I don’t have a dog.
I want a dog (hint hint, Mom), but pets don’t really fit into our lifestyle. My sister and I are involved in a lot of activities, and my parents are both working professionals, which mean we’re not always around to take care of a dog.
At least, that’s what I keep telling myself so I don’t have to think about not having a dog.
BUT, this Sunday is International Dog Biscuit Day and I’ve decided to make treats for some of my favourite dogs. Like, my friend Sophie’s poodle. She’s really cute. The poodle, I mean…
I bet you didn’t know how easy dog biscuits can be to make, did you? Well, I thought I’d share the recipe from my Grandma’s family cookbook so that you can make treats for all of the dogs in your life, too!
What you need:
2 cups whole wheat flour 500 mL
½ cup wheat germ 125 mL
¼ cup skim milk powder 50 mL
pinch of salt
½ cup no-salt chicken stock or water 125 mL
¼ cup canola oil 50 mL
1 Tbsp molasses or honey 15 mL
1 egg 1
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a large bowl, measure and combine the flour, wheat germ, skim milk powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, stir together stock or water, canola oil, molasses or honey, and egg.
- Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well blended.
- Spread a small amount of flour on a clean counter.
- Turn dough onto the floured surface. Knead the dough a couple of times.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out dough ¼- ½ inch (0.5-1 cm) thick.
- Cut the dough into bone shapes with a cookie cutter or knife.
- Transfer cookie shapes to an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Using a fork, prick each cookie several times.
- Bake for 20 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the cookies, until pale golden and firm.
- Turn the oven off, but leave the “bones” inside for a few hours to harden as they cool.
- Store in a tightly-sealed container.
I can’t wait to take over a batch for Sophie’s dog. Anyways, I gotta jet!
— Chase Superman Duffy