Peanut Butter Dog Treats for Halloween

Published: 10/15/2020

What better way to celebrate the spooky season than with some delicious (and healthy!) peanut butter dog treats? Kitchen novices, have no fear. This recipe is super simple, and we have some tricks up our sleeve to ensure your treats won’t be absolutely “pawful.” 

We’ll spare you the long intro and life story; here’s the recipe. For more tips, substitutions, and a bonus recipe, keep scrolling! 

Crunchy Peanut Butter Dog Treats

What you’ll need

  •  2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour*

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter*

  • 1 cup of water

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 egg

How to prepare your peanut butter dog treats 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F

  2. Mix all ingredients until dough becomes malleable 

  3. Put a thin dusting of flour on your surface and roll out the dough into an even thickness. Pro tip: use parchment paper for minimal mess! If you don’t have a roller, you can scoop it out with a spoon and flatten it thinly with your hand — aim for ¼ inch in thickness. (Hand flattened treats won’t be as pretty, but they’ll taste just as good!) 

  4. Pop the treats on your oven's middle rack for 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown and delicious! 

  5. Store in an airlock container. 

*Xylitol

Scan the nutrition label on your peanut butter jar to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol, a common artificial sweetener often found in sugar-free foods. Xylitol can cause seizures, bloody stools, and a sharp drop in your dog’s blood sugar within just 30 minutes of consumption.

*Substitutions for common allergens

Parents of pups with nut allergies can opt for sunbutter or pumpkin butter spreads in place of the PB. Dogs with a gluten allergy can safely have any of the following substitutes:

  • Coconut flour

  • Rice flour (brown or white)

  • Buckwheat flour

  • Chickpea flour

  • Oat flour

  • Almond flour

  • Sorghum flour*

  • Quinoa flour

  • Plain oatmeal

*Vets don’t recommend sorghum flour for dogs with general grain allergies.

Customizing your treats

Make your treats extra festive with themed cookie cutters. You can find cookie cutters in literally every shape imaginable at your local craft or kitchen stores. The scaredy-cat cookie cutter is our ”pawsonal” favorite for Halloween.  

These treats make a great (and inexpensive!) gift for pet lovers and their fur-babies any time of the year. Pop the biscuits in decorative bags with a ribbon, or embellish a giftbox with stencil-art, stickers, or ribbons! 

Tasty treat additions

Throw a ¼ cup of any of these ingredients — a little less if you want to mix in 2 or more. 

  • pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

  • a sprinkle of chopped unsalted peanuts 

  • mashed banana

  • sweet potato

  • unsweetened coconut shreds

  • finely chopped baked apples 

  • chopped dried apricots 

  • carrot puree

  • cheddar cheese (yeah, it sounds crazy, but we promise your pup will love it!) 

Finding the right consistency

The measurements of your add-ins aren’t as important as the consistency. You don’t want your dough too wet or too dry — it should be mailable enough to roll but not so dry that it crumbles. A crumbly dough means your treats will fall apart, and a wet dough will still be gooey when it finishes baking. 

Add more water to doughs that are too dry or crumbly. If it’s still falling apart after the water, add another egg to bind the ingredients. Super wet dough is an easy fix too — add flour by the spoonful until you reach the right consistency. 

Storing peanut butter dog treats

These treats store beautifully in an air-lock container for 7 to 10 days. Peanut butter dog treats also freeze well and should last up to 6 months in the freezer! If you plan to freeze them, use a double-lock freezer bag and press the air out when sealing to prevent freezer burn.

Can I try them?

Duh! This recipe is super nutritious for pups and humans alike, and it boasts a healthy dose of protein and fiber! Fair warning, though — without add-ins, this recipe is pretty bland for human taste buds. Pups love them, though! 

What if I’m not a baker?

This recipe is pretty hard to fumble, and making them is half the fun. Of course, if you’re not the baking type, you can always buy quality peanut butter treats for dogs at your local pet shop or try the no-bake recipe below.

Frozen Peanut Butter Treats for Dogs

What you’ll need

  • 4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (xylitol-free)

  • 12 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt (xylitol-free)

  • 1 ripe banana

  • A blender

Whiz all your ingredients in the blender, then pour the emulsion into ice cube trays or treat molds. Freeze until solid and enjoy! While these are technically for pups, they’re pretty doggone tasty for people too. 

Want more info?

For more fun recipes and pup-friendly kitchen activities, check out these top activities for bakers with dogs! We hope you have a treat-filled day. 

Happy spooking! 🐾