December 13, 2008

Homemade Dog Biscuits

homemade dog biscuits

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup rolled old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup chicken stock
2 eggs PLUS 1 egg, beaten



Instructions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except for the beaten egg. The dough should easily form a ball and be rather firm. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes. Re-roll scraps (just once, any more and the biscuits will be tough) and cut out the remaining biscuits. Brush the tops of each biscuit with the beaten egg. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in airtight container.


Yield: about 3 dozen biscuits

My thoughts:
I have thought about making dog treats many times over the years but never actually took the the time to make them. I finally thought the time was right this year (think: cheap present!) and whipped up a batch for our three dogs Elvis (pug), Violet (whippet) and Pippi (dachshund), the neighbor's dog Rocky and my mom's two mixes Caramel and Star (who was my Grandpop's dog-he got her as a puppy when he was 81-13 years ago!) all of whom I thought would appreciate a treat. I don't know why I waited so long, they were super quick to make and I made them using ingredients I always have on hand so I didn't have to buy anything special. These particular biscuits are chicken flavored and full of whole grains. The dogs just gobbled them up!



7 comments:

  1. Rachel: Making these as gifts is such a great idea! I can't wait to make them.

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  2. Isn't it the best feeling to make something and treat your dogs? At my house, the dogs are my kids. I think these look great!!

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  3. Thanks for the post, I saw your pics on flickr and was hoping you would post your recipe!!!

    I make some dog treats with peanut butter just because our dog loves peanut butter, but for gifts this year I decided to make your recipe for dogs that may not like the nutty ones, just wondering about cat treats? could I make these smaller for the kitties in those households getting dog treats? I have looked online and since I am shipping the treats I do not want to do the liver or tuna cat treats for fear of spoilage and smelly box to open.......thanks for the great inspirational photos and recipes, love your site and twitter too!

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  4. Our dogs have no issue with corn or cornmeal so these are perfect!

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  5. Rachel,
    This looks like a great recipe. I've been hunting for something REALLY homemade since my dog gobbled up ALL of the cookies made from King Arthur mix super quickly (I cut them out in hand and foot shapes - what can I say? - I thrive on irony).

    That said, most recipes I've found online, have a lot of comments from people saying that dogs aren't made to eat wheat and that they ALL have allergies (and give symptoms which seem to me to be just doggy habits in general). Have you heard anything about that? I'd hate to accidentally hurt my 11 year old puppy with home made love.

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  6. renren,
    This is really a better conversation to have with your veterinarian. I have no way of knowing what your dog might be allergic to. There are a lot of theories that people have about what dogs should eat but again, only your veterinarian can tell you what is best for your dog. My dogs enjoyed these biscuits but I have no way to knowing what is best for your pet, just like I might post some recipes for human food that someone might be allergic to but that is perfectly fine for me to eat.

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  7. Made a batch of these for my dogs and as gifts for family dogs. They all thought these treats were very yummy & all came back looking for more :)

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