Dogs are part of the family in my home, so it’s important for me to know what’s in their food. Dog treats are no different. This recipe for Homemade Dog Treats uses everyday ingredients found in most pantries and furry beasts love them.
Meat drippings is one of the ingredients in these Homemade Dog Treats, so anytime I make bacon or have leftover river gravy, I save it for my boys (Charlie Choc’ate Puddin’ and Baxter). They love these tasty little biscuits and will do almost anything for them, even if I set one on their paw and tell them, “Freeze.” LOL They’re so good, I love my boys!
They also love Parmesan Pup Treats, which I make when I don’t have any meat drippings.
If your dogs are a part of your family like mine are, you’ll want to know what they’re eating. Making these treats for them gives you that piece of mind, plus they’re easy to make.
Using common ingredients like flour (all-purpose or whole wheat), oats, milk, bouillon cubes, and meat drippings, you’re ready to make some dog treats.
Examples of meat drippings include: bacon grease or the juices from any roast or meat you’ve baked or cooked. Just think of it as a flavorful wet ingredient that canine companions love.
The batter needs to be thick for rolling and can feel sticky.
To make the process easier, sprinkle some flour on the counter top for when you go to lift up each treat to place on the baking sheet. Once the batter has been rolled out (or pressed), choose what size or shape you want to give your dog.
You can do this by either cutting strips with a knife (into squares or rectangles…triangles?), or use cookie cutters.
Even better, dog treats can be spaced close together as they do not spread while baking.
Use cookie cutters for fun shapes (Baxter likes to eat the cat shape best), or use holiday shapes for gifts (hearts, Christmas trees).
Once the treats are on the baking sheet, brush on an egg wash (a scrambled raw egg) over each treat to give it a shiny look once they’re baked.
Your dog-loving friends won’t believe you made them.
Bake the dog treats in a 300° oven for 1 hour, then turn the oven off, but leave them in the oven.
The treats will get nice and crunchy as they cool slowly, you can even leave them over night.
Once they’re cool, store the dog treats in an air tight container to maintain freshness.
Now let’s see some tricks. Sit. Stay. Freeze. Good boy!
Homemade Dog Treats
- 2 bouillon cubes (beef or chicken)
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup milk (I use almond milk)
- 1/2 cup meat drippings (from bacon, chicken, pork, beef)
- 3 1/2 cups flour all-purpose or whole wheat
- 2 cups oats
- 1 egg (optional)
- Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water. Pour into a large bowl. Add milk and drippings, mix.
- Add flour and oats, Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Sprinkle flour on counter and press or roll batter to approx. 1/4" thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on baking sheet and brush with optional egg wash. Treats can be spaced close together as they do not spread while baking. Bake at 300° for 1 hour. Turn off heat and leave in oven at least 1 hour to harden. Store in air-tight container.
If you’re looking for some meat drippings, try this Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Veggies and Gravy or this Slow Cooker Chuck Roast with Taters. Both will have water mixed with the meat juices after they’ve cooked.
You don’t need much for this recipe, only a 1/2 cup, so you’ll have enough for both recipes. I hope you and your puplets have a happy and blessed day.
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