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Saturday, February 23, 2013

dog treats

Henry and I live in a very dog friendly community. The apartment complex allows dogs of any size, maintains two fenced dog parks, and a subset of us residents stay connected through a yahoo group, go on weekend hikes, and convene regularly for puplucks. 

Tomorrow, a neighbor is hosting a "Welcome Home" brunch for the puppy she recently adopted. Homemade dog treats seemed like a great pupwarming present. Of course, Henry got to taste test the homemade biscuits.

Yield: 40 treats, using a large (16) and small (24) sized bone shaped cookie cutters
1,510 calories per batch  (roughly 40 calories for a large bone and 20 calories for a small bone)
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

1 cup wheat flour
½ cup quick oats
¼ cup nonfat dry milk
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup blueberries
¼ cup cold water, or enough to make a cohesive dough

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. Combine the flour, oats, dried milk, and salt in stand mixer bowl and “stir”, about 30 seconds.

4. Turn off the stand mixer and add the egg, blueberries, and peanut butter. Return to stir, creating a crumbly mixture, about 1 minute.

5. Increase the the mixer to a speed of 2, and slowly add in enough of the cold water to form a cohesive dough, about 1 minute.

6. Form the dough into a ball and roll it out about ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured surface. I used oat bran.

7. Cut the biscuits with your cookie cutter, placing them about ½ inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. I like to first pull away the scraps and then use a spatula to slowly work the biscuit of the counter top. 

 8. Re-roll the scraps, continuing to cut biscuits until you've used all the dough.

9. Bake the biscuits for about 25 minutes, or until dark golden brown. The biscuits should be crisp and dry all the way through.  My large biscuits took about 25 minutes and the small bones baked in 15 minutes. 

10. Remove the biscuits from the oven and let cool.

Other modifications:
  • Don't have cookie cutters? No worries! Just divide the dough into your desired portions, roll them into balls, and use the bottom of glass (or your hand) to squash into a flattened disc.
  • Are the biscuits browning too fast? Bake at 300 degrees. 
  • If your dog has dietary restrictions, this recipe may better meet your needs. 
  • Go all out and add ¼ cup shredded cheese or substitute chicken broth for the water.
Original recipe can be found here.

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