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Homemade Dog Treats

By Liz Palika

homemade dog treats in tray

Making your dog treats at home is wonderful. Not only will your pup appreciate those tasty treats, but it’s a great way to spend a cold winter afternoon. Plus, when you make dog treats yourself, you know the treats are made with good ingredients that your dog likes.

This is one of my favorite dog treat recipes. These bone-shaped treats are fun to make and I enjoy watching all three of my dogs as they anticipate the treats. Keep in mind, however, these are treats and not a daily dog food. A couple of treats per day is plenty.

Beefy Bacon Dog Biscuits

This makes about 30 dog treats created with a 3 inch dog bone shaped cookie cutter. Feel free to use any cookie cutter you have on hand or cut square or rectangular shaped treats. Baking time will vary according to the size and shape of the treat you create.

1 cup beef broth
1 cup crumbled cooked hamburger
4 tablespoons bacon grease
6 slices well-cooked crumbled bacon
1 large egg
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup warm water
1 cup ground flaxseed meal for rolling out the treats

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the first five ingredients until well combined. Then stir in the flour.
  3. Add the warm water slowly until a ball is formed. (The entire ½ cup of water may not be needed.) The dough may be sticky.
  4. Knead the dough until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  5. Put the flaxseed meal on a breadboard, place the dough on it, and flatten with your hands. If it’s sticky turn it over in the flaxseed meal a few times. With a rolling pin, roll it out until it’s about a ¼ inch thick.
  6. Use a bone shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (for 3 inch bone shaped cookies; less for smaller cookies) or until the bottoms of the treats are golden brown. Remove from oven.
  8. When all the treats have been baked, put them back on the cookie sheets and return them to the oven. Turn off the heat in the oven and let the treats remain there while the oven cools (several hours) so they become crispier.
  9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will be fine in the refrigerator for several days; store excess in the freezer.


This recipe makes hard, crunchy dog treats that most dogs love. If your dog has food sensitivities, however, you can use ground bison, venison, elk, rabbit, turkey or other meats instead of the beef. If your dog is allergic to wheat, you can also substitute rice flour, oat flour, or other flours in place of the wheat flour. Since other flours do not absorb moisture the same way, you may have to increase or decrease the water accordingly. 

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