Your furry family members deserve something yummy from your kitchen, so treat your pooch to one of these homemade doggie treats!
Serving size 12–24, depending on size of cookies
- 1/2 cup onion-free beef broth, consommé or stock, or one bouillon cube (onion free) dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
- 1-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/4–1/3 cup real bacon bits
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add the beef broth and the consommé or stock to a medium bowl.
- Mix in both flours, the egg and the bacon bits.
- Knead the dough until it forms a ball, then roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick.
- Use your favourite cookie cutter shapes to form the biscuits.
- Bake on a silicone or parchment-lined baking sheet until browned and cooked through, approximately 20–25 minutes.
- Let the cookies sit on a wire rack to cool and harden before serving. Store them in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to six months.
Make your doggie treats in proportion to the size of your pet. Little mouths need smaller treats, while larger breeds can handle a larger-scale snack. For fun, use cookie cutters for pets to create bones, hearts, paws and animal-shaped goodies.
Peanut butter strips
Serving size 24–36, depending on size of cookies
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour (or mixture of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour)
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine the flour, oats and salt in a medium bowl.
- Add the peanut butter, water and honey.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Gently knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it forms a ball. Mix in extra flour if required.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Roll out the cookie mixture to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into treat-size strips.
- Bake until lightly browned, approximately 25 minutes.
- Remove the cookies from oven and place them on a wire rack to cool and harden. Store them in a paper bag to keep them crunchy, or freeze them for up to six months.
- For an extra-crunchy treat, turn off the oven after the required baking time, and let the cookies rest inside for 2–3 hours.
Animals can have food allergies just as humans do, so when introducing new foods or ingredients, watch for any adverse reactions, such as itchy skin, vomiting, diarrhea and breathing problems. If any problems occur, eliminate the suspected food allergen from the diet, and consult your veterinarian.
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