Why You Should Include Honey in Dog Treats

When you bake fresh, homemade treats for your pup, you want to be confident that the recipes and ingredients you’re using are the best for your dog. While it’s common for most treat recipes to include peanut butter, sweet potato, and apple sauce in their recipes, there is one secret ingredient that you could be missing out on—honey!

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Homemade Christmas Treats for Dogs

Doggy Treats

I have made my lists of gifts to be purchased or made and I am slowly checking them off as the shopping days before Christmas are closing in.  I have to be honest; my attention is usually focused on the family, extended family, close family friends, teachers, and neighbors. Those individuals, who love, forgive, nurture, watch over us, help us, illustrate patience with our children, watch over our children when we are not there, and who comfort us when loneliness begins to creep in.  Funny thing is people are not always all those attribute, but, do you know who is? Do you know who acts as security when my husband is away, who is patient with our 2-year-old when she drapes clothes over him, who pretendes to be a lion or horse depending on our 5 year olds imagination, who knows all our 7 yr. olds deepest secrets, is happy to see me even if I forgot to feed him that morning, who loves our entire family unconditionally, our dog!

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Our yellow Labrador has been a part of our family since before we had children. In fact, truth be told, we brought him home on our way home from our honeymoon. So he has been a part of our family since the very beginning and I cannot imagine my life without him.

So this year for Christmas the kiddos and I have decided to show our gratitude, appreciation, and love for the best four-legged friend a family could ask for (shh…don’t tell the cat) by making some yummy Dog treats!

Doggy Treat Recipe

This recipe yields: 3-4 dozen treats (depending on the size of cookie cutters used)

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  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup natural Peanut Butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 eggs

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together all the ingredients. Knead dough on floured surface and roll dough out with a rolling-pin. Have kiddos pick out some of their favorite cookie-cutters to use. Place cutouts on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove and cool for at least 20 minutes, they will firm up as they cool.

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Recipe source: The Scrumptious Pumpkin.  Checkout all the amazing people recipes the blog has to offer too!

These also make adorable gifts to give to your family and friends’ four-legged friends.

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Be sure not to mix up the dog treats and human treats.  Also, remind your kiddos to put up any of their chocolate treats so that your four-legged friends do not get a hold of them. I speak from experience, our poor dog, well, a puppy then, ate a bag of Rollo’s his first Christmas, colorful foil wrappers and all! We had to induce vomiting, and trust me; it was an experience none of us, my hubby, me, or the dog cared to experience.

Do you have a special treat you give your four-legged friends?