Leon, our standard-size dachshund, has a canine play buddy named, Riley, who is a long-legged Jack Russell terrier mix. It’s quite a contrast to see long and lean Riley and short-legged Leon romping in the back yard or conked out on the living room couch together while Mom and Dad play cards to wee hours of the morning. Oh! What a dog has to put up with….
Riley’s mom, Peggy, and I decided to make our furry guys (our dogs, not our husbands) some homemade doggie biscuits. The boys loved them, quickly responding, “Ruff! ruff! ruff” which must mean, “More, more, more!”
Leon’s Favorite Homemade Dogie Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon instant chicken or beef bouillon granules
1/2-2/3 cup hot water
Combine flours, milk powder, rolled oats, cornmeal, sugar and garlic powder in medium bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg. Dissolve instant bouillon granules in hot water. Slowly pour into the flour mixture, stirring with a fork to moisten. Form dough into ball and knead on floured board 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half and roll out each ball to 1/2” thick.
Make cutouts with cookie cutter. Or, make nuggets by rolling dough into 1” diameter log and cut into 1/2” long pieces (cut longer pieces for big dogs).
Microwave instructions: Arrange 6 cutout shapes or 24 nuggets on 10” plate and microwave at 50% (medium) for 5-10 minutes or until firm and dry to the touch. For best results, rotate plate every 2 minutes and turn shapes over after half the baking time has elapsed.
Conventional oven: Place cutouts or nuggets on baking sheet and bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes.
Variation: Cheese Dog Biscuits: Omit bouillon granules. Add 1/4 cup canned grated American cheese food to dry ingredients. Continue as directed.