Vegetarian Dog Treats

During the busy holiday season I have to be sure not to forget or exclude my 3 wonderful canine companions.  Shana, Casey, and Rocki are all dogs we rescued and each one of them brings something special to our family.  Shana is ½ German Shepard and ½ Lab and is our protector.  She is constantly going room to room checking up on us and guarding our front door.  Casey is a Pit, Lab (who knows what else) mix that is our lazy, goofy, clown dog.  Last Rocki is ½ Shih Tzu and ½ Chihuahua and is the spoiled little lap dog that I never thought I’d want but can’t imagine living without.   All of my dogs have been rescued either by people who didn’t expect to breed or from rescue organizations.  I strongly urge people to consider adoption rather than purchasing an animal.  There are even many rescue locations for pure breed dogs if that’s what you have your heart set on.

I try not to give my dogs too much table food except for dog appropriate fruits and vegetables.  However, they all love their cookies, especially this recipe for homemade dog treats.  I like this recipe because you just mix all the ingredients together and either roll or smash it into a baking sheet.  The house smells wonderful with the scent of baking apples and whole grains.  Once baked I either refrigerate or freeze them since they are not made with preservatives giving them a short countertop lifespan.  Oh, and did I mention the recipe is vegetarian?

Apple Carrot Dog Treats

Ingredients

6 cups whole wheat flour

¾ cup cornmeal

2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 eggs

4 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups cold water

2 apples grated  including skin

1 carrot grated

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients, then add egg, oil, and water

Grate the carrot and apples into the bowl

Mix until it comes into a ball, the ingredients should still have a dry feeling but should stick together

Knead well

If you like rolling, roll on a floured surface until ¼ to ½ inch thickness- then place on 2 greased cookie sheets

If not, take sections and flatten into the greased cookie sheet and use a glass or can to roll to1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness (I use this method to avoid extra clean up)

Using a pizza cutter score into the desired sized cookies

Bake at 325 for 1 hour

Once removed from oven go over the score lines once again with the pizza cutter

Cool for a few minutes and break into cookies.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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