‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than by treating your furry friends to some homemade delights? As you find yourself surrounded by Christmas leftovers, why not turn them into delicious, dog-friendly treats? Gather friends and family and spend a delightful afternoon baking these easy-to-make goodies that your pets will surely love.
Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Treats:
2 cups chopped turkey and veggies (avoid alliums)
Chicken or turkey stock, gravy, or water
2-3 cups whole wheat, barley, or oat flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Process leftover turkey and veggies in a food processor with egg and enough liquid until it forms a thick, chunky sauce.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add enough flour to make a workable dough. Shape into balls or cut into biscuit shapes.
Place on a parchment-lined sheet and bake for 20 minutes until golden. For added crunch, leave them in the cooling oven until dried out. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
Makes about 3 dozen treats, depending on size.
Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats:
1/2 cup PLAIN mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
3/4 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups finely chopped, cooked turkey or chicken
2 cups whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Mix sweet potatoes, water, and egg. Add chicken and flour, stirring until thick dough forms.
Spread the dough on a parchment-lined sheet, score into rectangles, and bake for 30 minutes until golden.
Cool and break along score lines. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer freshness.
Easy Carrot and Sweet Potato Dog Biscuit Recipe:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup baked sweet potato
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
3/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix flour, sweet potato, carrots, egg, and water. Knead into a dough ball.
Flatten the dough to 1/4″ thickness and cut out shapes. Place on the baking pan.
Bake at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes until golden. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
If your dog has a wheat sensitivity, you can use oat flour as a substitute.
Always be mindful of your dog’s allergies, feed treats in moderation, and ensure they have access to fresh water at all times.
Funny and Heartwarming Note:
Remember, these treats aren’t just for your fur babies—they’re for the whole family! So if you catch Uncle Bob sneaking a bite, don’t blame him; blame the irresistible aroma that fills the kitchen. After all, who can resist the magic of turning Christmas leftovers into treats that make tails wag and hearts melt? Share the love, share the laughs, and let this become a new holiday tradition that brings joy to both two-legged and four-legged family members.