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.
These 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
- 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
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…
In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 C of sweet potato and 6 tablespoons of broth.
Step 4: Bake
Place 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. These 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!
Do your dogs love Thanksgiving? What special treats or traditions do you provide for your pups?