There are a few dogs in our extended family, and I always like to give them something for Christmas too. That way, I don’t feel so bad when they’re begging for the meat off my plate… I’m definitely not going to share that!
This dog biscuit recipe is flavoured with peanut butter and they smell pretty good when they’re cooking. Last time I baked these at my Mother in law’s, Eddie (the dog) sat in front of the oven watching them cooking and he didn’t even know they were for him! If you dare to try one, do so at your own risk. They’re pretty crunchy and I don’t want you chipping a tooth.
makes about 60
160g (1 1/2 cups) rolled oats (quick cooking or regular)
50g (1/3 cup) olive oil, margarine or butter*
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 beef or chicken stock cube
185g (1 cup) peanut butter
300g (2 cups) whole meal/whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 165ºC (330°F) and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, oil/margarine/butter, stock cube and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes.
Thoroughly stir in peanut butter and egg. Mix in flour, until a stiff dough has formed. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface. You may need to add a little more flour as needed until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 5mm (1/4″) thickness. I find the dough is a bit rubbery, so I don’t need to roll it between sheets of baking paper, it goes fine straight on the bench. Cut with cookie cutter or a knife and place 1 cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Once dry, they should be crisp and hard.
The biscuits can be stored in an airtight container in the pantry for at least 12 months. They can also be stored in the freezer for at least 12 months. Simply put into a freezer container or wrap in foil. Can be served frozen for a cool summer treat or left to thaw before serving.
*I have tried all 3 and they all work well. Use which ever you have on hand. I think olive oil is the safest in case a dog has a dairy allergy.