Like most dogmoms, I want only the best for my furbabies. Even if that means spending more money on their food than my own, letting them hog the pillows in our king-size bed, and taking them on special car ride trips. Of my three, I have two who will eat anything (literally, anything – even the sticks and twigs in my backyard) and one who is extremely persnickety about what he will and will not eat. So it probably goes without saying that finding delicious treats everyone will eat is difficult in our house, thanks to this tiny guy right here >>
Finally, I decided to take a chance (my baking skills are negligible at best) and try to make homemade treats for them. Well, my first recipe wasn’t exactly a success – 2/3 ate the treats. The second recipe however… success! Pure gold! 3/3 ate the treats and 3/3 came running back for more. Win! This is a major achievement people, and I just had to share. Without further ado, I present to you: the best homemade dog treats ever: biscuits with bacon glaze.
The original recipe I found is from Pinch of Yum (thank you Pinterest for this amazing find) which you should definitely check out. I did change up a couple things from the original recipe which I talk about below, so keep scrolling!
- 1 C Pumpkin
- 1/2 C peanut butter (I used chunky)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 C oil (I used coconut oil)
- 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 2 T melted bacon grease
- 1/4 C smooth peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine peanut butter, eggs, oil, and pumpkin in a bowl. Mix well. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour, stir/knead until stiff dough forms.
- Roll out dough with a rolling-pin sprinkled with more flour to prevent sticking and use a cookie cutter or make little circles like cookies. Repeat until all dough has been used.
- Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet (I had to use multiple sheets because I made smaller cookies for my tinies) and bake for 15 minutes.
- Whisk bacon grease and peanut butter together until smooth (I popped the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds to make this easier) and drizzle over treats. Allow to cool and glaze to harden.
They may not look very pretty on the pan but as soon as I started drizzling the glaze on, I had three dogs attempting to climb their way up my leg to get access to the yummy goodness I just pulled out of the oven. Even my guy asked if they were alright for humans to eat – they smelled that good!
It takes a while for the glaze to fully cool so you may want put them in the refrigerator/freezer to speed up the process. I doubled the recipe in order to use all the ingredients (otherwise I would’ve had half a can of pumpkin left over!) so we had a LOT of treats. I froze half of them and put the other half in tupperware.
Keep an eye on how long you have them out for, the ones I kept on the counter went moldy after about a week. Next time, I’ll freeze more than half. When it was time, I pulled the frozen ones out, let them thaw on the counter for a day and they were perfectly fine!
So, there you have it friends, homemade dog treats for the persnickety pooch. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a bacon glaze?