Homemade Dog Biscuits

These homemade dog biscuits are made with peanut butter for an irresistible treat your pet will love.

Have you heard of 23PAWS?

No? Well now you have. Basically, it’s a chance to gush about your pet and post pictures of them. The stuff most people do already, but now with an actual purpose so you don’t feel like as much of a crazy cat/dog/chinchilla/ferret/whatever lady. This is the first official link up Cinnamon is hosting for 23PAWS so if you missed the boat this time around, go check out everyone else’s posts, read up and get prepared for next month.

Ok, now let’s get to the gushing because obviously, I have the best dog ever.

Internet, meet Ginger.


She’s pretty cool.

She used to look like this.


An eight week old, 10 pound puppy who ate so much sand at a jet-ski race she literally popped out a sand log.

5 years later, she’s all grown up and quite sassy.

sassy Ginger

She hates little children.

She loves eating mulch.

She likes to roll in other animals’ crap.

She dislikes baths.

She has a very intimate relationship with a stuffed hedgehog.

She doesn’t like to be snuggled.

She sometimes self-diets.

She a complete daddy’s girl.

Homemade dog biscuits

Every day around 7pm, this is what goes on in my family room.

Ginger turns 5 in two weeks and since this is pretty much her idea of the perfect day,

Homemade dog biscuits PAWS

I decided to make her some homemade peanut butter treats.

 peanut butter dog treats

Sometimes I feel like a fraud in that I’m so keen on eating healthy myself yet I feed my dog Eukanuba. I literally have dog-mom guilt over that sometimes. I should buy her the organic dog food and I shouldn’t buy her those treats she loves from Sam’s Club but yet, I do. So instead of heading out to Walmart and buying some cancer causing cheap dog biscuits this time around, I made my own.

Was it more involved than throwing a large box of biscuits in my cart and forking over $12.95? Yes. But, it was also a heck of a lot cheaper and didn’t result in any dog-mom guilt.

Someone didn’t seem to mind the homemade kind.

 peanut butter dog treats

“Mind? Mom, there’s peanut butter in these!”

So I’ve promised myself that from here on out, homemade treats it is. I think we’ll both be happy about that.

Yield: 36 servings

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

These homemade dog biscuits are made with peanut butter for an irresistible treat your pet will love.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • egg whites for brushing (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper/silpat.
  2. Combine banana, egg, applesauce and peanut butter in a medium bowl and mash together.
  3. Add flour and oats and stir to combine.
  4. Flour a clean surface and roll dough out with a rolling pin, adding as much flour as you need to keep it from sticking (I had to use a generous amount).
  5. Use a cut out of any shape (I used the top to a jar of jam for small discs) and lay each piece on the baking sheet.
  6. Brush with egg whites if using and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on rack.
  8. Keep sealed in an airtight container.
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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I LOVE this post!!! How adorable Ginger is! I love the photo of her sitting in the chair, cracks me up!! Her face is priceless. I try to make homemade biscuits, but I get lazy so I buy Trader Joe’s all natural dog bones. We go through bones in our house like there’s no tomorrow! Have a great weekend and I just love your post today.

    Dam you, now I’m thinking, maybe I should make some dog biscuits to?

    1. Gina

      I know, that chair picture cracks me up every time I see it. If I had to put words to her expression it would be something like “I am queen of this chair. WHAT are you looking at, human?”
      I’ve never seen the TJ’s biscuits…if they’re as cheap as the rest of their stuff, that might be tempting!

  2. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    I am totally all over this 23 Paws thing! Does Ginger like carrots? That’s what we use for treats in this house. The dog’s go nuts for them and baby carrots are just as easy to buy as a box of milkbones :)

    I’m so in love with that first puppy picture of Ginger – she is all ears and tongue – I could die!!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ginger is a total snob and literally won’t eat any produce. I’ve tried fruit and veggies before and she literally grabs them and spits them out on the carpet. Unless she’s at my parents house with other dogs, then she scarfs that stuff so fast b/c it’s like a competition. Definitely an only child kind of thing ;)

  3. Amanda

    I love the puppy photos! Especially the one of Ginger all sprawled out on your husband’s lap. Olive does that too. :) I’ll definitely have to join 23Paws next month!

    Also, I recently started switching my dogs over to homemade food because Olive was having trouble digesting the store-bought stuff (we tried multiple brands), and Honey is really picky. I’m still figuring out how to do it without it being a huge time/money suck (and referencing guidelines from a pet nutritionist at MSPCA Angell), but maybe I’ll do a post on it once I come up with something that works.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I would love to hear about your food making endeavors. I feel like since I work from home, I should be able to make my own too but sometimes just getting human food on the dinner table is hard enough with schedules that I really don’t want to add another “person” to cook for!

  4. Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood.com

    She’s gorgeous. I love the puppy pictures.

    Awesome to make your own dog treats, love it.

    One of my dogs is kind of picky, I wonder what she’d think.

    So funny that Ginger rolls in other animal’s poop, my dog does that too – Disgusting!!

    So nice to find your blog through the blog hop.

  5. dad

    Dont beleive a word about Ginger. Shes not anything like Gina portrays her to be.Just ask My two Sugar and Clare.Theyll tell you the truth.LOL.
    BTW Gina,effective7-1-2012 we are only baby sitting 2 legged kids. HAH!

      1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

        well just biscuits for now ;) I just can’t commit to ALL her food quite yet!

  6. Liz

    She is so cute! I love seeing photos and hearing about her cause we have a Weimie too! They are so funny. I’ll have to try this treat recipe – I know he’d love them!

    1. Gina

      They’re the best :) I fully believe no one can understand a weim unless they have one. They’re so nuts in their own little way ;)

  7. Becky

    The sand log bit had me rolling. :) Gosh pets are so gosh darn funny! Your PB treat recipe looks good…I think I will try it. Our newly-adopted Saint turned up her nose at the (large) box of treats I bought her. She also has no interest in the chewy bone. I think homemade PB treats may be the only option if I want to spoil her. :)

    Also, I totally get the dog-mom-guilt thing. I try so hard to keep our (mine and the Hubs’) diets ultra-healthy, but the bottom line is that I just can’t afford organic food for our 3 dogs and 4 cats. Every time I buy grocery-store or pet-store food, I feel that guilt. I buy PurinaOne and I give my dogs lots and lots of love, and I’m slowly getting over the guilt. I am going to try your homemade treat recipe though!

  8. Jennifer@The Foodery

    What a pretty dog! I like that you made her snacks, and I forwarded your link to my sister who has a bunch of pooches and might enjoy your dog snack recipe. Matter of fact, she’s making them homemade frosty paws today (it’s hot!)

  9. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Ok a couple things…..
    1) those puppy pics….to DIE for. She is the cutest!
    2) is it bad that I kind of want to eat those treats too?
    3) that pic of her sitting in the chair. So sassy. Love it.

  10. Joanna @ Midwestern Bite

    I’m happy to have found 23PAWS on its first run – it was a fun post to write! I love the chair picture – so like a person. I swear they are. I had the mom guilt too, badly, so I buy the poodle human grade dog food. Of course she weighs a fraction of what Ginger does so I’d buy the Eukanuba then if I were you too. Our Labrador pretty much eats whatever is on sale that week. I will definitely be trying this recipe, but they sound yummy so do I have to feed them to my dog???

  11. Annie

    “She likes to roll in other animals’ crap.”

    LOL!!! I’m so glad you posted this because my puppy LOVES to eat the crap the local cats and raccoons leave in our yard. Groooooooss. Anyway, I did feel better after reading that about our dog. (And so does hubby, who thinks our dog is the only one fascinated with anything that has to do with animal poop, ‘cept his own – thank goodness)

    I am SO excited for this recipe. I hope you post more dog recipes soon!!! (PLEASE?) I happen to have all the ingredients; will make this tomorrow. Puppy and I thank you!

    1. Gina

      haha, don’t worry, you’re not alone! I had a pointer growing up that did the same thing as Ginger. It’s apparently to cover their scent b/c they think they’re hunting or something. Granted, the only thing Ginger hunts are small children and squirrels but I guess it’s just ingrained in her ;)

  12. Kim

    Your posts are so enjoyable and fun. As a fellow doggie mommie I laughed so hard at today’s and forwarded to my husband who is a mucky-muck Director and Software Designer and also a 5th degree Black Belt in Kung Fu who is reduced to absolute MUSH and goofy baby talk when our dogs need (I mean command him) to. What a little Sassy-Pants your Ginger is is right! That look says it all…that she’s well loved and I’m sure so much enjoyment for you both. Thanks for another fun post!

  13. MegG

    LOVE! I’m going to have to check out that site and post pics of my lovely lab, Solitude! Your pup is so pretty! And how ambitious of you to make her treats!! Very cool thanks for sharing!

  14. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

    Happy early birthday Ginger!! I know what you mean about sass. Our little four-legged fur kid seems to think he’ll always get his way, and somehow or another, he does (-_-; animals. He’s a good pup though :) He’s set the bar pretty high as sad as that is to say to any future pups that come into the family. I made him dog biscuits for his 3rd birthday earlier this year. It’s fun to spoil fur kids. :)

  15. Ashley

    Those puppy pictures are insanely adorable! Cuteoverload.com-worthy!

    Even though I don’t have a dog, I for some reason wanted to make dog treats. There’s the Three Dog Bakery that published a cookbook for homemade, all natural dog treats.
    You know, in case Ginger gets a hankering for something other than PB…

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Well, it’s only small children and it might have something to do with the 10 or so neighborhood kids under the age of 8 that torment her and cross our backyard all the time…

  16. Kari @ Running Ricig

    That sure looks like snuggling to me.

    Bungee’s adoption day is next month. I’m totally making these for her!

  17. Deborah Rossiter

    Regarding the Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, my dog loves them. Please tell me they are low in calories. She is a Beagle and gains a pound easily. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I much prefer home making my darling Gracie’s treats.

  18. Didi

    I adore your Ginger. She’s got so much personality – I love that chair photo! And what a beautiful color she is. She’s quite stunning. I’m always intending to make homemade dog treats and I’m usually too busy (that’s the excuse) but I made these and my dog loved them. I added a spoonful of coconut oil in too which worked okay. My kids thought they looked good but I saved them for our pup. The kids get other cookies! I’ll be making these treats more often now.


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