How You Can Make Your Own Organic Dog Treats!
Today I'm blogging about these awesome organic dog treats that are healthy and easy to make. Plus if you decide to decorate them, they turn out really cute afterwards. If you own a dog then you have to try this recipe, its super easy and you'll have a blast baking them.
A lot of people might think that it takes up too much time to make your own dog food, but we're so used to going out to the supermarket and getting pre-packaged food that we don't even think about the ingredients in the stuff we're buying. I realize its the 21st century, if we go into a dog shop they have specially made dog conole's. Its kind of ridiculous. Who would have thought that we would have entire dog bakeries now? But at the same time its pretty cool, it shows how much people love and are willing to pamper there dogs. This is just another way to show that you love them, its like baking your kid the healthiest cookies possible. Now you can make your own doggie biscuits with love from your kitchen.
Other great reasons to make dog biscuits:
- They make great gifts, tie a few together with a ribbon and make a present for a dog friend.
- You can save some big bucks by making your own dog treats.
- Have a Dog Party! Get a few people together that have dogs too, and have a play date making freshly decorated doggie bones.
- You know what goes into your dogs food, and you can control the ingredients that goes into it.
- They can be used as rewards for good deeds, and wont pack on the pounds as much as regular treats would.
- Sell some biscuits and make a profit from baking healthy dog food.
- Oh yea...and its fun!
3 1/2 cup all-purpose (or unbleached) flour
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup skim milk powder
1 tablespoon (or 1 package) dry yeast
3 1/2 cups lukewarm chicken or meat broth (about 2- 15oz cans)
1 egg beaten with about 2 tablespoons water (for egg wash)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease the cookie sheets. Then mix together all dry ingredients.
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm chicken or meat broth and let yeast broth mixture set 10 min. Then you want to stir in flour mixture until a soft dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky you can add more flour.
Roll your dough out to 1/4" thick. Cut dog biscuit or bone shapes from dough, and then put scraps back in the bowl so you can re-roll it out and use whats left.
Brush your biscuits with egg wash. Bake on greased cookie sheets at 300* for 45 min. Then turn off oven and leave in overnight to finish hardening. This recipe makes about 60 biscuits or bones.
So now you've gotten to the decorating part, which is my favorite to do. You can use regular icing, but use it sparingly because of the high sugar content. If you want something more precise that you can write with, you can use regular writing frosting that you find in the baking section. It wont hurt your dog, but you may want to check with your vet just to make sure that he can eat things that have more sugar. I'm probably going to make my own icing just because I like to control how much sugar goes into it. Then I know my dog can handle it, because hes already pretty hyper so I don't need him on warp speed.
Another thing you can use is White chocolate, even though regular chocolate is toxic to dogs white chocolate isn't. The reason being, is most all the caffeine substance in white chocolate has been removed. It is primarily cocoa fat, sugar, milk solids, lecithin and vanilla with next to no "chocolate liquor" the substance hazardous to dogs. Pretty cool right?
A popular source is 'Flavored White Chocolate Discs' that are made by Wilton Industries, a line of white chocolate disks which come in a variety of colors, so you have all the pizazz you need for decorating.
The chips can be heated in the microwave. You can add a teaspoon or so vegetable oil to make the mixture flow on more easily when your stir, and frosting can be spread or put into a pastry bag.
Homemade frosting (the doggie version):
- 1/4 box powdered sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 table spoon of cooking color dye
Mix together well until you see bubbles, and have all of the clumps worked out. Ta da! You've just made your own dog frosting. You can also put this in a pastry tube if you want more control, it works like a charm.
This is Jasper, my 3 1/2 month old puppy, and this was taken about a month ago. Hes a total butt munch but I love him to death, plus hes adorable! Hes half Great Pyerense and half Chocolate Lab, hes going to be knocking me over before I know it. Even then, I think I'll be just as addicted to him.
So happy dog biscuit making, and let me know how your creations turned out. I'd love to see if you decide to take on the fun challenge of decorating them.