Friday, May 31

MAKE IT: Doggie Biscuits

Dog biscuits can often be complex, contain various odd ingredients, be time consuming, or just a pain. I wanted to include the dogs in our homemade family. But, after research I was quick to give up.

The trouble is-I have an extremely spoiled daschund, extremely spoiled. And my mother has an extremely spoiled lab mix. Seriously, spoiled. But the one thing we try to avoid is table food. With the exception of vet approved items, they do not eat table food. (Well, lets be honest I like to say they do not, but if it drops they do. And visitors, like grandfathers often break the rule.)

So I set out on a mission. Something good for the dogs. Something which could be done quickly, easily, with common ingredients. Success! After a few vet web sites, some trial and error, and doggy taste test (believe it or not) here is the prefect afternoon puppy pampering treat!

Full time: 40 minutes (includes cool time)
Makes approximately 24 3" treats.

You will need:

1 cup whole wheat flour (you could use all purpose but wheat is better for them)
1/2 cup smooth organic peanut butter
1/2 cup hot not boiling water
1 tbsp dark honey (buckwheat is what I use)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3" dog bone cookie cutter (or any cutter you want, just note it may chance yield)

Let us begin:

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour and baking powder.

In a bowl place hot water, peanut butter, and honey.

Stir until you get an evenly smooth, sludgy mixture. (There is just no better way to describe it) it will take a few minutes to get things to work together but, you will be fine. 

Pour 1/2 of this mixture into the flour bowl and stir.

Once blended 75% of the way, it should look like this.

Add in remaining and blend 80-90%, it should like this.

Using your hand, knead a few times and it should ball up nicely.

Place ball on to a flat surface.

Roll out to 1/4" thickness.*

Lightly dust surface with flour.

Use cutter to cut out as many biscuits as you can.

Remove excess.

Place biscuits on baking sheet.

Ball up excess and repeat from * until you cannot make anymore.

Once done, bake in oven 18-20 minutes or until they golden on the edges.

Move to wire rack to cool.

Let the dogs enjoy! Store in air tight container and use within 7-10 days.