Boyfriend Recipe: Baked dog treats.

Homemade dog treats are the surefire way to win your man over.
Homemade dog treats are the surefire way to win your man over.

If you’re lucky enough to have today off, I’m jealous. But, maybe it’ll give you a chance to whip up a treat for the man in your life, and his best friend – his dog!

Even though I’m currently bitter on the guy situation, I’m NOT suggesting men are dogs and we should bake them dog treats… or am I?

No, really, I got Haylie Duff’s cookbook, “The Real Girl’s Kitchen” for Christmas, and one of the first recipes I noticed was the one for baked dog treats! I know so many people with dogs, and I was about to go visit several friends, so I thought it would be the perfect little gift.

They are super easy to make, and you can either cut them into squares or use a cookie cutter (I used a small heart-shaped one). I am certain the man in your life would appreciate you showing some love for his four-legged best friend!


  • 2.5 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, cinnamon, and flax seeds in a bowl.
  3. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable (it should be dry and firm).
  4. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick slab. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces (or use a cookie cutter).
  5. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

The recipe says it makes 25 treats, but when I made it, it was more like 45-50. Not really sure why, and I was happy to have plenty for my doggie friends, but just an FYI.

Once the treats cooled completed, I divided them up and put them in decorative, Valentine’s-themed treat bags. I delivered them, and as far as I could tell, they were doggie-approved!

And, before I go, I know it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I always do a poor job of blog planning for this day, because he’s a leader very inspirational to me. So, I wanted to leave you with a quote of his, because it empowers me, and that’s something I could use every day, and even today.


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