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How-To: Homemade Doggie Treats

Always baking for your friends? Don't leave out your furry ones! Everyone loves homemade treats, especially around the holidays.

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Photo: ttrentham (flickr)

Even our furry friends deserve healthy treats!

Nothing beats the yummy goodness of homemade treats made for ones you love. With delicious baked goodies around, your pup will have a hard time keeping his paws out of the cookie jar! Here are our favorite drool-dropping recipes:

Vegetarian Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1 egg (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix all ingredients into a ball and roll out to about 1/4″ thick. Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter, or strips, or a cutter shape of your own choice. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes at 300F.

Canine Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup bread or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat, rye, or other dark flour
  • 1 cup bulgar wheat
  • 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast

Instructions:

Use dough cycle. Roll dough to 1/4″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutters or knife. Place on baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with clean kitchen towels and let rise in warm place about 45 minutes. Bake at 325-degrees for 45 minutes. When all are baked, turn off oven and return all cookies to cooling oven overnight to harden. Store in airtight container.

Tip: If you use a 3.5″ bone shaped cutter (perfect for doggie treats!), you’ll get about 30-35 cookies from this recipe.

Peanut Butter and Honey Dog Biscuits

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Photo: @heylovedc (flickr)

Give your puppy the gift of sweet, peanut-buttery love.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

Heat honey and peanut butter until runny (about 20 seconds in the microwave. Mix ingredients together and drop by 1/2 teaspoonful onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes. For a Pug, half a biscuit is usually plenty. So if you have a bigger or smaller dog, adjust the biscuit size (and the cooking time). This normally makes about 45 to 50 biscuits.

Birthday Cake for Pups

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Photo: fred ciang (flickr)

Celebrate their special day with this delicious treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 1 jar baby food, meat, beef, strained
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 strips of beef jerky

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour an 8x5x3 inch loaf pan. Cream butter until smooth. Add corn oil, baby food, and eggs. Mix until smooth. Mix dry ingredients into beef mixture until batter is smooth. Crumble beef jerky and fold into batter. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Ice with plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Store uneaten cake in refrigerator.

Icy Paws

Ingredients:

  • 2 32 oz cartons plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 8 oz can tuna in water
  • 2 teaspoons garlic power
  • 24 3 oz. plastic cups (not paper)

Instructions:

Open yogurt, if they are full to the top use a spoon & scoop out one cup. (these will be frozen as plain yogurt). Put half of the can of tuna in each yogurt container add the garlic power (1 tsp. in each) & stir thoroughly. Use a spoon & scoop the mixture into the cups. Place on a tray & freeze overnight. Makes about 24 treats.

Variations:

  • Mix in garlic powder, brewers yeast & fennel seed.
  • Veggie Delight: Mix in cooked peas or other vegetables.
  • Chicken Icy Paws: use canned chicken instead of tuna
  • Potassium Boost: Add in a mashed banana.

Breath Busters Biscuits

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Photo: Terese Tam

Cut sticky puppy breath with this easy recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Bisquick ® baking mix
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves (loosely packed)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or corn syrup

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in food processor, process until well mixed, mint is chopped, and a large ball forms. Press or roll on non-stick surface (floured board or ceramic) to a thickness of 1/4-1/2″. Cut into 1×2″ strips or with bone-shaped cookie cutter and place on non-stick cookie pan. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in air-tight container. Makes about 30 medium biscuits.

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Molly Plunkett

Molly Plunkett is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for Earth Eats. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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