Gourmet Dog Biscuits: to buy or to bake?

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.

Gourmet Dog Biscuits: to buy or to bake?

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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

Archie Squares
2 ½-cups Whole-wheat flour
½-cup Powdered dry milk
½-tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Brown sugar or honey
6 tbl. Meat or bacon drippings, cold right from refrigerator, not melted or soft!
1 Egg, slightly beaten
½-cup Ice water
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.
Bowser Biscuits
1 pkg. Dry yeast
¼ tsp. Salt
½ cup Warm water
2 cup All-purpose flour
2 cup Warm chicken or beef broth
1 cup Cornmeal
½ cup Powdered milk
1 cup Wheat germ
¼ cup Margarine
2 cup Cracked-wheat
¼ cup Honey
4 cup Whole-wheat flour
1 Egg, beaten
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-cup Oatmeal
1-cup Rye flour
2 tbl. Sugar
1 tbl. Melted butter or margarine
½-cup Milk
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.
Dog Biscuits
1-cup Whole wheat flour
½-cup All purpose flour
¼-cup Yellow cornmeal
1 tsp Sugar
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
½-cup Hot water
  1. Combine dry ingredients except for bouillon granules. Cut in fat or shortening like for human biscuits. Stir in egg.
  2. Mix the bouillon granules with the hot water and mix until dissolved. Slowly pour into the flour mixture, stirring with a fork to moisten.
  3. Form dough into ball and knead on floured board 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half and roll out each part ½-inch thick.
  4. Make cutouts with cookie cutter or make nuggets by rolling dough into 1-inch diameter logs and cutting off ½-inch pieces.
  5. Bake at 250°F-275°F for approximately 20 minutes (just make sure they are dry). The shapes should be firm and dry to the touch, but not necessarily brown. You can also microwave these at 50% for 5-10 minutes or until firm and dry to touch. Rotate plate every 2 minutes and turn shapes over after half the time. Cool on wire rack.
  6. Shapes will crisp as they cool. Makes 1½-dozen cutouts or 5½-dozen nuggets.
Emma’s Peanut butter Biscotti
2½-cups Whole-wheat flour
2½-cups Unbleached all purpose flour
½-tsp. Baking soda
1 Egg
¼-cup Oil
1-cup Crunchy peanut butter
2 tsp. Vanilla
1-cup Carob chips (optional, but I think they’re yummy!)
  1. Combine the flours and baking soda in a bowl and stir with a whisk. Add egg, oil, peanut butter, and vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon until lumpy. (Yum!) Add carob chips. Slowly add cold water 1 teaspoon at a time until a stiff dough forms. Do not over mix.
  2. Form dough into logs 2 inches in diameter. Place on lightly greased baking sheets and flatten logs to 1 inch high and about 6 to 7 inches long. (Have a human help you with the measurements) Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes. Always be careful with heat! You can burn your paws. So always have a friend handy! (Preferably a human because they have thumbs!)
  3. With a serrated knife, cut logs into ½- inch slices. (Have a human do that part.). Return slices to cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for 20 minutes, or until golden. Cool and store in airtight tins or plastic bags (If I don’t eat them all first!)
Garlic Beef Biscuits
2-cups Whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1-cup Cornmeal
¼-cup Wheat germ
2-tsp. Beef bouillon powder
½-tsp. Garlic 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
2-cups Whole-wheat flour
1 tbl. Baking powder
1-cup Carob chips
1-cup Peanut butter, can be smooth or chunky
1-cup Milk, can be low fat
2 Eggs
¼-cup Honey
  1. Combine the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl combine the peanut butter, milk, eggs, and honey. Mix well until combined.
  2. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a hand beater. After the ingredients are mixed add the carob chips, just until combined.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Using teaspoons or if you have largepuppies), a tablespoon, drop the cookies on to an ungreased cookie sheet. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes. When they are done remove from the cookie sheet, after standing about 1 minute, and place on a cookie rack to completely cool.
My Favorite Dog’s Favorite Dog Biscuits
Makes 3 dozen
3-cups Whole-wheat flour
2-cups Multi-grain oatmeal (or old-fashioned oats)
¼-cup Wheat germ
¼-cup Non-fat dry milk powder
1¼-cups Water
1/3-cup Creamy peanut butter
1 Large egg
½-tsp. Garlic powder
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.
Dixie’s Delights
These little “pupsicles” are easy to make and are sure to be a hit with your pup.
1 Ripe banana
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!