Recipes for Homemade Dog Treats Your Pooch Will Love

What better way to shower your dog with love than to make her some treats?

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Freshly baked cookies cooling on a rack

Below you will find three recipes for healthy, homemade dog cookies that Bodhi loves. They are easy to make. I used only healthy, organic, and unprocessed ingredients. The recipes can be adjusted to suit dietary restrictions and tastes.

Peanut Butter

We have yet to meet a dog who turns his nose up to these treats!

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes (or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. water (or beef broth)
  • 1/2 c. non-fat dry milk
  • 1 c. organic peanut butter
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Ingredients

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add water and peanut butter.

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Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Gently combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough. You can use a Kitchen Aid or other powerful mixer to speed up the process.

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Dough Ball

Use a rolling pin and flatten out the dough.

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Roll out dough

Use a cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes. If you’re feeling lazy, just leave the dough as is and bake it like one whole cookie. You can always break it up after it’s cooked.

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Use fun-shaped cookie cutters

Make sure you’re using a non-stick baking sheet or spray the cookie sheet with something like Pam . Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. If you want the dog treats to be softer, take them out 10 minutes earlier. You can find fun shaped cookie cutters at grocery stores, baking shops, and few pet stores. We found great dog-shaped cookie cutters at Fishs Eddy at Broadway between 19th and 20th Streets. (Click here for Sean’s post about more fun dog-related products from Fishs Eddy.)

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Cookie Cutter from Fishs Eddy
What was the verdict? How do they taste? Also two more recipes. After the jump!

Well, Bodhi gobbled them up!

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YUM!

Sean had a slightly different take!

I'm sure dogs think they taste great!
I’m sure dogs think they taste great!

Here are two more recipes that Bodhi loved. The Pumpkin Spice treats are particularly appropriate for Holiday time (they smell like pie!) And the Rosemary Cheese treats smell terrific.

Pumpkin Spice

  • 1 1/2 c. oat flour
  • 1 1/2 c. brown rice flour
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin (canned or fresh)
  • 2 tbsp. molasses (regular or blackstrap)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. water (or beef broth)

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. As in the peanut butter treats, whisk all dry ingredients together. Then add wet ingredients (except water.) Once mixed, slowly add water until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water.

Bake for 22 minutes to 27 minutes or until golden.

Rosemary Cheese

  • 1 1/2 c. oat flour
  • 1 1/2 c. brown rice flour
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 c. parmesan
  • 2 tbsp. rosemary
  • 1/2 c. oat bran
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. water

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. As in the peanut butter treats, whisk all dry ingredients together. Then add wet ingredients (except water.) Once mixed, slowly add water until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. Bake for 20 minutes to 25 minutes or until golden.

Storage

Remember, these treats are made with fresh ingredients and with no preservatives, so they will go bad if they are not stored properly. They can’t be left out like processed treats. They will keep for a few days unrefrigerated, but its probably best to store them in the fridge in a plastic bag or a container like Tupperware. You can freeze them if you are not going to serve them up right away. I find that Bodhi likes them frozen.