While you're enduring the dog days of summer, why not make a treat of homemade dog biscuits for your favorite pup? Last year, we made hundreds of these treats to give to people who attended a dog fair. The biscuits looked adorable in little cellophane bags tied with ribbon.
They're a fantastic gift for any time of year and can be made in any shape or size. I've seen homemade biscuits at chic dog boutiques at very high prices, but here's the secret for making your own gourmet puppy treats.
Breath Bustin' Biscuits
• 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur)
• 1 1/2 cups Bisquick® baking mix
• 1/2 cup mint leaves -- loosely packed
• 1/4 cup milk
• 4 tablespoons margarine
• 1 egg
• 1 1/2 Karo syrup
1. Finely chop mint in a food processor.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well, forming a large bowl.
3. Roll on a floured (non-stick) surface to a thickness of about 1/2 an inch.
4. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough and place on a non-stick cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
* Use the same cookie cutter for all biscuits or similarly sized cookie cutters. The first time I did this, I used different sizes and found that some biscuits were too well done because they were smaller. I also tried to make this with my Lilly cookie cutters and didn't have very good results. The arms of the "monkey" kept burning and were very fragile. Many broke in the bag. The elephant cookies were the only ones that could be saved. Simple shapes seem to work the best.
* Consider the size of the dog who will enjoy these treats when choosing appropriate cookie cutter sizes.
The best part of these biscuits is that they are a great way to freshen your dog's breath. And to the inquisitive child who asks, "Can I eat these biscuits?" the answer is yes, but they're pretty hard and not at all like a cookie. (Don't ask me how I know...)