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Bake Homemade Dog Treats for the Holidays

We love to make treats for our dogs, Irie and Tiki. It’s a great way to show our love, to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables, and to celebrate the season. From now through the end of the year, we’ll be celebrating the holidays with our families. Those celebrations include food, so why not prepare some healthy treats for our pets as well?

Dog treats are a great way to get creative in the kitchen because, unlike most of us, dogs like savory as well as sweet treats. In writing The Healthy Hound Cookbook, my husband, John, and I came up with over 130 recipes for dogs; we’ve heard from many of our readers that the liver treats have been among the most popular. With dogs, you definitely get the chance to incorporate foods that you don’t include in human holiday goodies!

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First, you need to know just which foods NOT to feed your dogs – and that includes onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, chocolate, and artificial sweeteners like xylitol. And know that treats should never comprise more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet.

With that done, it’s time to get down to some fun and shop for bakeware! We love going to Tuesday Morning stores because they have a huge variety of pet items as well as kitchen products, from bakeware to soft goods like holiday linens to ingredients, such as quality nuts — all perfect for special occasion as well as everyday treats.

On my recent Tuesday Morning run, I came home with these goodies for my treat baking:

  • A Rachael Ray muffin pan
  • A miniature muffin tin with removable silicone liners
  • Cuisinart and Rachael Ray utensils
  • Heavy-duty, commercial-grade cookie sheets
  • Cake Boss decorating tools

Of course, even if you’re not baking dog treats, it’s important to have a measuring cup and always use it to measure out your dog’s food. So often, people overfeed their dogs, not realizing just how much kibble they’re serving. I bought two types of measuring cups, a standard glass cup and colorful silicone cups!

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I put those new purchases to good use by making Irie and Tiki a batch of one of their favorites: Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats. They’re easy and fast to prepare!

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Treats
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup peanut butter (organic if you have it)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup water as needed
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except the water, then add it sparingly (the amount of water needed will depend on the oil content in the peanut butter).
  3. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into fun shapes.
  4. Bake on cookie sheets for about 20 minutes, then remove and cool. Be sure to cool the treats completely before serving or refrigerating.

I made both dog treats and people cupcakes after my run to my local Tuesday Morning store – which also had some great Cake Boss accessories for decorating cupcakes! I wanted to make some “pretty” treats and these tools fit the bill!

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Of course, once the treats are cooled, it’s a matter of how to store your treats. I found some excellent options, from square bins for the refrigerator to great treat jars that are also perfect gifts for your favorite dog lover.

Interactive Treat Toys Make Great Gifts

I also love interactive treat-dispensing toys, and I found several at our local store. An interactive toy is one in which you hide treats, either homemade or store-bought, for your dog or cat. Interactive toys are great for prolonging the fun of the treats – buying you time to cook holiday meals, clean the house, or just keep a bored dog busy on the drive to Grandma’s house.

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More Great Finds for Pets & Humans!

Speaking of holiday travel, I was SO excited by a purchase I made at Tuesday Morning this past week. Many of you have been following our dog Irie’s progress after her surgery in late August for a torn ACL; in fact, several of you have shared that your dogs are also recuperating from the same surgery. Irie’s not allowed to jump up on anything, including beds and couches, until December. Soon we’re headed on our (rescheduled) beach vacation with the dogs. We’ve been worrying how we’d handle the hotel bed (at home, we’ve moved our mattress to the floor). Well, Tuesday Morning had portable Solvit PupSTEP+Plus pet stairs for just $29.99 (compare at $49.99), perfect for our trip!!

Another surprise at Tuesday Morning was the number of consumables. I’ve often purchased USA-made dog treats at Tuesday Morning, but I wasn’t aware how many goodies for humans the store offers. I purchased a large canister of cashew halves for future treats (if I can keep John out of them!).

How Much Did We Save at Tuesday Morning?

Here’s a look at our purchases, including comparable prices … and Tuesday Morning prices!

  • Core Kitchen measuring bowl set
    • Compare at $9.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $4.99
  • SmartyKat Seek a Boo interactive cat toy
    • Compare at $9.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $4.99
  • CloudStar Buddy Biscuits
    • Compare at $5.95  > Tuesday Morning price: $3.99
  • At Your Service cookbook holder
    • Compare at $24.99 > Tuesday morning price: $14.99
  • Cake Boss 6-piece decorating tip set
    • Compare at $9.99   > Tuesday Morning price: $5.99
  • Cake Box Cotton Icing Bag
    • Compare at $5.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $3.49
  • Cuisinart Solid Turner
    • Compare at $5.99  >  Tuesday Morning price: $3.49
  • Rachael Ray Lazy Slotted Spoon
    • Compare at $11.99 > Tuesday Morning price: $6.99
  • Booda Hunt-a-Treat Treat Puzzle for Cats
    • Compare at $14.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $6.99
  • IQ Treat Ball
    • Compare at $15.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $5.99
  • Click Clack Essentials Canister
    • Compare at $8.99 > Tuesday Morning price: $4.99
  • Anchor Hocking measuring cup
    • Compare at $3.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $2.29
  • Cucina Vita Mini Cupcake Pan
    • Compare at $24.99 > Tuesday Morning price: $8.99
  • Rachael Ray Oven Lovin’ Cups
    • Compare at $17.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $9.99
  • David Burke Kitchen Commercial Weight baking sheet
    • Compare at $16.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $5.99
  • Home Creations set of three holiday cup towels
    • Compare at $14.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $6.99
  • Superior Nut Company Cashew Halves and Pieces
    • Compare at $12.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $7.99
  • Dogs are People Too treat canister
    • Compare at $19.99 > Tuesday Morning price: $9.99
  • Cat Nip hinged treat jar
    • Compare at $17.99  > Tuesday Morning price: $7.99

For more photos of our purchases, check out the Baking for Your Pets board on Pinterest … and happy baking!

Paris

Dining and Kitchen, DIY, Holiday and Parties, Pets
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Paris Permenter

Meet the Contributor

Blog: Dogtipper

My home Tuesday Morning location: Burnet Road in Austin, Texas

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: Pets!

A little about me: I love animals! My husband, John Bigley, and I share our home with two large mixed-breed dogs, Irie and Tiki, and four cats — Linus, Lucky, Inca, and Coco. I’ve been a pet lover my entire life, but six years ago, the adoption of our dogs inspired me to change careers. Previously, John and I had been travel guidebook writers, but Irie and Tiki motivated us to find a way to stay home more and incorporate our love of pets into our careers. We launched DogTipper.com, followed by CatTipper.com, to help fellow pet lovers make the most of their lives with their pets even if their budget’s on a short leash. Soon I became a certified dog trainer, and there’s been no looking back. This past year, we combined our love of travel and our love for pets into our first pet travel guidebook.

What I love to write about: I love to write about ways pet lovers can incorporate their pets into their lives, whether that’s traveling with them, enriching their lives with training and play, or even cooking for them. Every day our dogs and cats teach me new lessons!

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20 Comments

  1. Reply Kathy

    Love this recipe. I have a lot of Friends with pet and I am sure they will love it too.

  2. Reply Barbara McAleer

    Love your blog! I also love Tuesday Morning’s selection of pet products. I have purchased many items for my tiny little dog and my 2 extremery large cats. I will continue to read your blog, this was my firest time, find it to be very helpful.

  3. Reply Marie Woody

    I will make the dog treats listed above. Should I always keep them refrigerated or is it OK to keep them in a sealed container and not refrigerated. How long will they be ok?
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Could you post the recipe for the pumpkin cupcakes? Thank you!
    I love Tuesday morning. Anywhere I vacation, I always look for one of their stores!

    • Reply Paris Permenter

      Hi Marie,

      These treats will keep up to a week if you don’t refrigerate them. I usually keep some out for the dogs, and then bag the rest and refrigerate. If you think you’ll still have treats on hand after two weeks, just pop them in the freezer. Happy baking! Paris

  4. Reply Margarita

    Love your blog. I have a diabetic lab, do you have any recipes that will allow for a diabetic dog to eat?

  5. Reply Deborah Kennedy

    How do I register at this website in order to earn/receive rewards. I understand that this membership card must be registered to receive/earn perks and rewards. My membership number is: #4014049276

    Thanks,
    I need assistance in registering the card?

  6. Reply Donna McLaughlin

    Who won the 12 days of Christmas contest.

  7. Reply Liz

    Hi, this is my first time trying to make my dog cookies. Does it matter how thick or thin you roll out the dough & I will be trying to use the PBfit peanut butter powder. Not much fat there at all, any suggestions?

  8. Reply kathy ship

    I have not been to a Tuesday morning in years, I stop by the one on Indian school because of a friend and wow the store is so clean and Valerie was great she asked to help us I was not going to buy anything but walked out with over 400.00 dollars in great buys what a sells person she is, oh and I loved everything she help me with she even help get it all to my car great service, she took the time to tell us about the move they are making can’t wait to see it she has a customer for life

  9. Reply Kathy R.

    I only have cats. Do you not have any treat recipes for cats??? I hate spending $3.00+ for a mere handful of treats in a pouch from stores!

  10. Reply Sue Thomas

    Lisa, the store manager of the Mission Viejo store, went above and beyond to find a store that still had a particular item in stock. She located it at the Irvine store. They had it waiting for me when I got there. Very impressive customer service…had to comment…this is so unusual!!!

  11. Reply Rita

    When and where will the new Tuesday Morning store open in Natomas?? By Raleys shopping center??

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      A new store is scheduled to open in the Sacramento area in March 2017, Rita.

  12. Reply Sarah Collier

    I went into a Tuesday Morning store in Huntersville, NC on 11/21/2016 in response to the most recent sales brochure I received from the store. I have shopped there (I have a Perks card) on several occasions and have been pleased with my purchases. On this date, I made my selections and realized that I didn’t have my perks card with me. I gave my information to the sales lady. She typed it in and said there was no record of me in the computer. I was shocked because this has never happened to me before. She also said that the computer doesn’t always work properly when looking for customer information, which I thought was odd. I verified my information but still nothing. I told her that Tuesday Morning need to update their computer, because it was not fair to the customer to expect “perks’ and not get them if they carry a store reward card. She agreed. I paid for my purchases and left the store, very dissatisfied with my shopping experience.

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Sarah. We’re so sorry for the frustration that must have caused you. Would you mind emailing custserv@tuesdaymorning.com or calling us toll free at 1-800-457-0099, 8am-5pm CST Monday through Friday, so we can take care of this?

  13. Reply Eleanor Janetty

    Went to your store Daytona Beach on the beach side, Bellairer Plaza. I found a small suit case on the clearance shelf. It was marked 60% of. Originally $69.95. Took it to the register and was told it was not on sale. There were at least 3 on the sale rack. I thought that if a store made a mistake it was the policy that you would get it at the price marked. I will not go back to their store. Manager said I will give it to you for 20% off

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Eleanor. Would you mind emailing custserv@tuesdaymorning.com or calling us toll free at 1-800-457-0099, 8am-5pm CST Monday through Friday, so we can follow up on this?