Pet treat recipes

After the recent pet food scares, you may be wary of buying prepackaged pet foods. When you create homemade pet treats, you can control the quality of the ingredients. Fresh, organic, natural ingredients not only make the treats more healthful, but also improve taste. Of course, homemade pet treats have that one special ingredient: Love! These treats make great gifts for your pet-loving friends or family.

Woman Feeding Dog Snack

For dogs

Cheesy bites


1 cup wheat flour
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 cup milk


1. Mix flour and cheese. Add garlic powder and softened butter.

2. Slowly add milk until a stiff dough forms. You may not need all of the milk. Knead on floured board for a few minutes.

3. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Let cool in oven with the door slightly open until cold and firm. Refrigerate to keep fresh.

Breath busters


1 cup oat flour
1 cup brown rice flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup dried mint
1/2 cup dried parsley
1 egg
3/4 cup water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients and mix until a dough forms.

2. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch) and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cookies will not spread while cooking.

3. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Spice cookies


1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2-1/4 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped peanuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix honey, applesauce, molasses and egg in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices, then stir into the molasses mixture.

3. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle a few peanuts on top and pat down gently with your hand. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

For cats

Fishy cat cookies


7 ounces mashed sardines
1/4 cup dry non-fat milk
1/2 cup wheat germ


1. Mix all ingredients.

2. Roll into 24 small balls. Place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F until brown.

Tuna treats


1 6-ounce can albacore tuna in water, drained
1 cup oat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon old-fashioned oats (not quick or instant)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients, mixing thoroughly.

2. Spread the dough on the bottom of a greased cookie sheet in a thin layer.

3. Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the treats (don’t worry about breaking) and bake another 7 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.

4. Remove from oven, let cool. Break into bite-sized pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Crazy catnip cookies


1-1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup goat’s milk
1/4 cup dried catnip


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first three ingredients, then add remaining ingredients, mixing well. If the dough is too stiff to mix well with a spoon, flour your hands so you can handle the dough without it sticking and knead it.

2. Scoop up 1/4-teaspoon bits and form into small balls. Place on greased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until bottom of treats are golden brown. Flip treats and bake a few more minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool and store in airtight container.