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Give the gift of joy! Pamper your pet with outstanding homemade treats right from your kitchen. Animals do not hide their feelings when it comes to food. You know what your dog loves and what he or she won't touch. The recipes in this cookbook combine palatability for dogs of discerning noses and healthy ingredients that you, the proud pet-parent, are looking for. From Birthday Cake Cookies to Honey Butter Bones, Divine Dog Treats can provide confidence for even the novice ...

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Overview

Give the gift of joy! Pamper your pet with outstanding homemade treats right from your kitchen. Animals do not hide their feelings when it comes to food. You know what your dog loves and what he or she won't touch. The recipes in this cookbook combine palatability for dogs of discerning noses and healthy ingredients that you, the proud pet-parent, are looking for. From Birthday Cake Cookies to Honey Butter Bones, Divine Dog Treats can provide confidence for even the novice baker.

Wendy firmly believes the combination of exercise and a healthy diet is a powerful way to give our pets long, happy, healthy lives. Over the course of developing these recipes, much positive feedback has been given by "pet parents" and pets themselves. Wendy invites you to bring another level of health-and a twist of fun-to your animal's diet, without additives, preservatives, or fillers. These treats are simply divine!

Bone appétit!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450245609
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/2/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,104,484
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION....................1
HOW WE MET....................2
BAKING TIPS....................3
ADDITIONAL BAKING TIPS....................4
RECIPE FOR A DIVINELY HAPPY DOG A POEM FROM THE AUTHOR....................5
CHAPTER 1: SPECIAL OCCASION TREATS....................7
BIRTHDAY CAKE COOKIE....................9
VALENTINE VITTLE....................11
TURKEY DAY TREAT....................13
PUMPKIN PATCH....................15
HALLOWEEN HARVEST....................16
CHOMPIN' CHRISTMAS COOKIE....................17
CHAPTER 2: HEALTH & WELLNESS TREATS....................21
HEALTHY, HAPPY HEART....................23
APPLE CIDER COOKIES....................25
DIABETIC DELIGHT....................27
GLUTEN FREE GOODIES....................29
CHOLESTEROL BUSTER BONES....................30
LOWFAT FAVORITES....................31
UPSET TUMMY TREATS....................33
CHAPTER 3: FRUITTASTIC TREATS....................35
RISE & SHINE SNACKS....................37
BLUEBERRY YUMMIES....................39
BEGGIN' FOR BANANAS....................41
APPLE FLAX SNAX....................42
NANNA NUTTERS....................43
CHAPTER 4: LIP SMACKIN' GREAT ANYTIME TREATS....................45
MEGAROONI SNACKS....................47
CHICKEN BONES....................49
HONEY BUTTER BONES....................51
OATS N HONEY....................53
HEALTH NUT....................55
OATMEAL COOKIE....................57
CARROT CRUNCHERS....................59
CHAPTER 5: SPOILED ROTTEN TREATS....................61
PIZZA PUPS....................63
TURKEY BACON BLISS....................64
CHEESEBURGER CUTOUTS....................65
CHEESE NIBBLES....................67
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First Chapter

DIVINE DOG TREATS

Recipes for a Happy, Healthy Pet
By WENDY LIOU

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Wendy Liou
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4502-4560-9


Chapter One

SPECIAL OCCASION TREATS

BIRTHDAY CAKE COOKIE

Okay, sing along: "Happy Birthday to (your dog's name)!" This treat is absolutely perfect for that special birthday party! If you are planning a party, double the recipe to be sure every four-legged guest takes home a doggie-bag of fresh treats! Single batch makes approx. 2-2 1/2 dozen.

Ingredients: 1 C unbleached, white flour 1 Tbsp white sugar 1 Tbsp canola oil 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/3 C water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. In a bowl, combine flour and sugar.

3. Add water, oil, and vanilla. Mix with a large spoon.

4. When dough starts to get crumbly, by hand, knead dough until it sticks together.

5. Roll dough out on wax paper or floured surface. Cut into5. 1 1/2-inch-sized bones. Note: baking time will vary if your shape is smaller or larger.

6. Bake 20-30 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Start checking treats at the 20 minute mark. Once lightly browned, turn off oven and put treats back in cooling oven for an additional 10-15 minutes to harden.

VALENTINE VITTLE

Put a little love in the air with this sweet cinnamon treat. Make this one in a heart shape to show your furry friend(s) how much you care this Valentine's Day or any day of the week! Makes approx. 3 1/2-4 dozen.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 C wheat flour (plus extra for flouring rollout surface) 1/2 C wheat germ 1/4 C ground flax meal 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 C honey 4-6 Tbsp water, divided into 4 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Mix the first four dry ingredients well in a large bowl.

3. Add honey and 4 Tbsp water and mix together.

4. Add additional water if mixture is not holding completely together.

5. By hand, knead dough into a ball.

6. On wax paper or a floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into heart (or your favorite) shape.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bottoms are browned.

TURKEY DAY TREAT

This is a scrumptious way to show your gratitude to the furry friends in your life. A wonderful idea is to package some of these treats in festive baggies. When dinner guests are taking leftovers home, hand them some homemade treats for their doggies too! Makes approx. 3-4 dozen.

Ingredients:

1 C wheat flour 1/4 C cornmeal tsp poultry seasoning 1/2 tsp parsley flakes 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Tbsp water 4-ounce jar organic turkey and vegetable baby food

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325?.

2. Blend flour, cornmeal, and seasonings well.

3. Add baby food, oil, and water until dough clumps up. Then knead by hand to prepare rolling dough out.

4. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut into your favorite shape.

5. Bake on a non-stick cookie sheet for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

PUMPKIN PATCH

This is a spinoff of the Halloween Harvest treat. Try this if you don't have a ripe banana on hand and still want to bake up a festive Halloween treat. Please note some of the ingredient amounts changed from the original recipe, but it's just as lip-smacking good as the first version! Makes approx. 3 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C canned pumpkin 1 C uncooked oatmeal C wheat flour 1/4 C ground flax meal 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Mix pumpkin, flax, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.

3. Add oatmeal and wheat flour, mix well.

4. Blend in vegetable oil.

5. On a floured surface or wax paper, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into your favorite Halloween shape.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Once lightly browned, turn off oven and place treats back into cooling oven for 20-25 minutes to harden.

HALLOWEEN HARVEST

Pumpkins are one of many symbols for Halloween. Why not have it in a dog treat? The touch of cinnamon and nutmeg make the kitchen smell like a fresh pumpkin pie is in the oven. Be sure to have these on hand just in case you get some furry, four-legged trick-or-treaters! Makes approx. 4 dozen.

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana (6-7 inches long) 1/2 C canned pumpkin 1 C uncooked oatmeal 1 1/4 C wheat flour, divided into 3/4 C and 1/2 C 1/3 C ground flax meal 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg 2 Tbsp water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400?.

2. Peel and mash banana.

3. Add pumpkin and blend together.

4. Mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground flax.

5. Add oatmeal and 3/4 cup wheat flour, mix well.

6. Blend in water.

7. Knead in remaining 1/2 cup of wheat flour a few tablespoons at a time. Let sit for 10 minutes in bowl.

8. On wax paper or floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into your favorite Halloween shape.

9. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Once lightly browned, turn off oven and place treats back into cooling oven for 20-25 minutes to harden.

CHOMPIN' CHRISTMAS COOKIE

'Tis the season to be baking, so please include your canine companion too! These treats are a perfect gift to bring to a holiday party, if the host/hostess is a dog lover like you. Purchase a fun dog bowl and fill with these fabulous, homemade treats. Just be sure to tell the recipient that these treats have no preservatives, so refrigeration is necessary to preserve quality. Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C wheat flour 1/2 C unbleached, white flour 1 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey 3-6 Tbsp water, divided in half

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Mix flour, ginger, and cinnamon until spices are evenly distributed.

3. Add honey and 2 Tbsp water. Mix until dough becomes crumbly.

4. Knead by hand into a ball. If dough is not holding together, add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time. If you added too much water, add more flour to balance out.

5. Roll dough out on wax paper or floured surface. Cut into your favorite holiday shape (like a gingerbread man).

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bottoms are browned.

Chapter Two

HEALTH & WELLNESS TREATS

HEALTHY, HAPPY HEART

The ingredients in this treat all have protective properties for the heart: vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, phytochemicals, fiber, and trace minerals such as iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and folate. With a list of healthy ingredients like that, the store-bought dog treats pale in comparison! Make your dog's heart a happy one! Makes approx. 2 1/2 dozen.

Ingredients:

24 unsalted whole almonds 1/4 C sunflower seeds 1/2 C ground flax meal 1/2 C oat bran 2 Tbsp honey 1/3 C water 1/3 C whole wheat flour

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325?.

2. Place almonds and sunflower seeds in a food processor for 1 minute or until nuts are ground up to a coarse flour consistency.

3. Blend nut mixture, ground flax, and oat bran together.

4. Add water and honey. Mix well.

5. Knead in wheat flour a little at a time to form a ball.

6. Roll out on wax paper and cut into your pet's favorite treat shape.

7. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Once lightly browned, turn off oven and place treats back into cooling oven for 10-15 minutes to harden.

APPLE CIDER COOKIES

Apple cider vinegar has a long history of testimonials and folklore surrounding its benefits. The best apple cider vinegar is the raw, unfiltered, organic kind so it retains the natural enzymes, minerals, and nutrients. Some possible ways apple cider vinegar may assist the body are in removing toxins, soothing irritated skin, improving digestion, and supporting the immune system. Once you make this treat, you are sure to have your faithful friend coming back for seconds! Makes approx. 3 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C uncooked oatmeal 3/4 C wheat flour, divided into 1/2 C and 1/4 C 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered, organic) 1 Tbsp vegetable/canola oil 3 Tbsp honey

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325?.

2. Blend oatmeal, 1/2 cup of the flour, and cinnamon.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, honey, and vinegar until the honey dissolves.

4. Add the vinegar mixture to the oatmeal/flour/cinnamon bowl and blend well.

5. Add remaining 1/4 cup flour and work in by hand to form a ball ready for rolling out.

6. On wax paper, roll out dough and cut into 1-inch circles (or your favorite treat shape) until all dough is used. You may need to add a pinch of flour when rolling out to avoid dough sticking to the surface.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

DIABETIC DELIGHT

Diabetes can be a challenging disease for a dog. The pet owner has a responsibility to monitor blood sugar levels, plan meals, and provide plenty of exercise. Some veterinarians recommend a higher fiber diet. High fiber in your pet's diet can aid in stabilizing blood sugar levels as well as providing food and snacks with a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. This treat is just what the veterinarian ordered! Makes approx. 3 1/2 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C unsalted, sunflower seeds 1/2 C garbanzo bean flour (also known as chickpeas) 1 C uncooked oatmeal 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 egg white 1/4 C water 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325?.

2. Place sunflower seeds in a food processor for 1 minute or until nuts are ground to a coarse flour consistency.

3. Mix together well the sunflower seeds, garbanzo bean flour, oatmeal, and cinnamon.

4. Add water, egg white, and oil and blend together.

5. Knead dough into a ball. Note: the longer you knead and work with the dough, the less sticky it will be as the oats will absorb some of the water and make it easier to roll out to cut into treats.

6. Roll out on wax paper and cut into your pet's favorite treat shape.

7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

GLUTEN FREE GOODIES

Wheat and gluten sensitivity is an allergy that affects certain dogs. Keeping a keen eye on the food's ingredient list is a heavy responsibility for the pet owner. These heavenly treats are formulated especially for the wheat/gluten-sensitive dog. However, all dogs can appreciate the out-of-this-world terrific taste! Makes approx. 3 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C brown rice flour, divided in half 1/2 C almond meal 1/2 C ground flax meal 1/4 C water 1 egg white

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Blend 1/4 cup of the rice flour, flax meal, and almond meal together.

3. Mix in water and egg white.

4. Add last 1/4 cup of rice flour when kneading dough by hand.

5. Roll out dough between two pieces of wax paper to prevent dough from sticking to the rolling pin and cut into your dogs favorite treat shape.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bottoms are browned and6. treats are hard to the touch.

CHOLESTEROL BUSTER BONES

High cholesterol is not just a problem for humans. Pets can have high cholesterol too, especially if table scraps are often given. Try this ultrahealthy treat! Don't forget to include plenty of exercise to lower that cholesterol (yours and your pet's), too! Makes approx. 6 dozen.

Ingredients:

2 C oat bran 1 C uncooked oatmeal 1 C canned pumpkin 2-4 Tbsp water 3 Tbsp canola oil 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Blend pumpkin, cinnamon, and oil in a large bowl.

3. Add all the oat bran and mix until crumbly.

4. Add oatmeal in by hand, approximately 1/4 cup at a time.

5. Add 2-4 tablespoons of water for the final binding of the oatmeal.

6. Knead dough for several minutes. You may need to break dough in half to get a better handle on kneading since this is a large batch.

7. Roll out on wax paper, cut into your favorite treat shape.

8. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until bottoms are browned and treats are hard to the touch.

LOW-FAT FAVORITES

Our furry friends can pack on a weight problem for a variety of reasons. Low-fat treats can provide your pet with a super tasty snack without going overboard on calories. With that in mind, these treats have less than a half gram of fat per one treat serving. Makes approx. 3 1/2 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 C ground flax meal 2 C uncooked oatmeal 1/4 C water Approx. 2 Tbsp of flour for treat roll/cut out

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Mix together applesauce and nutmeg until evenly distributed.

3. Add flax meal and blend.

4. Mix in all 2 cups of the oats until crumbly.

5. Add the water, blend, then form a ball (note: it will be sticky to the touch).

6. Dust a sheet of wax paper with flour. Put about 1/2 tablespoon of flour in your hands and coat the ball of dough.

7. Roll out and cut into favorite treat shape.

8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bottoms of treats are lightly browned. Once bottoms are browned, turn off oven and place treats back in cooling oven for 20-30 minutes for treats to harden.

UPSET TUMMY TREAT

Calming ginger and soothing cinnamon will help ease the stomach before your faithful friend encounters any nervous circumstances (like riding in the car, going to the vet or groomer, or traveling). Keep these on hand and treat your pet before your planned stressful situation. Makes approx. 4 dozen.

Ingredients:

4 inches of a ripe banana (about half a banana) 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce 1 C brown rice flour, divided in half 1/2 C uncooked oatmeal 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375?.

2. Peel and mash banana then mix in applesauce.

3. Blend in ginger and cinnamon.

4. Add oats and 1/2 cup of the rice flour and mix well.

5. Knead in by hand the other 1/2 cup of the rice flour until the dough is no longer very sticky. Form dough into a ball, wash hands, and roll dough out on wax paper. Cut into favorite treat shape.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until treats are browned and hard.

Chapter Three

FRUIT-TASTIC TREATS

RISE & SHINE SNACKS

Make your pet happy before you leave for work and serve up this mouth-watering morsel. With healthy carbs and fiber, your pal will stay satisfied all day until you come home for dinner. Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp creamy, unsalted peanut butter 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce 1 Tbsp ground flax meal 1 1/4 C uncooked oatmeal 2 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp water, divided in half

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325? (see step #8 as well).

2. Blend together peanut butter and applesauce.

3. Mix in flax meal and oatmeal.

4. Drizzle the 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of water over the dough and mix with a spoon.

5. Switch to kneading by hand. If dough feels like it's not holding together, add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon more of water and keep kneading until dough is a stiff, slightly sticky ball.

6. Let dough sit for 20 minutes in the bowl.

7. Roll dough out on wax paper and cut into 1 1/2-inch-size treat shapes (or your favorite treat shape).

8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Once browned, turn oven down to 200? and bake for 10 more minutes.

BLUEBERRY YUMMIES

Many nutritionists recommend blueberries because they are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants have many roles in the body. They can remove free radicals and can help strengthen the immune system. These treats come out a bluish/purple color, but you can be confident it is from the blueberries and not some artificial additive or preservative. Makes approx. 5 dozen.

Ingredients:

1/2 C whole blueberries (fresh or frozen; if frozen, thaw and drain excess water) 1/2 C uncooked oatmeal 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 Tbsp honey 3/4 C unbleached white flour, divided into 1/2 C and 1/4 C

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350?.

2. Put blueberries in a food processor and blend until almost liquid.

3. In a separate bowl, blend oatmeal and 1/2 cup of flour.

4. Add the blueberry puree to oat mixture and blend.

5. Drizzle the oil and honey on top of the dough and mix until dough comes together in a ball.

6. Flatten the sticky dough in the bowl and work in by hand the remaining 1/4 cup of flour.

7. On wax paper, roll out and cut into 1-inch circles (or your favorite small shape) until all dough is used.

8. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Turn off oven and place treats back in cooling oven for 15-25 minutes to harden.

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Excerpted from DIVINE DOG TREATS by WENDY LIOU Copyright © 2010 by Wendy Liou. Excerpted by permission.
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