Homemade Dog Treats

What better way to encourage your furry friend with positive reinforcement than to bake a fresh batch of homemade dog treats? These treats are a hit at the ARL and we’re sure your pup will love them too! For peanut butter-loving pooches, you can substitute the beef bouillon and cheese with one cup of peanut butter. Have fun baking!

Prep time: 30 minutes                   Cook time: 30 minutes                   Makes 3 dozen

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Ingredients:

·         1 cup rolled oats ·         2 teaspoons beef bouillon                        granules
·         1/3 cup margarine ·         ½ cup milk
·         1 cup boiling water ·         1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
·         ¾ cup cornmeal ·         1 egg, beaten
·         2 teaspoons white sugar ·         3 cups whole wheat flour

What You Will Need:

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • liquid measuring cup
  • dry measuring cups
  • rubber spatula
  • 3+ cookie sheets
  • sealable storage containers

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.

2. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.

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3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutter (We prefer bone-shaped), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

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4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.

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What we did with our treats:

After the aroma of freshly baked dog treats (which actually smell just like homemade bread) filled the shelter, we tested the goodies on the toughest critics.

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The reviews were so good, we decided to bag up the remaining two dozen treats to go home with adopted dogs.

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