Dog Treats By Dakota

It’s #International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day and I thought it would be fun to share some of my best dog treat recipes, all approved by my baby boy, Dakota! While he will eat anything, he certainly lets me know what he’s eating out of obligation and what he actually likes.

**Warning: I will add pictures when I can, but at the moment, I don’t have the stuff in the house to make these treats because of the Italy move.**

Cheese Crisps

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup grated cheese
1/8 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup applesauce (no added sugars)
1/2 cup water

Combine the ingredients until they form a dough. Roll it out to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into circles with a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass. Lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes until browned and crisp.

In all fairness, these can make your house stink a bit, but your dog will love them. Store extras in an airtight container, and you may want to separate enough for a few days, and freeze the rest, because they go bad in about a week (this is true for all the recipes).

Meat Cookies

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sodium free broth (chicken or beef)
1/2 cup shredded chicken or lean ground beef

Combine the ingredients into a dough, roll out, and cut with cookie cutters (I normally do bones and paw prints). Lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes until lightly browned.

Birthday Pupcakes

For the cakes:
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey

For the frosting:
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup greek yogurt
enough whole wheat flour to thicken

Combine the cake ingredients into a smooth batter and pour into butter-greased baking pans (I have silicone pawprint molds that make cupcake sized cakes). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Combine the frosting ingredients until well blended. Spread or pipe onto the cooled pupcakes.

Dakota gets these for his birthday every year and loves them! When I make these, I have to put him outside because otherwise he won’t leave me alone. They freeze pretty well, even frosted – just freeze on a baking sheet for about half an hour, then store in ziploc bags in the freezer. Only give one pupcake a day and don’t bake these all the time – your dog will get fat!

Have you ever baked for your dog? What treats are your dog’s favorites?

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