Thanksgiving Inspired Dog Treats For Your Grateful Dog

Thanksgiving Dog Treats For A Grateful Pup I love to tell people that my dogs are so well behaved, and they would never beg for food… But let’s be honest, even the most well-behaved, gentle, sweet, and obedient dogs so desperately want whatever mouth-watering food is on your plate. Just the smell alone is enough to make them wonder why they have to eat boring dry kibble while we devour our 4 course meal. Especially at Thanksgiving! And because I’m so thankful for my dogs and the joy they bring to my life every minute of the day throughout the whole year, I think they deserve a “thank you” treat on my favorite holiday. It’s a holiday when I count my blessings, and I want my dogs to know how thankful I am for them. 

IMG_1911 copyThese Thanksgiving-inspired doggy treats have just the right amount of Turkey Day flair mixed with Fall flavors that make me really get into the Holiday Spirit! With the sweet potatoes, chicken (or turkey!) broth, cornmeal, and Granny Smith apples, I feel like I’m hitting all the Fall holiday bases.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients 

IMG_1724 copyJem always takes this step a little to literally… she gathers her ingredients, indeed! Particularly the sweet potato…

IMG_1732 copyWithout fail, each and every time we make treats Jem will grab one of the ingredients to snack on. Zoey just looks at her in disbelief. She just doesn’t understand the obsession!IMG_1757 copyIngredients:

  • Mashed sweet potatoes, cooked plain: 3/4 cup 
  •  Chicken, turkey, or beef broth: 6 tablespoons 
  • Whole wheat pastry flour: 2 cups 
  • Fine yellow cornmeal: 1/2 cup 
  • Finely chopped mint: 1/4 cup 
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and grated

 IMG_1763 copyPreheat the oven to 325°F for the cookies.

To bake the sweet potato: bake at 350°F for 30-45 minutes.

A little trick: you can cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 5:00 if you’re in a hurry vs approx 30-45 minutes in the oven. Should we be worried that the microwave is capable of that…? 

Step 2: Prep Your Ingredients

If you’re worried about the cookies sticking, line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Chop the mint by hand…

IMG_1776 copyOr use a Ninja/food processor to chop it finely…

IMG_1779 copyCore and cut the apple…

IMG_1791 copyAnd cut off the skin…

IMG_1794 copyYou can chop the apple by hand, but I chose to use my Ninja again…

IMG_1866 copyOnce your sweet potato is cooked, use a potato masher to puree it. The recipe calls for 3/4 C, and one normal sized sweet potato measured to be exactly 3/4 C for me. 

IMG_1878 copyStep 3: Mix ‘Em All Up!

In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 C of sweet potato and 6 tablespoons of broth.

IMG_1889 copyAdd 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, 1/4 cup of mint, and the apple. Stir until combined.

IMG_1891 copyYour dough will look similar to this:

IMG_1895 copyIt is a dry dough, so if you prefer it to stick together better you can add more broth. 

Step 4: Bake

I chose to make mine “paw print” cookies. Smash the dough in the palm of your hand into a ball… IMG_1903 copyPlace on the baking sheet, and smash with your thumb. 

IMG_1906 copyPlace in the oven and bake at 325°F until they reach your desired texture. I like a semi-softer treat for my pups, so I baked mine for 15 minutes. You can bake them for longer if you want a crunchy treat. IMG_1907 copyThese can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, and the dough can be frozen for up to 4 months. 

Step 5: Dig In!

IMG_1925 copyHere comes the reward! For you and the dogs. Cooking treats for your dogs in your own kitchen is so rewarding!

IMG_2076 copySo much commotion to get to the treats!

IMG_1988 copySweet victory! Another successful home-cooked dog treat recipe, the dogs definitely approve!

 

Do your dogs love Thanksgiving? What special treats or traditions do you provide for your pups?