Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Doggie Treats

Most of us know that human Christmas treats are not suitable for pets,  and some can be downright dangerous, but if (like us) you want to give your pets a little something, here are a couple of our favorite simple recipes for dogs and cats you might like to try:
 
Easy to make dog treats for Christmas

Meaty Twists for Dogs
Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1 jar strained beef baby food
  • 1 beef bouillon cube*
  • 3/4 cup boiling water

 *for a chicken flavor substitute - chicken baby food and chicken bouillon cube

 

 Method: 
  1. Dissolve bouillon cube in water.
  2. Sift dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Add milk, egg, oil, beef and beef bouillon.
  4. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut in 1/4 inch by 3 inch strips, twisting each stick before placing on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 35 - 40 minutes at 400 F.
  8. Store in refrigerator.

 Catnip Cookies for Cats 
Ingredients:  
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of wheat germ
  • 2-4 tablespoons of catnip
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses
  • 1 egg

 Method: 
  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 350 F
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and work it into a dough.
  5. Lightly flour the counter or other work surface.
  6. Remove a portion of dough and use a rolling pin to uniformly flatten the dough to a thickness between 1/8 of an inch and 1/4 of an inch.
  7. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares using a rolling pizza cutter or a cookie cutter of your choice.
  8. Place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are crisp and lightly browned.

 We are sure your pets will enjoy these simple and easy to make home made Christmas pet treats.



 

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