Salad Bar Bones For Dogs

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Makes 20 to 25 3-inch bones

This recipe is unconventional in that it includes quite a few vegetables from the salad bar, but our overweight canine taste-testers readily ate these cookies along with all the veggies.

Ingredients for Salad Bar Bones For Dogs

2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely diced fresh baby spinach
1⁄2 cup finely chopped broccoli flowers
1⁄2 cup grated carrots
1⁄4 cup finely diced celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1⁄4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1⁄4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions for Salad Bar Bones For Dogs

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients and then form the dough into a ball.
  3. Drop the ball onto a floured breadboard and knead the dough with your hands. If
    the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour to the breadboard.
  4. Roll the dough out to about 1
    ⁄4 inch thick.
  5. Use a 3-inch dog bone–shaped cookie cutter to cut out the dough. Place the
    shapes on greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

Crunchier Treats:

For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.

TREATS AND TIDBITS: GET CREATIVE

Once you have made a few dog treat recipes, use your imagination. You can make cookies of various sizes and shapes, make them different colors, vary the flavoring of a recipe, make specific treats for holidays, or make special batches for gift giving.

It’s especially easy to get creative with cookie cutters. Not only can you use dog bone– shaped cookie cutters of every size (from tiny 1-inch bone shapes to 8- to 10-inch bones), you can also use cookie cutters made for cookies for people. Just watch the baking times; smaller cookies require less time to bake than larger ones.

Food coloring can help you create cookies in a variety of interesting colors, but if you’re concerned about artificial food colorings, check with your local health food store for alternatives. You can also make your own.

For example, juice from canned beets will create a purple color, beef juice a brown, carrots an orange, and red cabbage a reddish-purple.

You can also get creative with the recipes. When rolling out a cookie cutter recipe, add some ground sunflower seeds, ground flaxseeds, or ground dog food kibble to the flour on the breadboard.

That alone will change the flavor. You can also baste cookie cutter recipes with beaten egg yolks before baking to make shiny, golden brown cookies.

It’s easy to be creative, especially when your dog will relish even your failures!

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