Gourmet Dog Treat Recipe

During Christmas, we went to one of our favorite local pet stores. My little two year old loved the little gourmet dog treats. The lady at the store gave her one to give to her little dog at home. (Mainly because Mom said “no” to spending $5.99 for a little dog cookie).  That little dog treat looked so much like a cookie that by the time I got home and got her out of the car and asked her if she was ready to give her treats to the eagerly awaiting dogs she had already eaten it and had little sprinkles kissing the corners of her mouth.

gourmet dog treat

The dogs sniffed her and then miserably went away, sad that once again a good treat got wasted on the two year old. I swear I heard them say, “she ALWAYS gets the good stuff.”

For Christmas we wanted to make sure that another good treat didn’t get wasted, so we made a list of all the dogs that she knew of in the neighborhood and we made some gourmet dog treats for them.

It was Christmas Town Central at our house. While the two older kids eagerly (ha!) worked on making their two year old sisters gift, my two year old made her list of all the dogs she knew.

dog treats

“Gabeeee, Bear, Telseee (Chelsea), Gabeeee, Bwisqwit (Biscuit),  Kaycoooo, Telseee, Gabeeeee….” You can guess how this continued. She helped cut each cookie, than put it on the cookie sheet. “See Mom? 6, 7, 8 cookies.”

Once the cookies cooked and cooled, we had our next problem to tackle. How to make that pretty dog frosting you see on bakery dog treats. Once we frosted each cookie, I gave the sprinkles to my two year old. It is a month and a half after Christmas and I still find sprinkles in crevices of the kitchen I thought I cleaned and scrubbed already. Proceed with caution when handing over sprinkles to kids.

Whether you make these as a birthday present or a holiday gift for your special pooch, they will love them!

Gourmet Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin or squash (can use canned)
  • 2 tbsp all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Water
  • For the Frosting:
  • 6 oz plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp all natural creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a mixer, blend together all ingredients until a ball forms. If mixture remains crumbly, add water one teaspoon at a time until ball forms.
  3. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into desired shapes and place on baking sheet. Leave 1/2 inch space between cookies.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until cookies are hard.
  5. Remove from oven and move to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To Make the Frosting:
  7. In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter and greek yogurt until smooth. Frost and sprinkle cookies. Allow frosting to firm.
  8. To store: Store cookies in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to one week. Freeze cookies in a freezer bag up to one month. To serve, allow cookies to warm to room temperature before feeding them to dogs.
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Related ARticles:

Dog Treat Frosting Ideas by Dog Treat Kitchen

Apple Pumpkin Dog Treats by BurntApple

Can my Dog Eat This? By Ultimate Home Life

 

 

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Comments

  1. These are too cute and sweet, I know a few pups who would love these treats!

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