Four Ingredient Cheesy Dog Treats

My dog ate a hot Cheeto.  That's right, when he went on a walk, he found one of those just laying on the sidewalk, taunting him.  Of course his first instinct was to eat it, but then again I don't think he even had a second thought, because he snapped up that darn Cheeto.

Now what Dexter (my dog) ate was probably not the best for him, he has got a stomach of steel. Seriously, he managed to get gum of the sidewalk, he has eaten leaves that for some reason were appealing, and he even had a slug one time.  Now even though we keep a close eye on him, he loves to be sneaky, and those are just a few of his "food" acts.

While I did say he ate all of those strange things, one food he won't touch is kale.  If a carrot drops on the floor, he will devour it, but if a piece of kale falls on the ground, he won't even try to eat it.  The first time we gave Dexter some, he chewed it, then ended up spitting it out.  I guess he just doesn't like his greens!

Fortunately, these treats are kale free, and only require four simple ingredients.  They may not have the artificial cheese flavor that a Cheeto has, but Dexter still loves them.

Note: While these treats are people friendly, the taste doesn't exactly fit out flavor palette.  Your dog may love them, but I would recommend not eating one.

Time: Around 20 minutes

Serves: Makes around 1 1/2 cups


  • 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil + more to grease the pan
  • 3 tbsp cold water + more if necessary
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  In a bowl, mix together the cheese and oil.  Add the flour, and stir.  Slowly pour in the water while mixing with your hands to form a dough.  If it is not forming, add teaspoons of water until it comes together.  It should have slight elasticity.  Roll out on a cutting board until 1/8 inch thick, and use an apple corer to cut out super small circles.  You can also use a tiny circle cookie cutter.  Place each treat on a greased cookie sheet, and bake 8-9 until puffed and soft.  Let cool and serve to your dogs.  Store these treats in an airtight container for about 1 week.  Because they are soft, they do not keep for as long.