Easy DIY Homemade Three-Ingredient Dog Treats

Ford & Otto Peanut Butter, Oat & Banana Treats

My 12-year-old beagle, Ford, has a malignant lymphoma diagnosis. My heart is broken. I have a lot of big feelings, and I don’t know where to put them.

Every time I find myself in this scary, sad place – when my husband deployed to Afghanistan in October 2010, when my brother deployed to Afghanistan in December 2012, and now that I know my dog is dying – I always find my way back into the kitchen. It gives me something functional to do with my hands, something new to learn with my brain, and somewhere productive to put my feelings to work.

So I made these DIY homemade three-ingredient dog treats for Ford and his brother, Otto. They use overripe bananas that I keep in my freezer until I’m ready to bake something, quick rolled oats, and creamy peanut butter. Sometimes I sprinkle turmeric on them, as turmeric is supposed to aid with inflammation.

The dogs love these special treats made by mom. They can be baked on the low end of the time scale for a softer treat, or on the high end of the time for a crunchier treat.

I hope your dogs love them as much as mine do. Tell your pups that Ford and Otto say hi, squeeze your furry companions tight today, and tell them you love them.

Uncooked Quick Rolled Oats on Wooden Table

Raw DIY 3-Ingredient Dog Treat Dough

Bone-Shaped Raw Banana Oat & Peanut Butter Dog Treats on Baking Sheet

Baked Homemade Three-Ingredient Dog Treats

Ford & Otto Stamped Homemade DIY Dog Treats

Homemade 3-Ingredient Dog Treats

Rating: 51

10 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Serving Size: 1 treat

Homemade 3-Ingredient Dog Treats

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the overripe bananas, quick rolled oats and creamy peanut butter with a spatula in a large bowl.
  3. Tape one piece of wax paper onto your work surface. Place the ball of dog treat dough on the wax paper. Put another piece of wax paper on top.
  4. Roll out the dog treat dough into your desired thickness of dog treat using a rolling pin or wine bottle. The extra sheet of waxed paper on top helps avoid sticking to your rolling pin.
  5. Using your fun dog-themed cookie cutter of choice, cut out the dog treats in your desired shapes. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. If you desire, you can sprinkle a dog-safe spice like turmeric (which is supposed to reduce inflammation) onto the dough.
  7. Bake 15 to 18 minutes at 350 degrees, or until your treats start to brown around the edges.
  8. Let cool completely before feeding to Fido. Store in an airtight container up to one week.

Cookie 27: Peanut Butter Cookies

Every would-be, wanna-be, and will-be baker should know how to make peanut butter cookies. These are a great one to pull out of your hat for almost any event, and they’re such a delicious little comfort food. I never knew why we do the “criss-cross” pattern on the top of peanut butter cookies (anyone out there know the answer?) but the simple visual cue of seeing those little hash marks gives me a little tingle of joy knowing I’m about to bite into something incredible. My husband said he was craving a great peanut butter cookie, and with fall setting in here in Kansas City I just happen to have the urge to bake a little more often, so he got lucky. Just a heads up on this before we start the recipe – plan ahead for these. They require a little chill time in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Cookies

20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

6 hours

Yield: 3 dozen +

Peanut Butter Cookies

Try this easy, classic recipe for how to make peanut butter cookies. Every baker needs a great peanut butter cookie recipe in his or her repertoire!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

Recipe Directions

  1. Soften butter to room temperature.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Add the eggs and beat just until blended.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and peanut butter and mix well.
  6. Begin adding the dry ingredient mixture about 1/3 at a time, beating just until blended.
  7. Cover and refrigerate the peanut butter cookie dough for at least 4 hours.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Drop rounded balls (or use your cookie scoop!) onto the parchment paper.
  11. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like your peanut butter cookies.
  12. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  13. Convince yourself you're just going to have one, then devour about a dozen in one sitting.
  14. Cover up the evidence so no one knows about your lack of self-control.

 

Cookie 26 – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I got the itch to bake today out of nowhere. I had some mini chocolate chips in the freezer and a can of pumpkin sitting in the pantry. It’s like… a sign, or something. So I made some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and I threw in some slivered almonds I needed to get rid of. Husband didn’t care so much for the nuts, so now I have more than three dozen cookies to pawn off on my wonderful colleagues tomorrow. These things are ballin’ and shot callin’, you guys. Enjoy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

50 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen +

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quick and easy recipe for soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (nuts optional) that makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. In your mixing bowl, combine the pureed pumpkin, sugar, canola oil, egg and vanilla extract. Beat gently just until blended.
  5. Start adding the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture about a quarter at a time. Mix just until blended.
  6. Add your chocolate chips.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough, or use your cookie scoop, onto the baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Pull out of the oven and let them rest for about 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

In our KC Door to Door Organics box this week came a bag of precious little Meyer Lemons. That means dessert is nigh in this house. If you’re not familiar with Meyer Lemons, they are often smaller and rounder than regular lemons, and they tend to be slightly sweeter and a touch less acidic and sour. If that doesn’t scream, “Bake me into muffins!” I don’t know what does.

For those of you who don’t know about KC Door to Door Organics, it’s a company that partners with farmers (oftentimes local!) to deliver fresh, organic produce and groceries to your home or business. You can completely customize your box, indicating whether you prefer all fruits, all veggies, or a mixture of both, and can specify your particular likes and dislikes so you never get something you hate in your box. Plus you can swap stuff out during the few days before your delivery if something just doesn’t mesh with your menu that week. It’s been  a great opportunity for us to try lots of new produce, and shake things up a bit in our weekly menus. Not to mention, the produce is often as local as possible, so that feels good. Oh yeah, and it knocked about $30 off my weekly grocery bill. I’m a part of the co-op at my company that gets a discounted rate, and I have set my account to get a delivery every Tuesday at the office.  I recommend checking it out!

I’ve got some left over invite promo codes if any of you want to try KC Door to Door Organics out. The promo code gives you 50% off your first box. Just email me or comment on this post and I’d be happy to send you one.

So without further adieu, here is the super fast and easy Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Muffins recipe for your enjoyment. You’ll have fresh, warm, fluffy  lemon poppy seed muffins in a half hour or so!

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Streusel Muffins

15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

30 minutes

Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Streusel Muffins

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest
  • 5-6 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
  2. Mix the sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers. Squeeze and smoosh it until your mixture becomes Meyer lemony fragrant and the sugar is a little moist.
  3. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients mixture over the dry ingredients mixture and blend gently with a spatula. Add the poppy seeds. Do not over mix. This is a thick muffin batter.
  6. Bake in your preheated 400-degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes or so, then remove from the muffin tin.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

We carved up some pumpkins for our annual “Creature Double Feature” party, and you know what that means… fresh pureed pumpkin for use in all sorts of goodies! Not to mention roasted pumpkin seeds. I love how many cool things a simple pumpkin can do. Our Creature Double Feature party was a success again this year. We watched the (terrible, awful) movie Dead Alive, followed by (awesome, fun) movie Near Dark – both the selections from my husband the horror and movie enthusiast. At the party we served deviled eggs made to look like pumpkins, apple cider with different alcohols to spike it with, and a DIY s’mores bar. The decor ideas for the snake wreath and painted Jack-o-lantern planter came straight from Pinterest, of course. I’m sorry I didn’t click through the links so I don’t recall who the idea originators were.

So far with the pumpkin puree left over from just two carved pumpkins I have made these pumpkin cream cheese rolls, pumpkin pancakes, and now the pumpkin streusel muffins below. My husband is carving one more jack-o-lantern just before Halloween proper so hopefully all the kids in the neighborhood know we’ve got plenty of candy to give out, so I’m sure more pumpkin goodies will happen. I don’t think anyone around here is complaining!

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

15 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

45 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Quick and easy pumpkin streusel muffins recipe using pumpkin puree. Great treat for the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup quick rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Recipe Directions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, white sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, flour and baking soda.
  4. 4. Add the dry ingredients mixture into the wet ingredients mixture a bit at a time, mixing just until blended.
  5. 5. In a separate bowl, mash together the quick rolled oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon with your hands until you get a crumbly streusel mixture.
  6. 6. Scoop about 1/4 cup of muffin batter into each cup, or until the cups are 2/3 full. Sprinkle the streusel topping across the tops.
  7. 7. Bake the pumpkin streusel muffins at 350 degrees for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Notes

I like a heavy-handed spice mixture, feel free to scale back if you prefer less spice and more pumpkin. If you have pumpkin pie spice, you could sub a teaspoon and a half of that for my cinnamon/cloves/ginger mixture.

Cookie 25 – Lemon Blueberry Cookies

This recipe is almost identical to the one found at SpoonForkBacon.com, so go see Jenny’s to see the original. I was going to change it up more than I did and add a cream cheese poppyseed frosting, but to be completely honest with you, I got tired. The dishes had piled up so high from baking cookies and cooking dinner that I just wanted to give up and go to bed instead. I didn’t add the pearl sugar at the end because like I said I wanted to add frosting. If I change my mind tomorrow, I’ll add more pictures, but for now…

Lemon Blueberry Cookies

Rating: 41

15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 36

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Lemon Blueberry Cookies

Quick and easy homemade lemon blueberry cookies recipe. No kitchen mixer required for this blueberry lemon cookie recipe!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 15-ounce can blueberries in light syrup, rinsed

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In one mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, Greek yogurt, beaten egg, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture in about three parts, and stir until blended.
  5. Rinse the canned blueberries and gently fold them into the cookie batter.
  6. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop approx. 2 tablespoons of cookie batter for each cookie an inch or two apart on the baking sheet. (Jenny at SFP would have you sprinkle a pinch of pearl sugar on top of them here.)
  7. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, just until the edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and transfer to wire cooling rack.

Cookie 24 – Mint Chip Cookies

I saw Guittard green mint chips at the new grocery store near our house so I snagged a bag and decided to make a fairly classic chocolate chip cookie with mostly green mint chips and to polish off the half-bag of miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips I had sitting in the freezer. These would have been good cookies in March, wouldn’t they?

Green Mint Chip Cookies

15 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen

Green Mint Chip Cookies

Green mint chip cookies. Quick and easy recipe for cookies using green mint chips and optional chocolate chips.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups green mint chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar together in your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment until well-mixed, light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, coffee extract and milk and beat just until blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients mixture at a time to the batter, mixing just until blended.
  5. Add the green mint chips (and chocolate chips if you decided to add those)
  6. Drop in heaping spoonfuls or use your cookie scoop to get perfect, beautifully round cookies.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit on pan for 2-3 minutes, then carefully move them to a wire cookie rack to cool completely.

Cookie 23 – White Chocolate Mocha Cookies

My husband turned 33 last week and I promised the man cookies. He requested white chocolate and coffee to put together a white chocolate mocha cookie, so I whipped these little guys up to share with all his friends at his birthday party at a very cool little bar in Kansas City called the 403 Club. I have to say, these are pretty high up on my list of the best cookies I’ve done so far. I’d like to tweak them a touch more in the future to get even more of a coffee taste to come through because it seems to mellow out on the second day. Either way, these are really excellent cookies. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! For the coffee and grounds I just used my husband’s leftovers from this morning’s pot of coffee. Too easy! Feel free to scale up or down on the white chocolate chips to however much you like. A regular 10-ounce bag tasted perfecto to me.

White Chocolate Mocha Cookies

Rating: 51

15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 4 dozen

White Chocolate Mocha Cookies

White chocolate mocha cookies. Quick and easy recipe for cookies using coffee and white chocolate chips for a cookie with a slight caffeine kick.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp fine coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 ounces white chocolate chips

Recipe Directions

  1. Pull out butter to soften. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add 2 eggs, vanilla, brewed coffee and coffee grounds. Mix just until blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, salt.
  5. Add to the cookie dough in parts mixing just until blended.
  6. Incorporate the white chocolate chips.
  7. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, let sit on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Cookie 22 – Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw coffee extract in the grocery aisle. I didn’t know there was such a thing. I’m quite sure the 2 tsp of coffee extract and the 2 tbsp of milk could be swapped out easily for just extra strongly brewed coffee instead. I’m really glad I baked these last week. I was able to trade them with a kind neighbor to borrow their snow shovel to dig ourselves out from under Nemo, the first of two blizzards here in Kansas City. We just got pummeled by blizzard round two today, cutely named Rocky this time.

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip coffee cookies. Quick and easy recipe for cookies using mini chocolate chips and coffee extract OR strongly brewed coffee.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons coffee extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar together in your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment until well-mixed, light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, coffee extract and milk and beat just until blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients mixture at a time to the batter, mixing just until blended.
  5. Add the miniature chocolate chips.
  6. Drop in heaping spoonfuls or use your cookie scoop to get perfect, beautifully round cookies.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit on pan for 2-3 minutes, then carefully move them to a wire cookie rack to cool completely.

Cookie 21 – Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

More pink cookies in honor of Valentine’s Day! I’m on a kick, I guess. This recipe is heavily inspired by this recipe at Chocolate, Chocolate and More so be sure to go check it out. I think Joan made a very versatile recipe and I encourage you to experiment with it! Aside from a slight negligible change here and there, I did change up the flavors for a raspberry vanilla cookie instead of a cherry white chocolate cookie, and dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate.

I actually made this and last week’s cookies within two days of each other so my dad could take a bunch of cookies to share with his coworkers, and my dad was so kind as to bring me several bags of phenomenal Sta-Green garden soil because I am mere weeks from starting to turn up the soil for my 2013 garden. I’ve done some light reading to refresh and plan, picked out my seeds, and all I need is for the weather here in Kansas City to warm up a touch so I can get cracking. I’ll be starting my seeds in doors. This can’t happe nfast enough!

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

Adorable pink raspberry flavored cookies with dark chocolate chips in honor of Valentine's Day. Use raspberry gelatin dessert (Jell-O) to get do this cute pink cookie recipe!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry gelatin dessert powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the softened butter, sugar and raspberry powder in your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat just until blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the batter in parts.
  5. Add the dark chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon or cookie scoop onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling completely.

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