Peanut Butter Cranberry Dog Treats

Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Yup, you read it right… dog treats. What? You don’t think dogs deserve homemade treats too? Well my dog definitely does. In fact, I think he expects them. Oh, you’re making cookies…are they for me? (You have to read this sentence in a dopy dog voice) Many years ago I used to make my own dog treats all the time. I made this really complicated recipe that included things like bone meal, protein powder and all sorts of other hard to find and expensive ingredients. Then I discovered Buddy Biscuits bake at home dog treats and all that difficult ingredient collecting went out the window. Buddy Biscuits are kind of like Betty Crocker brownie mix for dogs- except they use really healthy ingredients- and the box comes with a dog bone shaped cookie cutter!

I got of out of the habit of making them though, and it’s probably been at least 3 years since I made any sort of homemade dog treat. Well, lucky for my dog about a month ago I stumbled upon this recipe for Cranberry Oat Dog Treats and decided that it was time to give them another try. Since I already had quite a few baking projects this week, and I’ve been a a roll with the human treats,  it seemed only fitting that I should expand my baking repertoire to include something special for my canine friends.

This is Phineas waiting patiently for his treat

And here he is eating his treat – he’s very gentle for such a big guy

I didn’t end up following the recipe that I had discovered exactly, in fact I didn’t really follow it at all. Instead I found another recipe from this website that was similar except that it included peanut butter. I ended up with a kind of combination of the two recipes using peanut butter and cranberries. I had my heart set on including the cranberries because I really liked the way they made the treats look. Also, dogs need antioxidants too- right?

I’ll be back in a few days
with more treats for
humans but until then
give your dog some
love and make it a
special homemade
holiday this year.

Oh, and one final note- a certain non-canine member of my household thought these looked good enough to eat. The verdict? Dry and bland…very dry and bland. For dogs only!


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  • oh my…how could he try them when you have so many other wonderful foods at your house!

  • wow they look very good indeed.

  • These treats look great! I made some with just peanut butter a few years ago and they were pretty tasty, but I like the cranberries in these. BTW, I assume they were tasty since my dog ate them all. 😉 We cook most of my dog’s food, so I guess I should make his treats, too. Happy holidays!!

  • Great recipe. My dogs loved these cookies. Thanks for posting.

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  • These treats are my pups absolute favorite. Every time I make them they wait in the kitchen knowing they have something yummy coming. Because of this recipe I have now made it habit to make all the treats for my pups and avoid store bought,”I wonder what is in these?” style biscuits. I know my pups appreciate the change!

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