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DIY – Thanksgiving Treats For Your Dog

October 23, 2012 by Tails Magazine in Fun Stuff, November 2012 with 0 Comments

cornucopiaWhat’s the yummiest thing about November? Thanksgiving, of course! Fresh hand-carved turkey, gooey sweet potato casserole, warm apple pie … need we go on? And while it may not be safe for your dog to partake in your Turkey Day feast, that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy some special treats. Try one of these easy Thanksgiving-inspired recipes, and we promise she’ll be extra thankful!


Sweet Potato and Apple Dog Treats
• 3/4 cup cooked plain mashed sweet potatoes
• 3 tablespoons chicken or beef broth (water works too)
• 2 cups organic 100% whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for dusting
• 1/2 cup fine yellow cornmeal
• 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
• 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and grated

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, mix together sweet potatoes and broth. Add flour, cornmeal, mint, and apples, and stir until combined. Knead the dough a few times until it holds together. Roll out half of the dough on a generously floured surface until about 1/4-inch thick. Use 2-inch to 4-inch cookie cutters to cut out treats; transfer to baking sheets. Reroll dough scraps and cut more shapes. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until dried and just slightly golden on the bottom. Turn off the oven, leave oven door ajar, and let the treats cool and dry out in the oven for 1 to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Recipe: Whole Foods Market

Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats
• 3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 cup cooked, deboned turkey
• 1 egg
• 1/2 cup water or broth as needed
• 1 cup whole cranberries

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; set aside. In a blender or food processor, puree the turkey and egg (and some of the water or broth as needed to keep mixture moist). When the turkey is the consistency of baby food, add the cranberries and continue to blend until it looks like a smoothie. Pour the turkey mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to create a thick dough. Knead dough on floured surface. Cut into shapes and then bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.

Recipe: DogTipper.com

Pumpkin Pie Dog BiscuitsPumpkin Treats for Dogs

•    1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
•    1 cup rolled oats
•    2 teaspoon baking powder
•    1 teaspoon cinnamon
•    1 teaspoon ginger
•    1 teaspoon allspice
•    2 tablespoon canola oil
•    1/2 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
•    1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
•    1/4 cup water

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. In a separate bowl, stir together canola oil, pumpkin, and peanut butter. Use a wooden spoon to create a well in the flour mixture and pour pumpkin mixture in. Combine ingredients with a hand mixer set to “low” to “medium low.” Add the water and continue mixing until you have workable dough. Knead dough on floured surface until it is less sticky and easier to handle. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Place dough shapes onto baking sheet sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 12 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in for another 30 minutes. Cool completely.

Recipe: DogTreatKitchen.com

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