How to Make Dog Treats

Have you seen those fancy dog treats in pet boutiques? You, too, can learn how to make dog treats that look like you paid a lot of money for them!

Make Dog Treats

Not only is learning how to make homemade dog treats economical, but a nice batch of homemade dog biscuits packaged in unique wrapping makes a perfect personalized gift for the pet lover in your life.

I have tried several recipes while learning how to make dog biscuits, and this is my favorite by far! It is simple and quick...which is what we all need these days, right?

Recipe for Easy to Make Dog Treats


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons beef, chicken, or vegetable bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

How to Make Your Own Dog Treats


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.

2. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.

3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2" thickness.

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4. Cut dough with cookie cutters (bones or cat shapes are cute), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

* Tip: Use an apple slicer to make small shapes.

Make Your Own Dog Biscuits

How to Make Dog Biscuits

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5. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

Easy to Make Dog Biscuits

6. Cool before serving. Store in a covered container. Since these are fresh treats, they don't have a long shelf life like the ones with tons of preservatives at the store. You'll want to keep these in the refrigerator, and freeze any extras you have.

How to Make Dog Treats

Useful Tips:

  • Adding minced garlic makes these even tastier (an added bonus...garlic helps to get rid of fleas).
  • For peanut butter dog treats, replace the cheese with 1 cup of peanut butter.
  • Corn muffin mix can be subsituted for cornmeal.
  • If you don't have the bouillon granules, you can use the cubes by dissolving them in the boiling water before adding it to the mixture.
  • You can substitute honey for sugar to make these a little healthier.
  • Also in the spirit of health, you can substitute 1/3 of the flour with wheat germ.

Unique Gift Wrapping Ideas for Homemade Dog Treats

Now that you've learned how to make dog treats, you'll want to wrap them in something unique.

Try one of these ideas:

  • Decorate a brown paper lunch bag and write "doggie bag" on it.
  • Put the treats in a dog treat container that can be used again after your homemade dog treats are gone.
  • Paint a canning jar with glass paint to put the treats in.
  • Use a plastic container with a lid and wrap it in tissue paper. Tie it at the top with the ribbon below:

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I used regular ribbon and fabric puff paint to create this paw print design.

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