Homemade Treats Dogs Have Taste-tested and Approved
If you know me, you know I love food and cooking. My family comes first on my list of ones to please…and then it’s our doggies, Buba and Andy. Sure, sure they are easier to please, well kinda sorta because Buba has to smell-test most everything before it crosses his lips. 😉 Note: your friends’ pets will appreciate these special treats on birthdays, holidays, especially Christmastime.
My homemade treats dogs love however, are always Buba approved – don’t even get me started with how much little Andy loves ’em. The recipe I am about to share with you is super easy to pull together, one bowl, one cookie sheet, and a few other utensils is all you need. And as we know for people food…homemade is always better.
A couple of summers ago I baked these treats fresh every Friday morning and headed down to my booth at the Farm Market in the afternoon…dogs AND their owners would seek me out, my treats were a hit! (Note to self, I should sell these online :)) I’m convinced your doggie is gonna love ya for sure when you offer up these homemade treats.
Correen’s K9 Treats – The Homemade Treat Dogs Smell and Taste Tested
Dog Treat Recipe
Depending on the size of your cookie cutter this recipe easily makes 20 to 40 golden brown doggie treats. Once cooled, keep treats in an airtight container.
In a large mixing bowl combine…
– 2 cups whole wheat flour
– 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
– 1/2 cup raw peanuts; coarsely chopped
– pinch of salt and sugar; optional
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add…
– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
– 1/2 cup vegetable broth
– 2 eggs and 1/4 cup milk; gently beaten
With clean hands, dive in and squish around until wet and dry ingredients are well blended. Set aside and let rest for 15 to 30 minutes. In the meantime, prepare a cookie sheet by lightly greasing it with shortening or meat drippings and a light dusting of cornmeal. Set rack in the middle of the oven, preheat to 350°.
Now place your treat mixture onto a lightly floured surface, knead for about 10 to 12 turns, and then roll out dough to a ‘thinish’ 1/2 to 1/4 inches. Using a cookie cutter (I love these multi-sized bone-shaped cutters by Fox Run on Amazon), press into dough, place cut-outs on the prepared cookie sheet (close together is fine, they don’t spread out like buttery human cookies :)).
Rework the dough, roll out and repeat cutting and placing on the cookie sheet. Hand roll the last piece of dough into a “special” treat for your dog and place on the cookie sheet. Shh! Andy doesn’t know yet that we make the “special” treat for Buba, after all he is the ultimate puppy trainer and sooo deserves recognition. You could easily make one for your fave neighborhood dog…don’t ya think?
Bake the treats for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Tips and other ingredient ideas…
– Does your pooch have halitosis? No worries, just add 2 to 3 teaspoons of finely chopped fresh mint to the wet ingredients. Guaranteed minty puppy breath!
– For extra crispy dog treats, turn off the oven, pile the already baked K9 treats on a cookie sheet and place in the oven overnight.
– I’ve successfully used raw sunflower seeds in place of the raw peanuts.
– Use chicken, beef or your own homemade broth in this recipe for just as excellent results.
– Put a sheen on top by brushing the treats with an egg white beaten with a touch of water right before baking.
– Wrap 2 to 4 doggie treats with raffia or ribbon, include this recipe, and place in a seasonal bag for an “OMG! you didn’t” homemade pet-lover gift (reasonably priced too!).
– No need for “run of the mill” homemade treats…add a festive touch, depending on the holiday.
Homemade treats dogs love right in your own kitchen! Get cooking! Fetch!
Correen welcomes you to her bites about food, as well as other articles of interest! Nestled in the hills of SW Washington with her husband of 29+ years she enjoys snapping pictures of life, whipping up eats in her kitchen, letting the creative juices flow, and most of all, the love she receives from her husband and sons. Correen’s Google+ Profile
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