Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Woofy Treats

My boys wanted to make some homemade dog treats last week so I set out to find a good recipe. We made the dough and used dog bone shaped cookie cutters to create the treats. Of course, I couldn't pass up the chance to make some fun packaging. Isn't this adorable??

The cute kraft gable box came from Niki Estes' Etsy store, Apple Blossom Paperie. The size is perfect for small items or homemade treats. The front is covered with some Basic Grey Max and Whiskers paper. The image is one from CHF, so sadly it is not available anymore. It was from the Kim Hughes line along with the "woof" sentiment I stamped all over the box.

In honor of the holiday, we made the dog biscuits Thanksgiving flavored. The dogs {{loved}} them!! Here is the recipe in case any of you would like to make treats for your four legged friends.

Gourmet Dog Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 egg, beaten
5 T vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
2 jars strained baby food (any flavor as long as it is all natural, no preservatives)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients into a thick dough. Knead about 4-5 minutes, until it becomes smooth. Sprinkle additional flour onto counter, roll out to 1/2" thickness. cut into small pieces or use cookie cutters to make shapes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets about 22 minutes. Cool and store in airtight container.

I found that ours needed to bake closer to 45-60 minutes in order to make them crunchy. I used organic baby food, one jar of sweet potato and one jar of turkey and vegetables. Try different flavors. One thing to keep in mind is dogs can not have onions so make sure your baby food does not contain additives.

Have a super day!


Dawn said...

They look good I bet Bailey loved them the packaging is SO SO Cute!!!!!!!!!!

Niki Estes said...

This is so cute, Tracy! What a great little gift idea!

Michele Boyer said...

This little doggie treat box is ADORABLE! I love it!

Heidi Karpen said...

Love this box of doggie treats, Tracy! Your new puppy must have been right there at your side when you were baking-lol! We will have to give this a try for my SIL's child (her dog)- thanks for the recipe as well.

Nancy (Shady Tree Studio) said...

I suspect that very soon my dog will be thanking you for this post :^) . We do have some friends whose dogs we give Christmas gifts too -- perfect!