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The Best Dog Treat Recipe Ever

Updated on December 30, 2014
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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

This Dog Treat Recipe is infinitely variable, incredibly easy and dogs love them!

This recipe is easy, quick and adaptable to special diets, allergies, on-hand ingredients. It can be made any size, shape or thickness. It's just the best dog treat recipe, ever!

My dogs love these treats in Carob flavor, but I've also made them in Carrot, Apple, Parmesan cheese, Liver, Chicken, and just about anything else I can think of. As long as the texture's right - the treats come out fine!

Dog Treats - Carob Version

Ingredients:

1 cup carob chips

2 cups flour

1 cup powdered milk

1 egg

1 tbsp vegetable oil

a little water

Preheat oven to 315°. Spray 2 large cookie sheets with vegetable oil spray. In a food processor, grind the carob chips to a fairly fine consistency. Add flour and powdered milk, process just to mix. Add egg, oil and a little water. Process to a pizza dough-like ball (holds together but is not too sticky) by adding water a little at a time. Don't let the mixture get too wet or the treats will puff up. Gather the dough into a ball and place on a cookie sheet. Split into 2, and reserve one ball. Press into a disk. Sprinkle with flour to prevent sticking. Roll dough until it's about 1/8 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch squares. Repeat with other dough ball.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, rotating cookie sheets and switching positions halfway through. When finished baking, the edge treats will begin to separate - they may not be totally hard. Remove from oven. Cool for about 10 minutes. Crack into individual treats. If necessary, put sheets back in oven (you may want to consolidate onto one pan) with oven turned off. Let the treats crisp overnight.

The Top Five Reasons this is the best recipe for dog treats!

This recipe is infinitely variable. If your dog is allergic to wheat - use Rice Flour, or Oat Flour, or Soy Flour. If he can't have milk - use soy milk powder. The cup of carob could be apple, or carrot, or peanut, or liver or whatever you choose!

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Uses on-hand ingredients
  • Shape to any size
  • Suitable for any dog!

Texture is the key to success!

This recipe will work as long as the texture is right - think pizza dough: not too wet, not too dry.

Sticky is bad.

Crumbly is bad.

Firm and workable is good!

More recipe options

The Doggy Bone Cookbook A sturdy board book includes a mini-size cookie cutter! Fast and easy recipes that are veterinarian approved! Make healthy and delicious treats for your little dog using ingredients found in most kitchens!

Includes recipes for homemade delights such as: Bark-B-Q, Paw Lick'n Chick'n, Peamutt Butter, and Cinnabone!

If you'd rather leave the treat-making to others

Toy Temptations!

Each flavor of Toy Temptations treats from DogChewz NYC is healthy and delicious. Organic, natural and yummy, these treats are perfect for our little dogs! Flavors include Carob Cheesecake, Chicken & Parmesan, Pizza, and Apple Cheddar.

The best recipes from Your Pet Chef for raw or cooked dog food

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Author Lisa Hennessy is amazingly knowledgeable about dog nutrition and her clear instructions make it easy for anyone to produce top-quality raw or cooked complete meals for their dogs. Full disclosure - she is a friend and my dogs have been "guinea pigs" for the recipes and their pictures are featured in the book.

 

Your Pet Chef

© 2008 Hope

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens! Sure do, liver treats in the oven right now.

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      JimHofman 5 years ago

      Yes we do! Our dogs (and the neighbor dogs) love our cheddar cheese pup biscuits. My wife cuts them in bone and hydrant shapes. A big hit!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      This recipe looks so easy to make!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      During pheasant hunting season when our dogs are working hard everyday we feed them a special mixture of cooked hamburg and rice. They love it and feel very spoiled when they get this for supper. I'm going to try the treats they look good and I love giving our dogs something new.

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      wayne_luvinlife 6 years ago

      my wife is a dog groomer she loved this idea! great lens

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I've made treats for the family pets but our house only has cats right now. I'm saving this recipe, though, to make gifts for my canine nieces.