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Homemade Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Biscuits

Updated on October 1, 2014
Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Biscuits
Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Biscuits | Source

Make Wheat-Free Dog Treats!

For this recipe, I used whole wheat flour, but if you are feeding your dog a wheat-free diet, you can substitute the whole wheat flour for brown rice flour or any other gluten-free flour.

Treat Your Dogs To A Woofilicious Turkey Dinner Made With An Extra Serving Of Love

Do you cook a huge turkey dinner feast for Thanksgiving? We do and I always make way too much food and end up with tons of leftovers. You can only eat so many turkey sandwiches and bowls of turkey soup before you can hardly bear to eat one more bite. Thank goodness I have a dog that is more than happy to help clean them up!

Show your gratitude and share the love with your furry canine companions by making them some tasty homemade turkey dinner dog treats using up some of the leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberries from your holiday feast, with a dash of tender loving care thrown in for good measure. Hey, the dogs deserve a delicious turkey dinner too!

Making homemade dog treats using the freshest quality ingredients is so much better for your dog's health than buying store bought treats full of preservatives and fillers. They are your most loyal companions and deserve only the best.

You can make these dog biscuits for your pups from scratch anytime of the year using ground turkey and boiling up a sweet potato and tossing in a handful of dried cranberries. Or you can use up the frozen turkey you have hiding at the bottom of the freezer that you know you will never use. I always freeze my leftover turkey, with good intentions of using it up, but I almost never do.

I have to warn you, when you bake your dog a batch of these healthy treats, be prepared to get a few sloppy, wet kisses and an extra helping of puppy love in appreciation.

Leftover Turkey Dinner Dog Biscuits Recipe

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Turkey Dinner Dog Cookies
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
  • Yields: A Few Loved And Very Happy Dogs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 heaping cup of love

Cute Dog Themed Shaped Cookie Cutters

R & M Industries 1947 Dog Bone Cookie Cutters, Set of 7
R & M Industries 1947 Dog Bone Cookie Cutters, Set of 7

This set of 7 dog themed cookie cutters is perfect for making dog treats. It comes with a dog paw, 3 different size dog bones, 2 fire hydrants and a dog house cutter.

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  2. In a food processor, puree the cooked turkey and water together.
  3. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and the egg to the food processor and blend together.
  4. Scoop out the mixture into a large bowl.
  5. Add the cranberries. I used my Magic Bullet blender to chop up the cranberries into fine pieces, but dicing them with a knife works just as well.
  6. Add the flour to the bowl and stir until the mixture forms a bread dough like consistency. I get right in there and mix it up with my hands.
  7. If you use cooked cranberries, you may need to add a little extra flour to the mixture. Start by adding one tbsp at a time.
  8. Place the dough on a well floured surface and roll out to 1/4" thickness. The dough is fairly sticky, so you will need to keep dusting with flour to prevent it from sticking to your counters and the rolling pin.
  9. Use whatever shape and size cookie cutters that you like and cut out individual dog treats, re-rolling and cutting the dough into shapes until it is gone. This is where you add the heaping cup of love because this step requires a little patience and time on your part.
  10. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown. They don't rise or expand, so you can place them close together, getting as many as you can on one sheet. Because they have a fairly long cooking time, unlike regular cookies for ourselves, I place two pans in the oven at a time.
How To Make Heart Shaped Dog Treats
How To Make Heart Shaped Dog Treats | Source

How To Make Heart Shaped Dog Treats

I used Wilton Heart Cut Outs to make these scrumptious dog treats because what better way to show your dog you love them than with a handful of healthy heart treats.

The set comes with three different sized heart cookie cutters. I used the small heart cutter for making tiny training treats for my little Chihuahua, who is the newest addition to our family. I used the medium (pictured on the right) and large heart cookie cutters to make treats for our other dog.

I put different sizes of the baked heart dog cookies into clear jars and gave them as gifts to my friends and family who own dogs.

How To Make Dog Paw Cookies
How To Make Dog Paw Cookies | Source

How To Make Dog Paw Shaped Treats

I made larger paw print cookies for our next door neighbour's enormous, yet very friendly dog who comes over for a treat every single day. She is always waiting patiently on the front steps for her cookie in the morning and she will often tag along with us on our morning walk.

I used Wilton Circle Cut Outs which come with three different sized circle cookie cutters.

For each dog paw cookie, cut out three small circles, one medium circle and one large circle from the rolled dough. Position the medium circle and the three small circles on top of the large circle. The photo on the right demonstrates how it should look. Bake following the same directions as above.



You Can Bake Your Dog Treats In Silicone Shaped Pans Too!

Hugs Pet Products Silicone Bake or Freeze Dog Treat Pan, Dog Bone Shapes
Hugs Pet Products Silicone Bake or Freeze Dog Treat Pan, Dog Bone Shapes

Bake your dog treats in a silicone baking tray. Just press the dough into the molds, bake them in the oven and pop them out when they are done.

 

Store The Baked Dog Treats In An Airtight Container To Keep Them Fresh And Tasty

Grasslands Road Gift Boxed Good Dog Ceramic Treat Jar, 9-Inch
Grasslands Road Gift Boxed Good Dog Ceramic Treat Jar, 9-Inch

Store Fido's dog biscuits in a decorative treat jar. These make beautiful gifts for dog owners too!

 

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      This is such an amazing idea. My Toby will love some turkey biscuits. Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe. Appreciated! Love the polka dots, too. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My dogs would love these, except I'll have to make them with brown rice flour as they have an allergy yo wheat.

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      Samantha Devereux 3 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Ok, these look great...my dogs would go crazy!

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      LadyCharlie 3 years ago

      Very nice and your doggie cookies sound delicious...LOL. I think these cookies will be on my agenda to make for my friends with furry friends. Thanks for sharing!

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great idea for something else to do with those turkey leftovers. I'm sure my pooches would love them.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Daisy would love these! Great recipe, gorgeous lens!

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      Jenn Ashton 3 years ago from Canada

      This is the perfect lens! Well done!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      my dog would probably not like these, but i'll give them to my nephews. they love this stuff!

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      Such a great idea and very resourceful too.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      My dog Tidbit would certainly love your leftover turkey dinner dog biscuits!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I really enjoy making homemade dog treats! I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Interesting concept. I shall have to bear this in mind!

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      LilCrazyLejskalns 3 years ago

      Looks interesting ;)

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      My mum makes all their dogs treats and meals. She started this because of all the chemicals that are now being used in the current dog food that you buy. I hope other make their own then the manufacturers may stop adding these chemicals if we do not support their rubbish

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