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Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats

Make your own Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats with this easy recipe your dog will love!

We even share two dog frosting recipes to ice the dog treats for special occasions. 

You won’t believe how easy these homemade peanut butter dog treats are to make, and it involves only 5-ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Take a look at store-bought treats, which have an endless ingredient list.

Why You Should Make Baked Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats

This peanut butter applesauce dog treats recipe is super easy, with ingredients you can trust.

Ingredients that are human improved.

No unknowns.

Preservatives? None.

No chemicals.

No artificial sweeteners.

Just simple ingredients.

It’s like your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, only its indulgence is for the dogs!

Want more savory treats?

Try out this Chicken Wild Rice Dog Treats recipe.

It’s guilt-free love!

Nothing beats homemade, and there is peace of mind knowing exactly what’s going into their mouths.

Buh-Bye by-products ingredient list.

PLUS, your four-legged friend will love the peanut butter flavor!

dog treats piled on plate

Every pup needs spoiled.

One of the ways that we show our love to our dogs, Jeb, Molly, Tink, and Bailey Mae, is with homemade dog treats.

They are incredibly simple to make and love these tasty dog treats so much!

I love that I can make a different size bone to accommodate their size (Bailey is 8 pounds, Jeb is 25 pounds, Molly is 30 and Tink is 35 pounds).

I make smaller round shapes to use as training treats.

These homemade dog treat recipes are sure to be the most requested homemade dog biscuits request from your favorite furry friend!

peanut butter applesauce dog treats on cooling rack on counter.


As pet owners, we want what’s best for our pets.

After all, we consider many things when picking out a pet and want to ensure pooch and family are happy!

Treats are a great reward system and can help teach a pet trick, behavior or be an offering of love! (AKC)

Briana shares her dog treats recipe made with just five ingredients.

It’s easy to make, and her dogs, Loki and Leo, absolutely LOVE them, so do Bailey Mae and Jeb.

This easy recipe makes around 3 dozen dog treats.

Did I mention they’re easy to make?

So easy to make that if you have children, they’ll want this to be their chore at home!

This recipe will fill your home with the most delicious smell- like warm cookies- even my kids come to inquire what’s in the oven when I make a batch of these for Bailey Mae and Jeb.

To me, that’s how I know Bailey Mae and Jeb are going to find these peanut butter applesauce dog treats irresistible.

That aroma fills the house with deliciousness.

Please remember you need to use natural peanut butter in this recipe or make absolutely certain that the peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol.

Preparing Peanut Butter and Applesauce Dog Treats

There’s not a lot to these delicious baked dog treats. Applesauce, peanut butter (creamy or crunchy), flour (whole wheat, oat, coconut), old fashioned oats and baking powder. You probably have all of it in your kitchen right now.  

Peanut Butter-Applesauce Dog Treats cookie cutter being used to cut out rolled dough

You can roll these into dough balls, place them on the baking sheet, or cut them out with cookie cutters.

The cookie cutters take a little more time (honestly, that is the ONLY time-consuming part about this recipe), but we think they are adorable–even if our dogs don’t notice! 

Maybe the best part about this recipe is that we know exactly what is in the dog treats, and they are ingredients we feel good about giving our dogs.

There are no additives or crazy ingredients.

Just simple, already-in-the-pantry ingredients!

For best results, make sure your treat-giving occurs between meals and not immediately before or after a meal.

Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats Recipe Ingredients:

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter (I use “natural” Skippy)

1 ½ cups old fashioned oats

1 ¼ cups unsweetened applesauce

3 cups flour (whole wheat is recommended)

1 teaspoon baking powder

How to Make Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats:

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

A food processor will do this quickly, but a hand mixer or by hand works too.

If the dough is too dry- add more applesauce. 

It’s going to be dense dough.

Flour your counter/surface and roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thick on the floured surface. 

Cut the dough with a cookie cutter (I prefer to use dog bone or paw shapes for treats), a pizza cutter, or roll it into tablespoon-sized balls.

Place the dough on cookie sheets or baking sheets lined with silicone or parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

The longer they bake, the crunchier they are, so it’s really up to your dog’s preferences.

They also get crunchier after they’ve cooled, so keep that in mind.

Store in an airtight container for future use for up to one week.

Peanut Butter-Applesauce Dog Treats in glass jar with lid making air tight container.

Fido will be ready to learn new tricks, snuggle, or wag his tail to get these Peanut Butter Applesauce dog cookies.

They’re so easy; you’ll be ready to get up and make your furry friend a fresh batch.

How to Store Dog Treats:

To store homemade peanut butter applesauce dog treats, follow these steps:

  1. Allow the treats to cool completely before storing them.
  2. Place the treats in an airtight container such as a plastic container or a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Keep the container or bag in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry or cupboard.
  4. If you want to store the treats for a longer period, consider freezing them. Place the treats in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze them for up to 6 months.

Remember to label the container or bag with the date so you can keep track of how long the treats have been stored. Additionally, check the treats periodically to ensure they haven’t gone bad or developed mold.

peanut butter applesauce dog treats cut into bone shapes with WOOF imprint resting on cookie sheet after baking.

They Make a Great Gift!

We think they are the perfect treat.

During the holidays, we love to bake these batches and bag them with cute labels to hand out to all of Bailey Mae and Jeb’s canine friends.

The humans think this is a great gift and so easy and budget-friendly!

Dog Cookie Frosting Recipes for Special Occasions:

For Peanut Butter Frosting

1/3 cup cornstarch

2 Tablespoons peanut butter

1 Tablespoon honey*

3-4 Tablespoons hot water

How to Make Peanut Butter Treat Frosting:

In a small microwavable bowl, stir together the peanut butter and honey.

Place bowl in microwave and heat on high in 15-second increments, stirring between each increment until melted.

Whisk in cornstarch only until just combined.

If you want a thinner frosting, slowly add 1 Tablespoon of hot water in while whisking until the desired consistency is reached.

Frost cookies, or place frosting in a piping bag and pipe designs on the dog biscuit. 

*A note about Honey and Dogs:

Honey in small quantities is okay for dogs. I urge you to reach out to your vet if you are considering using honey as it can cause health issues for diabetic, obese, and immunodeficient dogs.

When giving your dog honey, watch for signs of vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite. If they show any of these symptoms, contact your pet’s veterinarian.

These quantities for honey according to your dog’s weight are only a suggestion–please talk to your vet. 

  • ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs (under 10 lbs) 
  •  ½ teaspoon per day for Medium dogs (10-20 lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon per day for Larger dogs (20-50 lbs) 
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons per day for Large-breed dogs (over 50 lbs) 

Most ogs can have honey in moderation. Honey is a natural sweetener and a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also has antimicrobial properties that can help promote oral health.

However, it’s important to note that honey is high in sugar and calories, so you should only give it to your dog in small amounts. Too much honey can lead to weight gain, dental problems, and other health issues.

Also, never give honey to puppies under one year old, as it can contain spores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism in puppies with underdeveloped immune systems.

If you want to skip honey, you can make this recipe:

Yogurt Frosting for Dogs


½ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup tapioca starch

2 – 3 teaspoons 2% milk

How to Make Yogurt Frosting for Dogs:

In a small bowl combine yogurt and starch and mix well.

Whisk in milk one teaspoon at a time until a desired frosting consistency is reached.

Frost cookies, or place frosting in a piping bag and pipe designs on dog treats. 

note: this frosting will dry hard.

Remember to Include your vet:

Please remember to consult with your pet’s veterinarian to assess any possible allergies your pet may have prior to changing its diet.

Your dog’s nutritional needs will vary based on age, breed, and other factors.

Your vet can advise you on what type of treats are best for your dog.

If you don’t have access to a vet, try your local pet specialty store. 

We have no doubt, your pups will love these homemade dog treats as much as our fur babies do!

These peanut butter dog biscuits are an easy homemade dog treat and one of the best healthy treats you can give your dog.

Our dogs also love Instant Pot Dog Food.

There’s nothing more thrilling than welcoming a new dog into the family. The joy and energy a puppy adds are exciting, yet there is much to consider before bringing home your new canine friend. Not only is it critical that you prepare your home, but it is also equally important that you are ready to train your dog with appropriate new behavior expected to function well in your family.

While it may feel overwhelming at first, training your new puppy at an early age while their behaviors are most malleable will simplify this process and allow for the most success.

How to Use Dog Treats when Training Your Puppy

Using dog treats when training your puppy can be an effective way to reinforce positive behavior and help your puppy learn new commands.

Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Choose the right treats: Use small, soft, and easily digestible treats that your puppy likes. Avoid treats that are too big or hard, as they can be difficult for your puppy to eat quickly and may cause choking.
  2. Start with basic commands: Begin with basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “come.” Use a treat to lure your puppy into the desired position, and then give the command. When your puppy responds correctly, immediately give them a treat and praise them.
  3. Use positive reinforcement: Use treats as a reward for good behavior. When your puppy responds correctly to a command, immediately give them a treat and praise them. This positive reinforcement helps your puppy understand that they are doing the right thing.
  4. Be consistent: Use treats consistently for positive behavior. This will help your puppy associate good behavior with positive outcomes and reinforce the desired behavior.
  5. Gradually reduce the use of treats: As your puppy becomes more proficient in responding to commands, gradually reduce the use of treats. Use verbal praise and physical affection instead.

Remember, training takes patience and consistency. Use treats as a tool to help your puppy learn and reinforce positive behavior, but don’t rely on them as the only means of motivation.

Why use treats

As much as we wish animals could understand us, unfortunately, our words mean absolutely nothing to our dogs.

We must get their attention in another way. Dogs naturally crave the dominance of a pack leader and are eager to please.

Using treats to reward wanted behavior communicates to your puppy what is expected and motivates them to obey.

Positive reinforcement begets positive results.

Dog training is most successful when your dog recognizes that there is a desirable outcome when they decipher what their human is seeking from them.

What kind of treat?

For the most successful training session, finding a treat your puppy is willing to work for is important. 

Hint: It’s these homemade apple peanut butter dog treats!

Some dogs respond best to a “high value” food, such as a liver-based dog treat, while some will even work for their own kibble.

The texture of the treat can also be a preferential trait.

You don’t have to give your dog a large piece or a handful of goodies.

Begin by offering one small piece at a time, as long as your puppy is motivated.

If your dog is losing interest in the treat you are offering, you may have to adjust the value of the treat.

Small pieces of chicken, hot dog, cheese, or even vegetables often produce better responses.

Dog waiting to get delicious treat outdoors.


The very first basic command most dog parents tackle is the instruction to sit.

Training your puppy to sit is crucial for calming your dog and helping them focus on you.

Begin by showing a treat to your dog to gain their attention.

Hold the treat above their nose, but not too high to cause them to jump, and command your dog to “sit”.

Slowly move the treat back behind your dog’s head.

Most dogs will naturally sit as their nose attempts to follow the treat.

The moment their rear touches the ground, reward them and praise them enthusiastically.


Another necessary directive to teach your puppy is to stay.

This is an important skill for your dog to remain in one spot despite the distractions around them.

Training your dog to stay will keep them safe and protect others who may not be comfortable with a canine invading their space.

Building off of the previously taught skill, instruct your puppy to sit and reward them with a treat.

With their attention focused on you, place your hand in front of your dog while saying, “Stay.”

Reward your dog once again.

Now slightly rock away from your pup as you continue to hold your hand up and command “stay.”

Give another treat. Gradually increase your distance as you repeat this process, rewarding your pup as long as they remain sitting.

If your dog loses focus and stands up to approach you at any point, start over by returning them to the sitting position.


The third skill for your dog to learn is the ability to come when called.

This is not only useful when your puppy has gotten loose or is approaching an unsafe situation, but it is also handy in getting your dog to follow you to the desired location.

You may be calling for mealtime, commanding that they follow you into the house or car, or even inviting them to hop onto your bed or sofa for a cuddle (for small dogs or those with limited mobility, use a dog ramp).

When teaching your dog to come, starting in the sitting position is not necessary, although this can help gain their attention.

Move away from your pup as you excitedly call their name, followed by “Come.”

As soon as they obey, please give them a treat.

woman using peanut butter dog treat to train dog

Continue to practice

Remember, as with any new skill, repetition and positive reinforcement are key to strengthening the wanted behavior.

Dog training must be done daily and in an environment with the least interruption.

As your pup masters each new command, please increase the number of distractions or change the location to the outdoors to further test their focus. Investing your time early in training your puppy will result in a wonderful, well-behaved dog and will set a strong foundation for learning even more skills.


Tell me about your experience in a comment below.

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peanut butter applesauce dog treats cut into bone shapes with WOOF imprint resting on cookie sheet after baking.

Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Make your own Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Treats with this easy recipe your dog will love!


  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter (I use “natural” Skippy)
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 ¼ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all ingredients together. 
  3. If the dough is too dry- add more applesauce. 
  4. It’s going to be a dense dough.
  5. Flour your counter/surface and roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thick. 
  6. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter (I prefer to use dog bone/paw shapes for treats.)  or roll into Tablespoon sized balls.
  7. Place the dough on baking sheets lined with silicone or parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.


The longer they bake, the crunchier they are so it’s really up to your dog’s preferences.

They also get crunchier after they’ve cooled so keep that in mind.

Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is not accurate. It will depend on the size and thickness you cut them.

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