cause some digestive upset.

31 Gab March 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Don’t try to put milk also in a receipe for dogs. Not all of them but the majority of dogs are lactose intolerant !
BE CAREFUL on what you give or cook for your dogs. All dogs don’t react the same way to different ingredient. Some food are totally forbidden but every food can be intolerable at some point or another. Food from factory feedstuffs food or that have a elaborated food processing ( like product with sugar substitute) must be consider dangerous in a homemade recipe for your lovely dog 🙂

32 Anonymous September 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thanks! My pooch loved them!

33 Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I used a lot of these ingredients in my own version of homemade dog treats and my parents dog, Buddy, loved them!

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34 Hannah September 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Hi love that you published this….!! Can you make a recipe without grain or corn? Corn is a filler (dogs can’t digest it just like humans) and a lot of my friends are in the grain-free camp, since dogs wouldn’t go hunting for wheat fields in the wild 😉

35 Corina October 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

I just made these wonderful treats!
My 2 pups, Duke & McGee, loved them. Good thing- They are intended for gifts!

I substituted brown sugar instead of white and added a tsp of honey.
I did add 2 eggs to make them chewier. Baked them for 25 minutes. I think I will bake for 20 the next batch since they were still a little crispy. The texture will also vary based on thickness…

The recipe made about 4dz. 1.5in treats and 5dz. small 1/2 in treats.

36 liana November 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love this! You really need a share on Pinterest button though.

37 Jill November 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

What a brilliant idea! I always buy a little Christmas treat for our 2 dogs but these look better than the ones you can buy and cost a lot less, perfect!

38 Anonymous December 27, 2012 at 7:17 am

I made these a while back. Everybody loved them. Even the picky dog!
I added brown sugar and honey to the mix.
I wanted to make them for holiday gifts, but lost the recipe and didnt pin or add the site to my favorites.
The gift giving season is still in full swing, so I am making more on our “snow day” here in upstate NY
This time I am going to try plain yogurt instead of milk!

39 D'elle January 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

Searching the internet for dog biscuit recipes, basic simple ones for everyday and also treats…found this page! But my eyes immediately popped out when I read the first line saying you sailed around the Carribean (this is also something I really want to do) and I read Barefoot Cruises is out of business – quickly looked for the date this was posted to see if it was very recent. I found some suggestions from people “in the same boat”. If you don’t mind, could you tell me what outfitter you used? I’ve been to St.John USVI (2X – stayed on island), Tortola and also stayed on the island, went over to the Baths at Virgin Gorda, and went on a catamaram day cruise to snorkel around a bunch of islands around the BVI. Looking for a week sailing cruise around the VI – larger long sail boat with cabins for several to many guests, chef/meals on board type of vacation.

40 Wendy February 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hi, I finally made these and my dog LOVES them!! Thank you so much!!! You’re awesome!!
Just wondering- do you think they are less caloric than most store bought treats? Our baby is quite large and on a bit of a diet!! 🙂

41 Sarah J February 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

About how many does this recipe make if you do the regular bone size like you did for Bailey? Didn’t want to have a ton in case my dogs don’t like them. 🙂

42 Barbara Keelen April 23, 2013 at 8:39 am

I have three dogs, they absolutely love these treats. It’s like a catnip, lol. They are now waiting patiently for the treats to come out of the oven. These are the only treats our dogs get. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

43 Mark Silvia June 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

I have a six year old English Bulldog that loves store bought biscuits, so when I stumbled upon your post I knew I had to try it.
It was on a Saturday and I turned off the oven after 30 minutes so that I could pick up my 13 year old son and his friend that
were at swimming lessons. Once we arrived at home I decided to stop and pull my clothes out from the dryer. I gave my son the keys
to the house and he and his friend went ahead of me. After folding my clothes which took approx 10 minutes I proceeded to head upstairs
to find my son and his friend both hands full of the dog biscuits. With their mouths full my son said…Mom these are pretty good but they’re kinda dry!..
We need some milk with these cookies. I wish I had a camera for their expressions on their face was priceless when I told them that they were home made
dog biscuits. I never laughed so hard.

44 ilene June 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm

that is HILARIOUS!! glad to know these are kid-approved. thanks for sharing!!

45 stephanie August 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

where did you get the bags from?

46 Cindy October 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Anybody know of a flour that has the same consistency as wheat flour to make treats with? I have a dog that is allergic to wheat and corn and have tried many flours but they come out gooey.

47 Valerie November 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Added this to a blog post I wrote and cited you: http://longtermcarelink.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/easy-and-inexpensive-christmas-gifts/ Thank you for blogging some great crafts!

48 Paula August 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm


did anyone try this without sugar (brown or white)?
it might be sweet enough if added some raw honey to it, right?
I don’t feel comfortable or safe giving sugar to my pup…

49 Tillie Hatcher October 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Can’t wait to make these. Pet store is 26 my Les away. Usually buy Walmart ones,but being an unemployed widowed grandmother doesn’t leave anything for treats. I love to go get all the family dogs treats for Christmas, so I’m excited about this recipe. Thanks Tillie

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