Sunday, August 8, 2010

"Dog" Days of Summer


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

Ingredients
• 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

Instructions
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.


Tips:

* 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...)

Happy Sunday!

xoxo

7 comments:

  1. How sweet and thoughtful! I know for sure that my dog would love them...although if I made them around my girls, they would be wondering why they weren't allowed to eat them. :)

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  2. That is so cuuute!!! Tagged you! xoxo

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  3. Love the doggie pic! Hope you have a great Sunday :)

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  4. The picture is the best. Great idea to share some goodies with the little friend who always can bring a smile to my face.

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  5. I'll have to give this a try for my two. They are an appreciative audience for treats.

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  6. If I were a puppy, I'd want you to be my mistress! xox

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  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It has been awhile since I baked dog biscuits for my Chihuahua Bella. Thanks for the reminder :-)

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