Gifts in a Jar for Pets

Delight the pet lover in your life

There's nothing more thoughtful than a Gift in a Jar gift for your friend or relatives pet. To many of us these pets are like our children. The idea that someone cares enough to go through the trouble to make such a gift is heartwarming.

There may be many treats out on the market but typically they contain preservatives, artificial flavors and coloring, and meat by-products. What could be better for a pet than a treat that tastes good and is good for them. And a big plus is, this is a thoughtful gift that doesn't cost you a bundle.


Gift in a jar Dog Cookie

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup plain flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

2/3 cup skim milk powder

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1-1/2 tsp beef bouillon granules

Directions:
Layer the ingredients, in the order given, in a 1 quart jar, packing each layer firmly.


Directions for Use:
Empty jar contents into a bowl.

Cut in 1/2 cup of shortening, 1 slightly beaten egg and 3/4 cup of hot water.

Knead for five minutes.

Roll 1/2" thick on a floured board.

Cut into bone shapes or triangles.

Microwave at 60% power for about 10-15 minutes, rotating plate.

Let cool and store in the refrigerator.

Gift In A Jar Dog Biscuit

Ingredients:

1 cup unbleached or whole wheat flour

1 cup of oatmeal

½ cup cornmeal

2 tsp beef or chicken bouillon granules

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cup skim milk powder

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup (approximately) of flour

Directions:

Blend together flour and oatmeal.

Layer ingredients, in the order given, in a one quart jar, packing each layer firmly with the back of a spoon.

Print or write instructions on a tag,…..add a little bone or doggie cookie cutter for a special touch!

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Empty jar mix into a bowl. Stir together two eggs and 1 cup of hot water and add to mix. Combine with a fork until a stiff dough forms. Add a little flour or water if dough is too sticky or too dry to work.

Roll out dough on floured board to ½ inch thickness. Dip cookie cutters in flour before cutting out each cookie.

Place cookies close together on a baking sheet as they will not spread while baking. Bake for about 90 minutes, or until cookies are dry and hard, turning pan around at half time to ensure even cooking. You can turn off the heat, but leave the cookies in the oven to dry out without further cooking if necessary. Dog cookies are usually baked until they are hard and crunchy. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight jar.

Layered Dog Cookie Jar Mix

Ingredients:

1 cup unbleached or whole wheat flour

1 cup of oatmeal, blended into flour

½ cup cornmeal

2 tsp beef or chicken bouillon granules

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cup skim milk powder

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used the grated Parmesan that is commercially made to sprinkle on pasta)

¼ cup (approximately) of flour, or enough to fill a one quart jar

Layer ingredients, in the order given, in a one quart jar, packing each layer firmly with the back of a spoon.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Baking Instructions:

Empty jar mix into a bowl.

Stir together two eggs and 1 cup of hot water and add to mix.

Combine with a fork until a stiff dough forms.

Add a little flour or water if dough is too sticky or too dry to work.

Roll out dough on floured board to ½ inch thickness.

Dip cookie cutters in flour before cutting out each cookie.

Place cookies close together on a baking sheet as they will not spread while baking.

Bake for about 90 minutes, or until cookies are dry and hard, turning pan around at half time to ensure even cooking.

You can turn off the heat, but leave the cookies in the oven to dry out without further cooking if necessary.

Dog cookies are usually baked until they are hard and crunchy.

Let cool completely before storing in an airtight jar.

Print instructions on a card and attach to jar.

Decorate jar with fabric in a doggie print to cover lid.

Attach a dog bone cookie cutter with a ribbon.


Catnip Cookies

Ingredients for jar:

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp catnip

2 tbsp wheat germ

1/3 cup powdered milk

Ingredients to add to gift jar:

1 egg

1/3 cup milk

1 tbsp unsulfured molasses

2 tbsp canola oil

Directions for gift jar:

Layer dry ingredients as you come to them in the recipe.

Cover and decorate the jar.

Make a recipe card with wet ingredient and directions included.

Directions for gift card:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Add molasses, egg, and oil.

Roll flat onto greased cookie sheet and cut into small cat bite size pieces.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Cool and store in container with tightly sealed lid.




Cat Treat Strips

Ingredients for gift jar:

1 cup wheat flour

2 tbsp wheat germs

1/4 cup bran flakes

1/4 cup soy flour

1 tsp sage

1/2 tsp bone meal

Ingredients for recipe card:

1 tsp unsulphured molasses

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/3 cup skim milk

Directions for gift jar:

Layer dry ingredients in order of recipe.

Cover and decorate.

Make a recipe card for the putting together of the cat treat recipe.

Directions for recipe card:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly..

Add wet ingredients and beat with electric mixer after each addition.

When mixture tuns into soft dough take from bowl and knead.

If dough is too sticky add a little flour.

Roll dough to 1/4" thickness.

Use a sharp serrated knife to cut dough into thin strips - about 1/2 " x 4".

Place them on greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. They will become light brown.

Cool and store in container with tight fitting lid.


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Comments 44 comments

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Patti Ann 5 years ago from Florida

Wow this is fantastic!! Rated it up and bookmarked it. I'll have to try these for my schnoodle. Thanks!!


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leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

I never thought of this as a gift idea: what a clever take on the typical "muffin in a jar," etc!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Long ago I made homemade dog bisquits and our dogs loved them but after moving, I misplaced the recipe. Thanks for publishing these recipes for dogs and cats. Bookmarking this one for sure! These would make terrific gifts in a jar for pet lovers. Up and useful rating.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Patti Ann. How nice to hear from you. I'm sure your schnoodle will love them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

leahlefler, last year at Christmas I made up the Gift Jars for friends dogs and cats. They loved them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Peggy, you're quite welcome. I started reading labels on my dogs food and treats and decided it was about time I started making them homemade.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Obviously you love your dogs! Nice!


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

This is very interesting and unique. Although my dog has food allergies, the ideas are great.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

I love this one and I am handing this one to my daughter as for the first time ever I do not have a dog or cat etc.

Thank you for sharing this one with us. Useful/up here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Great idea! At Christmas time I've wished I could think of something unique for our pets. Now I've got it! Bookmarking even as we speak.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a cool idea! This is definitely going on my list of gift ideas for friends who have and adore their pets.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

A great hub. What a great idea. This idea is amazing. Very unique, and I truly enjoyed your hub.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

This was a very good idea and recipes! Unfortunately I do not have a dog now for the first time in many years but my two cats will get the chance to try this. And this is also great to bring along to other who have pets! Thanks, voted up and useful!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Peggy, I do love my dogs. Thanks for reading.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Faith Dream, what kind of allergies does you dog have? There are recipes out there for dogs with food allergies.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Eiddwen, thanks for the rating. And thanks for sharing with your daughter. Let me know how her pets like the treats.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Sinea Pies, They make great gifts. I gave them to friends last year for their pets.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Genna, thanks for the comment. You can really decorate the jar so prettily. Just cover the lid with ananimal print, and tie a doggie or kitty cookie cutter on it with a ribbon and you have an adorable gift for a pet.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Sweet Rhonda, thanks for your wonderful comments. I am so glad you enjoyed it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

thoughtforce, I included cat recipes for the cat lovers out there. Let me know how they like the treats.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

What a lovely idea. I have quite a few friends who own dogs. Now I know how to make them and their dogs like me a little more! :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Om, the way to their hearts is through their stomachs.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

What a neat gift for a pet lover!! Thank you for sharing this!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Jamie. They do make a nice gift.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Wow, I love these ideas. The recipes are great and I'm sure the pet (how lucky) is going to feel extra special.Rated up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

anginwu, my dodgs love their treats. It makes me feel good to give them healthy ones. Thanks for the comment.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I never knew about this. Thanks for share this information. Well done, my friend. Rated up. Cheers...


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

This is so great. I ideas as gifts to my friends who have pets. I will also be trying the recipes for my own dogs and cats. Thanks for these wonderful ideas. Rated up and useful.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Prasetio, Gifts in a Jar are wonderful to give as gifts. They are inexpensive to make and people seem to love them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

toknowinfo, my dogs love them. Let me know how yours like them. They really are a great gift idea for the pet lover.


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dearabbysmom 5 years ago from Indiana

What a great idea! My rescue group is always looking for ideas of things to sell at shows...these jars would be a hit!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

dearabbysmom, they would be great to sell to raise money for rescue. Let me know how it turns out.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love the ideas in this thoughtful hub for pet owners, and maybe one day I will try one of the recipes for my mom's cats.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

These would make a fantastic gift for any pet lover. What a great idea! Rated up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

SweetiePie, the pet owner's I made these for loved it. It really is something to keep in mind for holiday gift giving.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Pamela, if you try them let me know how you liked them. You can really make the gift unique by adding your own personal touches.


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mulberry1 5 years ago

I've never made my own treat for our cats...might be interesting to try!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

mulberry, they're easy to make. If you decide to give it a try, let me know how you cats like them.


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kbeaman 5 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

Wow, Healthy Gifts in a Jar for Pets, such a creative idea! Our 12 year old doggie has been jumping around like a 3 year old since eating healthy food, makes such a difference.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kbeaman, With all of the talk about feeding your dog healthy dog food I thought maybe healthy snacks might be a good idea. Afterall, most of us seem to think of them as our kids. It does make a difference.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

I know many people with four legged children around them now. This is a perfect gift for them, thanks so much. Bookmarked, voted up, and tweeted!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Fluffy, they are great gifts for pets and pet lovers. My dogs loved the treats. Thanks for the rating and sharing.


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PNWtravels 12 months ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

I love receiving a gift in a jar and had not heard of these pet recipes. Thank you for sharing them.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 12 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

@PNWtravels they are a great gift for animal lovers. You can make almost any recipe into a gift in a jar.

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