Leftover Turkey Dog Treat Recipe

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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!

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