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Biscuits for humans are a round pastry whose only flavor comes naturally from the type of flour used. Biscuits have that homey bread dough flavor that seems especially delicious when served warm and the aroma wafting from them seems to enhance their flavor.
Dog biscuits are one of a variety of dog treats. To find out a little more about “dog biscuits”, I did some research on the Internet and found that like many words, this term is actually very vague in everyday application.
The term “dog biscuit” is actually quite commonly used. A simple search under that term produces the following result: dog biscuit, dog biscuit treat, gourmet dog biscuits, or healthy dog biscuits. It may be round, but they do not have a pastry like texture (similar to a biscuit made for humans) resulting from the air pockets created by a raising agent in the baking process.
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Based on a survey of the marketplace, there is no discernible difference between a dog biscuit, a dog treat, and a dog cookie. While some recipes for dog cookies may have some sweetening agents such as honey, there doesn’t appear to be any consistent rule of thumb.
Shapes of dog biscuits are as varied as the name. They can be round like a cookie, they can look like an irregular lump or dough, or they may be shaped like a dog bone, fire hydrant, breed of dog, etc.
About the only common thread for the term dog biscuit is the term itself. It is just another noun to describe a goodie that you can give your pooch for any of a variety of reasons.
This website is about commercially produced dog treats that we would like to consider fall under the category “gourmet dog treat.” High quality ingredients, treats with mouth watering eye appeal, and attractive looking packaging. Those qualifiers we believe put us in the gourmet category.
Many individuals wanting these type of products, simply want to order from a menu of products on line where they can see the finished product before they order it and not have to fuss with making dough, cutting it with shaped cutters, or hand forming it, and then baking it.
But for those of you…
Who enjoy baking and like the notion of homemade, we have assembled a list of dog biscuit recipes. While trying them, feel free to experiment. If there is an ingredient your dog likes, add it to a recipe. Conversely, if you see an ingredient you know your dog dislikes, remove it and try something in place of it. But please remember to check out the list of foods that dogs should avoid.
It’s all about the experience
Hopefully, if you decide to go through the work of making homemade anything for your dog, she will be by your side and the two of you can enjoy the quality time spent together. That’s what it’s really all about, the fun of the experience.
Dog Biscuit recipes
|2 ½-cups||Whole-wheat flour|
|½-cup||Powdered dry milk|
|1 tsp.||Brown sugar or honey|
|6 tbl.||Meat or bacon drippings, cold right from refrigerator, not melted or soft!|
|1||Egg, slightly beaten|
|Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, dry milk, garlic powder and sugar. Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles corn meal. Mix in egg. Add enough water so that mixture forms a ball. Using your fingers, pat out dough onto cookie sheet to ½ inch thick. Cut dough into squares appropriate for your dog size. Prick each cookie with fork. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from tray and cool on rack. Store in airtight container.|
|1 pkg.||Dry yeast|
|½ cup||Warm water|
|2 cup||All-purpose flour|
|2 cup||Warm chicken or beef broth|
|½ cup||Powdered milk|
|1 cup||Wheat germ|
|4 cup||Whole-wheat flour|
|In small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In large bowl combine broth, powdered milk, margarine, honey, egg, and salt. Add yeast and water and mix well. Stir in flour, cornmeal, wheat germ, and cracked wheat. Mix well. Add whole-wheat flour, ½-cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead in the final amounts of flour by hand and continue kneading for 4-5 minutes until dough is not sticky. Pat or roll dough to ½-inch thickness and cut into bone shapes. Place on a greased cookie sheet, cover lightly and let set for 20 minutes. Bake in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes. Turn off heat and leave in oven several hours or overnight. Makes approximately 3-½ lbs.|
|Wheat-Free Scotty Biscuits|
|1 tbl.||Melted butter or margarine|
|Combine oatmeal, ¾-cup of the rye flour, sugar and butter together. Slowly add the milk till a firm but slightly sticky dough forms. Scrape out dough onto a wooden board or counter. Knead in the rest of the rye flour till the dough stiffens a little. Wrap in saran wrap and chill for one hour.Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough till ¼-inch thickness. Cut into shapes (I like to use Scotty dog cutters). Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let biscuits rest till cool in oven with the door closed. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.|
|1-cup||Whole wheat flour|
|½-cup||All purpose flour|
|1/3-cup||Bacon fat, animal fat, or shortening|
|1 tbl.||Instant chicken or beef bouillon granules|
|¾-cup||Non-fat dry milk powder|
|½-cup||Quick-cooking rolled oats|
|1||Egg slightly beaten|
|Emma’s Peanut butter Biscotti|
|2½-cups||Unbleached all purpose flour|
|1-cup||Crunchy peanut butter|
|1-cup||Carob chips (optional, but I think they’re yummy!)|
|Garlic Beef Biscuits|
|2-cups||Whole wheat or all-purpose flour|
|2-tsp.||Beef bouillon powder|
|Mix above ingredients in a medium bowl.Add: 1 large egg, 1 tablespoon cooking oil and 1 cup hot water.Stir well. Roll out on a well-floured surface to ½-inch thickness. Place on ungreased cooking sheet. Bake on center rack, (275°F. or 140°C) for about 2 hours until dry and very hard. Let stand overnight to dry thoroughly. Makes 10 big bones and 14 puppy bones.|
|Chocolate Carob Puppy Cookies|
|1 tbl.||Baking powder|
|1-cup||Peanut butter, can be smooth or chunky|
|1-cup||Milk, can be low fat|
|My Favorite Dog’s Favorite Dog Biscuits|
|Makes 3 dozen|
|2-cups||Multi-grain oatmeal (or old-fashioned oats)|
|¼-cup||Non-fat dry milk powder|
|1/3-cup||Creamy peanut butter|
|Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 275°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.Toss the whole-wheat flour, multi-grain oatmeal, wheat germ and powdered milk in a large bowl to blend thoroughly. Blend the water, peanut butter and egg in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and stir until well blended. (Dough will be stiff. You might find it easier if you use your hands to knead the mixture together.) Dough will be a little moist and just slightly sticky. Roll or pat dough to a ½-inch thick layer. Cut out biscuit shapes with a 3-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Scraps are reusable. Place on baking sheet and bake for about 1½ hours. For crisper, drier biscuits bake an additional hour to an hour and half. Store in an airtight metal container.|
|These little “pupsicles” are easy to make and are sure to be a hit with your pup.|
|½ cup||Peanut butter|
|¼ cup||Wheat germ|
|¼ cup||Chopped unsalted peanuts|
|In a small bowl, mash banana and peanut butter together using a fork. Mix in wheat germ. Place in refrigerator for about an hour until, firm. With your hands, roll rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Roll balls in peanuts, coating them evenly. Place on cookie sheet in freezer. When completely frozen, pack into airtight containers and store in freezer.You may want to double this recipe so your pet can share!|