Did you know that November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Oh yeah! We love peanut butter! In honour of peanut butter lovers everywhere and in preparation for some fun variations on this base recipe used in our upcoming holiday posts, we’re sharing our smooth roll-and-cut peanut butter dog treat dough. Yummy! This easy peanut butter dog treat dough is one of my go-to base recipes. It’s perfect for making cut shaped dog treats.
Dog Treat Dough Texture and Handling
Homemade baked dog treats might look a lot like human biscuits and cookies, but the doughs are usually very different. Homemade dog treat ingredients usually skip added sugar, are typically lower in fat, and often use gluten-free flours. With that in mind, it isn’t really a surprise that they typically feel and handle differently when we’re mixing, rolling, cutting, and handling them. Although this peanut butter treat dough is still very different from a human cookie dough, it does have an almost cookie-like handling quality (and smell!) and is easy to work with for roll-and-cut treats.
Smooth Roll and Cut Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
Simple Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Although this is my go-to base recipe for a smooth roll and cut peanut butter dog treat dough, cutting shapes is only one option for making these treats. Not all treat doughs work well for rolling and cutting, but any roll and cut dough can be used to make hand formed treats (ball and flatten), pressed into a pan and cut to size, formed as treat bars, and more. Very versatile.
🥄 Treat Ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup room temperature water, stock, or other dog-friendly liquid
- Approximately 1 cup of brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling
🥄 Making the Treats:
- Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.
- Combine peanut butter, egg, and water in a mixing bowl.
- Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough. The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of extra liquid, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed.
- Rest dough (optional).
- Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan.
- Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven.
- Cool before serving and storage.
Baked Biscuit Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our introduction to making homemade baked biscuit (cookie) dog treats for additional information on baked dog treats.
- We don’t include yield in our treat recipe posts because it is very dependent on what the maker decides for treat shape, size, and thickness when they’re baking. We like to bake small batch treats though (variety is the spice of life!) and you can multiple our recipes if you’d like to batch bake for frozen storage or to share with furfriends.
- Baked treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller. Keep an eye on your time and temperature. The smaller the treat, the shorter the baking time.
- Homemade baked dog treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. See our post on baked dog treat shelf life and storage for information and tips.
- For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- When using ingredients like peanut butter for dogs, take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled under as sweetener code 967. I typically use a no added salt/sugar smooth peanut butter.
- Peanut butter can be tricky to measure perfectly. You can spritz your measuring cup or spoon with cooking spray to help measure with less mess. Or simply don’t stress about it. Close enough is good enough. There can be big differences in consistency of different peanut butters as well.
- Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options and substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient and ambient temperatures, etc. are all part of why we work incrementally when mixing.
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.