Make Your Own Dog Treats

dog treatsDog treats can be amazingly expensive, but they are really not that hard to make. After searching on the web and trying a few recipes, I’ve found one that satisfies my dogs’ taste buds without taking an excessive amount of time to make. Even my picky older dog, who normally will only eat the most expensive soft treats, loves them.

These treats call for shredded turkey, but you could use leftover chicken or even canned meats. I made broth with the Christmas turkey carcass and used the meat from the bones for the treats. Since I had way more than the one cup of meat called for in the recipe, I froze the rest in small freezer bags for future batches.

The treats keep for a long time in the refrigerator, but I’m betting your dogs will like them too much for that.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shredded cooked turkey
1 cup dried cranberries (I used dried blueberries for one batch)
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup low sodium broth, or as needed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the whole wheat flour and backing powder together until thoroughly combined, and stir in the cooked turkey meat and dried cranberries. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and drop the egg into the center; pour in the olive oil and about 1/2 cup of the broth. Mix into a soft dough. If the mixture is too dry, mix in more chicken broth, a little at a time, until the dough is of the desired consistency.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick, and cut out with cookie cutters. Or simply cut into rectangles.
  4. Bake until treats turn brown, about 25 minutes. Turn the oven off, and leave the dog treats in the oven an additional 30 minutes to dry out. Refrigerate leftover treats.

Let me know how your dogs like them, and any modifications you made. I’d love to try new variations.

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