How to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits

Lela loves DIY projects, including baking delicious and healthy treats for her dogs.

How to Make Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

Your canine friends need fresh, healthy food too! Healthy, homemade dog biscuits are easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought ones. When you are making some cookies for the family, don't forget your loyal doggies—they crave biscuits made with love.

This healthy cookie-cutter oatmeal dog biscuit recipe can even be eaten by children and adults. They are very tasty and will make your pup a happier and healthier pet. I have personally tried them (they smell so wonderful while baking), and they taste like a good thick whole wheat cracker. No sugar and no salt makes them taste a bit bland, but they do have crunch.

These make great gifts for friends with canine companions. Your friends will be very impressed that you remembered their best friend too.

Supplies Needed for Homemade Dog Biscuits

Here are some tools you will need to make these biscuits.

Cookie Cutters

You should already have some kind of set for cutting out rolled dough cookies, but if you don't, they are readily available at most grocery stores. I bought my bone shaped cutter at my local store. These are also available through

Mixing Bowls

If you are not serving these crunchy treats to people, any old bowl will do. If it holds the liquid, then it will hold the dough.

Rolling Pin

A rolling pin is not strictly required. I don't have one. I just use my hands to pat out the dough on a sheet of tinfoil. You can also use a smooth sided drinking glass or a tin can. If you do use a rolling pin, rub some flour on the surface to keep the dough from sticking to the roller.

Cutting Boards or Surfaces

The dough is soft and easy to cut, but if you do this directly on your countertop, it will leave micro scratches in the surface. I put down a sheet of foil and use it to protect my countertop. There are some cool tough silicon dough rolling guides available. They have pre-circled designs so you can roll dough out to the perfect sizes for pies and what not.

Cookie Sheets

For dog biscuits, you can recycle your old cookie sheet just about forever. This dough doesn't stick to the pan at all. So save your bright and shiny cookie sheets for people cookies.

Mix all of the ingredients until you get a big ball of dough.

Recipe Preparation and Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

50 min

1 hour 20 min

About 4 dozen delicious dog cookies!

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats, or uncooked oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, (or vegetable oil) (or bacon grease)
  • 1 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth, organic (or reconstituted bullion cubes)
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 organic egg, beaten before adding
  • 2 - 3 cups whole wheat flour or all purpose flour, (do not use nut flours)
  • 1 Tablespoon brewers yeast, (some say it repels fleas) optional
  • 1 cup grated cheese, optional
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, optional

How to Make Cookie-Cutter Dog Biscuits

  1. In a large bowl mix the oats, margarine, and heated broth. (Heat broth to just before boiling.) Let the mixture stand for five or ten minutes until the liquid is adsorbed by the oats. Stir well.
  2. Add the cornmeal to the oat mixture and stir to mix.
  3. Add the beaten egg to the mix and stir well.
  4. Add any seasonings your doggie loves such as brewers yeast or even a bit of peanut butter. You may add two good spoons full of peanut butter without harming the recipe. Mix well.
  5. Begin adding flour one cup at a time. Mix between additions. The dough may require two or three cups of flour. Just add flour until a workable dough forms. Use your hands to mix the dough when it becomes too thick to work with a spoon.
  6. Mix in the flour until the dough forms a ball that stops sticking to the wall of the bowl. This ball will resemble bread dough.
  7. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about one half inch in thickness. This is about the thickness of the finished dog treat as this recipe does not rise like bread dough. Make the rolled (or patted) out dough as thick or thin as you prefer. A thin roll out will make more bones. A thick roll out will make less bones.
  8. A clever way to keep these human edible biscuits away from kids is to use a dog "bone" cookie cutter! However, you can use any shape of cookie cutter that makes your doggie smile! These dog biscuits are safe for human consumption.
  9. Place the cut out dough on a cookie sheet. If you dip the cutter into some water or oil, the dough will slide right out. You can place them fairly close together as they do not rise or spread. Ball up the remaining dough and re-roll it to make more cut outs. Any remaining dough can be pinched into a cookie shape and baked. Also your dogs will be happy to eat it raw!
  10. Bake the dog cookies at 375 degrees F. for 50 minutes. Take them out of the oven and allow to air cool until they are hard and crunchy. Store in a cookie jar or a plastic bag until ready to serve your pet.

Rate This Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

© 2012 Lela

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 23, 2012:

And they are so delicious! The Philippinos have been doing it for centuries!

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on June 23, 2012:

I guess this is one useful thing to do with dogs... make biscuits out of them.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 13, 2012:

Well, the cat does earn his keep in the rat patrol. So I guess he gets to live. I like to think he's getting rid of the stupid birds. The smart ones manage to avoid the cat.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 13, 2012:

I'm going to save this home made dog biscuit recipe, Lela, in case I inherit a dog. You must be a very good 'dog mommy' - your dogs - Patches, Baby and Chico - live such long lives. But get rid of that mean bird-catching cat - he's no bargain.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 12, 2012:

My cat loves sliced turkey. So that is what she gets. She also likes a Garlic/Brewer's Yeast pill that I get from Amazon. Cats will eat anything I think. They are healthiest when eating meat.

I have another cat that loves fresh caught bird. He's a mean one.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on June 12, 2012:

I don't have a dog, but if I did I would definitely make those lovely biscuits. Do you have any recipes for cat biscuits?

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 11, 2012:

Dogs know when you are doing something special for them. I used to have a Chow dog that would lay in front of the oven and stare at the glass when I cooked his special treats.

I miss my pets that have moved on.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 11, 2012:

That is really cool! I never thought of making cookies for the pups. I will though - and you know the girls would LOVE to do this. I think I have all the ingrediets so I may just let them try tonight. I don't have doggy bone cookie cutters but I don't think they will mind stars:) lol

I have made them meals of hamburger and rice or little meatballs - especially if one acts like they don't feel good. I am so looking forward to doing this with the kids! The puppies will be so happy! They are so spoiled - lately they act jealous when I am petting Pedro or have him out. Brats! All of them!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 11, 2012:

Sometimes the ingredients in commercial treats contain ingredients that dogs are allergic to. My dogs have no problems with these.

Try it and see how they react! These are definitely much healthier for them.

Marissa from United States on June 11, 2012:

I never thought of making the biscuits myself. What a great idea! Most dog biscuits from the pet stores make my dog sick (he has a sensitive stomach), but this recipe seems like it would be gentle enough for him.

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 11, 2012:

Baby will greet you with a bone in her mouth, but don't try to take it!

Magz and Bruce can woof me anytime!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2012:

Magz and Bruce are going to love these dog biscuits. They told me to say Woof to you :) with love of course.

diogenes on June 11, 2012:

Lovely idea, 'Star. Baby looks like taking her bone away might be a risky plan...there's that certain cast in her eye!


Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 10, 2012:

I tell ya, the smell when they are cooking is like one of the best smells ever! They do not taste quite as good as they smell, but they don't taste bad.

JustforWhat from USA on June 10, 2012:

The whole wheat craze has moved to doggy diets as well! These look so good I can't help but imagine some bachelor guy dog owners eyeing them for a snack for themselves =p

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 10, 2012:

Janis G - Cats are pretty strict carnivores. I don't think they can tolerate wheat products. My cat sniffed at these and thought they were interesting, but she did not eat them. Check with a cat expert first. I'm sure there are home made cat treats you can make.

Hi Tammy - Yes, even though I have had 3 dogs for the last 10 to 15 years, I rarely baked for them. Of course, I was working full time. Now that I'm retired, I'll have more time. My two remaining dogs are nearly ready for the long sleep - one is 15 or 16 years old and fading fast (Patches). The other one is 11 years old with arthritis (Baby) and I just recently lost one to canine cancer (Chico). He was 10 or 11 years old.

I will probably go to the shelter and rescue another two. I promise to bake for them!

Tammy from North Carolina on June 10, 2012:

Those are some lucky pooches. These look so healthy for dogs. I have cooked for my pets before, but I never thought to make treats like this. Interesting!

Janis Goad on June 10, 2012:

What a great recipe!! I will try it out. I never even thought of trying to make my own dog biscuits.

Do cats like these, too? Maybe I will try some smaller ones for cats.

DS Duby on June 10, 2012:

Great recipe, I always buy my dog home made healthy treats from a small local pet store but I've wanted to find a good recipe that I could do myself because my dog thinks he's a pig and always wants treats and it gets rather expensive lol. Voted up, awesome and useful

Chris Hugh on June 10, 2012:

Those look pretty good. I'd like to make some cat treats, but my cat gets urinary problems, so I need to stick with the Rx food. He loved his stupid dental treats so much I had to try one myself to see what the fuss was about. I bet yours taste much better.

5 Dog Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make

Have you ever wondered what's in doggie treats? Why is it that these simple snacks have the power to make dogs sit, speak or roll over with such enthusiasm? The answer probably has a lot to do with canines' insatiable appetites and not-so-discriminating palates. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise to learn that most dog treats are actually quite simple to make. In fact, making munchies for your mutt is easy enough that you can do it with your kids. They'll enjoy the fun of working in the kitchen, and your hound will appreciate having a stockpile of homemade snacks.

Preparing delicious treats for your pet is a great way to ensure that he is getting wholesome, natural foods in his diet. It's also a wonderful way to bond with your kids. Sure, they'll probably make a bit of a mess, but your dog will quickly slurp up anything that drops to the floor. Making dog treats is also inexpensive. All you will need are some basic cooking tools, a few common kitchen ingredients, and a pinch of patience.

Are you ready to get started? Check out our list of five dog treats that kids can make.

When you think of foods that make your furry friend flip, bananas probably don't immediately come to mind. While it's true that fruit isn't usually at the top of any dog's list of favorite fare, using bananas in baking is a great way to create delicious and healthy treats. The best part about banana bites is that your kids can eat them too!

Start by gathering all the necessary ingredients:

  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1-1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 mashed bananas

Mix all the wet ingredients together first (oil, honey, milk, and bananas), and then add the flour and oatmeal until you have a smooth batter. Put older kids in charge of measuring and younger ones in charge of mixing. Everyone can help pour the batter onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, and then bake at 325 degrees (160 degrees Celsius) for 25 minutes. Once your banana bites are cool to the touch, use a knife or pizza cutter to slice them into small, bite-sized squares.

Dogs really go bananas for these yummy snacks, but don't let your pet eat too many, as they can be fattening. Particularly if your dog is prone to pudginess, be sure to limit him to just a few treats per day. Banana bites can also be used as incentive to exercise or do tricks. Keep them in the refrigerated until your dog does something treat-worthy.

4: Buckwheat Bone Biscuits

If you've always wanted to make your own doggie biscuits, this simple recipe is perfect for you and your kids. Dogs love to chew on bones, and most simply die for these beefy buckwheat varieties. Your dog doesn't even need to know that these biscuits are all natural and a great source of protein.

This recipe is especially good for kids who love to measure. It's a cooking class and a math lesson all in one!

Start by measuring out all the ingredients, which include:

  • 3-1/2 cups of buckwheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of ground beef
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg

As each item is measured, let your kids take turns adding it to the mixing bowl (everything goes in at once). Next comes the fun part: kneading. Children are great at this. Let them go crazy with the dough – the thicker the better.

The easiest way to make these biscuits into the shape of bones is to use a bone-shaped cookie cutter, which you can find in a variety of pet supply stores. Alternatively, you could carve the bones fairly easily with a knife. For the latter approach, it will help to make a bone pattern from paper or cardboard to guide the knife. You'll get uniform shapes that way.

One you've formed your beefy buckwheat biscuits and placed them on a cookie or baking sheet, all that's left is to bake them at 375 degrees (190 degrees Celsius) for about 30 minutes. Here's a tip for making your biscuits (and just about any oven-baked doggie snack) hard and crunchy instead of soft and chewy: Once they're done baking, allow them to cool for a few hours in the turned-off oven.

If you're the proud owner of a canine with a sweet tooth, you need this recipe for carob-coated cookies. Note that the choice of carob instead of chocolate is important. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that's toxic to dogs.

To make these incredibly yummy canine cookies, you'll need the following:

  • 2-1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 cup of carob chips

Start by mixing all of these ingredients -- except for the carob chips -- together, kneading them into dough on a lightly floured surface. Then, form them into whatever shapes your hound hankers for and bake them at 300 degrees (150 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes.

For kids, the best part of this recipe is the process of coating the cookies in carob. Melt the carob chips either in the microwave or in a pan on the stove. Then, have your little ones dip the treats into the gooey goodness or paint it on with a pastry brush. You can feed the cookies to your pet still warm, or pop them into the fridge until he's ready for them. Your kids will love creating their carob-coated goodies, and your hound will be more than happy to devour them.

Dogs love birthday celebrations just as much as people do. Along with gifts and plenty of attention and affection, dogs also need cake for their birthday bashes. And not just any cake, canines crave the meaty goodness of beefy birthday cake on their special days.

The idea of a cake made from meat is probably not your idea of an ideal birthday treat, but dogs will love this proteinaceous pastry. What's more, this doggie delicacy is quite simple to prepare, even with little ones.

Before you start, preheat the oven to 325 degrees (160 degrees Celsius) and have a greased cake pan ready. Then, gather up the ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups of buckwheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 4 ounces of ground beef
  • 2 strips of beef jerky
  • 3 eggs

Cream together all the wet ingredients first (butter, oil, beef, and eggs), and then fold in the dry ones (flour and baking powder) as you mix it all together, crumbling the beef jerky in at the end. Then, pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 60 minutes. Be sure to allow the cake to cool before icing it with cream cheese.

Kids can help with the icing as well as all the mixing and involved in this recipe. They can also decorate the beefcake with shaved carrots, peas, and whatever other wholesome ingredients your dog might like to have at his pooch party. Be sure to refrigerate any uneaten cake. It's even better the next day.

Nothing says, "You've been a good dog" more than the scrumptious taste of peanut butter treats. Make a batch of pea-nutty nibbles for your pet and he's sure to reward you with a nice long snooze at your feet.

To make these treats, start by mixing 2 cups of whole wheat flour with a half-cup cup of oatmeal and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Next, combine a half-cup of creamy peanut butter, a half-cup of water and a half-cup of chicken broth, and then microwave it for 15 to 30 seconds – just until it forms a smooth liquid. Add the mixture to your dry ingredients and stir until dough forms.

Drop the dough into small rounds and have your kids use their thumbs to press a well into each cookie as they flatten it. Place the pea-nutty nibbles on a cookie sheet that's been lightly coated with a non-stick spray. Bake at 325 degrees (160 degrees Celsius) for 15 minutes and allow the treats to cool in the oven. Let your kids fill the cookie wells with sugar-free jelly or jam and then feed them to your dog. He'll be the happiest hound on the block.

How to Make Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits

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Today I’m sharing a delightful recipe, and a video: How to make Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits recipe, and it’s perfect for your pet-loving friends!

Benefits of Parsley in Dog Treats

Parsley (the curly leaf variety) is also well known for providing health benefits to our pups. Parsley is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and is useful in soothing upset tummies and helping digestion. In addition, it is often used in dog treats as a breath freshener.

*Note: Be careful and use curly leaf parsley instead of ‘Spring Parsley'. Spring Parsley is a member of the carrot family. It resembles parsley but is highly toxic to dogs.

Looking for more tasty dog treats? Check out our Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats! Most dogs LOVE peanut butter (no Xylitol please), so you can't go wrong with these yummy treats. , Or, how about these drool-worthy Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats? Pups place sweet potato dog treats as their next favorite treat right up there with peanut butter! And, of course, they are super healthy for your furry friend!

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt before setting it aside. Next, place oil in a large bowl before adding the stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock and mixing well. Then, on a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife. Be sure to make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.

Because they're homemade treats, you can customize them however you'd like. We recommend spelling out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick. A professional tip to ensure clean handwriting is to wet the toothpick first so it won't stick. After your design is complete, transfer the shaped dough to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat this with the remaining dough.

Finally, bake the biscuits for 10 minutes in the 400-degree oven. Then remove them and brush their surface with stock before rotating the baking sheets and baking for another 10 minutes. Afterward, turn off the oven, and let the dog biscuits stand in the oven with a closed-door until they are dried completely about 1 1/2 hours. You can wrap them as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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