RECIPE: Peanut Butter and Applesauce Dog Cookies

Peanut butter and applesauce help create a great dough that’s easy to roll out. Give these healthy dog treats a try.

Healthy, wholesome and easy to make. Photos by: Allison Gray/Petful

I’m starting to get really good at kneading dough. I don’t just make dog biscuits; I make breads and cookies for myself as well.

I’ve come to realize that certain ingredients tend to create a dough that is remarkably easier to knead and roll out than others.

Fortunately for me (and Banjo), a couple of those ingredients are found in this scrumptious dog treat recipe — peanut butter and applesauce.

Use unsweetened apple sauce, and make sure the peanut butter contains no xylitol.

Peanut Butter and Applesauce Dog Cookies


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup peanut butter (no toxic xylitol)
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to about ¼-inch thick.
Use your favorite cookie cutter to create fun shapes.


  1. Heat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except olive oil.
  3. Add as much olive oil as needed to create a dough that holds its shape.
  4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thick.
  5. Using a cookie cutter, cut the dough into shapes and place them on a nonstick cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 4 dozen small cookies.

These cookies easily passed Banjo’s taste test. (She begged for more.)

Because I’m not baking for an entire classroom of puppies, I decided to just make a quarter batch of these cookies. The recipe yielded 1 dozen tasty, bite-sized cookies that Banjo happily ate (and promptly begged for more).

You can keep leftover biscuits in a container for up to 1 week.

Adapted from The Lazy Pit Bull.

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Allison Gray gained a wealth of knowledge about animal welfare issues and responsible pet care during her nearly 5 years of work for an animal shelter. She is a writer, photographer, artist, runner and tattooed remedial knitter. Allison also has been researching, testing out and perfecting nutritious pet treat recipes in her kitchen for Petful since spring 2017.

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