Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yummies Dog Treats for Valentines Day

This is “Thoughtless Thursday” Blog Hop hosted by my friends, “Love is being owned by a Husky” and “Ruckus the Eskie.”  Be sure to visit both of their blogs.  They are always very entertaining!  You can hop around and read a little bit of everything. 
    I have wanted to do a recipe post; they always look so fun.  My Pinterest board titled Dog Yummies; http://www.pinterest.com/mkclinton/dog-yummies/ is full of great recipes. 
    Here are three scrumptious recipes you’ll find “pinned.”  I appreciate Rosalyn from “Sugar the Golden Retriever” (one of my favs), Monica from “Lick the Bowl Good,” and Paula Deen at pauladeen.com for the use of their recipes.

Cheesy Dog Treats
http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/view2/cheesy_dog_treats/
Servings: 24 treats


Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 cup water
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix cheeses with oil.  Stir in flour, dry milk, and salt until blended.  Add water and knead until dough comes together.  Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out treats using a cookie cutter.  Repeat until all dough is used.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until treats are golden brown.  Allow to cool thoroughly before serving to your four-legged friend.
Note: You can substitute whole-wheat flour for the all-purpose to make an even healthier treat for your dog.

Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Cookies from Tasty Treats for Demanding Dogs
·                     3 cups whole wheat flour
·                     1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
·                     2 teaspoons baking powder
·                     1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature.
·                     1 tablespoon molasses or honey
·                     1 1/4 cups creamy style peanut butter
·                     1/4 cup chicken broth
Position the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease or use parchment paper to line two cookie sheets or baking trays.
In a large bowl, using a fork or whisk, combine the flour, rolled oats, and baking powder.
In a medium bowl, using a whisk or an electric mixer, beat the milk, molasses OR honey, and peanut butter together until smooth.  Stir in the chicken broth.
Using a large spoon or spatula, combine the two mixes, blending until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms soft dough.  If the mixture seems a little dry, add a little more broth a tablespoon at a time.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured flat surface.  With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick.  Use a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you can, reworking the scraps as you go.  The dough will become stiff as it is reworked.
Place the cookies side by side on the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cookies appear very dry and the edges are light golden brown.  Turn off the heat and leave the trays in the oven til completely cool.  Leave undisturbed for 8-16 hours.  This will allow them to become shelf stable and completely dried.
~Makes about 13 dozen 1-inch treats.
NOTE: Some dogs don't tolerate milk.  Substitute according to your dog’s needs.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Ingredients:
Sugar the Golden Retriever's Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato, 
Coconut Oil, 
Turmeric (optional)
Peel a sweet potato and cut into sticks.  Coat the sweet potato sticks with coconut oil.  Sprinkle some turmeric.  Bake it for ~ 30 minutes at 350 (convection bake).  For crispy fries, change bake to broil on last 5 minutes of cooking time.
*Keep in mind; if you are watching your dog’s weight, sweet potatoes contain high levels of carbohydrates and sugar. 
Thanks for visiting today.  I hope at least one of these treats find their way into your dog’s Valentine surprises! 
Thanks to my hosts for this great hop.  Have a “hoppy” Thoughtless Thursday!




26 comments :

  1. Oh I love these recipes! I actually think I will do the sweat potato one, as sweet potato is a natural remedy for Kirby's tear stains.... They all look delicious!

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    1. I love sweet potato fries so I know my boys will too! I didn't know it helped tear stains. My Westie granddog will get an added benefit! Thanks!

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  2. I do believe I will have to try these for my Lady Girl :)

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    1. Oh goodie! Let me know which one she loves. : )

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  3. I have made something like the first two cookies before, both were super yummy. I'm not a big fan of veggies and especially NOT sweet potatoes, so those chips are not for me. But, my sisters love veggies and would love those chips. Mom was on pinterest last night actually, and was saying she wanted to try making those for my sisters. We will see. I will have to just walk around all day guarding mine! Nice post! I will be baking something yummy for Valentines Day on my blog on Tuesday.

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    1. Thanks for visiting me Emma! It is difficult to savor treats with younger puppies around.

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  4. I love cheese, so I like the sound of the first recipe. I'm not a fan of peanut butter - I seem to be in a minority on that one!
    Thanks for stopping by - it's nice to meet you.

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    1. Mine love cheese, peanut butter, veggies, and anything that won't eat them first. Except lettuce, although they insist they love it when we have salad, they really don't. LOL

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  5. These all look so great! I've been thinking about making some special treats for Sherman and Leroy!

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    1. I am glad that you like the recipes. Poor Sherman needs a little treat after all of his recent problems. I hope he is feeling better. <3

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  6. I LOVE sweet potato fries! I remember the first time I ever ate those in a restaurant myself! OMD! They were delicious!
    Great recipies and i'm so glad you shared them! I am always looking for some more ways to burn and then perfect dog treats! hahaha!!!
    Thanks for linking up to Thoughtless Thursday with us!
    ((husky hugz frum da pack))

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    1. Hahaha! We eat more sweet potatoes than white ones and I bake fries for us all of the time. Yummy! It is important to burn at least one batch of dog treats before perfecting them. : )

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  7. Those look so delicious. Bentley will be ever so lucky. I am a huge fan of Kol and Sugar's Tasty Tuesdays. There are so many goodies on that hop that I want to just eat it off the screen! Happy Thoughtless Thursday dear friend!

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    1. Kol & Sugar's tasty Tuesday are the fabulous! I always join the Tuesday's Tails so I miss the opportunity to post recipes. I do pin many of them and bookmark others. I am going to try making some for Valentine's Day! Thanks to you and Jenna for hosting today!

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  8. Oooooo! Treats, treats, and more treats! Looks like your dogs will be very happy for AT LEAST a week! BOL! Those cheesy treats are making me hungry ...
    www.dogtreatweb.com

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    1. Thanks Flea! I know your crew have their jowls full of Jones Treats! Even better to have a steady supply of those babies!!

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  9. Yummy, yummy!!!! Happy Thoughtless Thursday!

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  10. Thank you thank you, they are look yummy will be saving them for a rainy day.

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    1. Hi JoAnn! I'm so glad you came by to visit. I hope your crew love them.

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  11. Yummy those cookies certainly look delicous.

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    1. Laika, I hope you get some to munch on soon!

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    1. Thanks Nola! Let me know if you try any of them. : )

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  13. Golden Thanks for the feature on your post. YUMMY n Tasty TREATS :-) Will share some icy/frosty treats for Valentine's Day. Golden Woofs

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    1. Hi Sugar, thanks for dropping by to see me. I appreciate the use of your adorable face to show off your tasty sweet potato recipe. We will be by to see your ice/frosty treats. Of course, I'll be there everyday until then too!

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