I am a dog lover through and through, and even though my schedule and apartment don’t permit me to have a pup of my own, I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by dogs on a daily basis – at work and at friends’ homes. So, I had to make sure I took a little time out of the crazy busy schedule this week and bake up some homemade treats for those fur balls.
If your dog is on a special diet [gluten-free for arthritis, for example] you can switch up the flour pretty easily. Also, I stamped little paw prints on my round biscuits, but you can just as well use a fun dog bone shaped cookie cutter if you have one on hand!
Homemade Dog Treats
Makes about 50 treats
- 2 cups flour of your choice
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon*
- 6 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
*Keep in mind that dogs can eat cinnamon, but never feed a dog nutmeg. For other foods that may be hazardous to their heath, check out ASPCA’s list here.
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine flour, oats, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, eggs, chicken broth, and coconut oil with a hand mixer; add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until dough is formed.
The dough is very sticky so place the dough [in increments] between plastic wrap and roll with a rolling pin until the dough is flattened to about 1/2 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. The batter should yield about 50 treats.
Your furry friends will love these special treats! To pack them, use a treat box [those used for Christmas cookies], or do as I did and line a paper bag with parchment paper and close with a cute bow.
I hope you have a very special and merry Christmas filled with friends, family, joy & love!!