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Impress! Dog Treat Recipes

Cheddar-n-Parsley Breath Biscuits

 

*This recipe works with the big and small bones and paws disks

*Full recipe yields about 66 mixed big and small treats

*For dogs on a low-fat diet you might limit these as they do have butter and cheese.

 

¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons butter

6 ounces medium or sharp cheddar cheese (NOT pre-shredded) grated fairly fine

1 cup Gerber Oatmeal Cereal (baby cereal)

½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon whole wheat flour

½ Tablespoon Ground Flax Meal

1 to 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 350°F

In a medium bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. Shred the cheddar cheese. I use the second smallest holes on a manual grater. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and cheese together until well-combined and creamy. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. This mixture will seem very crumbly. Use your hands to knead it into a soft dough. Load your press barrel and use a very slow, even, steady pressure to extrude the dough through your disks, as outlined below in special instructions.

*Special directions for pressing all treat recipes* This will NOT feel like pressing cookies! If you maintain a nice even, stiff pressure the treats will form nicely. It will feel especially different pressing the small bones, as you will not need even close to a full “click” to press them (referring to “one click-per-cookie type presses). You will hardly feel them stick to the pan. If any of the shapes do not release from the press well, you can easily pull them off with your fingers and set them on the pan! Count on pressing/applying pressure slowly and steadily for about a full second per shape. Remember that these are not people cookies made with only fine ground flour, so they will have a more rustic appearance. These make a nice light treat that isn't too hard to crunch. The small bone and small paw make excellent little training treats.*

Bake for about 12 or 13 minutes or until edges begin to brown, checking early and often as all ovens are different. Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to avoid breakage. Store tightly covered for up to 4 days. I like to freeze these in small batches (about 4 days' worth) and take them out as needed. They will last a month or two in the freezer.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

 

*Recipe yields about 30 mixed big and small treats

 

6 Tablespoons very ripe banana, pureed or smashed up

3 Tablespoons peanut butter (the natural no-stir (ex. Skippy Natural is best)

¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons Gerber Oatmeal Cereal (baby cereal)

3 Tablespoons whole wheat flour

1 ½ teaspoons ground flax meal

Preheat oven to 350°F

Combine the dry ingredients together and set aside. Smash or puree your banana, then add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly until creamy. Add the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Load your press barrel and use a very slow, even, steady pressure to extrude the dough through your disks, as outlined below in special instructions. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown, checking early and often as all ovens are different. Once baked, turn the oven off, loosen the shapes on the cookie sheet after 2 minutes but leave them on it and put them back in a slightly cooled, off oven for another hour or so. This will slowly allow them to dry out and become nice and crunchy!

*Special directions for pressing all treat recipes*This will NOT feel like pressing cookies! If you maintain a nice even, stiff pressure the treats will form nicely. It will feel especially different pressing the small bones, as you will not need even close to a full “click” to press them (referring to “one click-per-cookie type presses). You will hardly feel them stick to the pan. If any of the shapes do not release from the press well, you can easily pull them off with your fingers and set them on the pan! Count on pressing/applying pressure slowly and steadily for about a full second per shape. Remember that these are not people cookies made with only fine ground flour, so they will have a more rustic appearance. These make a nice light treat that isn't too hard to crunch. The small bone and small paw make excellent little training treats.

**Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Dog Treats and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats follow the same recipe as Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats. Simply replace the banana with either 6 tablespoons of sweet potato baby food or 6 tablespoons of pureed pumpkin (not “pie filling”, the “pure pumpkin puree” in a can). Follow the same special pressing instructions but bake them for about 23 minutes, checking early and often as all ovens are different, baking until the edges are just brown. Once baked, turn the oven off, loosen the shapes on the cookie sheet after 2 minutes but leave them on it and put them back in a slightly cooled, off oven for another hour or so. This will slowly allow them to dry out and become nice and crunchy!  *These 3 recipes do not press as well with the Big Dog Paw Disk. The Big Dog Bone, Small Dog Bone, and Small Dog Paw work best.

 

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