It's Christmas Eve and believe it or not, all the presents are bought, wrapped and under the tree. What else is there to do? BAKE!
I hope your doggies get just as spoilt as mine do during the holidays (let's be honest-they're always spoilt). They get Christmas stockings with new toys and treats, new collars and/or leashes and get to open presents with us. Yeah, that spoilt.
Yesterday was Christmas cut out cookie day and today was gingerbread cookies. My dogs were drooling over all the treats coming out of the oven and I remembered-I have a recipe for homemade doggie treats that I never made!
I searched through all my recipes and found the one I saved. It's from mdspca.org, but most of the ones I saw online all had the same ingredients, so I just went with that one.
Homemade Doggie Treats
2 1/2 cups flour (wheat flour is best)
1/2 cup pumpkin (use 100% pumpkin, not the kind with added ingredients)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Throw all the ingredients (except the flour) in a bowl and give it a quick mix. Then add the flour one cup at a time. I had David use his hands because the hand mixer wouldn't be able to mix the dough-it will be thick.
Sprinkle some flour on your counter. When it's the consistency of a dough (mine was more like bread dough and stretchy) take it out of the bowl and onto your counter. Knead it a few times to make sure it's all mixed together and start rolling it out with a rolling pin. If you don't have one then just use a bottle of wine or liquor. It all works!!
Roll until it's about 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch thick. Then use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. Since its Christmas (and I don't have a doggie bone cookie cutter) I used some mini cookie cutters I had-the dogs didn't care.
Put them on a nonstick cookie sheet about an inch apart. I baked mine for 20 mins and then flip then over and bake for another 10 mins.
Baking times will vary depending on how large you cut your treats. Mine were small, about an inch or two long and I rolled them out thin. If you use the regular size cookie cutters, then I would suggest 20 mins and then flipping them and baking for another 20 mins. Keep checking them to make sure they don't burn or get too brown, as then they will become very hard.
My doggies really really loved these! Apparently peanut butter and pumpkin go together better than I thought. Pumpkin is meant to soothe upset doggie tummies and relieve their anal glands (although I have no idea if this is true or not, my dogs never tell me anything). They are a bit hard but dog biscuits are supposed to be right?
Let me know if you make these for your dog and if they liked them or not!!
Hoping everyone has a Happy Christmas and sending my love to you all-and all your pets too!
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