Let’s talk animals.
I grew up with animals. The first time I lived without an animal in the house was when I moved into the dorms in college. I was fine, for a while, but then this adorable, loud, creature showed up under my car one day, I fed him a can of tuna, named him after the first thing I saw, which was tuna, and I remembered why I’ve always lived with animals.
Then I moved to Boston and found myself surrounded by animals that weren’t mine, but whose livelihood I was in charge of. I loved them, they all–two dogs and three cats–all slept with me–and it was just about the only part of that job at which I was good.
Then I moved to my own place and one day, after having a pretty brutal day at work, I decided to stop by the local animal shelter. Here’s something I’ve learned: if you are an animal lover, and are subconsciously harboring the intent to someday own an animal, don’t stop by an animal shelter if you’re not completely, 100% ready to take home an animal. Because a giant black cat with a wonky ear will climb up into your lap, wrap his little arms around your neck, and you’ll realize that he’s your cat and you just didn’t even know it. Not to mention you have a tiny studio apartment and no cat supplies. Not to mention you can’t afford vet bills. Not to mention you fell completely in love.
So when I sent my friend Anna a treat in the mail, I couldn’t leave her dog, Gus, out. I’m absolutely crazy, clearly. I also spent a year with this puppy and he’s pretty great. I mean he’s got character. He’s such a little man.
Anna sent me a picture when she got her present; a picture of the almonds, and a picture of the dog treats complete with Gus’ nose stuck all the way in the jar. Anna said he wouldn’t even look up long enough to take a picture. How great is that?!
Let’s make dog biscuits!
Ingredients: very simple. Peanut butter, a little canola oil, eggs, whole wheat flour, a little brown sugar (not pictured) and chicken stock.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Mix well until combined.
Add 3 eggs, a cup of peanut butter, some canola oil, and a cup of chicken stock. Mix until just combined. You can add more chicken stock if the mixture looks a little dry.
Turn the dough out and form into a ball. Wrap that in plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes or more.
When the dough is rested, turn out unto a clean surface and roll out until the dough is about 1/2 inch thick, then slice to 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
Stack the extra dough and roll it out again and repeat.
You can also cut the biscuits with a dog shaped cookie cutter if you want! I didn’t have one, so I did squares and used a fork to put little dots in them.
Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place the biscuits on there. They don’t spread at all so you don’t need to place them far apart. Bake them for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees or until very hard. Store them in an air tight container until your dog eats them all. It won’t take long.
Since I was sending these across the country and was robbed (ugh! mail!) of instant gratification, I walked a sample over to a friends house who has two very hungry bulldogs in order to test them.
Above is Honeybun, below is Tex. They were excited I walked in, because dogs get excited when a person walks in. So imagine how excited they were when a person walks in that they don’t know with treats. I mean, how would you react?
Comfortable that they were dog-approved, I sent them along to Gus Gus. However, this recipe makes a heck of a lot of dog treats so I also gave some to coworkers who have dogs. It was a good day for dogs in PA.
These are basically peanut butter cookies, but don’t eat them because, well, they’re dog treats. I guess they are all made with people food, but to me, chicken stock and peanut butter don’t mix. Up to you. Oh, and you should know that this not to say they don’t smell good enough to eat, because they do. K walked in while making these and thought he was getting cookies. He was not too happy.
Easy to make, cheaper than buying store-bought treats, and it makes a ton. Do you have a dog? Do this.
Here’s the recipe!
Homemade Peanut Buttery Dog Biscuits
- 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixer combine flour, brown sugar, and salt and mix. Add eggs and peanut butter then mix. Add canola oil slowly. The dough at this point should look like wet sand. Slowly add the cup of chicken stock until the dough comes together. That was enough liquid for me but if it still looks at all dry, add more chicken stock, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Turn the dough out and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes. When finished, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick and cut into desired shapes, or squares decorated with fork tines, like I did. Roll extra dough out and repeat.
- Place formed biscuits onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, until very hard. For me, that was right at 20 minutes, but it will depend on your oven. Let biscuits cool completely then store in an air-tight container.
- Serve to your favorite pooch, and hopefully they’ll love them as much as Gus did!