Living With Dogs: Peanut Butter Dreams (Vegan Dog Treats)

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Disclaimer:  I am not a dog nutritionist, this recipe is intended as a special treat.  If you are concerned about potential allergies or health concerns, please don’t take a chance with your dog’s health.

All of my life, I’ve heard people say that dogs dream about chasing rabbits, but I’m pretty sure my dogs dream about peanut butter.  Peanut blossoms are my favorite cookie, so I decided to make a version for dogs. These are soft cookies.  I think older dogs would especially appreciate the soft texture.  Thanks to my sister, Alice G Patterson Photography, for the  photos! 

vegan peanut butter dreams, adorable homemade dog treats, DIY Chocolate is toxic to dogs, but carob isn’t.  However, since so many people just look at a photo without reading the directions, I didn’t want to use carob, for fear people would mistake it for chocolate.  Instead, I topped off my dog’s peanut butter dreams with the cutest grain-free treat.  

DIY: Vegan Peanut Butter Dreams Dog Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

DIY:  Vegan Peanut Butter Dreams Dog Treats

Vegan recipe for soft peanut butter cookies for dogs.


  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 3/8 cup organic, natural peanut butter or Dogsbutter (Be sure there is NO XYLITOL in peanut butter!)
  • 1 cup rice flour (may substitute other flours)
  • 2 TBSP organic unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 TBSP to 2 TBSP water
  • Optional: treat


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix coconut oil and peanut butter.
  3. Slowly add rice flour.
  4. Stir in applesauce and water.
  5. The dough should not be crumbly. Add more water if needed.
  6. Shape dough to desired size. (Cookies do not spread or rise during baking.)
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  8. Optional: immediately after baking press small treat into cookie. (This treat may be baked in the cookie, but it will lose its chewy texture.)


This recipe is intended for a special treat. It is high in calories and oil. If your dog is very sensitive to fats or oils, please opt for a different treat.


I’m joining the  2017 Holiday Cookie Swap.  Follow the links for more cookie recipes (for humans!) 

Snowballs from Samantha at Carter’s Cozy Nest
Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies from Mia at Mia Sutton Blog
Snickerdoodles from Lisa at Retro Housewife Goes Green
German Chocolate Cake Cookies from Abby at Winstead Wandering
Sugar Cookies from Lindsay at Pursuit of Pink
Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies) from Sandra at The In Between Is Mine
Cloud Snickerdoodles from Savannah at The Savvy Plate 
Peppermint Whoopie Pies from Abi at Abi Tomberlin Blog
Peanut Butter Dreams Dog Treats from Beth at Daily Dog Tag
Grandma Hermits by Lecy at A Simpler Grace

I’ve also joined The Santa Paws Howliday Cookie Exchange hosted by the Everyday Dog Mom.  Check out these great recipes for pets!

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About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in editorial photography, senior portraits, and dog photography.  She is passionate about helping small businesses.


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  • Oh my goodness, Beth, these are so cute! My brother is going to be dog-sitting for a friend this weekend, so I might make these for the pups. Thanks for joining in the 2017 Holiday Cookie Swap! <3

      Beth says:

      Thank you, and thanks for hosting this!

    Pamela says:

    What a great idea to use the treat on top. Looks adorable. But do you find you need to keep humans from trying them?

      Beth says:

      I’m okay with my husband and kids eating them if they want! I did have to make a batch of cookies for my family after I made these because it isn’t fair to just bake for the dogs.

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  • Aw, I love that you created a treat for dogs! I think my dog would love this – she’s a fan of peanut butter too. lol Thanks for sharing!!


    These are so cute! I love the treat in the middle.

    Dolly loves anything with peanut butter so I’m sure she would love them, if I wasn’t too lazy to make them. I love to make Christmas cookies, for me, I may just have to check out those recipes. But my favorite is always a decorated sugar cookie. Sandra and Dolly

    Lindsay says:

    These are so cute!!! We definitely can’t leave out our furry friends.

    Rachel says:

    These are adorable! My dog would love them!

    Jana Rade says:

    These look adorable. Definitely look like genuine Christmas cookies 🙂

    Savannah says:

    These are just the cutest! I love that you’re letting the pups join in on the holiday cookie fun. One time when my siblings and I were kids, our parents tricked us into eating cookies made for dogs. They looked like genuine frosted sugar cookies so we definitely fell for it!

      Beth says:

      That’s pretty funny even though it is a little mean.

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  • Abi says:

    AW, I love this!! Furry friends need Christmas treats too!!

    Aww this is so sweet. I can’t wait to make these for my doggos!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

    shelby says:

    lol these actually sound so good I want to eat them!

    Anna says:

    Definitely going to make these for my future pup!

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  • What a fun treat for your dog!

    Shannon says:

    These are so cute! My dog is obsessed with peanut butter also so I’ll have to try these out!

    Ohmigoodness, these are SO ADORABLE! I love it.

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