Most of these recipes will take less than 15 minutes to mix the ingredients, cut the cookies, and place them on a baking sheet. Most of the ingredients are inexpensive, and you’ll find them at your local grocery or health-food store. Almost all of them are simple, one-bowl recipes.
If you’re just beginning to bake treats for your dog, start with the simpler recipes, such as Peanut Butter Biscuits, Apple-Oatmeal Cookies (page 20), and Tempting Cheese Circles (page 25), and test for food intolerance or allergies as described above. These recipes will also help you determine your dog’s likes and dislikes.
Note: While these treats are healthful for your dog, they are still treats. They are not intended to be a complete diet and should make up no more than 10 percent of your dog’s total daily calories.
The yield of any particular recipe will depend on the size of the cookie cutter you use. As a rule of thumb, if you use a 2-inch-diameter circular cutter, every 2 cups of flour in a recipe equate to about 3 dozen cookies. For example, a recipe calling for 4 cups of flour will yield about 6 dozen cookies, and a recipe calling for 6 cups of flour will yield about 9 dozen.
Homemade Treats for Happy, Healthy Dogs
Essential fatty acids, found in nuts and seeds, help keep your dog energized and ensure a shiny, healthy coat.
PEANUT BUTTER BISCUITS
4 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2Â½ cups warm water
Â½ cup all-natural peanut butter (no sugar or salt added)
Â¼ cup carob chips (available at health food stores)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a wide pan, combine all the ingredients together; blend well.
2. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it is firm. If the dough is too sticky, add warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, while continuing to knead.
3. Roll the dough to a Â¼-inch thickness. Cut with the cookie cutter of your choice. Transfer biscuits to a baking sheet.
4. Bake the biscuits for 40 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the biscuits stand in the oven until hard, 1 to 2 hours.
PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA TREATS
3 cups whole-wheat flour
Â½ cup wheat germ
1 cup water
Â¼ cup all-natural peanut butter (no sugar or salt added)
1 banana, mashed
Preheat the oven to 350Â°F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl; blend well.
On a floured surface, knead the dough until it is firm.
Roll the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Cut with the cookie cutter of your choice. Transfer cookies to a baking sheet.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the cookies are dry and firm to touch. Turn the heat off; let the cookies stand in the oven for 1 to 2 hours.