My dogs LOVE treats, especially this spotty monster above! River loves food and walks, not necessarily in that order. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting this furball anytime food is present you’ll know she drools like a St Bernard for food. Her favorite pastime in the house is doing sweeps of the kitchen to check that nothing has dropped on the floor since her last visit to the kitchen. I swear I feed her, but she claims she’s starving. As I’m trying to eat a cleaner diet I figured that the dogs would be good on a clean diet too, and one way to do that is to make their treats. With all the dog deaths from treats made in China it’s also a safety issue, I want these two around as long as possible. So onto today’s recipe for the four legged friends!
Ginger Dog Biscuits
These are a basic recipe for dog biscuits, feel free to add/subtract stuff, switch things out to suit your pooch. Wheat flour can be substituted for oat flour etc. But as I am now not eating wheat I have 2 big bags to use (which was the original impetus for this recipe!). I used to make biscuits for the dogs all the time and I just use what’s on hand, adding stuff as I go. I’ve added: cheese; peanut butter; gravy (chicken flavor was the preferred flavor for our two); flaxseed meal, oats, peanut flour, and more. Ours just love the ginger smell and it makes the house smell great 😉 Without the ginger/cinnamon the house smells kinda like burnt flour, not good!
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup molasses
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup water*
- Preheat oven to 350 ° F
- In one bowl mix all wet ingredients
- In another bowl mix all dry ingredients
- Pour wet ingredient mixture into dry ingredient bowl, mix well.
- *add more water if required to make into a dough
- Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness
- Cut into shapes
- Place on baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes
- Cool on wire rack
- Feed to dog(s)
- Add more water to mixture if you feel it’s a bit dry.
- Exchange water for broth (chicken, veg, etc) but this will reduce storage time!
- Keep in airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks (ours never last that long).
- If you have 1 dog, or a smaller dog halve the ingredients 😉
and the Granddaddy of all tips comes from my other half Bob:
I was complaining about how much time it took to cut the biscuits out with cookie cutters, and all the unused space on the baking tray. And Bob said to just do squares! Well duh! Cuts the prep time in HALF! However I now make it quicker with one of these:
Yep I use a pizza cutter to cut up the dough! Roll it out to the thickness you want, and just roll a grid along the dough. Put the little squares on the tray and bake 🙂 If you want to you can put the dough sheet on the tray and cut on there but:
- you risk cutting the trays non-stick coating
- you might ruin your pizza cutter
- you’ll have to break them into pieces after baking
So are you going to try the recipe? Our two could barely wait for them to cool down! Let me know how you’re dog likes them!