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Turkey & Cranberry Dog Treat Recipe

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to feature a holiday-themed recipe this week….and what could be more traditional than turkey and cranberry dog treats?

Turkey is a canine favorite and cranberries are incredibly beneficial for dogs so this seemed like a great combination for treats (although I was a little worried that the dogs might not like the tartness of the cranberries).

The ingredients are ones you probably already have on hand if you’re making a Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, cranberries, olive oil, eggs, flour and broth.

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If you’re cooking your turkey as you make the treats, you can use the broth in this recipe. In that case, you probably won’t need the tablespoon of olive oil. I was using frozen turkey so it was dry, and the recipe needed a little oil.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease two cookie sheets.

Next, mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a blender or food processor, add the turkey and egg (and some of the water or broth as needed).

When the turkey is the consistency of baby food, add the cranberries and continue to mix until it looks like a smoothie:

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Pour this mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to create a thick dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough. This is a heavy dough so you’ll need to put a little muscle in it!

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I used cookie cutters to cut the treats. (I bought a giant bin of cookie cutters at the thrift store the other day. This one is supposed to be a turkey…although I couldn’t really tell that…)

Put the treats on the cookie sheets and pop them in the oven for 25 minutes. I rolled out my dough pretty thick so the treats were slightly chewy inside.

Let them cool completely before serving them to your dogs or before refrigerating.

And the result? Although I’d been worried the dogs might turn up their noses at the cranberries, our dogs absolutely loved these treats…they gobbled them up! (Sorry…I couldn’t resist…)

Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats

Turkey and Cranberry Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole cranberries
  • 1 cup cooked, boned turkey
  • 3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water or broth as needed

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease two
      cookie sheets.
    2. Mix the flour and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. In a blender or food processor, combine the turkey, olive oil, and egg (and some of the water or broth as needed). When the turkey is the consistency of baby food, add cranberries and continue to mix.
    3. Pour this mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to create a thick dough.
    4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough. (This is a heavy dough so you’ll need to put a little muscle in it!)
    5. Cut into biscuit shapes and bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely before serving or refrigerating. Store in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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Friday 15th of November 2019

On the ingredients you put baking powder, but in the instructions, you say baking soda. Which one is it? Does it make a difference

Carly

Friday 3rd of December 2010

OH GREAT IDEA - I am so making these for my miniature schnauzer Archie :D On amazon I found a Schnauzer cookie cutter too... .-= Carly´s last blog ..Online advent calendar… FOR YOUR DOG =-.

Paris and John

Wednesday 24th of November 2010

Our dogs just LOVED these...and you can substitute chicken for the turkey, too!

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