Show your dog some love with a batch of homemade Dog Donuts! These easy-to-make treats are filled with fresh rosemary and can be topped with cream cheese instead of icing. Unlike the donuts found at the corner donut shop, these homemade dog treats are created specifically for canines. This dog-friendly recipe is sure to make your furry friend’s day!
Rosemary Dog Doughnuts
It’s no secret that my dogs are spoiled. I even created a dog cake recipe for them! What can I say? I love baking for him as much as I love baking for the rest of my family! And what I love even more is that I always know exactly what I’m feeding my dog when I use homemade dog treats.
This recipe for Rosemary Dog Donuts was the perfect way to mix up my dog’s usual treat rotation. The pretty donut shape makes them picture perfect. Skip the Krispy Kreme Doggie Donuts and bake up a batch of these next time you have a family breakfast, so your puppy can join in on the fun!
Reasons to Make This Recipe
If the adorable image of your dog eating a “donut” isn’t enough to convince you, here are a few more reasons to give homemade dog donuts a try.
- Easy to make. You probably already have the ingredients on hand!
- No dyes or preservatives. Store bought treats have an ingredient list a mile long. These are all natural and free of unhealthy additives.
- Health benefits of rosemary. This herb is reported to aid dogs with digestion and memory. Rosemary is even known to act as a natural flea repellent for many dogs!
- Olive oil for shiny coats. Dog Donuts are made with olive oil, which helps keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.
- They look adorable. Don’t forget to take a picture of your dog with his donut! That is, if he doesn’t gobble it up right away. (Mine definitely did.)
Can dogs have donuts?
They can when you make them dog safe! This dog donut recipe includes only ingredients that are shown to be safe for dogs. Use dog donuts as a treat for a special occasion or a reward for a job well done.
Typical doughnuts made with white flour and lots of sugar, should not be served to doggies. Save those (like these baked pumpkin donuts) for yourself!
The ingredients in this recipe are generally recognized as safe for dogs. While I am comfortable feeding these to my dog, I always suggest consulting with your veterinarian for what is safe for YOUR dog.
Dog Donut Tips and Tricks
- The cream cheese topping is optional. The plain donuts are just as great for your doggie, and to be honest less messy.
- You don’t need to grease your pan because the oil included in the donuts should do the trick.
- Swap the rosemary for other dog friendly herbs if desired. Fresh oregano and parsley are other good choices.
How To Make Dog Donuts
Making these doggy delights is super simple. Ingredients are combined and mixed by hand. After the mixture comes together, pipe it into a donut pan, then bake. Such a simple way to make a special treat for your pup!
Can I make this without a donut pan?
Yes. If you don’t have a donut pan, you can always put dollops of the batter on a cookie sheet and bake them that way. Start at 7 minutes for the cooking time and add time if needed. They won’t be a perfect donut shape, but your dog won’t mind!
How do you pipe the batter into the pan without a piping bag?
Make a piping bag substitute with a ziplock bag. Spoon the batter into the bag and snip off the corner. Then, you’re ready to pipe away!
Can you freeze these dog donuts?
Yes, you can freeze these doggie donuts if desired. Do it before adding the cream cheese topping. Let thaw before serving. You can feed them to your dog frozen, however aggressive chewers may risk breaking a tooth when these are rock solid.
More Easy Dog Treat Recipes
Once you learn how to make homemade donuts for your dog, you won’t want to stop there. Give these other puppy approved Pumpkin Dog Treats, Pupcake Dog Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Dog Treats, Frozen Blueberry Dog Treats and Spoiled Dog Cake recipes a try next.
- Donut Pan
- Frosting bag with tip
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 egg
- 2 medium sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Strip the rosemary from its stems.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, egg, olive oil, and half of the rosemary. Mix well.Add in the ¼ cup water and mix well again. If you think your mixture is too thick, add in a tablespoon more of water at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
- Place the batter in a frosting bag and evenly distribute among each of the donut cavities in your pan. Bake for 13 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling for another 15 minutes.
- Place the cream cheese in a small bowl and microwave for 20 seconds then stir well. Add the 2 tablespoons of water and stir until combined. Dip the top of your donuts in the cream cheese and sprinkle with the leftover rosemary. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.