As we are baking for the holidays for our family and friends, don’t forget the four-legged ones. Just Google, “Homemade dog and cats treats,” and you will be amazed by the result of your search. There are now a number of cookbooks on the market for homemade healthy pet diets. If you want you can even purchase a dessert only cookbook for your pet’s sweet tooth. From sweet cakes and muffins to frozen treats your pet is going to love you even more.
Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:
3 Ingredient Cat Treats
- 10 oz. canned salmon (undrained)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz. canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
- In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If the dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. The dough should be tacky but not sticky.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
- Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
- Allow cooling before serving.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Cheesy Cat Treats
- 3/4 cup shredded or grated cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt (plain)
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
While your oven is preheating to 350 degrees F, combine all the ingredients into dough (add a touch of water if needed). Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 25 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Cool on a rack and serve. Makes about two dozen.
Whether your cat has delicate tastes or will eat anything within paw’s reach, you’re sure to find something he loves to snack on that you’ve made with your own hands.
Cinnamon Bun Bites
- 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup water or milk
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- Cream cheese drizzle (optional)
- ¼ cup light cream cheese
- 1-2 Tbsp. milk or water
Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl stir together water, oil, and egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8x14 “. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts, if using. Starting from a long edge, roll up jelly-roll style and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife or even better dental floss slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you spread the cream cheese.
Makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Store in a tightly covered container or freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.
Crunchy Honey Cinnamon Dog Biscuits
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 2 ½ cups of either whole wheat or all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 375 lightly grease or spray your pans
In a large mixing bowl, add the oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, milk, and egg. Once mixed, stir in the flour and baking powder. Mix until the dough forms.
On a lightly floured surface, dump out the contents of the bowl and then knead it until all of the ingredients are incorporated and it can be spread using a rolling pin. Roll the dough out to about ¼” thickness and then either cut using cookie cutters or a pizza cutter.
Place the uncooked biscuit on your baking sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes
Store at room temperature in an airtight container.