Peanut butter dog treats are a popular and well known treat.
Not only do dogs love the sweet and healthy snacks, but owners love that the ingredients are natural and easy to pronounce.
When making dog treats, peanut butter dog treats should be one of the first dog treats that you create.
In this how-to, you will learn how to make the best and easiest homemade peanut butter dog treats that your customers (and their owners) love.
The best part about these treats is that you can make them with ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry.
Before you get started making your peanut butter dog treats, there are a few things that you’ll want to grab, and a few notes to keep in mind.
Before we get started, if you’re wondering ‘is peanut butter safe for dogs?’ the short answer is yes! See the section later in this post for details.
That’s all you need to make these super easy and delicious treats.
Once you have all of your ingredients ready to go, you can start making your dog treats.
You can use whatever peanut butter you’d like. Both crunchy and creamy peanut would work. You can also use organic and unsalted.
I have been using this brand forever to make batches at home.
However, be sure that the peanut butter that you choose doesn’t have the ingredient xylitol.
Peanut butter containing xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs.
Again, you can use just about any kind of flour you want, including; whole wheat, all-purpose, coconut, and even oat or rice flour. We typically use whole wheat.
The only flours you should avoid completely are soy and corn flour.
However, keep in mind that some dogs do have a gluten intolerance or allergy, and many can’t stomach flour (even whole wheat) on a regular basis.
If your treats are available to give out daily, a flour alternative may be a better option.
Now that you have your ingredients and tools ready, let’s make some delicious homemade peanut butter dog treats.
First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350 F or 177 C.
While the oven is preheating, combine your ingredients. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until you reach a smooth, doughy texture. (If the dough is too crumbly, you can add water or skim milk 1 tsp at a time until the right texture is achieved.)
You can use a whisk or a hand mixer for this process, but I prefer to use my KitchenAid mixer. Mixing by hand is possible, but can be tiring! A mixer can produce a more even texture throughout the dog treats.
Lightly flour a surface, and add your dough. Roll the dough into a 1/2 inch thickness on wax paper or a surface sprinkled with light flour with a rolling pin.
Then, use the dog bone cookie cutters to cut out shapes and individual dog treats from the dough. You can also use what cookie cutters you have on hand!
Place onto a non-stick baking sheet, non-stick aluminum foil, or wax paper, making sure that they are about an inch apart.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes for a soft texture. You can make chewy cookies by taking them out of the oven before they’re completely cooked, and allowing them to cool on the pan for a softer texture.
For a harder texture, bake for 30 minutes and cool in the oven completely, or use a cooling rack.
Here’s an example of soft and chewy dog treat on top versus the hard and crunchy dog treat on the bottom.
Once the dog treats have cooled, it’s time to serve these to your excited dog.
If you don’t plan to use them all right away, you can leave them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. They do not need to be refrigerated and should last two to three weeks on your counter.
You can double or even triple this recipe to make more peanut butter dog treats if you’d like. You can also half the recipe if you don’t plan on making as many treats.
Of course, you can also freeze the dough and treats and bring them out whenever you want freshly baked goodies for your pets (or to give/sell).
If you don’t plan on making or giving these treats out within a few days, you can freeze both the dough of these dog treats and the peanut butter dog treats themselves.
To freeze the peanut butter dough, form a tube of dough. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap, and wrap again in foil. Don’t forget to name and date the dough.
To freeze the peanut butter dog treats, let them cool completely, and then package them in an air-tight container or ziplock bag. Again, don’t forget to label and date them.
You can freeze the dough and the peanut butter dog treats for up to 6 months. But to make sure they’re as fresh as possible, try to use them within 3 months.
Yes, absolutely. All-natural peanut butter is completely safe to give dogs.
In fact, it’s a healthy and delicious treat that most pups enjoy, and is so safe that you can even just give your dog a spoonful.
Just keep in mind that you can’t make peanut butter dog treats with certain peanut butter (see below for more details).
Are you ready to start making these delicious and easy peanut butter dog treats? These tips will help you keep it simple and give you a routine so your treats can come out perfect every single time.
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