Bacon and Apple Cat Treats30 min 0 Reviews
The leaves are starting to change color and apple picking season is in full swing! As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and they are chock full of antioxidants, which can help boost the immune system. In addition, the high fiber content in apples can help with digestion and help even out blood sugar fluctuations.
Treat your kitty with these flaky apple and bacon treats, which should combine the benefits of apples with a rich bacon flavor they will love.
- ½ cup bacon grease
- 1 grated apple with peel
- 2 cups flour* plus extra for dusting the dough
- OPTIONAL: 1-2 egg yolks, beaten
- Large cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Small cookie cutters – such as these miniature cookie cutters or use the opening of a bottle (like a soda or beer bottle) to cut out circles
* You can use whole wheat flour to make them healthier, but regular flour gives the treats a softer, more delicate texture your cats are sure to love (or opt for white rice flour, brown rice flour or buckwheat flour for a wheat-free alternative).
How to make them:
- Preheat your oven to 350⁰F (180⁰C).
- Soften the bacon grease in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Fold in the apple and flour, forming the mixture into a dough. Mix as little as possible to get an even consistency – or use a pastry dough cutter – this ensures that the cookies have a flaky, delicate texture.
- Roll dough onto a well-floured work surface and roll with a rolling pin, sprinkling some flour on top as you go to avoid sticking.
- Roll into a sheet approx. 5mm (1/8”) thick and use cookie cutters or small object to cut into shapes.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, add the pre-cut cookies, and bake at 350⁰F (180⁰C) for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Before baking, you may want to brush them with a little beaten egg yolk to give them a nice shine.
These treats also work great as a training treat for your pup, if you happen to have both in your home (but be warned, your cat may not want to share). If stored in an airtight container, they should keep for a week or so.