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Homemade Liver Dog Treats – RECIPE

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OK, I’ll confess: baking homemade liver dog treats may not be the best way to scent your home…but your dog will love you for it.

Many weeks I like to make pretty little dog treats. Dog treats made with shredded carrots and colorful ingredients, all trimmed using cute little cookie cutters.

This is not one of those weeks.

This week’s recipe is, well, it’s downright ugly. The ingredients are hideous. The preparation is just plain gross. The smell of the treats baking is nothing you’d want to bottle as use as a room deodorizer.

But the finished product will make you very popular with your dog. And you’ll know that you’re giving your dog a treat that’s good for him (and also very inexpensive to make).

(Before we go any further, let me just warn you if you’re one of those people that can’t stand the sight of raw liver, run, do not walk, to another DogTipper page. You’ll find plenty of other yummy recipes here like Peanut Butter Treats.)

These treats make excellent training treats because they’re firm and can be trimmed into mere nuggets that you can use to reward your dog during his training session.

homemade liver dog treats

Step one is to assemble your ingredients, and they’re simple: raw liver, whole wheat flour, and an egg.

I rinsed the liver with cold water so it’s a little less liver-y but you don’t have to if you’re in a pinch for time.

ingredients for liver dog treats

Next (and this is the toughest step), toss the liver into the blender.

Blend until it’s the consistency of a malt (just keep telling yourself it’s a strawberry and chocolate malt. That works unless you catch a whiff of the pretend malt.)

You don’t want any pieces remaining in the mix or, when it comes time to score the treats, you’ll have a tough time cutting them apart.

liver in a blender

In a mixing bowl, pour the liver and mix with your flour, egg and water. Stir well. The result is a pretty heavy batter:

liver treats in preparation

Next, pour the batter onto a well-greased cookie sheet (one with a good lip). This mix won’t rise much at all.

liver treats-how to cook

Pop the cookie sheet into a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Take the cookie sheet out and score the treats into 1/2-inch squares. (When we train with these treats, we break them up much smaller…but I don’t have the patience to cut them any smaller!)

baked liver dog treats

Turn off your oven and return the cookie sheet with the scored treats back to the oven for about 10 minutes; this will help dry out the treats.

After 10 minutes, remove them and, using a spatula, remove all the treats…then put them all back again (no, not in order! You just want to pile them up in any fashion so the edges that haven’t had a chance to dry out will get nice and crispy.)

Return the cookie sheet to the oven (which is turned off) and leave it there until the oven has cooled or at least another half hour.

When you take the treats out of the oven, if they’re not completely cooled, let them cool on the counter before you finally bag them up and refrigerate them.

Treats can be refrigerated for 4-5 days; if you have more than you’ll use in that time, divide the treats and put some in the freezer.

dog licking lips

The result? Our dogs say these treats are lip-licking good!

Homemade Liver Dog Treats

Homemade Liver Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw liver, rinsed
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a blender, blend liver until smooth then pour into a large mixing bowl.
    3. Add other ingredients and stir until well mixed then pour onto greased cookie sheet with 1/2-inch sides.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes.
    5. Allow treats to cool then cut into training treat size.
    6. Refrigerate treats.

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Chrissy

Wednesday 4th of August 2021

I am going to make these for our 5 month old German Shepherd, Solo. He does like the liver treats we got at the vet so im hopeful that he will love these.

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Nicole

Monday 21st of June 2021

Just made these for my border collie pup. To be used as training treats after trying so many different treats. These are great and she is very motivated to earn one. Baged into 2 day supplies and frozen. Many thanks for the recipe.

Patrick N Weyker

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

I just wash and then dry the liver until semi-soft in the oven (250 F) (less moisture less bacteria) to the touch. I then allow to cool, cut into bit size pieces and freeze... My wife just goes to the freezer for a hand full and puts them into a plastic bag when walking our dog..

Emily

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Made these and so far all dogs I’ve given them to love them. I did find they were crispy on the bottom and top and chewy in the middle, so they broke into layers (almost like pita chips). Any ideas on how I can get them to be a more consistent texture throughout? I didn’t have any changes to the recipe. Maybe the oven is off?

Patrick N Weyker

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

You need to test them when you dry them. Look and see that the liver does not ooze. They should be dry but still chewy -

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