12 Treats of Christmas: Homemade Dog Treats

Our Fifth 12 Treat of Christmas: Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats are a great gift idea for your favorite pets.

Don’t forget your four-legged friends this holiday season!  Our dogs love this homemade dog treat recipe.  Bailey in particular has been observed lying near the oven and eagerly sniffing the air as they bake.

Are they done yet?

We find it is best to bake these treats in the evening or before bedtime, as they will need to cool for several hours to achieve their crunchy and hard texture.

Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups bread flour (This is a denser type of flour than the all-purpose flour to which you may be accustomed.)
¼ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 large eggs (If your eggs are extra large or jumbo-sized, you may need to add extra  ½ cup of bread flour to achieve the right consistency.)
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup peanut butter (I recommend organic peanut butter.  It tastes better and it’s healthier.  Besides, you’re already using wheat germ!)
1/3 cup powdered milk dissolved in 1 cup of water

Instructions:

Combine whole wheat flour, bread flour, wheat germ, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl.

Next, add the the eggs, vegetable oil, peanut butter, and dissolved powdered milk.  Mix well to form a firm and smooth dough.

Flour a counter top or cutting board. Form the dough into a ball and set it on top of your floured surface.   Let dough sit for 15 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out to ½ inch thickness.

Next, transfer the dough to the pan.

Handy Tip: Fold the dough over the rolling pin to help transfer it to the pan.

Lay the dough flat on the pan and use either a knife or a pizza cutter to score the dough into several rows of small bite-sized pieces.

You can skip these steps if you opt to use cookie cutters; however, we find that our process yields more dog treats with less fuss.

Before baking: cut into bite-sized pieces.

Bake for 40 minutes or until brown and hard.  Turn off the oven.   Allow treats to cool overnight (or at least eight hours) in the oven.   Remove from the oven.  Store in an air-tight container.

After baking: these fully cooked and cooled treats are ready to be stored in a sealed container.

Please remember that these treats, although healthy and baked with love, are not a substitute for your pet’s well-balanced diet.  Treats should be given sparingly and are not a replacement for your dog’s regular meals.

Enough with the picture-taking already! Can we get the “okay” to eat these yummy treats?

Abbey

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Homemade Dog Treats

Don’t forget your four-legged friends this holiday season! Our dogs love this homemade dog treat recipe. Bailey in particular has been observed lying near the oven and eagerly sniffing the air as they bake.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups bread flour (This is a denser type of flour than the all-purpose flour to which you may be accustomed.)
¼ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 large eggs (If your eggs are extra large or jumbo-sized, you may need to add extra ½ cup of bread flour to achieve the right consistency.)
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup peanut butter (I recommend organic peanut butter. It tastes better and it's healthier. Besides, you're already using wheat germ!)
1/3 cup powdered milk dissolved in 1 cup of water

Directions:

Combine whole wheat flour, bread flour, wheat germ, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl.

Next, add the the eggs, vegetable oil, peanut butter, and dissolved powdered milk. Mix well to form a firm and smooth dough.

Flour a counter top or cutting board. Form the dough into a ball and set it on top of your floured surface. Let dough sit for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

Roll the dough out to ½ inch thickness.

Next, transfer the dough to the pan.

Lay the dough flat on the pan and use either a knife or a pizza cutter to score the dough into several rows of small bite-sized pieces.

You can skip these steps if you opt to use cookie cutters; however, we find that our process yields more dog treats with less fuss.

Bake for 40 minutes or until brown and hard. Turn off the oven. Allow treats to cool overnight (or at least eight hours) in the oven. Remove from the oven. Store in an air-tight container.

Please remember that these treats, although healthy and baked with love, are not a substitute for your pet’s well-balanced diet. Treats should be given sparingly and are not a replacement for your dog's regular meals.

Abbey

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