I stumbled across a recipe to make dog biscuits many, many years ago. I was skeptical at first, but they're amazingly easy, and my brother's pup loved them.
Best of all, I control exactly what goes into them, so I know the dog isn't getting anything that may later cause blockage, or a skin rash, or really horrific farts.
Give this recipe a shot- see if your dog doesn't bless you with The Cold Nose Of Thanks for it. :)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth, preferably)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 1 egg
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine oats, butter, and water and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Mix the remaining ingredients together (I prefer to mix 2 cups of the flour and knead the third into the dough, to keep it from being too stiff).
- Combine all ingredients into one bowl and mix until a stiff dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is slightly tacky and fully mixed.
- Roll the dough out.
- Using cookie cutters (I used a fire hydrant), cut out shapes and place on a slightly greased (or parchment-paper-lined) cookie sheet.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes,
- Let cool and serve.
This recipe makes several dozen cookies, so you will want to perhaps pare it down, give some out as gifts to neighbors with dogs, or freeze half the dough and bake it later.
Be aware that these have ZERO preservatives, so they'll go bad in about 2 weeks- keep them refrigerated!
Labels: cooking, DIY, dog, pets, recipe, treat