Five Ingredient Dog Treats

So, I have to tell you that I had a dream these made Iggy’s skin bubble and peel right off. Ew, right?


I must also tell you though that I tend to worry for no reason and as my mother likes to say, I take my problems to bed with me. Like, I have vivid, very often super-freaky dreams at night of the things I’m stressed about during the day.

There is no escape and this is a prime example.

Seems as though I can rest easy on this issue though since Iggy’s been eating these treats for a while now and no skin bubbling nor peeling has occurred.

Phew! That was a close call…in my insanely over-paranoid mind.


Most of my worrying about Iggy stems from me never having had a dog before, but I’ve actually gotten better in the three months we’ve had him and since vowing to never peruse PetMD again.

At first, I’d tense up and break into a sweat if he made a weird noise, which he does quite often since he’s…well, he’s a weird dog.

Now, while I’m sure he’s still got a few up his sleeve just to surprise me, I’m confident I now know what most of his noises mean. I won’t go into great detail about what each sound signifies as some of the actions that go along with them aren’t exactly awesome, but you can use your imagination.


These treats came about because I had a bunch of bacon grease on hand and nothing to do with it. Rather than doing what a normal person would do (wait for it to solidify and chuck it), I remembered this recipe.

No, not off the top of my head. I had pinned it, of course!

What would one do without Pinterest besides have more free time and productivity during times when they’re actually busy?


This recipe was so easy though that it didn’t take up a huge chunk of time at all. And as the name of the recipe suggests, it only uses five ingredients, all of which I happened to have on hand.

It was dog treat destiny!


Does me making these automatically turn me into a crazy dog person?

How about the fact that I could have just rolled the dough out, baked it as a rectangle, broken it up into pieces and Iggy wouldn’t have known the difference…but instead…I used biscuit cutters and my own fingers to imprint each treat with the cutest paw you ever saw?


I need a straightjacket.


I’m sure Iggy appreciates all the effort, but I think what really won him over was the bacon fat.

Can ya blame him? Mmmm…bacon fat.

Five Ingredient Dog Treats

ever-so-slightly adapted from The Kitchn

Servings: depends on the size and shape you make – I got 32
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes + time to cool in oven

1-1/2 cups white whole wheat (or regular whole wheat) flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup melted bacon fat
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold water

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix by hand until dough forms. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Add more bacon fat or water if the dough is too stiff.

Roll out onto a floured surface, to a thickness of just under 1/2-inch. Cut cookies into any shape you prefer – bones would be super cute, but I just used a round biscuit cutter and my fingers to create paw. Transfer to a cookie sheet or two. You can keep the treats pretty close together as they don’t expand when baking.

Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly browned – mine took 25 as my oven always runs a little cold. Turn the oven off, flip the treats, and place back in the oven until cool (this will further crisp them).

Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.


I keep all of Iggy’s treats in this cute cookie jar Eric’s mom gave us – and every time he sees me pull a homemade one out, he sits faster than I can ask him to.

Sure, he eats um…everything, so that’s not a great gauge, but still.

I can tell there’s something about these things he really likes.


My brother-in-law? He thought these were a little dry, but that’s a blog post for another day.

Best to leave these treats to the dogs 🙂


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4 thoughts on “Five Ingredient Dog Treats

  1. Cody Thompson July 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply

    These are ADORABLE! I have a long-haired dachshund named Hank and I just know he’s going to loves these. PS: I have a dog bone shaped cookie cutter – does that mean I need a straightjacket too?! 🙂

    • Brie July 24, 2014 at 11:39 am Reply

      Thanks so much Cody! Hank is an AWESOME name for a dog – haha – I love it! You having a dog-shaped cookie cutter doesn’t mean you’re crazy – it means you need to tell me where you found such cuteness 😉

      • Cody Thompson July 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        I got mine at Sur la Table! I also have a fire hydrant shaped one – love it. I made peanut butter dog treats a couple years ago here: 🙂 It’s just like you said, they could have been broken up crumbles and Hank would have liked them just the same, but what’s the fun in that?!

      • Brie July 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

        Iggy goes CRAZY for peanut butter – I’ll have to put those on the menu for him – ha! Just clicked on your link – the cookie cutters and of course, Hank – are even cuter than I imagined!!

        Thanks so much for your comments and for stopping by my little blog in the first place!

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