If you’re a grandparent, I’m sure you’ve spent an afternoon baking cookies with the grandbabies. It’s a fun, tasty way to spend quality time. Here is a new twist on the cookie baking tradition if your grandchild is a dog lover: bake homemade dog biscuits together! It’s a simple recipe, and your grandchild will be so excited to treat his or her puppy to these homemade treats!
I borrowed this dog biscuit recipe from Martha Stewart’s website. It makes about 5 dozen biscuits. You can find it here for future reference. Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup of wheat germ
- ¼ cup brewer’s yeast
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 and ½ tablespoons of canola oil
- ½ cup of low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for basting.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt.
- Pour oil into a large bowl then add the stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with the stock. Mix well.
- On a floured work surface, roll out the dough until it is about 3/8 of an inch thick. Then, with cookie cutters, cut out biscuit shapes. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake biscuits for 10 minutes, then brush them with the chicken stock and bake them for 10 minutes more. Turn off the oven and let them sit for about 1 ½ hours in the oven until they dry completely. Then you can take them out and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
For the cookie cutters, you can buy a traditional bone shaped one or find other creative ones your grandchild might enjoy. You can also cut out your own designs by using a wet toothpick to cut into the dough. Your grandchild can also make these as gifts for other people’s pets. For variety, you can also use beef stock for flavor. These biscuit treats last up to 2-3 weeks, but your grandchild will probably go through them pretty fast! Who doesn’t love treating their dog?
So, next time you have the grandbabies over, instead of making traditional chocolate chip cookies, you can roll out the doggie treats! It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon, and I’m sure Fido will love it too!
Image courtesy of the Martha Stewart website.