With more winter weather expected over the next couple days, many of us are trying to figure out what to do with our time indoors. Baking seems to be helpful with cabin fever, so while you are throwing together some brownies or cookies for your family, throw together something for your pups. We scoured the internet to find some homemade treat recipes for you to try out with your best friend.
Basic dog biscuits
• 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
• 1 tsp. salt (or less)
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
• ½ cup hot water
Optional add ins
• Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve bouillon in hot water. Add remaining ingredients. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes). Roll dough until ½ inch thick. Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with). Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet. Cook for 30 minutes
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
• 1 banana, peeled
• 1 cup oat flour
• 2/3 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup dried parsley
• 3 tablespoons peanut butter
• 1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 300°F. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.
Storage note: It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats before handing them out.
Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
• 2 eggs
• 1⁄2cup canned pumpkin
• 1⁄2teaspoon salt
• 2tablespoons dry milk
• 2 1⁄2cups flour (wheat is probably better!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Blend eggs and pumpkin together; add salt, dry milk, and flour. Add water as needed to make the dough somewhat workable. The dough should be dry and stiff, don’t be concerned with crumbs being left in the bowl. You will need to mix this with your hands because it is too stiff for an electric mixer. Roll to 1/2-inch thick. Cut into shapes. Place 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes.
Does your dog have a favorite treat? Share the recipe!