Cheesy Bacon and Apple Dog Treat Recipe

Nothing brings Oscar into the kitchen faster than me frying up some bacon. I don’t do it too often – it’s an occasional treat for the two of us. I love incorporating freshly cooked bacon into my treats. It feels like a decadent treat. And I often give these treats away at the office… and let me tell you, I’m the most popular gal around on Fridays! You’ll notice that I use almond milk in my recipes, but you can just as easily exchange it for water and get the same results. I like a little bit of nutty flavor added to the treats.

Makes 30-35 cookies

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 egg

2 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 large apple, grated (be sure to remove the apple seeds)

2 tablespoons dry parsley

2-3 pieces bacon, crumbled

1 cup almond milk/water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Fry up the bacon in a frying pan. Let cool on paper towels and crumble.
  3. Mix egg, oil and milk or water together in a small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, mix flour and dry parsley. Add wet mixture to dry.  Once the wet mixture has been poured in, add in cheese, apple and crumbled bacon. Mix well, knead with hands if necessary.
  5. Roll out onto floured counter, about 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out treats and place on cookie sheets.
  6. Leave in oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool and store in an air tight container. Keep in fridge or freezer.

I used a Granny Smith apple for a bit of tartness, but any kind of apple will do. Please let us know how these treats turned out for you – leave a comment below.


Comments

  • Ravyn Crescent

    I’ve read that bacon is actually very bad for dogs as it increases the risk of pancreatic illnesses. http://canigivemydog.com/bacon

    This is a fantastic recipe if you exclude the bacon or substitute with something else, though!

    • Hi Ravyn
      Love your name 🙂
      You can totally take it out or substitute the bacon. I do like to treat Oscar and myself every once in awhile and a batch like this will last me a month. Bacon isn’t meant to be eaten by dogs or humans regularly. It is fatty and salty! This is an indulgence that’s for sure. But I do understand why people would want to skip the bacon. I wonder if turkey bacon would be a good substitute. I will look into it.
      Thanks for your comment Ravyn. I’m not sure if you saw my Cheeseburger Treats – they may be more up your alley!
      Amy

  • Alyssa Bianco

    my dog has a grain sensitivity. Do you have a recommendation for something other than whole wheat flour?

    • I would use coconut flour, almond flour or a garbanzo/chickpea flour. I’m not sure if rice flour would upset your dog’s tummy – it’s gluten free, but not grain free. For the other flours I mentioned, it’s a straight substitution, so it would still be 3 1/2 cups of grain free flour.