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Monday, November 28, 2016

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe



James Scott Bell is our guest today at IWSG. He's discussing high stakes. 


Last year for Christmas, I made dog treats for all of my families’ four-legged friends. It was easy and fun. My nephews loved that they were making “Christmas Cookies” for their dogs.

This recipe was approved by my nephews’ dog, Troy.

NOTE: I understand some pet owners are especially careful of the foods their pets consume. You don't have to make these for your dog if you don't like the ingredients, but all of the dogs who tried the batch I made loved it.

The dog treats we made.

Homemade Dog Treats

Need:
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup of water (more if needed)
- ½ cup of vegetable oil (or whatever you prefer)
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Cookie cutters

TIP #1: If you don’t want to use cornmeal, add more whole wheat flour.
TIP #2: You can leave out the vanilla extract, if you want. 
TIP #3: You want the dough to be tough enough to roll out and make cutouts.

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Mix together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, and rolled oats.

3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and gradually pour in water, oil, eggs, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Mix well.

4. Dust clean surface with whole wheat flour. Roll out dough to about ¼ inch thick.
TIP #4: Dust the rolling pin with whole wheat flour as well. Repeat as needed.
5. Place cookies on cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn off oven and let cookies sit inside it to harden.

6. Let cool then serve to your furry friends.


60 comments:

  1. I use to make dogfood for my dog, but I have gotten lazy. My daughter, when she was around eight, and I would also make treats for dogs at a local shelter. It was a fun daddy/daughter event. This is a good idea.

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    1. That would be a fun daddy/daughter thing to do. And so good to help out animal shelters.

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  2. My mom used to use this recipe (or one very close to it) to make cookies for her granddogs every Christmas. They were a big hit with the four-legged kids.

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    1. That's great! I was thinking of doing it again this year.

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  3. Bet the dogs here would enjoy them indeed, the cat would try to eat them too lol as he eats anything.

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    1. My cats would probably try to nibble on them. Especially one. I call him Fatty. lol

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  4. Aww, how fun!! I am going to have to make these for Clancy. Although I guess I will need to find a cat cookie recipe too so Nate doesn't feel left out.
    Thanks for sharing this, Chrys!

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    1. I felt the same way with my cats. I'll have to see if I can find one.

      You're welcome,Julie!

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  5. Hi Chrys .. what a great idea as presents ... especially for the little ones to give as presents, even after making them - their excitement waiting for Christmas to come around to keep their secret from their beloved pets ... fun! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Exactly. Children love to give their pets gifts and treats.

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  6. Oh, Chrys. I'm a dog parent so I truly appreciate this post. Thank you!

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    1. I hope you have more of this in the next posts. :)

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    2. This is my only pet recipe, but I'll see what I can do. :)

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  7. Fantastic! I know lots of doggies that would appreciate some treats. :)

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  8. I make dog treats, too. Your recipe has more ingredients than mine, but my dogs are happy with the homemade treats.

    Love,
    Janie

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  9. No pets on my end but this is a great thing to share Chrys. You're such a dear!

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    1. Sharing recipes, even for pets, is a lot of fun. :)

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  10. I'll bet you have some loyal canine friends now!

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  11. I'd love to have dogs someday, but it hasn't been in the cards for me yet. In nearby Northampton, there's a store that sells gourmet dog biscuits. I think there are some local businesses in Upstate NY that sell them too.

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    1. I've always wanted a Golden Retriever, but now that I have four cats (that are scared of a lot), I'll have to wait.

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  12. I was actually looking on Pinterest the other day for homemade dog treat recipes to make for my in-laws' dogs.

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  13. I never made cookies for any of my dogs- but I can imagine they would have loved these. Fun idea! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I'm sure they would've have. You're welcome, Jess!

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  14. I bet the dogs will love these and say "Thank you" in their doggie voices. I only have cats. And they're picky eaters.

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    1. I only have cats, too. They like treats, but two of picky and won't touch certain ones.

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  15. I'll have to pass this along to some dog owners.

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  16. That's a terrific idea for a gift. All dogs love peanut butter.

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  17. Good recipe Chrys, this brought memories of my long departed dog Sheba. My very first poem was about her after we had to part with her.
    Yvonne.

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  18. Gotta take care of the critters. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  19. Nice idea! I had a friend who used to make them for her dog and seriously, I've never seen dogs go so crazy. Apparently they had garlic in them,too. :)

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    1. Garlic. Hmm. That's interesting. I wouldn't think dogs would like garlic.

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    2. Me either, but theirs went nutty for those garlic biscuits. Funny!

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  20. Those dog treats look pretty good! I miss having a dog; I always end up living in apartment buildings that don't allow them. I think I would be much happier and less annoyed by my loser neighbors if I could have a dog.

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    1. Having a dog would help to distract from your neighbors.

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  21. If I had a dog, I'd be so stoked by this post. As it is, that's still pretty cool.

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    1. I think it's pretty neat you can make homemade pet treats. :)

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  22. I don't have a dog (and am semi-woman, semi-cat) but those sure look delicious, Chrys. Off to check out James's post now! (I bought one of his ebooks earlier this year.)

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  23. Thanks for this! I'm sure our five furry friends would appreciate a treat like this over the holidays.

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  24. I have three dogs. I think I would need a lot of treats. :)

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    1. This recipe makes a large batch. I divide them among three dogs. :)

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  25. These look better than the store-bought treats and probably smell better too. My girls love peanut butter - and peas. I wonder if I could incorporate peas into the recipe? I doubt the girls would appreciate the sentiment of homemade treats, but it's the thought that counts, right?
    Speaking of which, what a thoughtful post, Chrys! As far as I know, you don't even have any dogs but have shared a recipe for folks who do. Sweet!

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    1. I'm not sure how peas would work, but you could try it. No harm in that. Unless it turns out bad. lol

      Nope. I don't have a single dog, but I thought dog lovers would like this. :)

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