Homemade Dog Treats

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Calling all dog lovers for a cute holiday baking project involving HOMEMADE DOG TREATS and BACON PB GLAZE! lols, life is awesome.

Oh, hi there!

I’ve been doing some holiday baking this week for my friends, annnd by baking I mean homemade dog treats, and by friends I mean my dog.

That counts, right?

How To Make Our Homemade Dog Treats (1 MIN):

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I am 100% not the type of person who makes food for their dog, except for that right now, this exact very minute, I am that person. !!! I do not even know myself anymore. Making my own dog treats? Honestly. File under Things You Said You’d Never Do That Now Bring You a Weird Amount of Great Joy.

Something about the holidays and the music and the snow and cuddly Sage in a French blue striped turtleneck sweater just got to me, and in a moment of Christmas miraculousness, I became that person that I always rolled my eyes at. A little pumpkin, a little peanut butter, and a little whole wheat flour later, and we were in dog treat business.

Thankfully, Sage doesn’t have any special allergies or dietary needs, so there’s really no reason for me to make her homemade dog treats other than the fact that I love her something fierce and needed a break from cookies for a minute. But conveniently, this homemade dog treats recipe makes a TON and we know lots of other neighbor-ly dogs who can and will appreciate a little gift bag of soft-baked, peanut butter and bacon glazed homemade dog treats.

That drizzle, though. I mean, daaaaang.

Dog treats got me like 😍😍😍😍😍

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Finally, yes. The big moment.

Homemade Dog Treats - 5 ingredient wholesome treats for your pup! | pinchofyum.com

Merry Christmas, dog friends of the internet! Sage wishes you lots of warmth and snuggles.

Also: please do yourself a favor and check out these adorable dog treat cookie cutters on Amazon. I die.

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Dog Treats on baking sheet with drizzle.

Homemade Dog Treats


Ingredients

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Dog biscuits:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil*
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease, coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).

Notes

We just used a basic canola oil, but we also give Sage coconut oil for her fur/skin, and I think coconut oil would work nicely here. You can also use coconut oil in place of the bacon grease in the glaze, but, I mean, come on. It’s bacon grease. SO YUMMY.

Thank you to the readers who have mentioned the issue with using bacon fat for dogs. A trace amount of bacon grease (two tablespoons divided amongst 30 biscuits = less than 1 gram of bacon fat per serving) shouldn’t be a concern. Of course, we’re not veterinarians over here, so please check with your vet or use an alternative type of oil if you are concerned.

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All ingredients are considered safe for dogs, but as with humans, it’s always a good idea to make sure there are no doggie allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients. 

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    Bryn

    How long will these keep? At room temp tightly sealed? I am definitely making these for my family’s dogs! They all have stockings at our family gathering and these will be perfect!

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      I know! This is the perfect dog gift. My mother in law just adopted a yellow lab, my mom has a terrior and we have 2 dachshunds. Everybody has a dog and everybody seems to spoil said dog.

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        Andy

        Ok here goes my female bully had puppies I love them all unfortunately I can’t keep them all, i have 2 female’s left. For those not familiar with bullys go to YouTube and I promise you will have a companion and a babysitter for life. Thnx

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      We keep them in the fridge or freezer cause the glaze softens and gets a little oily at room temp. So, in the freezer, I don’t know, I feel like they’d sort of last forever. 😂

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        Ellen

        When I kept the ones I made out of the fridge they went mouldy pretty quick, and I had to throw them out but when kept in the fridge they lasted until out dog had eaten them all ( about a month). Our dog loves them!

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      I’ve never made these before, however we just learned of the cancer causing ingredients in our Molly’s favorite treat…Pupperoni’s. Wish me luck!! lol

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      Chris

      I’d been making dog cookies for years. Since there are no preservatives, you have to refrigerate or they’ll mold. Learned the hard way.

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        Diana

        Just curious on having to keep them refrigerator..how in the world do people sell these at outdoor events without them being ruined?

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          brie

          diana: I would maybe put them prepackaged in baggies in a cooler with some ice, you can even get those disposable styrofoam coolers!

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            JLS

            I am definitely gonna try this one. I have a brand new rescue. I beg you to Please do not use STYROFOAM ever, for anything!! If you take time to make healthy treats, please do not destroy the planet by even buying styrofoam. Use a real cooler.

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          Michael Derosier

          Because we dont put a glaze on them, and cook them longer so they are dried out. Last over a year if kept dry

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            Patty

            Michael,

            How long do you bake them so that they last without needing refrigeration?

            I won’t glaze them.

            Thank you!

            Patty

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      Elaine Yocum

      I can’t wait to try your recipe, going to make our brats (ha ha) some today. Their spoiled rotten.

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        Elijah

        I was wondering if I could sell these treats, but it’s your recipie, so I’d better ask you first

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          Marilyn

          My son and his wife have 6 rescue dogs. Guess what they’re getting for Christmas! We recently lost our 2 “boys” to old age and are awaiting a new pup,she’ll join us in a few weeks. I know these fur babies are going to love these treats. I just made them and my kitchen smells so good!

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    OMG I CANNOT EVEN HANDLE HOW CUTE SAGE IS. Okay, sorry for the yelling – it just exploded out of me. Seriously though, Sage is just the cutest and that little sweater of hers is just killing me.

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        Elijah

        I was wondering if I could sell these treats, but it’s your recipie, so I’d better ask you first

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    Allison

    I love this and am definitely making these for my sweet girl! But I am the type of person who made my dog a birthday cake so this speaks to my heart.

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          Tracey

          Well that’s one doggie treat that would definitely be for just the dog!! I have a goat, a horse and two miniature donkeys that think they are dogs when I’m giving treats to the dog. However, that is not reciprocated by the dog. She has absolutely no interest in livestock treats. Except apples. She’s been known to steal their apples.

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        Gemma

        Hi! My dogs loved this recipe but i couldn’t take the chance of giving one of these to my dog because she has a sensitive stomach and has to eat all natural… is this okay for her to eat? SAGE IS ADORABLE!!!!!






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          Kerri

          Gemma: I do not know the answer to your question, but I thought I would share with you that I know a few people who regularly give their dogs pumpkin to keep their bowels regular. As far as sensitive stomachs, I have no idea. I would check with your vet on that. The peanut butter may be a concern.

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        Leticia

        Do the treats get any much harder when put into the freezer? Lets say so hard as to maybe chip a chihuahua tooth?






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          Kendall

          I pkan to make these with a combo of rolled oats and oat flour. I think its better for dogs than wheat.

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    I would love to make these for my dogs! We feed our dogs a raw diet, but unfortunately our Miniature Schnauzer ended up getting pancreatitis (they are prone to it) because of too much fat in his diet. Now, he’s still on raw – just a lower fat diet, but we can’t give him any treats like this anymore – no matter how awesome they sound. Our other dog would LOVE these though. 😉

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      That is intense! so sweet of you to do what it takes for him to have the special food he needs. Glad your other dog can partake 🙂

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      Marilyn Rising

      My mini schnauzer went through the same thing. We ended up Giving her baby carrots & cubed apples as treats. She loved them!!
      We have to other pups now. They will dig these!!

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        Joyce

        I do the same and also raw green beans and watermellon. He loves all of this and I do give him a few buscuits that are pumpkin, natural organic peanut butter and barley/or rice flour. He had pancreatis very bad too and I have been making his dog food, brown rice, green beans, carrots, peas, chicken thighs, little broccoli/spinch and he loves it.

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        Chris

        Please note, baby carrots are not good for man or beast! Read up on how baby carrots are made/processed. BLEACH is used.

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          Nancy Chandler Boyd

          Unfortunately bleach ad well as arsnic is used in almost everything its also in bottled water.

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          Jane

          Things can be safely treated with a very dilute chlorine solution to kill off bacteria – chlorine bleach is not bad for you if it is used sparingly to sanitize, for example with the water most of us drink.

          And after baby carrots are rinsed in the solution, they are rinsed in regular water.






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        SAMI

        One of my chihuahuas is crazy about raw carrots, big or small! She treats a carrot just like a prize bone and devours it ASAP. She also loves chunks of cabbage and lettuce ribs, as well as delish dog treats. Thanks for this recipe—will make these today!

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      hahaha – thanks Marisa! she is 100% low key so to get her excited about anything is a little bit of a stretch. 🙂

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    Julia

    I think my dog must be the only dog who doesn’t like peanut butter! I’ve made him other treats though. But I’ve got a granddog, Elivs, who is coming to my house for Christmas. I may just have to make him some treats!

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    I can’t help it. I’m going to ask the question…did you eat one too Lindsay?! I’m mean since they are totally people food ingredients and honestly just peanut butter, pumpkin and some bacon…I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering. Lol!

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      LOL, I did not! They look appetizing in the picture but they weren’t super appetizing (for humans) in real life. Too crunchy / dense and not enough flavor. 🙂

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    Rebeca

    If one were to live in a place where pumpkin puree was impossible to find (*raises hand*), I take it butternut squash would work ok, right? I don’t have a dog, but my siblings do and I’d love to make them some treats! And my nephew (why yes, I just called my brother’s dog my nephew, lol) turns 6 next week, so perfect timing!

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    Meredith

    My basset hound is a treat diva; there was a peanut butter licking contest at a dog fest we went to, and she refused to lick the plate?!? Trade Joe’s Jerky Treats are a hit, so I’ve stuck with those, but I’m tempted to try these because bacon.

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        Ben

        I get my jerky from a company in Pennsylvania called Whisker Biscuits. I saw them at an outdoor event a few years ago and my dog LOVVVED it!!!

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    This post totally cracked me up! Mainly because I have been thinking of making little pup treats for 2 weeks now. I’ve been hooked on Diane’s Gingie cookies (see OvenHug for the best gingie recipe eh=vah) and making them non-stop. Our finicky little chihuahua mix loves sharing bites with me. I want to make a gluten free version of my gingies so that our senior pup, Oscar can also join us – he has sensitive tummy issues. I just need to find a bone shaped cookie cutter and we’re in business. Thanks for the laughs. Your pup cookies look amazin’! Thanks for sharing. xo






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    Kerri

    Just made these and they were a hit with my pup! She could not resist the peanut butter/bacon glaze. Bringing the extras to my coworkers for their fur babies!






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    I’m making these for doggie Christmas gifts for my fur-nephews and fur-niece except I’m making them in the shape of gingerbread men, LOL! Thanks for this recipe! I’m sure it will turn out great.

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    mandy

    Love reading your posts and watching videos, especially this homemade dog treats video.

    What editing program do you use to edit and add text to your video?

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    Alden

    I used applesauce instead of pumpkin. They loved it and I didn’t have to go out and buy an additional ingredient

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      Karen

      My friend made some treats my dogs love and she used molasses, flour, peanut butter , eggs and no drizzle. Is molasses safe for them?






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    Danielle

    I just made these to give out to my family’s puppers at Christmas! They turned out very well and were so easy to make. Great recipe!