Homemade Dog Treats

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First just let me say that I’m so proud this experiment turned out! Totally winged it and these dog treats came out exactly the way I wanted: nice and crunchy and tasty for my Bassets. Here is the fall inspired recipe, ready for you to try for your own pooch:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup quaker oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • A drizzle of water, for consistency

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl. Add a little water at the end if the mixture is too dry. The consistency should similar to that of bread dough.
  • Shake some flour onto a countertop. Take half of the mixture and form it into a ball. Put a bit more flour on top. Using a rolling pin, roll to 1/2 inch thickness or less. I made mine more like 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Use a cute cookie cutter (like the bone one that I used!) and cut the shapes out. Place on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. No need to leave lots of space in between each cookie; there is no leavening agent in the mixture so they will remain the same size.
  • Repeat the rolling process with the other half of the dough.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. I flipped my cookies over after 15 minutes to allow them to get golden and crispy on both sides!
  • Allow to cool on wire rack.
  • Store in sealed tupperware container.

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