Having a puppy in your home brings along with it a whole new world of fun and when it comes to caring for your little pet, many people wonder what is best when it comes to feeding them. Generally speaking if you are able to make fresh, dog-safe foods, that is optimal but if you are like me, there is no way you can do that all the time!! Instead, I decided to settle for a high grade dog food brand. However, after seeing all the dog treat choices available out there, they all seem to be full of ingredients I have never heard of which led me to my next adventure with Luna and the pack, homemade dog treats.
Whipping up a batch of treats for the dogs is just as fast as making a bowl of cookies for my kids! And if my kids are worth it, then certainly so are my furry companions! Let me start by saying, I am NOT a cook. I do as little in the kitchen as possible so if I am able to successfully make some tasty treats for my pet, you can too!!!
|YEP! Expert mess right there!|
After searching around for what seemed like the easiest recipes to work with, I made a sort of version of this one – Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats. I immediately wrote down the ingredients and amounts, I am no good at remembering lol! This recipe called for pumpkin, flour, peanut butter, eggs, cinnamon and salt, so nothing strange and all things my dogs like to eat! Pumpkin is even a regulator for their digestive systems, it can help when they have the runs AND when they get backed up!
|Chunky, but after hand kneading a couple minutes, is perfectly doughy!|
This is the messy part, I went ahead and used my hands to knead the dough at this point and it only took a minute or two to have it all blended together. I did add a little flour to the wax paper and to the rolling pin to keep it from being too sticky. The only tedius part of the cookie preparation time for me was the actual cookie cutting! Again, I am not a cook, nor a pet food cook, so I don’t have those adorable mini dog biscuit cookie cutters laying around, instead I improvised with a frosting tip that was just the right size for a bite sized treat. *Helpful note* If you dip the cutter in flour as you go along, it won’t stick to the dough which makes it much faster.
|Com’on Mom, just a nibble!|
Because the recipe had eggs in it, they did not get to try the biscuits until they were finished though. They were such good dogs, they definitely got to have one while they were still warm! When baking the treats, I only cooked them for about 15 minutes and then let them cool while I made another batch….I like to double up so I have some extras in the freezer. After all of them were cooked, I left them in the oven with it partially cracked to cool and dry for a long time, 5+ hours. The drier you can get the treat, the longer it will last! Once they were completely cooled, I put some in freezer bags to enjoy later and some in paper bags to enjoy now. Generally the ones I put out right away are eaten up within a week, and the ones I freeze can last up to 8 months no problem.
|Lots of treats!!|
2 1/2 cups all purpose (or whole wheat) flour
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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