It’s almost Christmas so we decided to make homemade candy cane treats for the dogs.
We had fun making the treats and having the dogs try them. Our dogs really enjoyed them. We hope your dogs enjoy them also.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted chicken stock (must not contain garlic or onion)
2 large eggs
2 tsp cranberry-pomegranate juice (beet juice may work better) for red coloring
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 large egg (for an egg wash)
First, you want to whisk together the flour, powdered milk, and baking powder. This can be done by hand or with the whisk attachment on your mixer. In a separate bowl, whisk together the chicken stock and 2 eggs. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined, and then knead into a dough. If the dough is sticky, add more flour.
Split the dough in half. Set one half aside. With the second half, form a small well in the dough. Add your choice of cranberry-pomegranate juice or beet juice for coloring, and the peppermint extract (optional). Knead the dough until it turns a nice red color. Now place both dough balls into two separate bowls, and put them in the refrigerator for about 3-5 hours.
Once the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350° F. Divide each dough ball into smaller balls, about 1 tablespoon in size. We ended up with 24 of each color dough ball. Then roll out one of each color of the dough into long strands. We made our strands about 6 inches long. Twist together one white strip with one red strip and curl the ends into a candy cane shape. Place on your cookie sheet.
Take your last egg, and whisk it in a bowl, then use a brush to coat your candy canes with a nice egg wash. Now you are ready to bake them! Bake them in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Let them cool completely before feeding them to your dog.
Once cooled, let your dog taste test them. Store your treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
All 4 of our rescue dogs liked these treats. We will definitely be making these for them again.
Disclaimer: We are not veterinarians. Always consult your vet before feeding your pets anything you are unsure of. Remember, as with all treats, always feed in moderation. Treats should not be used as a meal replacement.
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