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How to make easy homemade dog biscuits

These dog treats are super quick and easy to make

Abigail Rabbett

Posted 7 months ago ago

If your dog is anything like mine, the only way to his heart (and his good behaviour) is through treats.

I can't leave the house without a pocketful of chicken chunks or our walks together will end in me having to call him out of someone's hedge.

I've found that treats are the best training tool for recall but that means we go through a lot in our house.

Sometimes I make the frightening realisation that we're running low or even out of his preferred nibbles. And when that happens, well, desperate times call for desperate measures.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, there are simple DIY recipes that can have you whipping up a batch of dog biscuits in less than half an hour.

From a quick Google search, it seems peanut butter is the preferred ingredient of choice and a simple flour and egg dough holds it together.

Pumpkin is another popular ingredient but given it's hard to get hold of in the UK for most of the year, I think it best to omit it from the baking.

I eventually found this recipe by The Cookie Rookie and decided to give it a go.

Ingredients

  • Two and a half cups of all-purpose flour (I went for wholemeal as that seemed to be the done thing according to Google)
  • One teaspoon baking powder
  • One cup peanut butter (make sure to use a natural peanut butter not one with artificial sweeteners)
  • One cup water
  • Two tablespoons honey
  • One egg

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 175c or gas mark 4.
  2. Combine ingredients to make a stiff dough.
  3. Roll out dough and cut shapes.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Feed to hound.

The review

The process was simple, think basic sugar cookies with the kids - minus the sugar.

I didn’t have any fancy Labrador and bone cookie cutters like the original poster but I found a heart one in the drawer and that worked just as well.

The dough was very stiff to mix but that made it simple to roll out and cut.

The baking time was bang on and the treats came out golden but not overcooked.

In terms of taste and texture, I did have a nibble to try as there were no beef drippings or anything suitably ‘dog’ in the cookies. Taste was nice, not very sweet but very nutty.

As I expected when rolling it out, the texture was dry, the kind of dry you say ‘oh well, they’d be nice with a cup of tea.’

However, more importantly than my own critique, my pup Rafferty loved them - a solid ten paws out of ten.

Given the amount of fatty peanut butter, they’re not a biscuit I would give him all the time but certainly one I could break up and use as trick treats.

Will I be making these all the time? Probably not when I have his usual packet goodies on hand but they were simple to make and turned out great.

If I was a dog walker or similar canine professional I would definitely be making a few batches of these for my doggy clients.

Similarly, for a special birthday or dog walking meet-up these would be a hit.

While we're on the subject of treats, there are some foods you definitely shouldn't give to your dog. Find out what they are here.

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