Homemade Treats for Good Dogs

Homemade dog cookies

While I have no human children, I have a dog child.  One who appears to be more like Benjamin Button than I’d care to admit, but that’s a story for another day (one word – diapers).

I also like to bake.  So you might see where this is going.

A number of years ago I found a dog biscuit recipe on the Interwebz, one that was super easy, and according to certain family members whose previously non-food-motivated dogs became very interested in these biscuits, pretty tasty. It’s been one of the few annual holiday traditions I can manage, and while some years it’s only the family dogs that see these, other years it requires a few batches to cover all the good dogs (or dogs who put up with my mutt).

The original recipe called for water, but I’ve found that chicken broth – especially the stuff with a lot of salt – really makes my dog happy.   A recent iteration with homemade broth didn’t leave her licking the floor with the same vim as the sodium laced stuff.  So take that as you may.

All Natural Dog Treats (adapted from somewhere on the Internet – sadly, I’m unable to remember where after many years)

Makes a whole lot of cookies. Numbers vary depending on the size of cookies (and the size of your dog).

3 and ½ cups flour (I prefer whole wheat)
2 and ½ cups oatmeal (quick cooking is fine if you don’t have whole oats)
3 tablespoons canola/vegetable oil
2 cups warm chicken or vegetable broth

Preheat oven to 300F.  Mix flour and oatmeal together in a mixing bowl. Stir in oil and broth until well blended. The dough should be pliable, not sticky, so if needed, add a bit of flour or water. On a floured surface, pat or roll the dough until about 1/8 inch thick. Using your favorite cookie cutter (that is appropriately sized for your pup – or the pups you plan to gift to!), cut out cookies and transfer to greased baking sheet. Bake for one hour or until crisp.

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