Scooby Snacks – Homemade dog treats!

Difficulty1Saturday May 23rd marked a very special day in our house: Our dog Luna’s second birthday! We wanted to celebrate with a special treat. In typical Skill Up Skillet fashion, this means something geeky. Luna has a handful of nicknames because of her big personality including Luna-toon, Luna Lovegood, Toona-Loon, Fur Kid, Smart-Ass, and Scooby Loon. Scooby Loon, because our entry hall, kitchen, and pool room have wood floors and when she gets wound up she tries running on the floors, leading to much skittering a-la-Scooby.

While these treats are made from human food, they’re not very tasty to humans but are irresistible to dogs. Don’t try to share. Trust me. One of us took one for the team and tried a bite. Yuck.

Happy birthday, Luna! We love you! (Yes, I’m aware dogs can’t read, but I’m not so sure about this one. Too damn smart.)

Ready? Let’s go.

Gamers, grab your mats:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup ground beef; browned, drained, and cooled (save the drippings!)
  • 3 tablespoons of drippings
  • 1 egg
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon- loose if you have it, cube bouillon is a pain for this

Recipe from: http://www.mamawithideas.com/2012/04/scooby-snacks-for-kids-and-dogs.html

Good wholesome ingredients for man's best friend.
Good wholesome ingredients for man’s best friend.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil two cookie sheets and set aside.

Brown your ground beef in a skillet. Drain into a clean vessel and set meat and drippings aside.

One of my favorite things might be fitting the most into the smallest spaces.
One of my favorite things might be fitting the most into the smallest spaces.

Grate carrot.

You did wash it first, right?
You did wash it first, right?

Sift your whole wheat flour into a large-ish bowl. I actually found this step unnecessary as my flour was already superfine. Add ground beef, carrot, drippings, egg, and bouillon to bowl.

Yeah, that bouillon cube... Wish I'd used chicken bouillon; at least that's loose.
Yeah, that bouillon cube… Wish I’d used chicken bouillon; at least that’s loose.

Mix together while gradually adding milk to make a stiff dough. I found that my wooden spoon was soon useless and settled for mixing and kneading everything together with my hands. The meat dough actually smells pretty good

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Strangely satisfying.

Turn out your meat dough ball out onto a floured surface and roll the ball out to about 1/4″ thick. This is about as thin as the dough will willingly go so for once measuring is easy.

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Cut into bone shapes with a cookie cutter. Reroll scraps until there’s no dough left. This actually came out to exactly two dozen treats.

Okay, that's cute.
Okay, that’s cute.

Place treats on cookie sheets about two inches apart. I might not have noticed the two inches part but it didn’t seem to affect the batch as they don’t seem to expand.

Bake treats for 25-30 minutes or until the bottoms of the treats are browned. Mine took about 20 minutes, actually. Remove treats for oven and allow to set for a bit before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. These should be stored in an airtight container once cooled.

You’re done!

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Fantastic!

But really, are they good dog treats? Does Luna like them? You tell me.

Good enough to not sit still for the camera.
Good enough to not sit still for the camera.

Right before the lunge.Quite inexpensive to make, too. You might consider making your own on a regular basis. So, there you go. The first SuS recipe not intended for human consumption. Whee!

Cheers,

Leisel

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