Larger than life recipe: Learn how you can make this giant dog treat

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog!

Guest blog: I made a dog treat bigger than my dog! Get the recipe
Guest blog by Travis DeRose. So excited to welcome him and
his dog Murphy to the Paws For Reaction extended family!

It was a week away from my dog Murphy’s fourth birthday when we sat down to watch the movie Uncle Buck. Remember that scene when John Candy makes those absolutely massive pancakes for Macaulay Culkin’s birthday? It’s awesome! and after seeing that, I decided I had to make Murphy a massive dog treat for her birthday!

First I needed a dog treat recipe, something without peanut butter because we have a peanut allergy in the house. I ended up using a simple recipe consisting of basically just canned pureed pumpkin, coconut oil, and flour.

Larger than life recipe: Learn how you can make this giant dog treat
Photos provided by Travis DeRose

If you’re curious to make some treats yourself, the complete ingredient list is:

• 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin (canned or fresh)
• 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, softened
• 4 tablespoons of water, plus more if needed
• 2 cups of whole wheat flour
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
• 1 egg

The instructions are quite simple:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.
2. Mix the pumpkin, softened coconut oil, and water together in a large bowl.
3. Then mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder
4. Mix it a bit and then stir in the egg.
5. Continue to stir until it’s ALL combined. This might take a few minutes and feel free to add a touch more water in order to get all of the mixture into one solid, slightly sticky ball.
6. Once done, roll the dough out on a floured surface to ~1/4 inch thick.
7. Using a cookie cutter, cut out treats. These can be as small or as large as you want them
8. Place prepared dough treats on a lined/ greased baking sheet and bake for ~30 minutes (depending on size) or until the dough has hardened.
9. Let cool and enjoy your pups excitement!

But let’s not forget that’s to make an ordinary normal-sized treat. We’re making a 2-foot dog treat people! I tripled the above recipe to make my treat. To get a large enough surface to bake the entire dog treat, I used two baking sheets. I put them in the oven upside-down and filled in the space between them with tin foil. 

To cut out the massive dog treat, I used a knife and did it by hand. I’m actually pretty surprised with how well it came out considering its essentially hand-drawn. Murphy came running over to the kitchen right after I got that treat out of the oven. She was so excited to see that thing! Imagine seeing your favorite dessert but blown up to your height!

That’s the gift I was able to bring to my pup for her birthday! She of course didn’t eat the whole thing but we shared it with her birthday party guests (canine and human). We had a great time making this treat, Murphy loved it, and it left us with some great photos to remember her 4th birthday.

Meet the guest blogger: Travis DeRose is the host of the Curiosityness podcast. Travis' curiosity for the world has led to a relentless search for the most interesting people and topics in the world! He also enjoys cooking, pogo-sticking, balloon twisting, and doing anything with his dog, Murphy.

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Larger than life recipe: Learn how you can make this giant dog treat

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