Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats

~ These easy, 4-ingredient Homemade Dog Treats are the perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! (Or, try them any time of year with leftover chicken.) Even better, though? They freeze beautifully, and make darling DIY holiday gifts for all the beloved pups in your life! ~

This Recipe Is:    Freezable    Make Ahead  

Easy DIY gift for your pup! These simple Homemade Dog Treats feature just 4 simple ingredients (including leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or leftover chicken - a perfect way to use up those leftovers)! They’re picky-dog approved, too. And, they freeze great - bake them ahead for quick, darling DIY holiday gifts for all the special dogs in your life! | diy Christmas gifts | diy gifts | dogs | dog gifts | dog treats homemade | dog biscuit | #DIY #gift #dogs #recipe | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Got leftover chicken or Thanksgiving turkey you'd like to use up? Well, then you've definitely got a happy puppy! Our super-easy Homemade Dog Treats recipe features just 4 simple ingredients. Picky-dog approved, too. And, they freeze great, so it’s easy to stock up. BONUS: they also make darling DIY holiday gifts for all the special dogs in your life! | diy Christmas gifts | diy gifts | dogs | dog gifts | dog treats homemade | dog biscuit | #DIY #gift #dogs | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Just 4 simple ingredients (including leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or leftover chicken)! These easy Homemade Dog Treats are the perfect way to use up those leftovers – and they even feature a little pup-pleasing sweetness from sweet potatoes. Picky-dog approved! Even better, though? They freeze beautifully, and make darling DIY holiday gifts for all the special pups in your life! | diy Christmas gifts | diy gifts | dogs | dog gifts | dog treats homemade | dog biscuit | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Healthy homemade dog treats you can feel great about sharing with your furry friends! This easy Homemade Dog Treats recipe has just 4 simple ingredients (including leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or leftover chicken - a perfect way to use up those leftovers)! And, they freeze beautifully, so stock your freezer for a happy pup ANYTIME! Bonus: they make adorable doggy DIY gifts, too! | dog treats homemade | dog biscuit | diy gifts | dogs | dog gifts | #DIY #gift #dogs | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Just 4 simple ingredients (including leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or leftover chicken)! These easy Homemade Dog Treats are the perfect way to use up those leftovers – and they even feature a little pup-pleasing sweetness from sweet potatoes. Picky-dog approved! Even better, though? They freeze beautifully, and make darling DIY holiday gifts for all the special pups in your life! | diy Christmas gifts | diy gifts | dogs | dog gifts | dog treats homemade | dog biscuit | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Got some leftover turkey you’d like to use up? (Or even leftover chicken – that’ll work just fine, too!)

Well, then you’ve definitely got a happy pooch!

Our pup, Finn, can vouch for that.

He’s kind of a picky little guy, and I’m often surprised at how many store-bought dog treats he doesn’t like … or he eventually gets tired of. (I mean, seriously – what dog gets tired of treats?!?)

But these Sweet Potato-Turkey Treats never get boring. And – trust me – throughout our testing these last several months, Finn’s eaten a lot of these. (He’s dedicated that way.) With these treats, he never stops being excited to have another …

and another

I modeled this new dog biscuit recipe after our wildly popular 4-Ingredient Chicken and Biscuits Homemade Dog Treats, hoping to hit on a pup-pleasing flavor combo that would be absolutely perfect for using up leftover bits of Thanksgiving turkey. (Because you know I hate food waste, and I’m always looking for handy little tricks to use up leftovers.)

No doubt – leftover turkey is a problem a lot of us face this time of year! You know … that moment when you just can’t make one more cold turkey sandwich …

Well, now you know exactly what to do!

And lucky you … I just bet you’ll have lots of help in the kitchen as you bake these. I sure did …

Here are a few tips for making these dog biscuits (which will totally make your pup’s day!):

The Right Sweet Potatoes

On the recipe card, I specify grabbing a bag of frozen, cubed sweet potatoes. This works perfectly any time of year, whether or not you’ve just enjoyed a huge Thanksgiving feast.

Of course, though, you can use leftover sweet potatoes if you have them. Just be sure that you’re using only plain sweet potatoes – not ones that have been mashed with butter or topped with marshmallows or sprinkled with spices. You want absolutely plain-jane sweet potatoes here.

The Right Turkey (Or Chicken)

When you’re picking over the leftover turkey, make sure to avoid any little bones, and try not to include too much of the fatty skin (especially if your holiday bird was roasted with a lot of spices or salt that’s still clinging to it).

And, just like with our Chicken and Biscuits Dog Treats and our 2-Ingredient Frozen Dog Treats – you can use leftover bits of chicken here, too – instead of turkey. I guarantee your pup will be okey-dokey with either choice!

Handy tip: If you don’t have time to make these dog treats right away, you can always freeze the bits of meat in pre-measured baggies, so you can whip up a batch of these later, when you’ve got a spare moment.

Choose Your Shape (Hint: We’re Going for EASY Here!)

So, shapes. You’re not seeing any adorable little doggy-bone cookie cutters here, are you? Nah – who’s got the time?!?

As I mentioned in the recipe for our Chicken and Biscuits Treats, I don’t see the point in wasting time with cute cookie-cutter shapes. I’m not sure about your dog, but Finny couldn’t care less whether his treats come in circles or rectangles or adorably-time-consuming-cut-out-doggy-shapes. He’s all like “JUST GIVE THEM TO ME!”

I’ve got two simple ideas for you (no cookie cutter required!):

Round Biscuits (Easy) – First, if you like the idea of a round, biscuit-like shape, you can use the strategy I showed you with the Chicken and Biscuits Treats.

All you have to do is drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls onto your parchment-lined baking sheet, and flatten them slightly with the back of your measuring spoon. Yep – easy!

Rectangles (Even EASIER!) – I was perfectly happy with that first method, until a reader (thanks, Mark! 😉 ) suggested an even easier idea that I adore and highly recommend.

Just roll your doggy-dough out flat, and use a knife (or – easier still) a pizza cutter to score the dough into rectangles or squares before baking.

Once your dog treats come out of the oven, you can cut or break them apart along the score lines.

So simple, either way!

You’re done in a jiffy, with lots of extra time to play fetch or do some serious, behind-the-ear scritching.

Adjust the Size

You can definitely adjust the size of these treats, depending on how big your own dog is, and whether you’d like to use these as little training biscuits or larger “good boy” treats.

Start with our basic guidelines, and adjust as needed.

If you’re shaping round “drop biscuits,” a good guide is that you’ll need about 12-14 minutes to bake these in a larger tablespoon-size. Or, if you’re shaping smaller biscuits by the teaspoon, you can bake them for about a minute or two less.

If you’re using our “easiest” option of rolling these out flat and scoring them before baking, then your bake time will remain the same (about 30 minutes), no matter what size of rectangle-shapes you score into the biscuit dough, as long as the thickness of the dough remains consistent at about 1/2-inch.

And honestly, it’s nothing to stress over if these go a few minutes too long in the oven (you know … when your kids sidetrack you by asking for homework help on stuff you learned 20 years ago and haven’t used in your life even once since then *eeek*). If these over-bake a little, they’ll just be a bit crunchier (they’re not inherently super crunchy – they’re intended to be a bit soft).

An Easy Make-Ahead Gift Idea

These dog biscuits freeze beautifully. (I actually keep Finn’s stash of these in an air-tight zippered bag in the freezer, and they last for weeks and weeks.)

Soooooo … guess what you’ve got here?

The perfect make-ahead gift idea for all the treasured pooches in your life!

Hurray!

Bake up a batch or two after Thanksgiving, and store them in the freezer for a couple of weeks until the holidays. They make for an adorable little DIY gift for family, friends, and neighbors who have dogs!

Because wasn’t the 10th Day of Christmas “10 Puppies a Munching”? (Or was it “10 Maids a Milking”? “Lords a Leaping”???)

Well anyway … Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

And Happy “Puppies a Munching” … whatever day that happens!

Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats

Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats

Yield: 96 treats
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

These easy, 4-ingredient Homemade Dog Treats perfectly use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey (or chicken). And, they freeze well, too. Great for stocking up, or for make-ahead DIY holiday gifts!

  Freezable  •  Make Ahead  

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup PLAIN mashed, cooked sweet potatoes (see note)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups finely chopped, cooked turkey or chicken (see note)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine sweet potatoes, water, and egg, stirring until thoroughly incorporated. Add chicken and flour and stir again until combined. Batter will be very thick and sticky.
  3. To make rectangular biscuits (see notes below on how to make round "drop" biscuits), use a rubber spreader to spread the dough evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to form a rectangle (approximately 10" x 14") at about 1/2" thickness.
  4. Use a knife or pizza cutter to score the dough into rectangles of whatever size you'd like. (When I make these as shown in my photos, I score 8 rows x 12 rows to equal 96 treats.)
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the dog treats are lightly golden brown.
  6. Cool completely and then break along the score lines or use a knife/pizza cutter to cut along the score lines.
  7. Store in the refrigerator or (for longer storage) in zippered freezer bags in the freezer (thaw before serving).

Notes

Sweet Potatoes: I usually grab a bag of frozen, cubed sweet potatoes for this recipe. A 10-ounce bag of cubed sweet potatoes (cooked according to the package) should yield about enough for a double batch of these dog biscuits. Alternately, you can use leftover sweet potatoes, but be sure that they are completely plain (without spices, butter, marshmallows, etc.).

Turkey / Chicken: As discussed in the post, this recipe is an opportunity to use up leftover turkey OR chicken, and we often utilize the bits of unused meat that we have left after making other recipes. Any cooked, chopped turkey or chicken will work for this recipe, but be very careful not to include any bones. Also, don't use too much of the fatty skin, particularly if the skin has spicy seasonings or a lot of salt on it. Once you've finely chopped your leftover meat for this recipe, you can pre-measure it and store it in a labeled, zippered freezer bag in your freezer until you have time to finish making your dog treats.

Baking round "drop" biscuits: To shape these dog treats into round biscuits, drop the batter by level spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. (Because these dog biscuits spread very little during baking, you can crowd them together more than typical cookies.) Using the back of a spoon, flatten the dog treats slightly. Bake until lightly golden brown (which depends on the size of biscuits): about 12-14 minutes for tablespoon-sized biscuits, or 11-12 minutes for teaspoon-sized biscuits. Your yield will be about 48 tablespoon-sized biscuits, or about 130 teaspoon-sized biscuits.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 96 servings Serving Size: 1 treat
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 16Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only, and may vary depending on your choice of ingredients or preparation. No guarantees are made regarding allergies or dietary needs. Always consult a physician or dietician for specific advice and questions.

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Just 4 simple ingredients (including leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or leftover chicken)! These easy Homemade Dog Treats are the perfect way to use up those leftovers – and they even feature a little pup-pleasing sweetness from sweet potatoes. Picky-dog approved! Even better, though? They freeze beautifully, and make darling DIY holiday gifts for all the special pups in your life!

48 thoughts on “Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats”

  1. I’ve always heard dogs should not have turkey (Thanksgiving) leftovers. That there’s something in turkey not good for them (maybe the tryptophan?), not sure. I never gave my dog turkey when I heard this but she loved chicken, which I would use for this recipe, it sounds great. My furbaby has passed, but as a retiree I’ve been doing dog-sitting and would love to bring my “fur-clients” some great homemade treats! Thanks!

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve lost your own beloved furbaby, but it’s incredibly sweet of you to want to make special treats for the pups you dog-sit! How nice of you! Great question about the turkey – I’m happy to help! I touch on the answer briefly up in the post, under the heading “The Right Turkey (Or Chicken)” and in the recipe card notes … but let me go a little more in-depth for you (and you might also like to read the lengthier explanation offered by the American Kennel Club in their article “Can Dogs Eat Turkey?“) Basically – from everything I’ve ever read (such as the AKC article I linked to as an example), dogs CAN eat turkey. Think of all the dog foods you can buy that include turkey as an ingredient. The main problem with Thanksgiving turkey is that some people aren’t careful with how they feed it – and they may include some of the Thanksgiving stuffing (possibly with onions, were are a definite no-no, of course), lots of the fatty (and possibly seasoned) skin, and even some of the bones. As I mention in my post, for this recipe (or any time you are feeding chicken or even rotisserie chicken to dogs) – be very careful that you are only including unseasoned meat – not seasoned skin, bones, etc. And, of course, you could use chicken in this recipe instead of turkey, if you would prefer. I hope that helps you! And BTW – if you’re looking for other treats to make for those lucky pups, I have a couple of other chicken-based homemade dog treat recipes you might like to try, too: 4-Ingredient Chicken and Biscuits Homemade Dog Treats and a 2-Ingredient Frozen Dog Treat Recipe. Have a wonderful week, Dona! 😀 ~Shelley

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  2. Quick question- I read your note about the sweet potatoes but do you mean a half cup mashed or half cup of chunks and then mash that? Looking forward to trying this for my super picky mini cockapoo! Thanks!

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  3. Just made these and my little min pin loved them! I would like to make them a bit crunchier. So before I make my next batch, any suggestions?

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    • Hi, Kay! I was so happy to read your comment – I’ve always just adored min pins! <3 So, these dog treats aren't meant to be super crunchy – they’re intended to be a bit soft. But, if you bake them a little longer, they should turn out a bit crunchier for you (although still, probably not REALLY crunchy). They're rather forgiving on bake time, and you can let them go as long as you want, pulling them before they burn, of course. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't go too far. I hope that helps! And give your sweet little min pin an extra cuddle from me! 😀 ~Shelley

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  4. Thank you for lovely recipe.
    My dogs are Shiba inu breed means no wheat flower unless gluten free. I made flour from roasted chicken pieces in Vitamix and I used basan – [chickpeas] and rice flour. Also added grated carrots and some cheese. Dogs thought it was delicious??

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    • Hi VJ – I’m delighted to hear that your dogs loved these homemade dog treats, and that you found such an ingenious workaround to make sure they were gluten-free! Thanks for sharing all your swaps and how you really personalized these with your add-ins – I think sharing ideas like that is one of the really enjoyable things about running a cooking website and sharing ideas back and forth with other cooks! And, I always think readers’ twists on a recipe give other readers even more ideas for how they can also customize a recipe. So really – thanks bunches for taking the time to share! 😀 Give your pups an extra pat on the head from me tonight! ~Shelley

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