Everybody deserves a little homemade treat once in a while, even cats and dogs. Homemade pet treats, just like people treats, can be very fancy or very simple. Fortunately for the baking-impaired, cats and dogs don't really care if their treats look pretty, as long as they taste good.
Doggie Chicken Cookies
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix 1/4 cup wheat germ, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup brewer's yeast and 1 teaspoon salt. Measure out 1/2 cup of low-sodium canned chicken stock and keep it handy. In a large bowl, add 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil, then stir a little bit of the chicken stock in, add a little of the flour mixture, some more chicken stock, some more flour, some more chicken stock, the rest of the flour and, finally, the rest of the chicken stock. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into cookies. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then lightly coat them with a little more chicken stock.
Kitty Cat Carrot Cake
In a bowl, mash a hard-boiled egg with a fork or spoon. Add 1/2 cup honey, a diced carrot and a can of drained tuna. Mix the ingredients together well. Use a spoon to separate small chunks of dough and roll them into ball, or form the mixture into little fishy shapes. Store the carrot/tuna balls in an airtight container and keep refrigerated until you give them to your cat.
Gluten-Free Puppy Peanut Butter Apple Biscotti
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix 1 cup soy flour, 1/4 cup oats and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder in a large bowl. Add a cored and chopped apple, 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup milk to the dry ingredients. Knead the dough together until well mixed and form it into flat logs about 5 inches wide and 1 inch high. Bake the logs for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. After 10 minutes of cooling time, cut the logs into 1-inch squares and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes. The treats should be dry and crumbly when done. Let them cool and then refrigerate them.
Feline-Friendly Tuna Cookies
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix 2 cups cornmeal and 2 cups flour in a medium bowl. Add one 8 oz. can of tuna in oil, 3/4 cup water and 2/3 cup vegetable oil to the bowl and knead well. Once the ingredients are all combined, roll the dough out onto a floured surface so it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into small squares or shapes and place on greased baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cookies cool and then keep them refrigerated.
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