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Oct 22, 2020

Treats for Tricks: 6 Delicious D.I.Y. Doggie Treats

Treats for Tricks: 6 Delicious D.I.Y. Doggie Treats

With Halloween right around the corner, you might be busy decorating, picking out costumes for your family, or shopping for candy. Don't forget your four-legged friends! Store-bought Halloween and other fall treats may not be safe for Fido to eat, but you can always make some yourself to show your love and involve the entire family in the holiday.

The recipes below often have bases made from ingredients that are both fall-themed and dog-friendly. This means you can easily make multiple recipes from just a few ingredients, and they're safe for your pup! Pumpkin even promotes dog health. Plus, not all of them require baking, so the little ones can help.

Peanut Butter Biscuits

If you've ever made dog biscuits, you already have a bone cookie cutter perfect for Halloween! Gather it and the following ingredients to get started.

  • 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup oats, old-fashioned
  • 2 cups flour, whole wheat
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper before mixing together the egg, flour, honey, oats, oil, peanut butter, and water to form your dough. Roll or pat until it's one-inch thick. Cut out bones with a cookie cutter before placing them on the sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes before transferring to a rack. 

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Frozen Yogurt Pup-kins

This recipe needs just three ingredients!

  • 1 cup nonfat plain frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup water

Mix everything together to form a thin mixture. Pour it into a freezable silicone mold or ice cube tray and place in the freezer until frozen. The pumpkin tints the treats orange, so it's perfect to create pumpkins!

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Pumpkin Puree Biscuits

You can reuse the pumpkin and silicone mold for a baked treat!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 2 cups flour, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoons of flour to create a mixture. Spoon into the baking mold. Bake for until the biscuits are crispy, about 35 minutes. Remove them from the mold and allow to cool fully before serving!

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Spooky Pupsicles

For this recipe, a Halloween-themed mold is best. Zombie or skull molds are available to purchase, and flat popsicles even look like headstones! However, you can use disposable plastic cups in a pinch.

  • 16 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 jar banana baby food, or 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mix the yogurt and peanut butter until blended. Add the baby food to thin the mixture—blend honey for a bit of sweetness.

Fill your molds to the top before placing in the freezer. If using plastic cups, put a dog biscuit into the treat to act as a handle. Warm a knife with hot water and run it around the cups' edge to remove the pupsicle. The entire thing is edible!

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Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits

For a break from peanut butter and pumpkin, try these goodies!

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut small
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the strawberries, lemon juice, and two tablespoons sugar for later. Combine the rest of the dry ingredients with a whisk, then add the butter with a pastry cutter to create a crumbly mixture. Add the heavy cream to bring the dough together. Mix in the strawberry and lemon juice.

Drop by the tablespoon onto a lined cookie sheet and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

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Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Trick or treat?! Just a treat with this recipe!

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup milk

You'll want extra flour for rolling out and peanut butter to spread in the middle.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with paper.

Beat all ingredients until a soft dough forms. Dust the surface with flour, and pat dough until one inch thick. Cut 1 1/2-inch round cookies. Place them on the sheets and bake for 10 minute until the cookies lighten in color uniformly. After cooling completely, create a cookie sandwich with a peanut butter smear on the inside.

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With these Halloween dog treat recipes, you can include your dog in the festivities! You'll have a blast making these treats, knowing they're safe to chow down on. If your dog doesn't beg for them right away, store the baked goodies for later and keep the popsicles in the freezer to prevent melting. 

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