• Homemade Dog Biscuits – Great Kids Project!

    by  • August 17, 2010 • Kids Cook, Recipes • 13 Comments

    It has been hot here in Ohio.  And humid.  A friend described the recent weather as “walking around inside someone’s mouth.”  Indeed.

    Instead of enduring the wicked weather during the afternoon heat, I searched for indoor activities to occupy Lil’s boundless energy in the relative cool of the air conditioning.

    A few days ago, we made homemade dog biscuits.  Making dog treats is a perfect activity for a young chef, as the recipe employs lots of fun techniques, the ingredients are cheap, and most dogs will eat anything you put in front of them.

    flour covered child

    I started by allowing Lil to measure 6 cups of flour while I put away laundry.  You just might end up with a flour covered child if you do the same.

    child using pastry cutter

    Next, she handled the pastry cutter to mix in the butter.  See what the heat does to her face?!

    child mixing dough

    Then came the stirring.  Every child likes to mix dough.  Every child does not love the smell of garlic powder.

    Lil kneaded the dough with the muscle memory chant ‘Turn, Fold, Press’.  Here she is very serious demonstrating it:

    child rolling doughI’ll be honest – when we are making rolled Xmas cookies, I roll the dough myself.  I consider dog biscuits the perfect dough on which Lil can practice.  If her height is inconsistent, the cookies might cook unevenly, but the dogs still don’t care.

    child cutting dog biscuit dough

    Cookie cutters are my kid’s best friend.  She loves to use them.  This time, she chose a turkey, dog bone, heart, and penguin shape.  She cut the dog treats and placed them on the pan.

    child putting cookie dough on a cookie sheet

    Lil watched the oven as they baked and kept guard as the biscuits cooled.  With the help of my trusty semi-pro vent hood the house stayed cool even with the oven running for the time it took to cook the doggie treats.

    Lil had to taste a treat herself.  Is anyone else’s kid obsessed with eating dog food?

    child eating dog biscuit

    Finally, the ultimate test – would Hawise eat a homemade dog biscuit?

    dog eating homemade biscuit

    Of course!  She gobbled it faster than a popsicle drips on a hot summer day.   I didn’t get a great picture, but I assure you that the dogs love these things.

    Economy Dog Cookies

    adapted from McPherson’s K-9 Cookbook

    1/4 cup softened butter

    3 cups whole wheat flour

    1/2 cup powdered skim milk

    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    3/4 cup water

    1 beaten egg

    1. In a large mixing bowl, cut butter into flour with a pastry cutter or two alternating butter knives.

    2. In a small bowl, dissolved powdered milk into water.

    3. Whisk in egg.

    4. Make a well in the flour mixture and gradually stir in egg mixture until well blended.

    5. Knead dough on a floured surface about 3 – 4 minutes, or until dough sticks together and is easy to work with.

    6. Roll dough with a rolling pin to between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thickness.

    7. Cut into desired shapes.  A fast and no-waste method is to cut into diamonds by making two rows of cuts at a steep angle, as pictured below.

    homemade dog treats diamond shape

    8. Place on an un-greased cookie sheet.

    9. Bake 40-50 minutes at 325 deg F.

    10. Cook on a rack until hard.  Store at room temperature in a container with a loose fitting lid.

    PS.  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway contest for a copy of Made by Hand

    This recipe and many other real food articles are part of Two for Tuesdays.

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    13 Responses to Homemade Dog Biscuits – Great Kids Project!

    1. August 17, 2010 at 8:36 am

      How incredibly cool! I have some doggy neighbors that would go crazy if I made these. Thank you for sharing these with us at Two for Tuesdays this week…because our furry friends definitely deserve to eat some good, real food, too!! :)

    2. August 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      I learned a trick for kids rolling dough from one of the kids classes at the north market. Use a couple of pieces of dowel rod to rest the edges of the rolling pin on, and then they can get even thickness.

    3. August 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      oh Rach! This look great and my doggie maggie would definitely LOVE them! YOur Lil is so sweet too! reminds me of when my two girls were little! Thanks for sharing this on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! :) Alex@amoderatelife

    4. August 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      That really is so clever, letting kids practice their baking skills with dog biscuits. So much fun and the puppies get to enjoy it, too! Thank you for linking up with Two for Tuesday, your wee-one is adorable.

    5. August 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      My dog is allergic to corn and wheat. It’s easier to bake him treats than scour the stores to buy them. The only problem with that is now whenever I bake he thinks I’m making something for him!

    6. August 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      Your daughter is adorable – eating dog treats LOL! Well when they are made like this and with love well, I would want to taste them too! Thanks for linking this fun post to Two for Tuesdays!

    7. September 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

      I had a definitely hard time discover a name for my puppies. I referred to as them Tom and Jerry haha, i was watching the cartoon. Quite funny but excellent names.

    8. October 5, 2010 at 3:51 am

      a lot of fantastic information here. A+

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    11. Andrea
      November 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I added a chicken boullion cube to the water and opted for rolling finger diameter snakes with the dough and then cut off 1/2 inch treats. The kids loved it.

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    13. October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      These look like something my dogs would love, and it’s great to be able to have kids help you make your dog’s treats

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