Leftover Turkey Dog Treat Recipe

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
Don’t throw out those holiday turkey leftovers – turn them into dog treats instead!

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s true: I’m sick of eating turkey! I make the same claim every year, but when the holidays roll around, I gouge on this tasty bird until I can no longer gobble! I’m sent home with leftovers that could feed a small village, but I can’t force any more of the meat down my gullet. Oscar, on the other hand, will never turn down this succulent poultry. Plus, I feel bad tossing the turkey once it’s been sitting in the fridge for a week. Problem solved, thanks to the Leftover Turkey Dog Treat Recipe. Bonus leftover ingredient: if you’ve got any cranberries or cranberry sauce hanging around, toss it into the mix!

Leftover Turkey Dog Treat Recipe

Makes 30-35 cookies


1 ½ cup of turkey, shredded or cut into small pieces (white or dark meat, skin removed)

1 egg

¼ cup cranberries or cranberry sauce

1 cup of whole grain oats

2 cups of whole wheat flour

½ cup of broth (chicken, beef or vegetable)

1 clove of garlic, minced (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut or shred the turkey into small pieces. Put turkey, garlic and broth into a food processor or blender and blend into a paste.
  3. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix into a stiff dough. Add more broth if needed.
  4. Roll out dough onto floured surface and roll out to ½-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place on baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. If you like a crunchier cookie, turn the oven off and let the cookies sit for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 3-4 hours. Store in the refrigerator or freezer in an air-tight container.
Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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