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? This makes a great way to use leftovers for your dog!
Turkey is a canine favorite and cranberries are incredibly beneficial for dogs so this seemed like a great combination for treats!
Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?
We all know that cranberry has a long history in use for preventing urinary tract infections. This little bundle of goodness is also great for our dogs because it is rich in Vitamin C, fiber, manganese and antioxidants.
Making these Thanksgiving Dog Treats
The ingredients are ones you probably already have on hand if you’re making a Thanksgiving dinner:
- olive oil
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:
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!
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…)
Still Have Leftover Turkey and Cranberries?
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease two
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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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