Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
Based on a recipe from Arden Moore’s book, Real Food for Dogs, 50 Vet-Approved Recipes to Please the Canine Gastronome. The intro to the recipe says, “Your meat-loving dog will ‘Sit’ on command if you serve this easy–to-make recipe. Hey, where is it written that cookies must be sweet to taste good?” The basic yield is 24 treats; your yield will depend on your cookie cutter.
- 2 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour
- 5 ounces beef-flavored baby food
- 6 tablespoons beef gravy
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Lightly coat your hands with flour and shape the mix into a big ball.
- Using a floured wooden rolling pin, flatten the ball.
- Using a cookie cutter of your choice, triangles or stars or whatever, cut the dough. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool cookies before serving – please!
Made this recipe 100+ times ? our dogs #1 favorite. <br/>. Increase flour by 1 cup (to 3 ½ Cups) ? will still yield a soft dough. <br/>. Other flavor options -- chicken / turkey baby food and gravy. Even sweet potato baby food. <br/>. Use standing mixer w/dough hook ? works great. <br/> Mix only till well blended ? no need to knead. <br/> <br/>When you turn dough out of mixer ? divide in half and mist (or gently coat w/hands) the dough with olive or vegetable oil so it doesn?t stick to rolling pin. <br/> Easier and cleaner than trying to roll in flour if too moist. <br/><br/>The NO WASTE/ FAST FINISH?.. <br/>Roll flat on silpat (works best) or parchment paper and cut in bit sized pieces using a pizza cutter or pastry wheel (works best). One batch will make two full size sheet pans (18x26) Keep cookies uniform in size so they bake evenly. Cook as directed. <br/><br/>Dog treats will shrink slightly and separating at cut lines while cooking. Break apart when cooled. Our dogs don?t really care of they are bone shaped, triangles or squares ? the pastry wheel results in a nice scalloped edge. <br/><br/>HEADS UP -- no preservatives so they will mold after 4-5 days if not frozen. Keep in freezer for months.
I have to give this 5 stars just based on the expression on my dogs faces! However, I have to say this dough is so sticky, there is no way to roll it out and cut it into shapes. I tried using my "dogbone" cookie cutter, sprayed with oil and floured, but it just wouldn't work. I added more flour, but even so, I ended up just scooping them up in teaspoonfuls and plopping them onto the cookie sheet. Even with the difficulty in making these, they are well worth the effort. After one taste, my fur-babies were sitting next to the counter where they were cooling....well not really sitting, more like jumping up and down! They absolutely loved these, and I'll make them for them again because they brought them so much joy and pleasure! Thanks for sharing this fur-baby recipe....they really enjoyed this!!! :)
Well, I confess I was glad to see that breezermom had the same difficulty we did, we needed a great deal more flour, couldnt get mixture to a rolling density, ended up baking 'drop-teaspoons'of mixture. Nonetheless, the dogs don't mind at all what they look like and munch them with great gusto! Certainly easy and fun to make, for mans (and womans) best friends :)
Thank you mersaydees, made for PMMR, Aus/NZ recipe tag game.