How to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits

Updated on September 12, 2017
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.


Dog Treat Recipes Are Just as Versatile as People Treat Recipes

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.

Recipe Preparation and Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 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 garlic powder, if desired - some dogs do not like garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon brewers yeast, (some say it repels fleas) optional
  • 1 cup grated cheese, optional
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, optional
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Mix all of the ingredients until you get a big ball of dough.Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dog bones.
Mix all of the ingredients until you get a big ball of dough.
Mix all of the ingredients until you get a big ball of dough. | Source
Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dog bones.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dog bones. | Source

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 garlic powder, 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.
Dog biscuits ready to bake.
Dog biscuits ready to bake. | Source

Nutrition analysis for the basic dog bone recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 dog treat
Calories 97
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 8 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What rating would your dog give this homemade treats for dogs recipe?

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Homemade Dog Treats

Beware the chicken jerky treats from China

Dogs are having problems with these. Some dogs have even died because of these imported commercial treats. Why not make your own and then you will know exactly what your dog is getting in the treat department.

These are the best treats ever!
These are the best treats ever! | Source

Kitchen Utensils Needed for Homemade Dog 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 counter top, it will leave micro scratches in the surface. I put down a sheet of foil and use it to protect my counter top. 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 :-)

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      • Austinstar profile image

        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

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

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        nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

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

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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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.

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        drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

        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.

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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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.

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        Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

        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?

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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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.

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        Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        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!

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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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.

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        Marissa 5 years ago from United States

        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.

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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

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

        Magz and Bruce can woof me anytime!

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        diogenes 5 years ago

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


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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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.

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        JustforWhat 5 years ago from USA

        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

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        Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

        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!

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        Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

        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!

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        Janis Goad 5 years ago

        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.

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        DS Duby 5 years ago

        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

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        Chris Hugh 5 years ago

        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.