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Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats from Design Crush

Let’s be honest. Most of us might have good taste, but most of us don’t have extensive “design” knowledge. That’s okay though, Best Bully Sticks knows you love your dog and they love you, who cares if you don’t know what the Bauhaus is. That’s where Kelly Beall comes in.

Kelly, design aficionado and author of Design Crush, is also a dog-lover and she showed us that good design and good dog treats really have more in common than you might think.  With a recipe that’s simple, easy to “operate” yet very enjoyable, Kelly has merged the dog treat and design worlds. These Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats were made for her pups Piper and Bebe and they look pretty satisfied don’t they? (photos below!)

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats via Design Crush

• 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
• 2 eggs
• 3/4 C pumpkin puree
• 3 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, use your paddle attachment. Mix on low for about a minute or until the dough starts to come together. It won’t be one big ball yet, but a bunch of smaller ones.

3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Work it together into a large ball, then roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness. You can use a cookie cutter for shapes or a knife to cut strips. (I used a 1″ 2-sided biscuit cutter.) Roll out the scraps again and again until there’s not enough dough left to work with.

4. Place the treats on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. They don’t expand, so 1/2″ between treats is enough.

5. Bake 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Makes 75+ 1″ treats.

A BIG thanks to Design Crush (aka Kelly) for sharing this great treat recipe with Best Bully Sticks! Check out all of BBS‘s Weekly Drool Recipes for great ideas on special treats for your pup! If you didn’t catch it, we’re using Pumpkin in this recipe! Can anyone smell Fall just around the corner? Stay tuned for Fall recipes coming soon!

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Pigs In A Blanket

Labor Day is just around the corner, which signals the end of the summer season. Best Bully Sticks doesn’t want to say, “So Long Sweet Summer” just yet, so we’ve found a great dog-friendly party food for your Labor Day shin-dig. Erica from For the Love of Pooch blog shared her Pigs In A Blanket recipe with us and we think you’ll have as much fun making these adorable treats as Fido will have eating them.  We know Mochi, Erica’s terrier-mix, did!


1 C. whole wheat flour (regular or white)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 C. grated cheddar cheese
1/3 C. water
2.5 oz jar of Gerber Graduates Lil’ Sticks Meat (7 pieces)

Recipe Note: Gerber Graduate Lil’ Sticks Meat Sticks are fine for dogs, however you can also use organic hot dogs, veggie hot dogs or any other all-natural hot dog your dog likes. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Salmon Cake Dog Treats

Good. This is just all around good!  What do we mean? Well, today’s Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipe comes from Dog Pack Snacks, a treat maker who donates 20% of their profit to a Have A Heart, Inc. Dog Rescue in South Florida. That’s pretty darn good.  But wait, there’s more! Dog Pack is dedicated to all around good, human-grade snacks for dogs. Also very good! Now you can spread the goodwill to your dog with their Salmon Cake Dog Treats. Very simple and very healthy for your dog, these treats include Salmon Oil, which boosts your dog’s immune system, coat and skin health and more!

1 -1/2 cups quick oatmeal
1/2 cup oat flour (or flour of your choice)
1/2 cup cooked ground chicken (or other ground meat of your choice)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 Egg
3 tbl Salmon Oil* like Alaksa Naturals or Plato Wild Alaskan Salmon Oils
1/4 cup water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Mix all the ingredients together to form a heavy sticky dough.  Use a medium scoop to divide the dough onto your baking dish.

3. Press the middle of the ball down with your thumb so that it cooks evenly.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown at the edges.  Let treats sit in the oven for an hour or two to dry out.  Cool and serve as a treat or crumble over your dog’s food.

This recipe makes 14-16 medium/large salmon cakes.

 *Best Bully Sticks carries great all-natural supplements for dogs that can help improve their health. Salmon oil in particular is a great daily addition to your dog’s food. Check out all our health supplements and salmon oils for your dog!

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Cheesy Zucchini Frittata

Fresh. Easy. Quick. That’s sounds like the start of a great recipe! Today, Best Bully Sticks shares a yummy frittata recipe you can make for your dog (or yourself)! A Frittata is an Italian egg dish that is similar to a Spanish omelet. Whatever country of origin, this delectable fried, beaten egg recipe is sure to become a favorite on your pooch’s plate. This recipe also calls for yummy zucchini, which is in season and can most likely be found locally at a farmer’s market near you! Zucchini is full of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium and folates, all of which are great for your pup.

1 baking potato, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons milk
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place the potato in a small bowl with enough water to cover and microwave at high power until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain.

3. Add the milk and mash with a fork; let cool. Mix in the eggs.

4. In a medium, ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat.

5. Add the zucchini and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

6. Add the potato/egg mixture and stir to combine. Bake until set, about 10 minutes.

7. Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake until melted, about 2 minutes more. Let cool, then cut into wedges.

Recipe Note: If your dog turns his nose up at Asiago, use his favorite cheese as a replacement.

Enjoy & Bone Appétit!

Check out all of BBS’s Weekly Drool Recipes! We’ve got yummy Summer recipes and more!

(Recipe & photo courtesy of Rachael Ray)

Weekly Drool Recipe: Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones

It’s the beginning of August, the unofficial halfway mark of summer.  At this point in the season, you and your dog are either reveling in the sunshine and fun summer activities or wishing September 22nd would hurry up and get here. No matter which one of these categories you and your dog fit into, today Best Bully Sticks gives you a recipe that is full of summer fun for your dog and provides relief from the hot, hot heat.

This week’s drool worthy creation comes from our friend Doggy Dessert Chef and her ingenious yet simple recipes. Her Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones are only 3 ingredients and a few hours away from making your dog a very happy pup!

1/2 cup shredded Chicken
32 ounces Plain Yogurt
2 Carrots, shredded

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Pour into molds and freeze.

Thank you to Doggy Dessert Chef for her Chicken Carrot Chilly Bones recipe and the use of her photos. 

Check out all the great Weekly Drool Recipes on the BBS Blog! Summer recipes are a-plenty every Wednesday throughout the season! Fresh Watermelon SaladBully Stick Popsicles and Blueberry Pie Dog Treats are just a few great summer recipes that are sure to please your pup this summer.

Weekly Drool Recipe: Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs by BrinyLife Blog

If you don’t know what offal is, it might make you squeamish. Best Bully Sticks doesn’t want to gross you out, but offal is all of the parts of poultry, or any animal, that you take out of the bird to cook it. Yes, that means the internal organs. For instance, when you’re cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, you take out the heart, liver, kidney and neck meat. It may sound strange, but these “leftovers” are actually great for making dog treats!

Lucy Norris proved this to us with her Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs. Lucy, author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions, and academic foodie, is also a very loving doggy mom. She also writes the BrinyLife blog to document her adventures with fresh foods. Her dogs, Cassius and Roxy are always pictured Lucy’s photos and always look interested in sharing whatever Lucy is whipping up in her kitchen. BBS came across Lucy’s organic recipe for cookies using the offal she saved in the freezer from her last Thanksgiving turkey. BBS is glad to feature Lucy’s original post for Organic “Sweet Offal” Cookies for Dogs!

I’m a dog mom.  That means that my dogs Cassius and Roxy are like children to me.  I cook most of our “people meals” at home but I’ve never made homemade dog food or treats.  We’ve always fed our dogs very high quality food so I never really felt it was necessary.

During a recent visit to Texas, my mom and I got to talking about a recipe for dog treats she created for her doberman pinscher Suzy.  Suzy had not been feeling well and was off her food, but she really loves my mom’s homemade cookies.  I decided today to make a batch of dog cookies.  It’s based on my mom’s recipe but I used all organic ingredients, and instead of store bought ground turkey, I used up the organic turkey offal that has been sitting in my freezer since Thanksgiving.  This cookie recipe is very simple to make, and most of the ingredients I had on-hand without a trip to the market.  The dogs were willing and enthusiastic taste testers so this recipe seems like a winner.

1 large organic sweet potato or jewel yam, baked and mashed (or a 15 oz can pureed sweet potato or pumpkin)
Offal from 1 organic turkey, baked and diced (heart, liver, kidney, neck meat- no bones!)
Handful organic Italian parsley leaves and stems (about 1/3 cup) roughly chopped
2 organic, free-range large eggs
3/4 cup organic old fashioned oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1. Heat the oven to 350 F. 

2. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until ingredients are pureed. 

3. Chill the mixture in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop, spoon out mounds the size of a heaping tablespoon and place onto the sheet -making sure the mounds are about an inch apart. 

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  The cookies will also harden as they cool- but not too much.  Depending on the size of your cookie sheet, you may need to bake the cookies in two batches.

6. Allow the cookies to completely cool and then transfer to a airtight container or baggie and store refrigerated.  Your dogs will thank you.

Makes 30 Cookies

Thank you to Lucy Norris at the BrinyLife blog for sharing her great recipe! And thanks to Cassius and Roxy just for being adorable!

Check out all the great Weekly Drool Recipes on the BBS Blog! Summer recipes are a-plenty every Wednesday throughout the season! Bully Stick Popsicles and Blueberry Pie Dog Treats are just a few great summer recipes that are sure to please your pup this summer.

Weekly Drool Recipe: Rustic Root Vegetable Dog Treats by Silver & Chalk

One of the most exciting moments on the Best Bully Sticks Healthy Dog Blog is discovering the ingenious recipes that dog lovers whip up in their homes! What’s even more wonderful is that they give us the opportunity to share them with you!

That being said, this Wednesday’s trip into Best Bully Stick’s recipe book is a gift from the blog Sliver & Chalk. This blog, created and curated by Megan VanSchaick, a freelance writer and a lover of whimsy and art. She posts many craft projects and recipes, including the one she shared with us, Rustic Root Vegetable Dog Treats.

Here is Megan’s original post along with wonderful photos of her process and her beautiful dogs, Draya and Bronx.

“A few months ago, in the midst of my sourdough bread flurry, I decided to try my hand at homemade dog treats. I’ve never felt great about dog biscuits.  Also, we have lots of veggie scraps in this house, even with keeping a stock bag in the freezer. And my dogs love fruits and vegetables. Draya would shank you in the back to get a piece of banana; Bronx seems to feel the same about carrots.

I had a kitchen disaster this week, while attempting beet chips, which led to lots of raw beet scraps. And I always keep a jar of chopped carrot peels in the freezer. Then there was that lone banana, staring at me from atop the flour tin, accusing me of not eating it before those spots showed up. Whatever could be done?

Dog biscuits. (Don’t you think Rustic Root Vegetable Dog Treats sounds so much more Martha-y than Vegetable Scrap Dog Biscuits? Me, too.)

There are a billion dog treat recipes on the web (beware: many of these contain a lot of sugar and salt), but I use a super simple base that I can alter according to what veggies I’m using.

My base is just cornmeal, flour, a bit of oil or applesauce, and egg. Everything else is determined by what I have on hand, usually. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Bacon-Cheese-Barley Burgers

Summer time means grilling time! When you fire up the grill for you and your family, don’t forget Fido! Best Bully Sticks knows these Bacon-Cheese-Barley Burgers are going to have your pup’s sniffer going crazy well before they’re ready to eat. Your dog will feel truly apart of the summer time festivities with this great, drool-worthy burger recipe!

1/2 cup pearl barley (If you don’t have barley, substitute 1-cup white or brown rice.)
2 cups fat-free chicken broth
2 slices lean bacon
1 large egg
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

1. Over high heat, bring barley and chicken broth to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until barley is tender (about 20 minutes.) Drain excess liquid and let cool in a medium bowl.

3. While the barley is cooking, cook the bacon over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet until bacon is crisp (about 4 minutes). Keep bacon fat for cooking the burgers.

4. Finely chop bacon and add to the cooled barley.

5. Mix in egg, bread crumbs and cheese.  After mixture is evenly combined, divide into 4 patties.

6. Reheat the bacon fat and cook the burgers for 4 minutes per side on medium heat.

(top image and recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray)

Check out all the great Weekly Drool Recipes on the BBS Blog! Summer recipes are a-plenty every Wednesday throughout the season! Fresh Watermelon Salad, Bully Stick Popsicles and Blueberry Pie Dog Treats are just a few great summer recipes that are sure to please your pup this summer.


Weekly Drool Recipe: Bully Stick Popsicle

Summer is fully upon us and many areas of the country are going through early heat waves! Best Bully Sticks headquarters in Richmond, VA has experienced first hand the hot and humid temperatures, and we’re soaking up every bit of air conditioning and cool drinks as we can!  Now imagine this: what if you had to deal with all the heat, and you were covered in a thick layer of fur! Sounds pretty uncomfortable right? That’s what your pup is putting up with right now!

To help your pup beat the record setting heat this summer, make sure you give him plenty of water, keep him indoors and to be extra nice, make him a cold treat! This week’s Weekly Drool Recipe comes from an ingenious reader and customer, Deb Eldredge! Deb, a DVM, lives with three Belgian Tervurens, with whom she participates in just about every dog sport! She writes about Belgians for, which is where her recipe first appeared. Thank you so much Deb for sharing this recipe and the great photos of your Belgians! Deb used this recipe for her Belgians, but any dog will love this icy and tasty Bully Stick Popsicle recipe!

“This recipe is easy to make with ingredients you may already have at home and gives your Belgian the added benefit of some chewing exercise. By using organic yogurt and bully sticks from grass fed South American or US beef you are also providing a chemical free treat.

Make up 2 cups of low salt beef bouillon. Because Belgians tend to cool off by panting and only sweat via their paws, they don’t lose the large amounts of electrolytes that people and horses do when sweating. Low sodium is healthier for your Belgian.

Mix this in a large bowl with about half a large container of organic low fat plain or vanilla yogurt. The low fat version is healthier than the no fat versions that generally contain some additives. Stoneyfield is a good and readily available brand. You can add more or less yogurt in the future as you see what consistency your treats end up and what mix your own Belgian prefers.

Put about 1/2 cup of the mix into small bathroom cups. You could also use popsicle molds. Then add a four-inch bully stick (Best Bully Sticks is a favorite brand). Put the cups into a pan to hold them upright and set on a shelf in your freezer. Leave overnight.

The next day, the cups will have hardened but aren’t as hard as ice cubes. It may be easiest to simply cut the cups and pull them off before feeding. Ideally your Belgians will eat these in their bowls but that is not always the case, so be prepared for a little mess. This makes a great “cooling off” treat for Belgian of all ages from seniors to puppies.”

Thanks, Deb!

If you have your own version of a bully stick recipe, we’d love to hear more about it! You could be featured in the BBS Weekly Drool Recipe as well!

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Weekly Drool Recipe: 4th of July Blueberry Stars With Blueberry Icing by Yuki + Rocket

Happy Fourth of July! Today we celebrate the independence of our country, barbeque with friends and family, and have a day off work! As you’re preparing to go to your family get-together or barbeque down by the lake, don’t forget Fido! Today’s drool-worthy recipe comes from Yuki + Rocket, and of course their mom, Melissa. She’s shared this perfect blueberry cookie recipe that is perfect for your pooch’s taste buds! We know your dog will enjoy this star-spangled dog treat!

Blueberry Stars
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp flaxseed
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened or naturally sweetened)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, defrosted (preferably organic)
1 tbsp honey
Non- fat milk 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, flaxseed and oats. Add the applesauce, blueberries (setting aside the blueberry liquid that forms after the defrosting), and honey. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just begins to hold together.

3. Knead the dough on a floured surface. Roll out the dough to desired thickness and with whatever cookie cutter shape you have chosen, cut out the cookie.

4. Place cookie cut-outs on a silpat or lightly greased baking sheet. Put in oven for about 30 minutes. You need to flip the cookies over halfway through the baking time and also rotate the pan. Let cookies cool completely before icing.

Blueberry Yogurt Icing

One 4 oz., individual serving of non-fat yogurt (I used an organic vanilla yogurt, sweetened with organic sugar)
Reserved blueberry liquid

Recipe Note: If you don’t use a sweetened yogurt, you might want to consider adding a little honey to the yogurt.


1. With a small whisk, mix the yogurt until there are little to no clumps. Slowly add the blueberry liquid, teaspoon at time. Careful not to add too much, you don’t want it to become runny.

2. Pour yogurt into some sort of icing decorator. I spooned the yogurt into a plastic squeeze bottle.

3. Store cookies in the refrigerator, icing will set better if left in for a few hours.

Recipe Note: I suggest feeding your pup the cookies the same day they are made or you can store the cookies and yogurt icing separately, if you want to feed them to your pups the next day. If you leave the cookies with yogurt overnight, the yogurt will dry up.

Your dog is sure to see fireworks with these festive treats! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and the photos with us, Yuki + Rocket!

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