Making your own dog treats might not be as convenient as popping into the pet store, but there are way more options when you opt for homemade.
You can avoid any allergens, make them as healthy as you want, and cater to your dog’s specific needs with DIY treats.
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Be sure to check with your pup’s vet with any specific concerns!
Today I’m going to be making some DIY Dog Treats! My Dog’s birthday is in two days and I wanted to do something special for her, I don’t normally make homemade dog treats, she just eats yummy dog food, but, I wanted to do something for the occasion. I’m gonna be making some homemade treats based on foods that she loves. My dog loves to eat peanut butter, she loves chicken, and she loves bananas.
She goes bananas for bananas! It’s her favorite! So the first thing that we’re gonna be making are these homemade peanut butter dog biscuits! To make these peanut butter dog biscuits, the ingredients you will need, will be: 2-1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, I like to use all organic products for my doggie! And it is a good side note that if your dog has any food allergies, you can substitute the ingredient.
For example, if they are allergic to wheat, a good substitute is rice flour or coconut flour. 1 cup of water, 1 cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. The tools you will need will be: A baking sheet, mixing bowl, hand mixer, rolling pin, these cute Wilton pet cookie cutters! I will be using the bone shaped cookie cutter and a fork. The first thing we’re gonna do is we are gonna combine our flour, egg and baking powder into the mixing bowl. Then we’re gonna give it a quick mix. Next we’re gonna add our water, peanut butter and honey to the bowl. Then you’re gonna mix together until everything is well combined. Now our dough is ready, and it’s ready to roll out, and a really good thing to know about this recipe is that it’s not gonna rise very much because we’ve only added one egg, so when you’re rolling it out you’ll want to roll it to the thickness that it will be at the end. I like shoot for about a 1/2 an inch.
So you’re just gonna take a little flour, sprinkle it over your surface so that the dough doesn’t stick. Then you’re gonna take your dough, press ‘em down, oh it smells so good! It smells like peanut butter! Then we’re just gonna roll it out, about 1/2 an inch thick. Now you’re gonna take your bone shaped cookie cutter, this is so cute! And we’re just gonna cut out a bunch of our little peanut butter biscuits! Now you’re gonna remove the excess dough around your cookies and transfer them to your baking sheet. This part is totally optional, but I like to add a little detail to our dog biscuits! My dog won’t know the difference, but I think it’s really fun, kind of like when you make peanut butter cookies, you press the fork in at different angles and it has that signature peanut butter cookie look, I like to make signature biscuit look by taking a fork and just pressing straight down, to make little divots.
Now we’re gonna bake these in the oven at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, just keep your eye on ‘em! Mmmm! They’re fresh out of the oven, they’re all done, and they smell really good! They just smell like peanut butter. These are also people safe, you can take a little bite, it tastes like peanut butter, it’s a little bit drier biscuit, but just remember, they’re not sweet at all, they’re not like a cookie because there is no sugar added to them. So, definitely yummy for dog treats. Next thing that we’re gonna be making are Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones. I don’t know about your dog, but my dog loves ice cubes, every time she hears the ice cube maker from the refrigerator she comes running! The things you’ll need to make these Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones will be: A bone mold, this one is by wilton and I’m gonna be using it as an ice cube tray, organic chicken broth and some boiled chicken breast.
I love this recipe because it is simple and it’s super easy to make, and my dog loves it! Over here I’ve got 2 pieces of organic chicken, I’ve boiled them until they were fully cooked, and the first thing that we’re gonna do is just shred them, and add them to each little bone mold. After you’ve filled the tray with a bunch of shredded chicken, now we are gonna add our chicken broth on top. To make it a little bit easier I’m gonna be pouring it into a measure cup with a pour spigot because I’m messy! Once you’ve filled the tray with the chicken broth, now you’re gonna pop these in the freezer for a few hours until they have completely frozen.
And next, we are going to make a doggie birthday cake! My dog is gonna get so excited because it is gonna be a meat based cake, with a peanut butter banana frosting, and My pup loves bananas! Om-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum! The things you will need for this doggie birthday cake will be: A mixing bowl, a hand mixer, two 4-inch cooking pans, I’m using spring form pans, because they’re super easy. Cooking spray, 1 pound of organic ground beef, 1/4 a cup of rolled oats, 1/4 a cup of shredded cheese, I’m using cheddar, 1 egg, 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1 ripe banana! The first thing that you’re gonna do is in your mixing bowl, we are gonna combine our beef, egg, oats and cheese, and we’re just gonna mix it together, I’m gonna use my hands.
Now we are gonna split this evenly between our two pans, so I’m just gonna eyeball it. Now I’m gonna pop these in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until the meat is cooked all the way through. Our doggie cakes are baking in the oven, and now we are gonna make some frosting using peanut butter and mashed banana! Which is doggie’s favorite! So I think she’s gonna love this. So in a mixing bowl, we’re gonna add our peanut butter, our banana, and I’m just gonna break it up into little pieces, and our vanilla extract. Now we are gonna mix them together until they are well combined.
Now our peanut butter banana frosting is ready and this part is totally optional, but I’m gonna be putting the majority of the frosting into a decorating bag, with no tip, and this will just make it easier to apply to the cake. And then, in the second bag, I’m gonna be putting a number 21 tip, it has a little star. For a little bit of deign on the cake. To make it look like a birthday cake! Now that our doggie cakes are out of the oven and have had a little bit of time to cool, they can still be warm, this is just fine. We are going to level them by cutting off the top. This will make them easier to stack. Now is a good time to pick whatever plate you want to serve your little doggie cake on, and I’ve got this teeny little mini, I think it’s a cupcake tray, but I’m gonna be using it as my doggie cake tray, my dog is gonna love it! You’re just gonna take the bottom layer of your cake, I’m setting it right here, And I’m gonna put a layer, so that my patties will stick together.
Now we’re gonna put on our second layer, stick it right on top. Now we are gonna frost the entire cake. I like to start on the top, so I’m just gonna pipe our frosting all along the top, and then use the spatula to flatten it out and press it all the way around the sides of the cake. Our doggie cake is looking so cute, and I’m adding some final touches, again this is totally optional and not in the recipe, but I’m gonna be adding a little candle, oh! We’re gonna be celebrating her birthday a little bit early, and she’s such a little dog so I’m just gonna be giving her a little slice of this cake, she’s gonna have to share with friends! And then what do I have here? A little bit of confetti, just gonna put these on for fun. Ta-da! Here are the DIY Dog treats that we made today! We made, Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, organic Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones, and a Doggie Birthday Cake for my puppy, she’s gonna love it. It’s basically a meatloaf with frosting made of mashed bananas and peanut butter! Om-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum! Ill be posting pictures on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter, and if you guys make these for your pets at home for a special occasion, please take a picture and send it to me, I love seeing your baking creations! Even if they are for your pet.
Also, I made a video over on Wilton’s channel, I’ll put links down below so you can go check it out. But it’s basically about a ton of cool ways to use cookie cutters! Like today, we used this cute little cookie cutter to make dog biscuits! And on Nerdy Nummies, I use them all the time, from Rice Krispies teats to many other things. And also, a big thank you to Wilton for partnering with me on this video. Alright, thanks again, bye-bye!.