Sweet Potato and Leftover Turkey Homemade Dog Treats

Prep Time 7 min.
Cook Time 30 min.
Total Time 37 min.
Yields 96 treats

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

Directions

  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).

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Recipe 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 1 cup of chunks (about 1/2 cup once mashed), which is 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.

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