Over the holidays, you might get a chance to make your own homemade dog treats.
Here are my favourite recipes, in handy downloadable format.
Plus a template you can download, if you want to make your own cookie cutters too.
Make your own cookie cutters
It’s easy, and there are 3 ways to do it:
1. Cut up an empty pop can, into 1″ wide strips. Bend the top edge over about 1/4″ or cover with masking tape to protect your fingers. Shape, tape it and voila – cookie cutter!
2. Use a disposable foil baking tray to cut 1″ long strips of foil, and bend them to your design.
3. Simple tin foil, folded 6 times into a 1″ wide strip.
Three ways to make your own cookie cutters
Be careful of the tin edges; they can be sharp.
Download the templates and recipes
Grain-Free Peanut Butter Dog Treats
These are very healthy and high in protein. Plus, they’re grain free – perfect for the Morkie with allergies.
1 Medium Banana
2 large eggs
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chickpea flour (try Bulk Barn or similar store)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 350.
Mash banana, then beat in eggs and then peanut butter. In a separate bowl, combine chickpea flour, coconut flour and baking soda.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana/peanut butter mix.
When well blended, roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick and use your favourite cut outs to make cookies.
Bake for 14 minutes until treats are golden brown.
Remove and let cool completely. Store in a sealed container.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe, from Blue Pearl Vet, looks good enough for us to eat. In fact….
½ cup unsweetened pumpkin puree – canned. Not the pie filling; just pure pumpkin.
½ cup plain peanut butter
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 325º F
Mix all three ingredients together and knead. Add extra flour if the mixture is too sticky.
Roll out to about ⅓” thick then cut into squares with pizza cutter.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crunchy and golden.
Crispy Apple Treats
It doesn’t get any easier!
Slice fresh apples very thin, carefully removing all seeds and stem.
Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, and bake at 150º F for about 5 ½ hours.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Please download your free recipes, and cookie cutter template.
Sweet Potato Chews
Slice a sweet potato into pieces of ⅓ inch thickness. Cut the sweet potato crosswise for smaller, round coins.
Lay the slices onto an ungreased baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake at 250º F for 2 or 3 hours until they are dry with crispy edges.
Flip them halfway through baking to ensure they cook evenly.
Cool and serve to your dog. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Got a favourite recipe you’d like to share? Please post below.