Saturday, March 30, 2013

Jennifer's homemade doggie treats


I'm actually off in lala land down in Shelton at the beach house (I feel like such a snobby bitch whenever I say that!) that our wedding will be.  You know, measuring, thinking, planning, chillaxin.

I've got Jennifer here from Grits and Moxie here for a RAD little tute.  This chick is one my fave bloggers, so if you don't know her, get on it!   You won't regret it.  I'm also guesting on hers with some delicious little goodies.  Here's a little peek:

Pop on over and say hi!!!

I present to you, the coolest of cats, Jennifer!:

Hello everyone!  I'm Jennifer and I blog over at Grits And Moxie, and I'm thrilled that Trish suggested we do a swaperoo on DIY posts.  She's doing a special vegan treat over at m'blog and today I'm here to share something that will make your furry companions pretty doggone happy...

These simple treats are quick and easy to make, and if you use all-natural ingredients then they'll be a helluva lot more healthy for your pets than many store bought concoctions.  Plus, they're pretty darn cheap too!  And when you have 4 dogs like I do, it's nice to balance quality and budget.

Let's get started, shall we?

First, let's gather the goods!

You can cut your treats into cute shapes, yes, but the terrible nail polish (yikes!) and duck lips (where the HECK did that come from!?!) are definitely not required...

2 1/2 cups of flours
1/2 cup of quick cook oats
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of hot water
2-3 T of oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Cream together the peanut butter, hot water and oil until smooth.  Stir in flour and oats, and knead well.  Turn out onto floured surface and then roll until 1/4 to 1/2 inch think.  Cut into strips or squares (a pizza cutter works wonders for this method), or use a cookie cutter for specific shapes.  Place onto lightly greased pan.  You can place the pieces close together because they maintain their shape throughout the cooking process.


Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

Allow to cool on pan for 1-2 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.  Don't serve to your pets until they are completely cool!   

The beauty of these treats is that you can make them as simple or as complicated as you want.  You can substitute chicken/turkey/beef stock instead of water.  Throw in some fresh chopped meat of choice for an extra kick.  Or, keep them just like they are.  The choice is yours!

My pups love these crisp but chewy cookies.  Really!

See?  Ms. Tullah Belle absolutely adores (um, freaks out!) over them...

And they keep wonderfully well with a shelf-life of around 4-6 weeks if kept in a sealed container.  Although mine never last very long!  I give them as gifts and for everyday treats to my pack of hungry wolves chihuahuas...

A big thanks to Trish for having me on the blog today...and a big thanks to all you who stopped by and read my recipe.  I hope you liked it!  Please feel free to direct any questions my way and to visit G&M to find out more about my life in Athens, GA as a baker, a critter companion, a feminist reader, a fledgling photographer and a seeker of happiness...

Oh my gosh Jennifer, I have ALWAYS wanted to make my own dog treats.  Seriously, I should get off my lazy booty and do it already.  Thank you so much for swapping posts!!!

Bye friends!



  1. I've tried this recipe before from another blog & I love it. Well, I love how easy it is and my dog loves the actual treaties! Thanks for the reminder :) And how cute is that cookie cutter?

  2. Ooh, so simple and easy! I make treats similar to this for my dog all the time and she loves them! I really need to get a cookie cutter like that so, so cute.

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  4. This is a recipe that I saw on another site and it turned out well the one time I tried it. Yes, the convenience is great, and the dog enjoys the treats itself. I really appreciate the krunker prompting:) And that cookie cutter, it's too adorable.


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