I Like to Think of Myself as a Good Dog-Mom

Ok.  Laida is a dog.  My dog, but a dog nonetheless.  And since Tyler and I decided to try to eat healthier, I thought it was only fair that Laida do, too.  So I decided to make homemade doggie treats.

I know what you are thinking:  “When do you have the time to make doggie treats?”  But these are pretty easy to make, and Laida apparently loves them!  I just gave her one that had been cooling for a little while, and she went sniffing for more.  I tasted a little bite, and they aren’t that bad!

Here is the recipe.  I bought all the dry ingredients from WinCo in the bulk foods section, so the total cost of the recipe was $1.25, which makes 27-30 large treats!  What a deal!

Doggie Treats (Corn Free)

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 or 3 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, margarine and boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the wheat germ, sugar, and bouillon, stir into the oat mixture along with the egg and milk until smooth. Fold in the shredded cheese. Gradually stir in the flour until a stiff but workable dough is formed. Knead the dough for a few turns. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter or cut into 1×3 inch rectangles. Place treats 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool completely on wire racks.
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