Why make dog biscuits when so many varieties, including the healthy ones I feed my dogs, are readily available at the store? Good question. I guess it's like making anything from scratch. There is satisfaction in the creative process (I love any excuse to bake) and in knowing exactly which ingredients are being used. Plus, it is cost effective to make them at home. But mostly it just feels good to do something special for our loyal companions. Here's Phoebe waiting patiently with a treat on her paw until I say it's okay to eat it. She is very disciplined! Maybe she can teach some of that discipline to her new brother, Henry.
I found this recipe on Martha Stewart's site, but I added a couple of other ingredients (ground flax seed and dried parsley), creating my own recipe while following Martha's instructions. There is also a recipe for peanut butter dog treats on one of my favorite blogs, Elephantine. I think I'll try these next.
My biscuits turned out a bit dark. Next time, I might try a lower oven temp, maybe 375 degrees F. Fortunately, Phoebe and Henry aren't complaining -- they love them.
Note: do not make these if your dog has a wheat allergy. Avoid any ingredient that your dog may have reacted to in the past or that is known to be harmful to dogs.