[schema type=”recipe” name=”Homemade Liver Snaps (Dog Treats)” author=”Valerie Cudnik” pubdate=”2008-11-14″ image=”https://dollydomestic.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/img_9117.jpg” description=”A delicious, and nutritious dog treat recipe. Made with beef liver, egg, flour and corn meal. Your dog will LOVE ’em!” prepmins=”20″ cookmins=”69″ yield=”1.5 lbs” ingrt_1=”1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour” ingrt_2=”1 cup cornmeal” ingrt_3=”1/2 cup wheat germ” ingrt_4=”1 tsp garlic powder or several cloves fresh garlic (optional)” ingrt_5=”1 lb raw beef liver (look in the frozen meat section, should only be between $2-$3)” ingrt_6=”1 egg” ingrt_7=”3/4 cup Flour, White, Unbleached — enough to form a stiff dough” instructions=”Liquefy liver in food processor, add dry ingredients until it’s the consistency of a thick paste. At this point, transfer the gunk to a mixing bowl and continue mixing in white flour until you get a good stiff dough (think playdough!). Once it gets good and firm, take it out of the bowl and knead it until the flour is well incorporated. You will need lots of flour as it is a pretty sticky dough. | Now, take big hunks of dough and roll it into snakes about 3/4-inch thick. (Use lots of flour or it will stick) | At this point, your dog is probably nearly jumping up on the table to get at this delicious concoction. Go ahead, give her a smidgen. | Okay, now you’ll have several snakes rolled. Put them on a baking sheet. (I lined mine with parchment paper because I’m too lazy to wash pans). Put them in the freezer for about an hour — not more than that or they’ll freeze solid and be impossible to cut. (You can chill them in the fridge, if need be, but the freezer is better.) | Okay, an hour is up. Now the snakes are pretty firm. Slice snakes into 1/8-inch slices. If the snakes squish when you’re slicing, put them back in the freezer. My experience is that the ends will be nice and firm and ready to cut the middles are squishy, so I sliced the ends off each snake and put the dough back in the freezer having baked my first batch in the meantime. I use my santuko knife, which is great for cutting through frozen stuff. Once you’ve got a nice pile of little liver snap slices, put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Try to stay away from greasing it, these are healthy, wholesome treats! | Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 250 and bake for another 30 or 40 minutes (this is to really dry them out). Store in a sealed plastic container or zip-type bag.” ]

This is Opal. She wants a taste of the dough. Now.

This is Opal. She wants a taste of the dough. Now.

These are the "snakes" of dough. Some have more flour than others, but it doesn't really make a difference.

These are the “snakes” of dough. Some have more flour than others, but it doesn’t really make a difference.

Makes almost 1-1/2 pounds!

I created this recipe from a variation of other dog treat recipes because I wanted a small treat to put in my dog’s Kong Stuff-A-Ball Large. She has a blast banging it around to get the treats out. The “Kong” brand treats cost about $7 for half a pound. That’s more than a decent steak costs per pound! One of the best things about these is they are wholesome and contain no chemicals or preservatives. Since they are cooked until thoroughly dry they keep well, too.

1 Comment

  1. Vicky on February 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I like everything about this recipe EXCEPT the garlic. I was pretty sure that garlic is bad for dogs.

    I need to get Buddy a Kong toy, he gets bored easily.