Cheese Dog Treats

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May 25, 2022

Here is a simple recipe to make your own homemade dog treats with cheese. These cheddar cheese treats are a healthy, delicious treat that is perfect for training your puppy, giving as gifts to pup play pals, or just anytime! Our Flora loves her cheddar cheese dog treats.

If you know me or my family, you know that we really ❤ our 4-legged baby, Flora. To quote my favorite nanny, she is ‘practically perfect in every way, and makes us smile regularly throughout each day

Because she does bring us so much joy, we love doing things with and for her. She enjoys going on walks, hikes, and car rides and especially loves swimming and snuggling. She has not met a food she doesn’t like and so, of course, adores her treats and goodies.

Dog bone shaped dog treats, a few wrapped with a string.

Every now and again, Kate and I will make a batch of homemade treats, and recently made a batch of these cheddar cheese dog treats for Flora and some of her pup pals.

A dog sitting on a chair

Flora is quite the princess and wears a shiny gold collar with rhinestone-encrusted dog bones to prove it.

The Natural Ingredients in These Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats

Whole Wheat Flour.

While some dog foods leave out wheat, dogs benefit from whole wheat because it aids their digestion and is a great source of fiber and protein. These presume your pet does not have an intolerance to the grain.

Wheat Bran

Wheat bran is the nutritious covering that protects a grain seed. It has significant quantities of protein, iron, fatty acids, and B vitamins. Also rich in fiber, wheat bran helps with colon health, weight management, constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.

Coconut oil 

Coconut oil contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease. Additionally, it helps make dogs’ coats shiny and aid digestion.

Side note: if you are an avid user of coconut oil, like I am, and are tired of scoping it out of the tub, check out this post where I discuss a great idea for storing and using coconut oil. It makes my life much easier, and I hope it does the same for you! But if you don’t have coconut oil, feel free to substitute olive oil.


Honey is naturally high in enzymes and antioxidants Further, locally sourced honey can be very beneficial to aid those dogs suffering from allergies.


Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, essential fatty acids, b-complex vitamins, riboflavin, selenium, and other beneficial nutrients. Some folks even grind up the eggs shells and add them to their pet’s food.

Cheddar Cheese 

Real cheese provides beneficial protein, enzymes, calcium, and other vitamins important to your pup’s health. Feel free to swap out the cheddar for another cheese your pup loves.

A close up of dog bones to be baked

I used a good size cookie cutter, but if you have a smaller pup, you can easily use a much smaller cookie cutter…just mind the baking time as it will probably be much shorter.

These tummy-yummy cheesy dog treats keep for several weeks in an airtight container in the pantry. However, ours haven’t stayed around long enough for us to determine their exact shelf life. Just to be sure, we ensure that they are crisp when we put them in the pantry. 

Dog bone-shaped dog treats with a few tied together.
Dog bone shaped dog treats, a few wrapped with a string.

Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

a healthy treat for your favorite pooch


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water, or beef/chicken broth
  • 4 TB honey
  • 2 TB melted coconut oil, optional


    1. Combine flour, wheat bran, and cheddar cheese in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
    2. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to combine
    3. Roll dough between sheets of wax or parchment paper to a thickness of 1/8".
    4. Cut out with cookie cutters.
    5. Bake on parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheets at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until dry and crisp.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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    Now, before you start making these, I want to tell you one of my favorite useful lifehacks. Before measuring the honey, coat your measuring spoon with oil which will make the honey slide right out without leaving any residue on the spoon!

    A dog holding a treat in her mouth

    Not sure Bernie’s cheddar cheese dog treats will make it to him in one piece. Lucky for him, I know where the stash is, and if worse comes to worst, I can whip up another batch rather quickly.

    are you looking for more dog treat recipes?

    I’ve got you covered! This 3-Ingredient Dog Treats recipe is always one of our most popular posts…Flora gives it a big Paw Up! Pumpkin (or a variety of other soft fruits or vegetables) shines in these Pumpkin Dog Treats; this post also discusses grain substitutions. And these simple, ingredient Sweet Potato Dog Chews couldn’t be easier. Or, you can head over to see all of our popular homemade dog treat recipes in one place!

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    Dog bone-shaped dog treats with a few tied together.

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    1. Cathy Koss

      July 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Love these biscuits! Will be making them soon for our dog club friends! Flora is beautiful!

      • lynn

        July 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        Thanks for swinging by Cathy and thanks for giving Flora a little love. She’s right with me as I type, sitting in one of her many ‘princess’ chairs. Love that you have a dog club! What a fun idea.
        Wishing you a lovely weekend.
        Hugs, Lynn

    2. Sandeleh

      July 15, 2016 at 11:55 am

      I’m pretty new to baking. After 30 yrs ith only a microwave, I finally do have a stove with an oven that works! So- are the cookies on a plain baking sheet, greased or lined with paper? Have you tried making cookies for Flora using oatmeal flour instead of the wheat flour and bran? My dogs are on a raw diet and I try to avoid grains as much as possible, but they do tolerate oats better than wheat.

      • lynn

        July 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm

        Hi Sandeleh, I have not tried the oat flour, but would surely give it a try and if you do please drop back and let me know how it worked out. We did use parchment paper on the baking sheets, but you could easily grease them or maybe you might not need anything. And enjoy your oven! I bet you are chomping at the bit to do some baking.
        Thanks for swinging by today and hope you have a lovely weekend.
        Hugs, Lynn

    3. Ilka

      July 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Making your own dog biscuits is such a great idea Lynn. Healthy natural snacks are so important for our little companions. I’m sure they love the cheddar cheese flavor! :):)

      • lynn

        July 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

        HI Ilka…the sad truth of the matter is that Flora would eat absolutely ANYTHING…whether is was good for her or not. Because we want to keep her healthy for as long as possible, we do endeavor to feed her as well as possible.
        Have a wonderful day!

    4. Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage

      July 17, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      My sister had a kiosk at a big mall in Phoenix, years ago, selling homemade dog biscuits and treats. I still have some of her recipes and this is another one that I’ll add to all of them. I even have her copper dog bone cookie cutter. Thanks for this recipe, Molly will love it.

      • lynn

        July 18, 2016 at 7:35 am

        Hi Carol…what a great job! Especially if the pups could come chose what treats they wanted! And from what I can tell, Miss Molly is practically perfect in every way too so gets her fair sure of home made goodies! Still keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
        Many Hugs, Lynn

    5. Maryann

      July 8, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Our Ona would love these!

      • lynn

        July 10, 2021 at 6:51 am

        If she is anything like our Flora, I know she will!

    6. Tammy

      August 19, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Hi there, this recipe looks so yummy. Will definitely make these for my 4 frenchies. But quick question…could I omit wheat bran from the recipe or can I use a substitute for it? If so, what would u suggest? I don’t have wheat bran on hand that’s why …TIA 😊🙏🏻

      • lynn

        August 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm

        Hi Tammy, you could substitute just about any grain (oatmeal, oat bran, wheat germ are great substitutions)

        Hope your 4-legged love enjoys them.




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