Puppy’s First Halloween: Homemade Dog Treat Recipe

Posted on Sep 20 2013 - 12:24am by Susan Bewley


Are you ready for Halloween? For our family, this is a very special Halloween – our first one since Reya joined our family. With a dog that absolutely loves children, we know Halloween is going to be a major treat for her. While some dogs are scared of uniforms and costumes, Reya just goes with the flow, making her perfect for some Halloween trick-or-treater greeting fun. Now all we need is an adorable costume and we will be ready to go! The only problem is that unlike everyone else, she really doesn’t have any special Halloween treats for herself. While I could probably find some Halloween ‘treats’ for her, I know most of these are just as much a junk food as candy is for humans.  If I want some yummy AND healthy rewards for Reya, I know I’m going to have to make my own homemade dog treats!

When I first decided to start looking for homemade dog treat recipes, I didn’t realize I was very quickly going to run into a roadblock. Most homemade recipes include peanut butter. While this may not be a big deal for most families, it is a major one for this cook since I’m allergic to peanuts. Even worse, I really couldn’t find a recipe that met most of my standards, meaning I was going to have to come up with my own homemade dog treat recipe! After a bit of experimentation, I finally came up with the perfect recipe that was high in nutrients and not too fattening for my favorite pup. Even better, my homemade dog treat recipe is super easy to make and when combined with Wilson’s cookie cutters, made the perfect Halloween treat for my puppy!

While I am giving this recipe a Halloween flair, I want to point out that this recipe is perfect for every season. Since the ingredients are things you can normally find your kitchen, it takes less than fifteen minutes to prepare these recipes. It is (of course) perfectly fine to use a bone cookie butter or any other cookie cutter you have in your home.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe


  • 1 Cup Sunflower Butter  I prefer organic
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour unbleached

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together all the wet ingredients. If you use measuring bowls, I prefer using one my bowl that does 1/4 and 1/2 cup measurements. If you start with the chicken broth, the honey and sunflower butter will easy come out of the bowl.

Add the coconut oil to the mixture and stir well. Like the sunflower butter, coconut oil is filled with vitamin E and other wonderful nutrients that help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy!homemade dog treat 2

  1. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture. Stir well using a stand mixer or hand mixer. This mixture should be wet and sticky, but able to hold together easily on its own.homemade dog treats 3
  2. Flour your hands and counter. Remove the mixture from the bowl and roll using a rolling pin on your floured surface. Roll until the mixture is about a 1/4 inch thick.homemade dog treats 4
  3. Using your preferred cookie cutters, start cutting out the cookies. I am using Wilson’s Halloween Cookie Cutters. All of my cookies are in the shapes of bats, spiders, ghosts, or pumpkins.  Keep rolling and cutting out cookies until the dough is finished.homemade dog treats 5
  4. Place on a metal cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes.homemade dog treats 6
  5. When finished, the cookies will be slightly raised and you will barely see the oats. Cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving to your dog.homemade dog treats 7

So, what does Reya think of this recipe? Well, as you can see from the picture below, she is a real ghostbuster! After eating this ghost, she was begging for more! If you are looking for an easy homemade dog treat recipe, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try!

Reya Homemade Dog Treats Nom

Want to see more Halloween themed posts like this one? We are happy to be part of the Sharing is Caring Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Life With Lovebugs, Pam’s Party & Practical Tips, and A Spectacled Owl! Below, you will find other Halloween themed posts written by other bloggers who are participating in this event, including recipes, tutorials, crafts, and more!



Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

104 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Maria Iemma September 20, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I do not have a dog right now but these look so cute!! What a lucky pup.

  2. Joy Q September 20, 2013 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting this recipe.  I am going to try making these this weekend

    • Susan Bewley September 20, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

      I hope your pup enjoys them! I left the plate of cookies on the counter and Reya has been begging for them all morning! Just make sure you tell everyone in your house they are for the dog since they do look like sugar cookies!

  3. Deborah D September 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    My dog will love these.  Thanks for the recipe.

  4. lisa September 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    That sounds good enough to eat. Almost like a cookie.

    • Susan Bewley September 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I bet they would be good and they are human safe to eat. I’m just not sure if I could get past the chicken flavor 😉

  5. Tara September 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    That's so cool, Susan! Since we don't have pets, I never really thought about making treats at home for them but that is really neat!. So happy to see that Reya loves them!

    • Susan Bewley September 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Well, you know that I spoil this puppy!

  6. Emily Linton September 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful dog you have! If I had a dog, I would definitely be making these – they sound delicious! 🙂

    • Susan Bewley September 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Emily! She is a stinker!

  7. Sherry Compton September 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Super cute for all holidays!  My daughter makes ghost cookies and pumpkin cookies for us why not make "cookies" for you four-legged babies.  Dogs love the holidays, too.  This is a great way to treat them!

  8. rachel rohde September 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    thanks for the recipe. i'm gonna try this for my father in law's dog.

  9. Melinda Dunne September 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Oh your baby is getting big! I am also allergic to peanuts so I can't use peanutbutter either. I will have to give this a try I know my babies would love them. 

    • Susan Bewley September 21, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

      I know! Its hard to believe how big she is, Melinda! Isn’t it frustrating that most dog treats are made from peanut butter? I was struggling trying to find a great substitute that was healthy for so long, and our vet recommended sunbutter. Reya LOVES these treats!

  10. CHRISTIE ROBINSON September 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    This is the cutest thing!!!!

  11. Kristy S. September 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    too cute! We take our boston terrier trick or treating every year and some of the neighbors keep treats for her too 🙂

    • Susan Bewley September 21, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

      I am hoping to have little ‘doggy bags’ this year for our trick or treating pups!

  12. Brenda Peterson September 21, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your healthy homemade dog treat recipe.  I am going to make these for my dogs today.  I too have been looking for nutrious dog treats. Nothing better than homemade treats for my fur babies.  🙂

    • Susan Bewley September 21, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

      I 100% agree! Its so hard finding healthy treats for our dogs!

  13. Monika {Life With Lovebugs} September 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    This is great! I have never thought to make my dog treats at home, he is going to love this, thanks for sharing! -Monika 

    • Susan Bewley September 22, 2013 at 12:48 am - Reply

      I hope your pup enjoys them! Reya has been trying to sneak in the kitchen to steal some 😉

  14. Rhonda - A Born Unique Mom September 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    This is perfect, we just got a new doggie! It's our first Halloween with Alex too. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe and I can't wait to try making the treats. 

    • Susan Bewley September 22, 2013 at 12:48 am - Reply

      Hope your pup loves them, Rhonda! Make sure to show me pictures on Facebook!

  15. krystel September 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    wow how cool is that  never knew you can make homeade dog treats 

  16. Kimberly R September 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    what a cute puppy, who doesnt  love a treat!

  17. Susan Smith September 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I have 4 dogs who love treats, I'll have to try this recipe.

  18. Rebecca Chavez September 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I like the recipe.  I'm going to try it.  I buy my dogs treats, but sometimes they just won't eat them & it's really nice to know exactly what's in them..& to know they aren't filled with dyes and preservatives.

  19. Nicole Flothe September 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Wow, great job, I'm sure my dog would love those treats too.  I'll have to make a batch instead of buying them from the store.  Thanks for the recipe!

  20. mindy cole September 24, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe my mom's and sister's dogs are going to enjoy these cant wait to make these this weekend

  21. Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution September 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I'm one of the participants in the Sharing is Caring Halloween Blog Hop and I'm pinning your entry. You can find mine at http://www.thejennyevolution.com/5-ways-to-avoid-eating-the-halloween-candy/

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

  22. eric rivera September 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    i have a few of my own and this will be a nice addition to my doggie treat recipes! btw your dog is super cute love the coat! 

    • Susan Bewley September 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Awww – thank you! I hope your dogs love this recipe as much as my Reya!

  23. Kristy S. September 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    That looks great.  I'm sure my boston terrier would love them 🙂

  24. Roxann September 26, 2013 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Those treats look great. I'm going to make them. My dog is so picky. I hope he likes them.

  25. Vikki Billings September 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    My dogs love treats but they are getting expensive, so I have been looking for a way to cut that cost and still get them yummy treats, these look super easy to make. I am going to give it a shot and make my babies some homemade treats! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Susan Bewley September 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      I realy hope your dogs like them! So far, I haven’t found a dog yet that doesn’t like them 🙂

  26. Bella Vida Letty September 27, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Cute dog!  Maybe soon I can set aside some time to try this. It looks like a really good recipe.

  27. Jody Cowan September 28, 2013 at 1:38 am - Reply

    These are awesome! I'm going to try them for our dogs. Thanks!  And thanks for adding this to my Halloween Linky! I really appreciate it!  You have a wonderful blog!

    • Susan Bewley September 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Hope your dogs enjoy them! This is my favorite doggy biscuit recipe 😀

  28. Krista Low September 28, 2013 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I love that you made your own puppy treats! In my case it's my dog that has allergies so I don't buy him treats very often.  I would have to make my own too. Thanks for sharing your spooky puppy treats!

  29. Stacey Roberson September 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    These treats are too cute! Our dog loves people food, but these treats definitely look healthier for him. Would love to see more of these recipes.

  30. Darlene Jones-Nelson October 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    What a great treat for dogs. I make dog treats for x mas every year for family's with dogs. I too use Whole wheat flour, but mine are made with peanut butter.

    • Susan Bewley October 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      I really wish I could use peanut butter but with my peanut allergies it wouldn’t be a good idea. My poor Reya has never had peanut butter for that reason!

  31. melinda October 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I'm going to try and make these and see if my puppy likes them! Thank you!

  32. Kayla Balko October 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Amazing!! Something I can make for my 2 doggies and also donated a bunch to the local pet rescue shelter (which I am a part of as well). Thanks for this wonderful idea 🙂

  33. Shawnia Myers October 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    So sweet. Noone really thinks of pets when trick or treating. This ia a great idea so that they can have a safe treat.

  34. Toni Cosgrove October 11, 2013 at 4:45 am - Reply

    We feel so bad when our dogscant snack with usnow the an.m son will have fun making these will be good forchristmas gifts too

  35. Shirley Carr October 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    This is a great recipe. i worry about all the stuff in dog treats.

  36. Deborah D October 17, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    These are the cutest things. 

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  38. Teri October 17, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    How creative of you Susan. First of all the idea of making homemade dog treats never occured to me. Then add in the Halloween cookie cutter designs and you have a hit!

    • Susan Bewley October 17, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Thanks, Teri! You won’t believe how many people have asked me to make these for their dogs for Halloween! 😀

  39. Mary Nash October 17, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    So cute, and healthy too!

  40. Susan Broughton October 17, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

    These are so cute my dog would love them!  I will have to make some for all the holidays and use different cookie cutters for the holidays!

  41. Christy Maurer October 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Your dog is so cute 🙂 That recipe looks really great! Dog treats that are all natural are so expensive, so it's great to have an alternative that is unexpensive to make.

    • Susan Bewley October 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Christy! I knew I had to figure something out because the natural treats were very quickly going to break our bank account! 😉

  42. katherine October 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I have to try this. I have 2 very fat dogs because my boyfriend likes to give them like 10 of those crappy dog treats a day! I need something a little healthier. Where can I get the sunflower butter and coconut oil?

  43. Yadira Juarez October 18, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    These look super easy to make! I'm excited to try making them over the weekend. I'm sure my fur babies we gobble them right up!

  44. Christina Marie October 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    How sweet.  Reya is lucky to have a mom who cares so much.  Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Lillian Shoffner October 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I have 3 dogs and I know that they will love these. Thanks so much for posting it! Can't wait to bake some and give them a treat.


  47. Teri October 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Oh these are great for my baby girl! I can't wait to try it

  48. Jennifer Daniell October 19, 2013 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I know I have some fun cookie cutters just begging to be used for this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  49. paul October 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    This looks cute and i'm sure my puppy will enjoy. Thanks!

  50. Rebecca HM October 20, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. It would be awesome to be able to give the pups a treat during Halloween that is goulishly scary, as well as healthy for them. Not to mention you can use the recipe during other Holidays. Like Christmas for sure, this would be a nice present for them. I will definitely be using this. Thanks again.

  51. Melissa S October 20, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    My son is getting older and not really interested in our usual Fall/Halloween activities. I think this would interest him though. I have all the ingredients on hand too!

  52. Rachel October 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    This is a great idea! I am going to make these for my dogs this weekend!  They have food allergies and I think these will work great for them without all the added things in the store bought treats.

  53. Sylvia Zajis October 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    This is a great starter recipe to experimenting with making your own doggie treats.  What a great idea!


  54. Tanya White October 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Great recipe I never thought of making my own dog treats before.

  55. Anita L October 21, 2013 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your home made doggie recipe!   I think it's such a good idea to make our own these days with all the bad products on the market lately.

  56. Paula L. October 21, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

    What an awesome idea. I'm glad your pup likes them. I am gonna have to give this a try for my babies.

  57. shai williams October 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I am going to have to try out this recipe!  I have three dogs and they just hate the fact that they can't share in the candy so having their own goodies is just great.

  58. Michelle Proper October 23, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Wonderful! I have everything on hand but the sunflower oil. Can I substitute another oil? (I have coconut & Olive oil) My dog would love these…no matter what shape 🙂 Thanks!

  59. Tanya White October 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I never thought oof making my own dog treats, I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Renee Kern October 24, 2013 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Love these and will have to try to make them for our dog Maisy.  She's an 8 year old Jack Russell and she has an extremely sensitive system (just switced her to organic dog food because of this), so I think these will be okay for her!  Thank you for sharing!!

  61. cami October 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    so cute and seem easy. may just have to do this for my neighbors dogs 

    • Susan Bewley October 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Super easy! I’m not sure if I will buy treats again 🙂

  62. Karen Matlock October 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    My grandsons always try to eat my dog's treats! If I made these thy could 🙂 Great recipe.

  63. Michelle H October 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    What a great idea!

  64. Marla Jones October 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    looks like my dog 🙂

  65. rose paden October 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    These Halloween dog treats are reakky cute, I think i am going to try these for my dog!

  66. Christina Strapp October 31, 2013 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I think my dogs would love these. Will have to make these.

  67. Bobbie Fousti November 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe.  I have been wanting to try my hand at making them.  I have 4 dogs so it gets expensive to buy them.

  68. Pauline Milner November 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks for offering this great recipe.  We only feed our little guy 'people food' so we know exactly what he is eating.  I am sure he will really enjoy this treat.  Keep up the terrific blogging.

  69. kimberly velkovski November 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    thanks for sharing.  i am going to try this for my boston terrier.

  70. Lauralee Hensley November 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I have two dogs and I think both would love these, but I don't have all those ingredients on hand, so I'd have to get them first.

  71. Renee Patterson Travis November 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I am gonna have to try these for our little girl Honey who is new to our family!

  72. Renee Ashley Hanna November 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    This is so awesome!!! I always wondered how to make dog treats. I bet your dog really loved this. Thanks for the recipes. I will be trying this out oneday!!

  73. Dawn November 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I'm so excited to find Halloween themed dog treats. Thanks for posting!

  74. Lisa Lancaster November 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Thats a great idea for pets, making their treats after all we make treats for everone else. Thanks

  75. heidi eaton November 22, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    What a great recipe. I think I will try this. My dog is always around when I'm cooking hoping I drop somethimething. She would be thrilled to find out I was cooking just for her.

  76. Kelly Knight November 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    This is awesome my dogs would love these!

  77. Martha Jackson December 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Reya is so cute! I will certainly try this recipe.I believe that dogs should eat these kinds of homemade dog food. This recipe you provived us is much healthier than commercial food.Thank you.

    What Should Dogs Eat?

    • Susan Bewley December 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      You are very welcome! She loves these treats & I love that they are so healthy!

  78. Lisa K January 5, 2014 at 2:23 am - Reply

    I have a 8 month old Great Pyrenees, I bet he would love these. He loves treats and I love for them to be healthy. This way I would know what was in them too. Your dog is beautiful.

  79. Shannon April 12, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing, I love to make Sorcha homemade treats.

  80. Birdiebee April 25, 2014 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I have made chicken jerky for my dog before but these dogs treats would surely get eaten by my dog. She loves almost anything. Thanks for the wonderful recipe as I always prefer homemade as then I know what ingredients are in the treats.

    • Susan Bewley April 25, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

      You are very welcome! I am very picky about what my dogs eat too 🙂

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