Guest Author - Kimberly Misra
Want to make your four-legged friend happy? Whip up a batch of homemade dog biscuits! Making dog biscuits with your kids is way more fun than buying a bag of dog cookies at the store, plus they are healthier for your dog. Best of all, dog biscuits are super quick and easy to make, a great project for a rainy day. Homemade dog biscuits are wonderful gifts for dog-loving friends and family, so consider making a double batch to share. Here's what you’ll need to have on hand to make a batch of dog biscuits.
Homemade dog biscuit ingredients:
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
A pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
¾ cup chicken or beef broth
Peanut butter, if desired for topping the biscuits
To make the biscuits:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix the flour, cornmeal, and salt together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, oil, and chicken broth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to form a soft dough. Add extra flour if the mixture seems too sticky.
Lightly flour your work surface and roll the dough out with a lightly floured roller until it is about ½ inch thick. Now comes the fun part! Dig out some cookie cutters and cut the dough into shapes. This is a good excuse to purchase some fun new cookie cutters. Try dog shapes, bone shapes, seasonal shapes, or even cookies shaped like cats!
Transfer your cut-out dough shapes to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake them for 10-15 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned. Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack and let them cool completely before serving them to your dog or wrapping them for gift giving. If you want to give your dog a real treat, smear a light layer of peanut butter on the biscuit before giving it to him. We have found that a dog biscuit smothered in peanut butter is the perfect way to give our dog a pill. We just stick the pill into the peanut butter on top of the the biscuit and the dog never notices it.
Store any leftover dog biscuits in a tightly covered container; they should keep for a week or so.