To say that Max is spoiled – is well, an understatement! I seldom buy pre-packaged dog biscuits from the grocery store or the pet supply store. I don’t eat pre-packaged, preservative filled crap, so why would I feed it to him? Needless to say these are his favorite cookies! Whenever he hears the mixer going he comes a running and will sit and watch as I measure ingredients – I swear he feels that I should always be baking cookies for him!
This recipe originally came from the King Arthur Flour website and I’ll post it here.
- 2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or plain
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, enough to make a cohesive dough
1) Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
2) Mix together the flour, oats, parsley, dried milk, and salt.
3) Add the eggs and peanut butter, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.
4) Add enough water to bring the dough together; depending on the season, you may need to add a bit more (winter), or a bit less (summer).
5) To make biscuits using a dog-bone cutter, roll the dough about 1/4″ thick, and cut with a 3 1/2″ cutter (or the size of your choice). Gather and re-roll the scraps, and continue to cut biscuits until you’ve used all the dough.
6) To make dog “cookies,” drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them to about 1/4″.
7) Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for a shorter amount of time. When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp all the way through.
8) Remove the biscuits from the oven, and cool right on the pans.
Yield: about 42 larger (3 1/2″ dog-bone) biscuits, 60 smaller (round) biscuits.
I’ve never gotten 42 cookies out of a batch (but I think my cutter is a 4″ one and not a 3 1/2″ one).
I’ve added craisins to the dough (Max is a fruit fiend).
I’ve substituted 1/2 cup of mashed bananas for 1/2 cup of the peanut butter.
I’ve added a tablespoon of brown sugar or maple syrup (because he has a sweet tooth)