How to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits
Dog Treat Recipes Are Just as Versatile as People Treat Recipes
Your canine friends need fresh, healthy food too! Healthy homemade dog biscuits are easy to make and so much tastier than store bought ones. When you are making some cookies for the family, don't forget your loyal doggies—they crave biscuits made with love.
This healthy cookie-cutter oatmeal dog biscuit recipe can even be eaten by children and adults. They are very tasty and will make your pup a happier and healthier pet. I have personally tried them (they smell so wonderful while baking), and they taste like a good thick whole wheat cracker. No sugar and no salt makes them taste a bit bland, but they do have crunch.
These make great gifts for friends with canine companions. Your friends will be very impressed that you remembered their best friend too.
Recipe Preparation and Cook Time
- 1 cup steel cut oats, or uncooked oats
- 1/3 cup margarine or butter, (or vegetable oil) (or bacon grease)
- 1 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth, organic (or reconstituted bullion cubes)
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 organic egg, beaten before adding
- 2 - 3 cups whole wheat flour or all purpose flour, (do not use nut flours)
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder, if desired - some dogs do not like garlic
- 1 Tablespoon brewers yeast, (some say it repels fleas) optional
- 1 cup grated cheese, optional
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, optional
How to Make Cookie-Cutter Dog Biscuits
- In a large bowl mix the oats, margarine and heated broth. (Heat broth to just before boiling.) Let the mixture stand for five or ten minutes until the liquid is adsorbed by the oats. Stir well.
- Add the cornmeal to the oat mixture and stir to mix.
- Add the beaten egg to the mix and stir well.
- Add any seasonings your doggie loves such as garlic powder, brewers yeast or even a bit of peanut butter. You may add two good spoons full of peanut butter without harming the recipe. Mix well.
- Begin adding flour one cup at a time. Mix between additions. The dough may require two or three cups of flour. Just add flour until a workable dough forms. Use your hands to mix the dough when it becomes too thick to work with a spoon.
- Mix in the flour until the dough forms a ball that stops sticking to the wall of the bowl. This ball will resemble bread dough.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about one half inch in thickness. This is about the thickness of the finished dog treat as this recipe does not rise like bread dough. Make the rolled (or patted) out dough as thick or thin as you prefer. A thin roll out will make more bones. A thick roll out will make less bones.
- A clever way to keep these human edible biscuits away from kids is to use a dog "bone" cookie cutter! However, you can use any shape of cookie cutter that makes your doggie smile! These dog biscuits are safe for human consumption.
- Place the cut out dough on a cookie sheet. If you dip the cutter into some water or oil, the dough will slide right out. You can place them fairly close together as they do not rise or spread. Ball up the remaining dough and re-roll it to make more cut outs. Any remaining dough can be pinched into a cookie shape and baked. Also your dogs will be happy to eat it raw!
- Bake the dog cookies at 375 degrees F. for 50 minutes. Take them out of the oven and allow to air cool until they are hard and crunchy. Store in a cookie jar or a plastic bag until ready to serve your pet.
Nutrition analysis for the basic dog bone recipe.
|Serving size: 1 dog treat|
|Calories from Fat||27|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 3 g||5%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 15 g||5%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 8 mg||3%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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Kitchen Utensils Needed for Homemade Dog Biscuits
You should already have some kind of set for cutting out rolled dough cookies, but if you don't, they are readily available at most grocery stores. I bought my bone shaped cutter at my local store. These are also available through Amazon.com.
If you are not serving these crunchy treats to people, any old bowl will do. If it holds the liquid, then it will hold the dough.
A rolling pin is not strictly required. I don't have one. I just use my hands to pat out the dough on a sheet of tinfoil. You can also use a smooth sided drinking glass or a tin can. If you do use a rolling pin, rub some flour on the surface to keep the dough from sticking to the roller.
Cutting Boards or Surfaces
The dough is soft and easy to cut, but if you do this directly on your counter top, it will leave micro scratches in the surface. I put down a sheet of foil and use it to protect my counter top. There are some cool tough silicon dough rolling guides available. They have pre-circled designs so you can roll dough out to the perfect sizes for pies and what not.
For dog biscuits, you can recycle your old cookie sheet just about forever. This dough doesn't stick to the pan at all. So save your bright and shiny cookie sheets for people cookies :-)
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