DIY Dog Biscuits to Pamper Your Pooch
I have a confession to make: I am a tad obsessed with my dog. Like I brush his teeth a couple times a week, walk him twice a day, and webmd every pet disease under the sun when he acts the smallest bit out of character, obsessed. I know. I may have a problem. But you decided to check out this awesome easy recipe for DIY Dog Biscuits. So you might have a problem too.Jump to Recipe
Even though I originally cringed when I hear the term, it is true that our pup is sort of our furbaby. In fact Millennials more than any other generation treat their pets more like children. This can be seen in the quality of food we buy for our pets. Or by the vast number of doggie day care facilities that have sprang up across the country. Or even by the fact that pet health insurance is not only a thing, but a thriving market.
Now we don’t have pet insurance, our puppy eats from a dish on the floor, and sleeps in a crate (in other words we fully recognize that he is an animal). But we (read I) do spoil him from time to time. Case in point: these super easy DIY Dog Biscuits I’m sharing with you today.
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Not my typical recipe, but our furbaby Winchester (affectionately called Winn, Winnie, Chester or my husband’s personal favorite: Senior Fluffy Butt) turned two this past week. In celebration that he (and we) have survived his first two years of slipper stealing, 6am howling, and sock chewing, I thought we should celebrate.
These DIY Dog Biscuits combine three of Winn’s very favorite foods: sweet potatoes, carrots, and bacon.
I used regular flour for this recipe. The reason I didn’t stress finding a flour alternative for these dog biscuits was: 1) Winn doesn’t seem bothered by grains (confirmed by his vet). And 2) these DIY Dog Biscuits are meant as treats to be served in moderation.
I know there are lots of people out there who don’t feed their dogs any grain, and that’s okay, you can sub for another kind of flour. Good substitution options would be rice, coconut, or almond flour. If you don’t have flour alternatives in your house a great option is using oatmeal. Most dogs seem to be able to handle oatmeal, and you can easily make it into flour by grinding it up in a food processor or blender.
For this recipe you will also need a cookie cutter.
I just happened to have some bone shaped cookie cutters I picked up from a cooking store last summer (dog obsessed remember?) but any style would work. If you want some fun dog biscuit cutters of your own check out these ones on Amazon :
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Unlike normal baking this recipe is not concerned with mixing dry goods before wet. I literally shredded the veggies, threw everything in a bowl, and mixed. The dough will be quite sticking and you can keep adding flour until it is smooth enough to work with. I transferred the ball to a cutting board where I kneaded the dough for several minutes, and worked in more flour. Once the dough seemed smooth and workable I rolled it out over the cutting board.
I used the cutting board under the dough so that I could press firmly into the dough without leaving a mark on my table top. Since this dough does contain shreds of potato and carrot you do need to press firmly in order to cut through those shreds. Otherwise your DIY Dog Biscuits may have little “tails” or “fringe” around the edges.
Put the sliced dog biscuits onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. This creates slightly soft biscuits. If your dog prefers crunchier biscuits, bake them for several minutes longer.
Once the biscuits have cooled serve them to your sweet fido! Store diy dog biscuits in the fridge for freshness.
DIY Dog Biscuits
- 3/4 cup shredded sweet potato
- 3/4 cup shredded carrots
- 2 eggs
- 2 strips of bacon chopped
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Add all ingredients to a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix well until a soft ball forms.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead well until smooth. Add more flour as needed to keep the dough from being too sticky.
Roll dough out on a cutting board and use cookie cutters to cut out treats. Bake for 10 minutes.
I hope your furbaby loves these treats as much as Winchester did! Let me know in the comments!
P.S I always love a puppy picture so feel free to share those too!