Pet lovers across the nation are gearing up for the most adorable holiday on the calendar. It is the 10th annual National Puppy Day!
The movement was created to celebrate the love puppies bring their owners, to bring attention to the multitude of orphaned puppies across the globe and to educate the world about the horrific puppy mills.
Should you choose to adopt a puppy in celebration, nothing says welcome home like a treat fresh from the oven. But of course, dogs young and old will appreciate all five of these recipes.
1. Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treat
Hmmm…yummy bacon! This first recipe comes from TidyMom.com.
- 1 cup oat flour (you can just whip up your own by grinding up rolled oats)
- 1 cup brown rice flour (or you can substitute regular or whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted is best)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-3 pieces cooked bacon
- 1 shredded carrot
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl combine all wet ingredients until well blended. Add both flours to wet mixture to form dough.
- Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper or lightly floured work surface to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut out with cookie cutter. (I used a dog bone shape cookie cutter)
- Place treats on a parchment lined baking sheet (they can be close together, just not touching) and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool in oven, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
- Store about a weeks worth on the counter in a sealed container and the rest can go in the freezer.
2. Simple Satisfaction Puppy Treat
Unfortunately, National Puppy Day falls in the middle of the week. We thought you might want a recipe that’s quick and simple. We found this recipe on Dog-Milk.com.
- 2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour* (or wheat germ, spelt, rolled oats — or a mixture of these)
- 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food** – beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out evenly until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).
3. Homemade Paw Print Dog Treats
If you have a little more time on your hands and want to flaunt your canine culinary skills, this adorable recipe comes via LiveLaughRowe.com.
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- ½ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Paw Print Topping Ingredients
- ½ cup carob chips
- 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
- Heat oven to 300.
- In large bowl, stir dog treat ingredients until soft dough forms.
- Divide dough in half. Using brown rice floured surface and rolling pin, roll each half to ¼ to ⅛” thick.Cut with 1½”round cookie or biscuit cutter. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts about 1-inch apart. Use fingers to press paw print indents in cookies.
- Bake 30-35 minutes or until dry. Remove from cookie sheet to cooking rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Paw Print Topping Instructions
- In small microwaveable bowl, microwave carob chips and peanut butter uncovered on high for 20-30 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth.
- Spoon into resealable plastic sandwich bag.
- Use scissors to snip a small hole in corner of bag.
- Squeeze bag to pipe carob mixture in paw indents of cookies.
- Gently tap the cookies on cooking rack or counter for topping to fill the indents.
- Allow cookies to stand at room temperature about 1 hour or until carob mixtures is set.
- Store in dog cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 weeks
4. Doggy Donuts
Best-Dog-Treat-Recipes.com had directions for a treat we couldn’t resists.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 tablespoon wheat bran
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon dry yeast
- 1 cup dog treat icing dog treat icing
- 1 tablespoon party sprinkles or bulgur
- Place all the ingredients in your bread machine or mix them with your mixer, using a dough hook.
- When the dough is ready, divide it into 3 pieces.
- Sprinkle flour onto a cutting board.
- Roll the dough into ½”sheets
- Using a donut cutter, cut the donuts. Make sure you dip the cutter into flour in between donuts, as it can stick to the donuts easily—and get pretty messy!
- Place the donuts on a greased baking sheet.
- Let them rise for 45-60 minutes, or until they are close to doubled in size.
- Bake at 300 degrees F for about an hour.
- Turn off the oven and let them continue to dry overnight. They should be hard to the touch, with no “give” when you gently push on them.
- Ice the donuts with yogurt coating.
- Top with colored sprinkles
5. Cinnamon Bun Bites
We saved the best for last! Here’s a recipe from Babble.com that will make even human mouths water.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water or milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Icing Ingredients
- 1/4 cup light cream cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons milk or water
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl stir together water, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14-inch. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts.
- Starting from a long edge, roll up jelly-role style and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife or (even better) dental floss, slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you spread them with cream cheese.
- Store in a tightly covered container or freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.
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