homemade dog treats

January 28, 2012 · 0 comments

Dogs are quite expensive! When you add up the food, treats, supplements and vet visits, some may wonder why owning a dog is as common and popular as it is today. Don’t worry; dogs are one of the best joys of life despite the big responsibility. And that’s coming from somebody who used to be a devoted cat lady.

dog cookies on a pan
Although I am one of those that fall for the pretty packaging and fancy ingredients in my favorite pet shop, I tend to bake tasty treats for my dogs on a fairly regular basis. If you have the time, making homemade dog treats is a great way to have fun in the kitchen while saving a ton of money in the process. Forget those expensive dog treats and get busy. You’re dogs will love you for it.

the dogs are bored
dog treats finished

Most of the dogs I know love peanut butter. I know that mine do. I put peanut butter in their kongs, and they can’t stop licking until all of it is gone. That’s why when I went to research the best and easiest dog treats on the web, I included peanut butter in my search. I found two recipes worth trying. Both are simple and easy and will leave your dogs lying at your ankles through the entire process. Mine did.

Sugarlaws’ Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

Makes about 20-30 dog biscuits.

A Cozy Kitchen’s Homemade Dog Treats
1/2 cup of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together peanut butter, honey, oil and chicken broth. In a separate bowl, combine flours and oatmeal. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Place dough on flour dusted surface. Roll or press dough out to about 1/4” inch thick. Use a small bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Roll out leftover scraps and cut out as many as possible. Put cut out cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

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