2 Ingredient Dog Treat Recipe!
What You'll Need for the Treats:
2 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour
2 (4 oz) jars of baby food (yep, you heard that right - I used carrot and turkey and got apple and banana for another time, but use your imagination!) Be sure to read the labels on the baby food to make sure it contains ONLY the meat or vegetable you want - no preservatives, colorings, sugar, onion powder, salt, etc. - less is more!
What You'll Need for the Pup-Friendly "Icing" (Optional):
1/4 Cup of Cornstarch (or more for a thicker icing)
1/4 Cup of Water
2 Tsp of Honey (You can use raw honey, but I do not recommend it for puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems, as it can contain botulism spores. You can also omit honey if your dog is diabetic or overweight as honey is very high in sugar!)
Preheat the oven to 350°. Add the baby food to a mixing bowl and slowly mix in the flour. After 1 cup to 1.5 cups of flour are added, the dough will become very thick, so I recommend just using your hands to knead the rest of the flour in! If you want, you can add a little bit of water to make the dough a little thinner and easier to work with, but you don't want it too wet.
Take the dough and place it onto a baking sheet. You can lay down parchment paper or aluminum foil to prevent sticking. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick.
You can use any cookie cutter you want to make cute shapes! I used these dog bone cookie cutters from Amazon. You can also just use a knife, pizza cutter, or a tablespoon to cut shapes if you don't have anything else (see below)! I also used a fork to poke holes in the middle as a little decoration but this optional!
4. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. They don't spread/expand in the oven, so you can place them close to each other if you have to. NOTE: I used a cookie cutter that was about 3.5" x 1" in size. If your treats are significantly bigger or smaller, the baking times will vary a bit so just keep an eye on them!
5. OPTIONAL - While your treats are baking, mix together the cornstarch, water, and honey in a small bowl. The measurements above will give you a very thin, watery icing which I wanted so that I could drizzle it on top. But if you want a thicker icing, just add a little more cornstarch or use a little less water. I have read that food coloring can be safe for dogs, but I decided to omit it just because I like to limit the things I give my dogs to ingredients that I KNOW are healthy, safe, and natural. Artificial coloring just didn't sit right with me.
6. When the treats are out of the oven, let them cool and then feed them to your pooch or add your icing. How you apply the icing is up to you - I just used a spoon to drizzle it on. Not perfect but Ziggy loved it anyways! Once the icing dries, your dog treats are ready to go!
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