Dog Treats, Diets, and Holiday Baking.

Good evening and welcome to cooking with (for) Hoodlum.  Jeff stumbled upon a recipe recently for homemade dog treats.  He also recently put us on a diet and that means no baking for me.  Now this is how it is, if I love you, I want to feed you.  Not oatmeal or fruit, I want to feed you really tasty, sweet, I Love You food.  See how good he is?  He found me something to get my need to bake and love feed out with.

dog treatsYou know what is the best part about the holidays?  Baking.  Seriously I can make six different things and no one questions me.  Then I can take said treats and give them away to other people (making smiles appear) and go back and bake more stuff.  One might get the impression I am really good at it, but I am not.  I would say I have equal failures and successes but it is really fun and the successes Mmmmmm.  So why not bake dog treats?

We have an aging old girl who sometimes only wants to eat dog treats and a guy who has some serious tummy issues (fat can send him into a medical emergency) and you decide you need to be hyper aware of what they are eating.  So here we are and we spent our evening making dog treats.  Here is some good news…you can eat them too!  Okay their cookie dough is nowhere near as good as our cookie dough, but you kind of have to try!

Jeff found this recipe for pumpkin dog treats:


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour ( wheat is probably better!)
  • water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend eggs and pumpkin together; add salt, dry milk, and flour.
  3. Add water as needed to make the dough somewhat workable.
  4. The dough should be dry and stiff, don’t be concerned with crumbs being left in the bowl.
  5. You will need to mix this with your hands because it is too stiff for an electric mixer.
  6. Roll to 1/2-inch thick.
  7. Cut into shapes.
  8. Place 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes.


Now Jeff loves oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and as it turns out Oats are really good for dogs so we used 2 cups wheat flour and one half cup of oats, but everything else is the same.  The dogs, well Hoodlum, enjoyed the cookie dough, Suki was skeptical.

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custom cookie cutters for the dog treats!

Jeff also really wanted to make them in dog bone shapes.  This seems like an easy thing to find (and it is) but not in our town.  So we used what we have which turns out to be a gingerbread man and a candy cane.  Jeff felt the giant grizzly bear cookie cutter I picked up in Alaska was a bit excessive.  Jeff, never to be deterred found where you can buy personalized dog bone cookie cutters.  Well, now I kind of need one. You can find those here!


The total baking time is 40 minutes, which seems excessive, except you want them crunchy.  Out of the oven they came and the poochies had a snack (after letting them cool of course) while we sat down to watch some TV before bed.  We will be doing this again.  It was easy, not too messy and the dogs gave them each two paws up.

Yes, we ate some.  They taste like pure crap.   No sugar?  What kind of evil cookie is that?

I think Julia Child said it best:  “A party without cake is just a meeting.”  Make every day a party and if you have a favorite recipe we would love for you to share it!


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We used Oats and removed 1/2 cup of flour.
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I like the steel cut, the normal stuff would work just as well is my guess?
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Roll it out.
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All baked up golden brown, 40 minutes later
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Give me! Gimmie! Gimmie!


Diets, Holiday Baking, and Dog Treats

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