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Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

Last week was a double celebration: my beautiful pup Maggie’s 8th birthday, and 8 months since we adopted her! She’s completely changed my life for the better this year – she’s a perfect emotional support dog and companion, I get daily fresh air and exercise on our walks, and together we’ve made lots of friends in our neighbourhood.

peanut butter dog cookies

Our first fall colours with our pup – and my first success at getting her to pose for me!

We recently discovered that Maggie loves peanut butter, so, to celebrate those 8s, I decided to try making some peanut butter cookies for her. I compared several recipes and then came up with my own, and it was a huge success!

With only 3 healthy ingredients and no additives or preservatives, I think I may have stumbled on the perfect recipe, so I’ll share it with you below so you can make some for your own canine companions.

peanut butter dog cookies

Is it cookie time?

Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

Makes about 50 tiny cookies or 25 small cookies (or you can halve the recipe for a smaller batch).


  • 1/2 cup (55g) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup (75g) natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce*
  • 2 tbsp water

*Tip: If you can’t find a jar of apple sauce, 100% apple baby food is exactly the same


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl to form a thick dough.
  3. Pull off small pieces, roll each into a ball and flatten to 1/4″ inch (6mm) thick.
  4. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before serving/storing.

peanut butter dog cookies

These are the 2 sizes I made – I got bored making the tiny bite-sized ones and made half my batch double-sized. They were both equally enjoyed.

These cookies don’t spread at all in the oven, so, if you wanted to be fancy and make beautiful giftworthy cookies, you could roll out the dough and use a mini bone-shaped cookie cutter, but Maggie and her neighbourhood friends confirm that my rustic round cookies are just as tasty!

peanut butter dog cookies

They are easy to break apart, but not crumbly.

My batch lasted for about a week and the last few were noticeable drier to me but still equally enjoyed by Maggie, so I think they should keep for at least a week in an airtight container.

peanut butter dog cookies

My name is Maggie, and I approved these cookies

Maggie’s main present – a sweater I’m knitting for her on my knitting machine – isn’t quite finished yet, but it’s not quite dog sweater weather yet, so that’s okay! I’ll share pics once it’s finished. 🙂


  1. Lenka said

    I do not have a dog, but those look good even for us to eat, I might have to try 😀

  2. Sonja said

    Happy birthday Maggie! Sounds like you have landed on your feet in the Planet June household.
    i just want to remind people to make sure that the peanut butter they use doesn’t have any Xylitol in it. It’s sometimes used in sugar free products but it highly toxic to dogs!

    • June said

      Ugh, yes, definitely! Please, natural peanut butter only for dogs – it should have just one ingredient: peanuts 🙂

  3. Jean said

    Hi June,
    Thank you for your peanut butter cookie recipe. My puppy is 7 years old and loves peanut butter. We got her from the shelter and she is a joy to me. I lost my husband 3 months ago and right now Mitsie is my best friend. So I am going to make these cookis for her this afternoon. Thank you for your tutorials and great patterns. I so enjoy them.

    Kind Regards and manyBlessings,

    • June said

      I’m so glad that Mitsie is there for you, Jean – our dogs can be such a wonderful comfort. I hope she’ll enjoy her cookies!

  4. Robin Knapp said

    Beautiful story, June. Glad she loved (approved!) them! ❤

  5. Mooi said

    Thank you for the treat recipe. I myself love peanut butter and there is nothing in that recipe that my beautiful greyhound companion and i couldn’t share together. My girl Kylie will not wear her coat, for some reason she seems to think it stops her from walking. So if its cold at night then it cuddles and a blanket. Kylie was 9 years old this year we have had her since she was four. Luckily for her she never raced, they told us she never made the grade, but from the moment we saw her we had a special bond. Constant companion, she is loving docile and friendly and has tried her paw at a little crochet. I have quite a few of your beautiful patterns, you are such an incredible designer. We are in spring time now in Australia, so the weather is starting to warm up. Look forward to seeing Maggies coat when you have finished it. Take care, be safe and thank you.
    Warmest regards

    • June said

      Kylie sounds like a sweetheart, Mooi! And yes, the cookies are dog- and human-safe, but I tried one and it’s very bland for my palate – it tastes plain with just a slight nutty flavour. I guess we’re used to sugar, salt, butter, spices etc to make our food taste more interesting – luckily dogs aren’t bothered about any of that 🙂

  6. Dee White said

    I am going to make these for my 5 puppers this weekend
    your pup is super cute. Glad she is such a comfort to you
    Love your crochet site so much. Thanks for all you do

    • June said

      You’re very welcome, Dee! Hope the puppers enjoy their cookies 🙂

  7. Susan said

    Hi June!
    Thank You for sharing your Joy! Thank You, also, for sharing your puppy cookie recipe. Our Stuart will surely Love your recipe too!
    I’ve enjoyed and used your Ultimate Amigurimi tips this week! Many Thank You’s for Your Awesone tutorials! I’m working on a crocheted Christmas Nativity set and your tips are PERFECT!
    Kind Regards and Continued Blessings,

    • June said

      I’m so happy to hear that, Susan, and I hope Stuart loves the cookies!

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