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Homemade dog treats to brighten your best friend's holiday

Wrapped up with a bow and jingle bells, homemade dog treats make great holiday gifts for those special dogs and their humans.

OAT-PUMPKIN-CHEDDAR TREATS

Ingredients:

• 1 cup pumpkin puree

• 1 cup oats

• 2 eggs

• 2.5 cups whole wheat flour

• 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two cookie sheets and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin and eggs. Slowly add in the flour until dough forms.

Fold in the oats and cheese.

3. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut out biscuits.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm. Refrigerate or freeze.

Makes 2-3 dozen


FISHY TREATS

Ingredients:

• 2 cans of sardines in oil

• 6 eggs

• 2 packages (sleeves) of graham crackers, crumbled

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepared cookie sheet and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.

3. Spread onto the prepared cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until rubbery.

5. Cut into small squares. A pizza cutter works well for this. Refrigerate or freeze.

Makes 1 cookie sheet

PEANUT-BANANA TREATS

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 cups flour

• 1/2 cup peanut butter

• 1 large ripe banana (or 2 medium bananas), smashed

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare cookie sheet and set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, smash the peanut butter and ripe banana. And the flour and smash with a fork until the dough is thick and well combined. If it’s crumbly, add 2-4 Tablespoons more peanut butter and recombine. You want the dough to be firm, sticky, and pliable

4. Roll into 1 Tablespoon balls and flatten with your hands for a simple circular cookie or roll dough into a thin slab, about 1/4 inch thick, and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

5. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly brown underneath. Refrigerate or freeze.

Makes 4-5 dozen


CRUNCHY CHICKEN (or TUNA) BEET TREATS (high yield)

Ingredients:

• 10 oz can of chicken (can substitute tuna,) including water

• 15 oz can diced beets, including water

• 3 cups flour

• 1cup corn meal

• 2 cups shredded cheese

• 2 tsp. oil

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare cookie sheet and set aside.

2. In a food processor, blend chicken, beets, and oil until smooth.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine pureed mixture with the rest of the ingredients.

4. Roll into 1 Tablespoon balls and flatten with your hands for a simple circular cookie or roll dough into a thin slab, about 1/4 inch thick, and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.

5. Bake for 45 minutes or until fingernail doesn’t easily penetrate the treat. Refrigerate or freeze.

Makes 10 dozen


Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.


Ann Coffey, Ms. Fairy Dogmother, is a dog trainer and pet sitter available at 817-668-6229 or visit www.msfairydogmother.net for more information.


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