bacon and cheese doggy treats

we got back from our mega vacation last week, but it has been REALLY hard to want to do much of anything after coming home! i’m excited to really get back into the kitchen and my desire to learn to cook as well as my mother has been renewed, BUT, then winter gets in the way. between gray cold days and jet lag – i’m not ashamed to admit i have spent most non-working hours in my pajamas.

on monday, though, i decided i would make dog treats for pineapple. any of you dog owners out there probably know that dog treats without a million horrible chemicals in them are insanely expensive. solution – make your own! for awhile we were making liver treats but the dough was so unruly and liquifying liver just made a terrible mess – ENTER: treats flavored with bacon fat! we always have a big can of it sitting around since we make bacon every weekend – now it can go to a good cause! i know dogs will eat just about anything, but pineapple really works himself into a tizzy over these treats – this recipe is a keeper.

BACON & CHEESE DOG TREATS (adapted from all recipes)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
10 tablespoons bacon fat, melted
2 cups corn meal
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup shredded cheese (i used farmers cheese)

preheat oven to 350
beat eggs in a bowl, stir in milk, water and bacon fat (make sure everything is room temp or the bacon fat will solidify in the cold liquids)
gradually stir in cheese, corn meal and flour to form a dough
roll dough out on a flour surface and cut out treats using a dog bone shaped cookie cutter
or
i also used a 1/2 teaspoon spoon and made little half ball treats
or
i also used a bigger cookie cutter shaped like a turkey to make some bigger treats for special treat times
put dough shapes/balls on a cookie sheet and bake for: 15 minutes for dog bones and turkeys, 20 minutes for half ball shapes

*store in the freezer – i give pineapple the treats straight from the freezer and he happily crunches away on them*

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2 thoughts on “bacon and cheese doggy treats

  1. You know what I find most interesting about this post: the fact you have a vat of bacon fat around your home at all times. A-maz-ing. I had no idea one should save these things.

  2. we make bacon every weekend so have large cans to collect the bacon fat – we never throw away the cans until their full 🙂

    but now pineapple gets to inherit the goodness!

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