Homemade dog treats
Homemade dog treats
These homemade dog treats are Olivia approved!
There was a ton of energy in my kitchen the day we created these dog treats. My boys were so excited to bake something for their “sister”. Obviously, Olivia was elated to have been part of the clean-up crew that day as well. It’s safe to assume that clean-up was an all hands (mostly mine) on deck situation and we really couldn’t have done it without sweet Lil’ Olive (one of possibly hundreds of Olivia’s nicknames)
Exhibit A and B, aka Helper #1 and Helper #2, aren’t they so cute?! Look how deeply they were concentrating, as they very carefully released the newly cut dog treats from the cookie cutter. It was a good lesson in fine motor skills. A little bit of summertime homeschool.
Cuteness in a jar
Look at these delicious and adorable doggie shaped dog treats! My boys were proud and I am proud of them! Olivia is one lucky pup.
The homemade part
This recipe is fairly easy and straightforward. The most time-consuming part of the process was cutting out each dog treat with a cookie cutter. However, if you are short on time, or patience, no worries. Feel free to roll the dough out and cut into squares, roll pieces of dough into balls, or tear similar sized pieces of dough and bake away. Whatever size you choose will determine the baking time, so keep a watchful eye. The extra 30 minutes of sitting in the oven still apply to all sizes of treats. The 30 minute extra, undisturbed baking time ensures that most of the moisture is out of the cookies and makes them crispy and easier to store. Don’t skip it!
You can store your homemade dog treats in an airtight container at room temperature for about 2 weeks. Or you can freeze them and defrost as needed.
We hope that the lucky dog(s) in your life loves these special treats as much as our Olivia does.
|Cook Time:||35 min|
|Prep Time:||15 min|
|Total Time:||50 min|
* 1/2 cup shredded carrots
* 1/4 cup applesauce
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/3 cup oil of choice (dog-friendly, of course)
* 3 cups whole wheat flour
2. Place carrots in bowl of food processor through the grater blade (unless you purchased pre-grated carrots)
3. Place first 5 ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the S blade
4. Pulse until well combined
5. Add flour and oil, alternating between pulses
6. Pulse until a dough ball is formed (may need to add some water or extra oil if dough is too dry)
7. Place dough ball onto a well-floured surface
8. Roll out the dough, lightly flour the top and begin to cut out shapes, or cut into desired shapes
9. Place shapes onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
10. Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes depending on the size of your treats
11. * When bake time is over, DO NOT open oven door, leave cookies in undisturbed for 30 minutes
12. * This extra step ensures a crisp cookie that is more shelf stable