Festive Homemade Pet Treats

Creating fresh, homemade dog treats can be a healthy and cost effective alternative to many store bought varieties. They make perfect holiday gifts to dogie friends and a great substitute to the sugar filled snacks we humans are ingesting. Using a snowflake, star, or gingerbread cookie cutter and placing in holiday treat bags with a ribbon will give these treats a festive appeal. Give these simple recipes a try and make it a very Merry Christmas for your furry friend.

 

Pumpkin Cookie Treats

These treats are as easy as 1 2 3 to throw together but they are sure to wow your pup. Containing all gluten free ingredients and the rich smells of fall makes them desirable to humans as well.

Ingredients

2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree (one low in sugar)
2 eggs (or 3 for more moisture)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

 

Holiday Biscuits

Pick up a bone, stocking, Santa hat, or snowflake cookie cutter to give these dog treats some extra Christmas flair. You’ll also need chicken stock, flour, wheat germ, salt, canola oil, and brewer’s yeast to make the biscuit dough. Roll the dough out, cut into shapes and cook in an oven on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes. Be sure to let the biscuits dry completely before gift wrapping and stuffing in your pup’s stocking.

Ingredients

Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Sweet Potato Chews

With only one ingredient, these are the easiest dog treats to make! If you have a food dehydrator it will add to the simplicity. Use two to three sweet potatoes or make more and share them with friends.

Ingredients

2 to 3 organic sweet potatoes

Directions

Thoroughly wash and peel sweet potatoes. Slice the sweet potato into ¼-inch slices. You can also cut down the middle lengthwise and slice into ¼-inch strips.

Dehydrate at the highest setting—145 to 155 degrees—until done, about 6 to 8 hours for a chewy texture.

For crunchier treats, dehydrate longer until they have the consistency you like.

 

Protein Packed Peanut Butter Bites

This is a treat your dog is guaranteed to drool over. Using your holiday or bone shaped cookie cutter adds some flare. This healthy treat is worthy of sharing and makes a great gift for your dogie’s friends.

Ingredients

1½ cups water
½ cup oil
3 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup oats
¼ cup Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, oats, and wheat germ. Stir in oil, peanut butter, vanilla, and water.

Knead till smooth, adding more flour or water as needed. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick.

Shape into bars or cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will enjoy.

Dehydrate at the highest setting—145 to 155 degrees—until done, about 6 to 8 hours.

These treats should be very dry, so add time as necessary.

 

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