Overhead shot of homemade dog biscuits on baking sheet.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Treat your furry friend with homemade dog biscuits! Your fur-baby will love these treats made with peanut butter, flaxseed, whole wheat and beef broth! Make this easy (just 5 simple ingredients!) recipe for homemade dog treats today!

Overhead shot of homemade dog biscuits on baking sheet.
Homemade Dog Biscuits

We spend a lot of time making special food for the special people surrounding us. It would be remiss of me to not try my hand at creating special treats for our special furry friends! These homemade dog biscuits are sure to make your pup’s day!

Homemade dog biscuits stacked on table

Note: This recipe for Homemade Dog Biscuits was first published October 9, 2011 on Kitchen Confidante. Updated photos and video were added on January 30, 2018.

There was another birthday in our family this week. You see, my other little sidekick in the kitchen turned one last Friday.

English bulldog puppy eating shoe.

Almost a year ago, we brought home this little guy.

Meet Wilbur. He’s an English Bulldog.

English Bulldog eating greenery.

As a puppy, Wilbur was the cutest little ball of pudge and wrinkles, his piggy noises snorting around the house adding to the cacophony. Wilbur was the addition my daughter dreamed of begged for, and like the crazy parents that we are, we gave in. He joined our family of two kids, two cats, and two hamsters, making it feel like a mini farm.

I never imagined we’d have such a full house, but he has been such a great dog, I can’t complain. He sleeps by my feet when I type up posts for you, and he is always underfoot in the kitchen, hoping for any random scraps to accidentally come his way. Garlic, scallions, even jalapeno – Wilbur has sampled them all.

Close-up of English Bulldog's face

A year later, and this is Wilbur. Where did my little cutie pie go?

I take solace in the remaining wrinkles.

Cutting out homemade dog biscuits with a cookie cutter.
Packaging homemade dog biscuits with twine.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Wilbur loves to eat, especially if he is lucky enough to get people food. I know there are some who might be shocked to hear that we indulge him once in a while, but he gets pretty wholesome things. His favorites by far are bananas and papaya, and the smell of popcorn drives him wild.

I thought it would be fun to indulge him on his birthday with Homemade Dog Biscuits.  Alright, who am I kidding…I bought dog bone cookie cutters 15 years ago and have been waiting for an excuse to use them! To say that he loves the treats would be an understatement. Try them for your four-footed friends – I’m sure they will love them, too.

Homemade dog biscuits made with peanut butter, flaxseed and whole wheat flour on a baking sheet.

Update January 30, 2018
Several years ago, Wilbur passed away, but his little brother Bruno shares his love for these homemade dog biscuits. I recently filmed this video with him.

English Bulldog eats homemade dog biscuits.

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Homemade Dog Biscuits

Treat your furry friend with homemade dog biscuits! Your fur-baby will love these treats made with peanut butter, flaxseed, whole wheat and beef broth!
Overhead shot of homemade dog biscuits on baking sheet.
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4.84 from 6 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 12 biscuits
Calories 129kcal


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed see notes
  • 1/2 to 1 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and flaxseed. Mix in 1/2 cup beef broth and peanut butter. Mix well, adding additional beef broth if necessary to bring the mixture together to a thick dough. Form into a ball and turn out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out to desired shape. 
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway. 
  • Cool completely, then keep in an airtight container for about one week.



Note on flaxseeds: Since publishing this recipe, I have learned that the omega-3 fatty acids in the flaxseeds are better absorbed when ground first. While you can leave the flaxseed whole, the health benefits are much better when you take the time to grind the seeds!
Adapted from Gourmet Dog Biscuits by Ann Clark.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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    • Liren Baker

      Hi there! I have yet to freeze these dog biscuits because I usually gift any extra to other pups (and the ones I keep don’t last long!), however, I’m sure that they can be frozen to last a little longer! If you give it a try, please let me know how it goes! Thanks!

  1. T

    If using peanut butter, please check that it doesn’t have the ingredient “xylitol” in it! It can be in peanut butters (as well as other things) and it is poisonous to dogs! I think it can also be listed under other names too like birch sugar, so always good to google to be safe!

  2. Natalie

    5 stars
    Our choc lab Rocky loves these doggy treats sooo much! They are made in no time at all so cute in little bone shapes much better and tastier for him than store varieties

  3. Rosie

    5 stars
    Hi, I do not have flaxseeds. And I would like to add pumpkin into the recipe, is it possible? If I am adding pumpkin, then will there be any changes to the amount of other ingredients(flour, peanut butter and broth)?

    • Liren Baker

      Hi Rosie, the flaxseeds are a pretty important component to the recipe and also add structure to the dog biscuits. As for adding pumpkin, that will definitely impact the other ingredients in the biscuit, and unfortunately, I have not tested the recipe with these substitutions. If you decide to experiment, please keep me posted, I would love to know how it turns out for you.

  4. Violet

    I’m so excited to make this.
    Ummm, if I eat some, will that be ok? This has all the flaxseeds, fiber and (bone) broth I’ve been trying to get more of. Does the batch for humans need just a little salt maybe?

    • Liren Baker

      Hi Violet! There’s no reason you couldn’t take a little nibble, as it is full of good ingredients, though I doubt you would want to eat a lot of it!

    • Charlotte

      5 stars
      This was a great recipe! Super easy to make, but I have one suggestion for anyone with a strong oven. When I put mine in for 20 minutes the oven was covered in smoke and the treats were impossible for my dog to eat. I cut my time down to 10 minutes and added a dash more of broth and it came out perfectly! Thank you for this great recipe :)!

      • Liren Baker

        I’m so glad you liked it, Charlotte — thanks for your feedback with your strong oven! Hope your pup enjoyed it!

  5. May Erica Yuen

    Could you use oat flour instead of whole wheat flour? Thanks!

    • Liren Baker

      Hi there! I have not tested the dog biscuits with oat flour so I can’t say for certain that it will work perfectly. If you do try it, I would use about 1 1/2 cups of oat flour — please let me know how it works out!

  6. Jenny

    5 stars
    So easy! Dogs love them. I bake as a sheet instead of cutting them out beforehand and add cooked mashed sweet potato. Best kept in the fridge.

      • Priscilla

        As a reminder to anyone, please make sure to use broth without added veggies (Like garlic and onion) as those can be harmful to pups <3

      • Liren Baker

        Thanks for the reminder, Priscilla! My dog has a fairly tough stomach, but that is definitely good to keep in mind!

  7. Vanessa

    5 stars
    I recently got a dog and made these as a ¨welcome to the family¨ treat. He loved them!

  8. Brandy

    These were ok, they seemed a little more brittle than I thought they should be – my 2nd batch I added a little more peanut butter and an egg to hold them together better. Also it should be noted that the flaxseed should be ground first otherwise it really adds nothing to the treat. Whole flaxseed has a very durable outer “shell” that will pass through the body without the dog being able to absorb any of the omega 3 fatty acids – unless you grind it first.

    • Liren Baker

      Hi Brandy, thank you so much for your insightful comment — I will definitely add a note to the recipe regarding grinding the flaxseed first!

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