Cheddar Dog Treats

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + standing

Makes

3 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Any pampered pup will be lucky to fetch these cheese dog treats for Christmas. The yummy strips are made with real cheese, which most dogs can’t resist.—Lydia Driscoll, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and cheese. Stir in butter until combined. Gradually add milk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times.
  2. Roll dough into a 12x9-in. rectangle; cut into 3x1-in. strips or with a bone shaped cutter. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand in the oven with the door slightly open until cooled completely. Store in an airtight container.
Cheese Dog Treat Tips

How many cheese dog treats can you give your dog?

The rule of thumb for all dog treats is that they should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s caloric input per day. You can judge your dog’s total recommended caloric intake by reading the label on your dog food container. Made according to the recipe, these cheese dog treats account for 30 calories per treat, so you should stick to just 1-2 per day. And if you have a smaller dog, you may want to start doling out half treats instead. (You can make homemade dog food, too!)

Can you cut cheese dog treats into other shapes?

You can cut these treats into any shape you like! Because there’s nothing in these treats that humans can’t (and won’t) eat, you might want to choose cookie cutters that indicate they’re for Fido, such as a cutter in the shape of a bone, a paw print or a fire hydrant.

How long will cheese dog treats last?

Stored in an airtight container, these cheese dog treats will stay fresh for a week at room temperature and for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. If you’ve run out of treats and want to give your pup something off your own plate, here are some human foods that are actually good for your dog.

Hazel Wheaton, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 treat: 30 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 24mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.