The fall just begs for baking! Don’t forget about your canine friends while you make cookies for yourself. Make dog cookies for them, too!
It is really important to know the ingredients in your dog’s food and especially, where it is made. If you don’t buy treats made in the U.S., they can have harmful ingredients like formaldehyde that can make your dog very sick or even die. So, if you are shopping for treats, be sure to read the country of origin.
If you are like me, I enjoy making dog cookies. I know all of the ingredients and it’s much cheaper than buying high end dog cookies. The dog cookies that I usually buy cost about $6 per bag. These cookies cost no more than $1, and even less when I use vegetables from my garden. I make jerky for the dogs, too, with beef, pork or salmon. That’s a special treat for them. But every morning, regardless of anything else happening in the household, they must have dog cookies to start their day. It’s like me and my coffee, I guess.
These dog cookies are especially good. I’ve tasted them, of course. In fact, if I added a little salt, they’d be delicious with a glass of wine.
Here is my recipe for veggie dog cookies. Feel free to improvise with the vegetables that your dog likes – just remember to stay away from toxic ingredients that can harm Fido.
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon each of dried basil, oregano, and parsley
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 1/3 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup pre-cooked broccoli or green beans
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 clove garlic
- Step 1 In large bowl, combine flour and dried herbs.
- Step 2 In food processor, pulse garlic first. Then add water, carrot, broccoli, tomato paste and oil.
- Step 3 Puree until smooth and pour over dry ingredients.
- Step 4 Knead until dough holds together. (If your bowl is not big enough to knead the dough, remove it to a lightly floured surface. I find that kneading in the bowl is ideal because the carrot mixture is quite wet.)
- Step 5 On lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin and roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
- Step 6 With a fork, poke holes all over the surface of the dough.
- Step 7 Use a cookie cutter with your favorite shape or just cut the dough with a knife into bite-size rectangles or shapes. (The shapes are more for us, than them!)
- Step 8 Place 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets.
- Step 9 Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Step 10 Reduce heat to 300 degrees and cook for 30 minutes more.
- Step 11 Let cool completely before letting your dog dig in.
- Step 12 You can store in a tightly sealed container for 30 days or freeze extra portions.
My dogs just love these dog cookies! And because I love them so much, it provides me comfort to know that the food I give them is healthy and safe. I hope you enjoy making these for your dogs, too. They do so much for us every day, it doesn’t seem right to give them anything but the best.