This is yet another little project that happened as a result of our families making gifts for Christmas. There are two dogs in the family – our male Shih Tzu, Chase, & our daughter’s female Bug (Pug/Boston Terrier mix), Bella.
I searched out recipes online and found a wide variety to choose from – and I find it quite comical that everyone says theirs is the best ever! Here’s the first one I tried:
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits
(Chase wouldn’t even consider trying one of these, but Bella likes them!)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten, for brushing tops
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2 Stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey in a medium bowl; blend thoroughly. Stir in the flour and wheat germ; mix well. Turn dough onto a floured board and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter. ( I used gingerbread men, since it was for a Christmas gift.) :-) Place on a prepared baking sheet and brush tops with egg whites.
3. Bake biscuits in preheated oven until dried and golden brown – about 30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.This recipe made approximately 2 dozen gingerbread men treats.
For gift giving, I placed the “gingerbread” men in a cellophane sack that had Christmas designs. Our dog, Chase, turned up his nose at them and wouldn’t even consider eating one. He’s a VERY picky eater. However, Bella likes them!
Since Chase didn’t like the first attempt, I had to come up with a Custom Chase recipe. Purina Beggin’ Strips Bacon treats are Chase’s very favorite, so I found a recipe that I could use with bacon – and I altered it as follows:
Chase’s Second Favorite Doggie Treats
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 tablespoons melted bacon fat
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 pound bacon
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Fry bacon until very crisp. Save the bacon fat. I found that after frying 1 pound of bacon, I had exactly the 10 tablespoons of liquid fat needed for the recipe.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet. (I used baking parchment paper instead.)
3. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in milk, water, salt, and bacon fat until well blended. Gradually stir in flour to make a stiff dough. Crumble the bacon into very small pieces and add all to the mix. Add the shredded cheddar cheese and mix well. Roll out dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick. Cut with your dog’s favorite cookie cutter. I used a small one shaped like a bone. Place on a prepared cookie sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on racks. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
5. This recipe made approximately 66 treats.
We keep Chase’s treats in the freezer & when he wants one, run it quickly under water, then place in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds. Chase, being the picky eater he is…turned his nose up at the treats. However, now he’s decided he can tolerate them in a treat emergency.
If you try these, I’d love to know how your dog responds.We’ll be taking some of these to Bella too, to see if she approves.
“Gingerbread Men” Doggie Treats Ready for the Oven
Cutting Out the “Gingerbread Men” Treats
Chase’s 2nd Favorite Bacon Treat
Bacon & Cheese Treats Ready for the Oven
Chase the Shih Tzu
Bella the Bug
Bon Appétit to your Doggie!
“A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.” -Helen Thomson