Friday, March 8, 2013

Homemade Dog Biscuits

 This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland.  Although the mass amount of snow deterred me from going to the gym and meeting my sister for lunch, I was still able to make my morning productive and warm up the house at the same time!

A few weeks ago I came across a little cook book for doggy treats and today I found the time to make something yummy for my four-legged buddies! I followed one of the extremely easy recipes in MacPherson's K-9 Cookbook.

The best part about making these homemade biscuits is that it is extremely cheap. I didn't do the exact calculations, but I'm guessing the cost of making these would be around $2.50, whereas store bought biscuits cost anywhere from $3.00 to $5.00. 

What you'll need to make some of these Golden Cheese Biscuits:
-3 cups whole wheat flour
-2 tsps garlic powder
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk

Feel free to exchange some ingredients for what you have in your cabinets. I did and I think these treats still came out great! (I substituted whole wheat flour for All Purpose Flour and veggie oil for EVOO)

To start out, mix the flour and garlic powder into a large bowl and form a well.
 In a smaller bowl mix in the remaining ingredients, then slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry.

Once the mixture is completely blended together, pour the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 3 to 4 minutes.

Once it's ready, roll it out until it's about 1/2 an inch thick.

 Then, its biscuit cutting time!

The best part about this little cookbook is that it came with three different size cutters, which are perfect for four legged friends of every size.

Since I'm making these treats for a few black labs and one older dog, I decided to use the smallest yellow cutter.

It's important to try and cut out each biscuit as close to the previous cut one, that way you make as many biscuits as possible with the least amount of work!

Once you have all the treats cut out place them on either a lightly greased cookie sheet or a sheet lined with parchment paper.

 Then pop them into a 400 degree oven for 15-25 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them so they don't become too dark.

And voilà!
Perfectly golden speckled doggy treats!

Look at this lil' guy...
This handsome doggy's name is Red.  Look at him sitting there, all patient waiting for a treat!

Aww! What a nice doggy!

Once you've spoiled your doggies and the biscuits have cooled, store them in a loose fitting jar and hand them out when necessary!

What homemade dog biscuit recipes have you tried?

(Please feel free to share photos of your doggy enjoying some treats!)

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