These Peanut Butter Pretzel Dog Treats are dog tested and dog approved! You can make this dog pretzels recipe with just five ingredients.
If you are dog lovers like our family is, you probably have a very special furry family member at home who would love this homemade dog pretzels recipe!
We love to make homemade dog treats for our pups. We celebrate their birthdays with Peanut Butter Pupcakes. They cool off in the summer with Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats and Frozen Watermelon Dog Treats. And they enjoy Grain-Free Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats year-round.
This latest dog treat recipe has been tested and heartily approved by Urban Bliss Dog. And it's pretty easy to make at home!
Kitchen tools and equipment
For this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Mixing bowl - You'll need two mixing bowls to make this recipe.
Whisk - Use a study whisk to mix together the ingredients.
Pastry brush - Use a pastry brush to brush on the egg wash just before baking.
Cooling rack - You'll need a cooling rack to rest the hot, freshly baked dog pretzels.
Ingredients to make this dog pretzels recipe
Flour - This dog pretzel recipe calls for all-purpose flour. You can use whole wheat flour if you prefer, or try a high quality gluten-free flour if you prefer. Be aware that you may need to adjust measurements if you decide to substitute AP flour for any other kind of flour.
Oats - Use old-fashioned oats (also labeled as rolled oats) for this recipe. Do NOT use instant oats or steel cut oats. Those oats cook completely differently and will not work in this recipe.
Peanut butter - Use your favorite creamy peanut butter (NOT chunky) for this recipe.
Applesauce - The applesauce helps bind the ingredients together without making these too tough.
Egg - You'll need a lightly beaten egg to create an egg wash. This gives the dog pretzels a shiny coat when baked. You can also skip the egg wash if you prefer.
Exact measurements of ingredients and instructions are in the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this post. Here are some helpful tips to guide you as you make this recipe.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, peanut butter, applesauce, and all but 1 Tablespoon of the egg (place the 1 Tablespoon of egg in a small bowl and set aside).
Once the ingredients are well combined, break off a ball about 2 to 3 Tablespoons full then roll into a thin log about 9 to 10 inches long.
Form a pretzel. Place pretzel dog treat onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat until you have used up all of the dough. You should have about 10 pretzel dog treats total.
PRETZEL BITE OPTION: instead of forming pretzels, you can bake these as pretzel bites. Simply roll the dough into a thin log, then slice off in 1" to 2" pieces. Then follow the remaining instructions.
Using a pastry brush, brush each pretzel dog treat with the remaining egg.
Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
Allow the baked dog pretzels to cool completely at room temperature on a cooling rack.
Homemade dog treat tips and FAQs
Break off a piece of the pretzel and feed it to your dog in smaller, bite-size pieces. This is the safest way to feed your dog. Do not give your dog an entire pretzel to eat at once.
If you prefer, you can bake these dog pretzels as pretzel bites. Instead of shaping into pretzels, simply roll out the dough into thin logs, cut off 1" to 2" pieces, and bake.
The ingredients used to make these dog pretzels are generally considered safe for dogs to eat in moderate quantities. We follow dog food safety guidelines by the American Kennel Club.
That said, every dog is different. You should check with your vet before introducing your dog to new foods, or if you have questions about specific foods for your dog.
Allow the dog pretzels to cool completely, and then store in ziplock bags or airtight containers at room temperature for up to 7 days.
How long these stay fresh depends on a lot of different storage and environmental factors (heat, light, etc.), so be sure to check your homemade dog treats for any signs of spoilage before feeding them to your dog.
Peanut Butter Pretzel Dog Treats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats (also known as rolled oats)
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten and divided
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, peanut butter, applesauce, and all but 1 Tablespoon of the egg (place the 1 Tablespoon of egg in a small bowl and set aside).
- Once the ingredients are well combined, break off a ball about 2 to 3 Tablespoons full then roll into a thin log about 9 to 10 inches long. Form a pretzel (see step-by-step photos in the post). Place pretzel dog treat onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat until you have used up all of the dough. You should have about 10 pretzel dog treats total.
- Using a pastry brush, brush each pretzel dog treat with the remaining egg.
- Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
DISCLAIMER: We develop and test these recipes based on what works for our dogs, and we only share recipes that our dogs (and our dog buddy recipe testers!) have eaten and enjoyed. We are recipe developers and not nutritionists or veterinarians. As always, check with your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns about any particular foods for your dog.