Monday, December 12, 2011

Make It Monday: Homemade Dog Treats

Welcome back to Make It Monday, a source for inexpensive homemade holiday gifts. The past two weeks, I've shared some girlie gift ideas - Paper Bead Necklaces and Sating Floral Hairclips. Today I'm changing gears and sharing a homemade gift idea for our canine pals.

Three of my four siblings have given me nieces and nephews of the canine variety. They don't have (human) children of their own, so their doggies are their babies. We are happy to have Chipper, Condie, Dax and Danny as part of our family. Last year, the girls and I decided to give these sweet dogs some homemade dog treats as gifts. The girls LOVED making them. They were quick and easy to make with the kids...and I think the canine cousins enjoyed their Christmas gifts!

Homemade Dog Treats

1/2 cup cornmeal
6 Tablespoons oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup water or broth*

*Be cautious when using broth. Onions can be toxic to dogs. Make sure that the broth or bouillion does not contain onion. I use Better than Bouillion Chicken Base which does not contain onion - at least not the jar I'm using now. Check labels carefully.

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together well. Roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thick. Use cookie cutter to cut into dog-biscuit sized shapes. Bake 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely and store in airtight container.

For other homemade gift ideas, see my recent tutorials on how to make Paper Bead Necklaces or Satin Floral Hairclips OR check out my Make It Monday archive.

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