Kathleen Nutter

Homemade Dog Bones

Today’s super bizarre project surrounded the creation of homemade hand-cut dog bones. My husband was hell-bent on incorporating leftover turkey leg meat in a crunchy bone-looking product, and he did.

First, he scoured the internet for a potential recipe from iVillage for Crunchy Dog Biscuits, making some modifications. You see, the original recipe asked for bullion cubes and additional salt, which seemed ridiculous for a dog willing to graze our backyard to eat leftover droplets of chicken feed, so we left that part out.

Then, my husband took the dark turkey meat and crispified (is that a word?) it in the oven at 550 degrees until very dry. He cut it to smithereens with a knife noting the food processor as a better future option for cutting crispified meat (uh, yeah?).  Here are the ingredients:

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour plus extra for sprinkling on a countertop

1/2 cup cornmeal

4 tablespoons vegetable oil plus extra for coating the cookie sheet

1 and 1/4 cup of vegetable broth

1/4 cup finely diced oven-broiled turkey meat (until extra-extra crunchy)

Hand mix until formed into a soft dough.


They rolled the dough out on a well-floured surface to about 1/4 thickness before hand-cutting the bones from a bone -shaped cookie cutter (don’t you have bone cookie cutters just lying around your house?)

Detailed of cut doughReady for the oven!

Ready to bake for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees until nice and done. When completely cooled they were beautiful; crisp and solid.

Cooked bone.

Note the thin, crunchy appearance.

Note the thin, crunchy appearance.

Et voila, the dog bones were ready for the test subject:


Alright, I know what you are thinking….what Labrador doesn’t eat anything that hits the ground?  The answer….*drum roll*…..MINE.  My lab will walk past a pretzel on the ground because she doesn’t like them, and will hold out all day to eat her Iams dog food in hope that the Dog Food Fairy will happen past her bowl leaving a drop of gravy behind.  Simply put, my dog would never make it in the wild.

We tempted her with the bones:

The test  She ate them.  She loved them. We were HEROS. By the way, make sure you label the bones something super-crafty.  I wrote the following: “Crunchy bones, for dogs that listen.”

….because we all know dogs can totally read.

Happy Bone Making ❤



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