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Homemade Dog Treats For The Holidays



Want to whip up a really special, delicious and healthy gift for your dog this Christmas season? Here are a few recipe ideas for homemade dog treats. Your pooch will love you for it!  

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Holiday Peanut Butter Bites

Ingredients:
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons of molasses
3 tablespoons of peanut butter, unsalted
3 tablespoons of canola oil

Preparation:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a bowl mix the all purpose flour and the whole wheat flour together and set it on the side. In a separate large bowl stir the molasses, peanut butter and oil together. Then add the flours mixture into the molasses mixture and whisk it until it is smooth.
3. Use your hand to break the dough into small ball size pieces and roll each one into log shapes around ½ inch in diameter. Then cut the logs into 1/8 of inch thick discs. Place the discs over two ungreased baking sheets and put them in the oven. Bake them for approximately 30 minutes or until they become golden brown.
4.Once done allow them to cool completely before serving out. Store them in airtight containers for up to 14 days, or wrap them in freezer wrap and keep them in the freezer for up to 60 days.

Peanut Butter Slice and Bake Biscuits

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup water
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tsp plain wheat germ
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ cup shredded dried beef, saved for top of cookies

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375°.
2. In a pot on top of the stove, place your peanut butter, molasses, water, wheat germ and salt. Warm at medium heat.
3. Melt the ingredients together, whisking quickly.
4. Once melted and smooth, take the peanut butter mixture, which should now be nearly liquid, and put in a small bowl.
5. Measure your flour into a large mixing bowl, and fold in your liquid mixture slowly until your dough is soft. Be sure to have a well-floured board ready to go!
6. Once you have your dough mixed to the consistency you desire, turn it onto your floured board, roll it into a log shape. Place it in the refrigerator for two hours, until your dough is hard enough to slice into ¼-inch sections. If you are in a real rush, you can place it in the freezer for ½ hour until firm.
7. Have a cookie sheet ready to go, and spray it lightly with a non-stick spray.
8. Place your slice and bake cookies on the cookie sheet.
9. Put the dried beef in a blender or food processor to chop it.
10. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with your shredded, dried beef.
11. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn off the oven and let your cookies dry out as the oven cools down. This will make them hard and help keep them fresh. It will also bring out the flavor and make it more intense.
12. Once your cookies have completely cooled, it is time to place them in an air-tight container. You can either gift wrap them if you are giving them as a gift, or store them in your freezer up to three months until you are ready to serve them. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

To save time in a pinch, you can also make the dough and freeze it for up to three months until you are ready to use it. I love these slice and bake treats because they are fun, fast and, most of all, easy!

Bacon Parmesan Biscuits

Ingredients:
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup bacon drippings
1/2 cup beef broth

Directions:
1. Combine flour, cornmeal, and cheese in medium-size bowl.
2. Stir in bacon drippings until mixture is crumbly.
3. Stir in broth until well mixed.
4. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch and cut into shapes.
5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 300 F for 45 minutes.
7. Cool on rack.
8. Store in refrigerator

Dog Treats I

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup milk 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.
2. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.
3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut with cookie cutter (I prefer bone shaped), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.

Diabetic Dog Treats

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 pounds beef liver, cut into pieces

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
2. Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. If you have room, add the flour and eggs, and process until smooth. Otherwise, transfer to a bowl, and stir in the flour and eggs using a wooden spoon. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. 3.Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center is firm. Cool, and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. The treats will have a consistency similar to a sponge. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

The Best Doggie Biscuits

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup water

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, cornmeal and salt. Mix in the oil, egg and water to make a soft dough that is not too sticky. You may add more flour if needed. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten slightly.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until nicely browned and firm. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Sources: seefido.com; dogs.lovetoknow.com; robinsfyi.com; allrecipes.com

Want great homemade treats but you're not a baker? Check out these local dog bakeries... Gertie Goodies, Knick Knack Paddy Whack Co., Pure Doggy Organic Bakery, Give A Doggy A Bone, Puppy Cake Bakery.  Check our Pet Stores, Supplies, Food page for more.