Pull out the bone, fire hydrant, paws or dachshund shaped cookie cutters and get ready to bake! It’s OK, stars or freehand works just as well.
I can be considered the worse cookie maker on the planet according to most cookie connoisseurs. It’s pretty much “stick to your fancy french pastries and stay away from cookies”! I get it, lousy texture with great taste…. if you’re a dog. My shapes usually don’t come out as intended and they’re too soft or hard, chewy or crunchy, too brown or not brown enough with my only saving grace being they taste somewhat good. After all, who can’t make a cookie, right? Ouch! Humans can be so hard to please. On the other hand, all dogs appreciate my efforts regardless of how imperfectly-shaped they are as they rely on taste. This is where I can excel and feel like a master canine bakery chef, or at least according to my dachshund & his wiener dog play dates. As long as the ingredients are simple and healthy you are guaranteed to please these meat eaters!
What you will need for my basic go-to recipe:
8 oz canned pumpkin
2-1/2 cup flour
*Feel free to add oatmeal, peanut butter, coconut or any other dog friendly ingredients to the mix or as a substitute for pumpkin.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Mix together your wets: eggs and pumpkin
- Gradually add in your flour and blend
- Add coconut oil as needed to make the dough workable. It should be dry and stiff.
- Roll out the dough to 1/2 thick with a rolling pin
- Use a cookie cutter or freestyle to cut into desired shapes
- Place shapes 1″ apart on an non-greased cookie sheet
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes, remove from oven, turn treats over, return to oven and bake for another 20 +/- minutes. Adjust the time according to breed and size of dog for desired crunchiness. Smaller teeth and senior dogs may desire a softer cookie.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool prior to serving. Bone Appetit!
Canine Goodness Ingredients:
Canned Pumpkin – Provides fiber and beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. In pets prone to minor digestive issues, pumpkin is a healthy, natural treatment to help with both diarrhea and constipation.
Eggs – Are high in protein and a good source of nutrition to keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. They are packed with vitamin A, vitamin B-12, folate (vitamin B-9), iron, riboflavin, selenium, and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
Flour – If you’re like most kitchens, you’ll be using white, all-purpose, bread or wheat flour which acts as a binding agent but doesn’t provide nutritional value for your dog. Feel free to substitute a whole grain flour, non-grain flour or a gluten free flour to give your dog a healthier option.
Coconut Oil – Is not only for topical use, as an ingredient it contains vitamins K and E, and lauric acid which has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties known to improve digestion, boosts the immune system, increases energy, reduces inflammation, fights off viruses, and improves brain function.