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Dog Corn Cookies
We have been making our dogs’ food for several years. We noticed a big improvement in their health when we started making their food, but one of our dogs, Truman, still had some dry, flakey skin issues and his coat was also kind of dull. We knew their main diet was excellent – because we made it, but we were still giving them store bought treats.

About six months ago we decided to start making their treats. The skin and coat problems cleared up almost immediately when we removed the commercially prepared treats from Truman’s diet. Now absolutely 100% of the food our dogs eat is 100% human grade and there is no question about the origin of any of the ingredients in their diet. Truman has also lost weight and has more energy than we’ve ever seen!

I like that we can control the size of the treats and keep them very tiny when we make them ourselves. Even the treats sold for toy dogs were usually too big to give our dogs and we always had to break them up into smaller pieces. Now we don’t have to feel too worried about giving them a few treats a day (in addition to the carrots and apples they get for treats).

The batter is easy to make! Just be sure to let the treats bake long enough so that they get very dry, without burning. Turn the oven temperature down or even off and let the treats stay in the oven longer to help them dry out if you feel they are baked through, but still soft in the center. They will also crisp up when left out at room temperature, at least in our dry Arizona climate. If they still are moist, be careful about storing them in an airtight container – you don’t want them to get moldy. Since you control the size – adjust the length of time the treats bake. I make ours about the size of an almond and they are in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Dog Corn Cookies Makes about 225 almond size treats

1 cup cornmeal
2 cups whole wheat or unbleached flour
cup flax meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons Flax oil
1 15 ounce can creamed corn

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Combine the cornmeal, flour, flax meal and baking powder in a large bowl.

3. In a second bowl, combine the honey, egg, yogurt, flax oil and creamed corn.

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly blended.

5. Drop the batter onto the baking sheets – making whatever size suits you and your dog – just like making cookies.

6. Bake for 25-45 minutes – Monitor closely the first time based on the size of your cookies.

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