May 25, 2016 Kimberlie


Homemade Dog Treats: The Finer Cookie.

My dog Alfie will do anything for homemade dog treats. I have his undivided attention in flyball class, or agility. He'll ignore pee mail, and unfixed dogs. They trump every store bought dog treat we’ve ever tried. Made with real liver and bacon, Alfie and I are confident that your pooch(es) will love them too. You’ll have the happiest, and most motivated dog(s), I promise.

These treats don't require too much trouble to assemble. No special equipment, except for a doggy themed cookie cutter. Any beginner baker can make them. If you have a strong enough arm you can stir them with a wooden spoon and a large bowl.

This recipe was slightly adapted from Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery. It's such a good book!

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  • Makes 50 treats
  • 1 pound or 16 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch wide pieces
  • 1 pound or 16 ounces liver or other organ meat, cut in to ½-inch pieces
  • ¾ cup fine corn meal
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or whatever stock you have on hand.
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons egg whites



  • Add the bacon to the hot sauté pan and cook for about 10 minutes, until the fat is rendered and it’s a rich golden brown.
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    Cook the bacon for extra doggy love.

  • Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Pour off most of the bacon fat and add the liver/organ meat to the same pan as the bacon.
  • Sauté, turning the liver and pressing it slightly with the back of a spoon until it’s broken down into a paste and remove from the heat. (If you’re using other organ meat that doesn’t break down, cook the bits well).
  • Place the bacon in a food processor and pulse to grind it.
  • Add the chicken livers or organ meat to the bacon and process to combine.
  • Add the cornmeal and flour, then process until you have a coarse mixture
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    Bacon, liver and cornmeal.

  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Turn the mixer on low, slowly add the flour, and mix to combine.
  • Slowly pour in the chicken stock and mix until the dough begins to gather around the paddle and feels moist to the touch. Press the dough between your fingers. The dough should feel moist enough to hold together, but not gummy. The dough will feel smooth and a little elastic, but should roll easily without sticking.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and knead it just enough to combine.
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    Kneading the cookie dough.

  • Roll out the dough to about ⅜ inch thick.
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    Rolling out the cookie dough.

  • Using your favourite dog themed cutter, cut out the treats.
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    Dog paw cookie cutter.

  • Arrange them on the prepared sheet pans. Keep in mind that the cookies will not spread in the oven so add more than usual without crowding. Crowding will interfere with baking.
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    Placing the dog treats on the baking tray.

  • Knead the trimmings together, roll out again, and cut out as many treats as possible.
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    The Dog Treats are ready for the oven.

  • Bake at 250ºF until the treats are completely dry, about 3 hours (1-½ hours in a convection oven). Remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 200 degrees.


  • Brush the glaze over warm treats just out of the oven.
  • Return the pans to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the glaze has set.


  • Place the pans on a cooling rack and cool for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the treats to the rack to cool completely.
  • The treats can be stored in a covered container for up to 1 month.
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    Homemade Dog Treats The Finer Cookie.


  1. Terri 1 year ago

    Can these be frozen as well, for future use?

    • Author
      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Certainly. Each treat is dense and one might be too much for smaller dogs. They would have to be broken into smaller pieces, so for this reason, they could take you a while to go through. My dog went nuts for them.

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