Quick and Easy Homemade Doggie Treats

With all the news about recalled dog foods and dog treats lately I have been thinking about making treats for the dogs, but I’ve never gotten around to actually doing it. Visit the American Veterinary Medical Association to find out about US FDA and manufacturer animal food recalls and alerts or follow them on Twitter @AVMARecallWatch

Recently, my Miniature Schnauzer began having allergy issues to the point that he scratched and bit himself raw.  After months of vet visits and steroids to no avail, I finally had him allergy tested.  Turns out he is allergic to beef, wheat, and milk.  A dog allergic to beef??!! I thought I was doing good feeding him a grain free food of beef meal but I was only aggravating his allergy. I’m glad I finally had him allergy tested! So, at that point I was on a quest to make some inexpensive, dog treats that weren’t full of things that I couldn’t pronounce and he couldn’t eat or at risk of being recalled.

I have no idea how to make dog treats, but what I do know is baking!! Figuring that I would approach it like I was making cookies but without all the good stuff (like chocolate chips), I started mixing and adding and baking until I came up with something that resembled a recipe!  This was a test run recipe but it turned out so well I wanted to go ahead a share it.  As I tweak the recipe I will post updates and please feel free to share your recipes for dog treats!  I know Cosmo and Echo won’t have any problem taste testing!!Homemade Doggie Treats

(I know it would have been cute to have a photo of them actually eating their freshly baked treats, but they woofed them down so quickly I couldn’t get a picture!)

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey (honey is said to help dogs with GI issues and allergies.  You can read about the health benefits of giving your dog honey here)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup soy flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour (you can use regular flour or wheat flour if your dog isn’t allergic to wheat)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 if you are using a dark coated, non stick pan). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl.  Place dry mix into the bowl of wet ingredients and mix until dough forms.  If it’s too dry, add a little more chicken broth or some water. Or add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky or wet.  Place dough on wax paper and roll out.  I rolled the dough to about 1/4 of an inch thick.  Cut out the dough with cookie cutters or use a pizza cutter to cut strips or squares.  Place the cut out dough on the parchment lined cookie sheet and baked about 15-16 minutes.  Let cool completely before giving them to your pet. Store in a air tight container.

These are not crunchy like the dog treats you buy in the store but I think that may be due to the soy and coconut flours.

**Please remember to ask your vet if you are unsure about what is safe for your pet to eat!  

Peanut Butter Cups

The boys making Peanut Butter Cups

The boys making Peanut Butter Cups

What’s better than eating a peanut butter cup? Making them yourself!!  This recipe is so easy the kids made them with very little help from me. Seriously, all I did was set out the ingredients and clean up when they were finished.

I found this recipe on Hoosier Homemade.  It looked simple and yummy.  I love peanut butter and chocolate and I can’t wait to eat one. Right now they’re in the fridge and I can hear them calling me! I did eat a little bit of the peanut butter mixture that was left over, it was so good!  Perfect peanut butter taste with just the right amount of sweetness.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter, divided in half
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips or Milk Chocolate chips
  • 4 Milk Chocolate Candy Bars (1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Fill mini muffin tins with mini paper liners.  I just lined the muffin liners up on a baking sheet and it worked fine.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter and confectioners sugar and salt until smooth, set aside.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining peanut butter, stir until smooth.
  4. Pour a teaspoonful or so of chocolate mixture into paper liners.
  5. Top each with a teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture.  We rolled it in a little ball and flattened it some then put it in the paper liner.
  6. Spoon chocolate mixture over  to cover the peanut butter mixture.
  7. Refrigerate until set.

You could also use dark chocolate morsels if you wanted.  After we had them all made I thought we should’ve added an Oreo cookie to some of them.  There are so many things you can do with this simple recipe; use crunchy peanut butter, put pretzels in it, add a whole peanut to the top…you get the point.

Now I’m going to peek and see if they’re ready to eat yet!

UPDATE:  We tore into these last night.  These Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are by far better than any store bought brand.  If you are one of my family members, these will be in your goodie bag this Christmas!