Introduction: Dog Biscuits - No Measuring

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Sometimes I think that my two dogs (Possum Bean - pictured, and Taxi Bean) only eat their food because it's followed by a treat. Sometimes I buy treats and sometimes I make them, but my dogs much prefer the homemade ones as they will do all sorts of tricks to get a homemade one that they won't do for a store bought one. This is the first time I added bonito fish flakes to the mix and now my cat (Squid Bean) can't stop trying to get into the container sitting on the counter, so I have to say now that these are dog and cat biscuits.

I don't bother with measuring, or using a cookie cutter except at Christmas time (great and much appreciated gifts for doggie owners). These are fast, easy and delicious. I assume they are delicious, anyway I just have to take Possum and Taxi's ruffs ruffs, sitting and staying, and playing dead, as proof. Squid will lay down on command for a treat.

Step 1: Supplies

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  • A big mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Mixing spoon
  • Pizza wheel or knife for cutting dough into biscuit shapes
  • Peanut butter
  • All sorts of good things you  may have in the cupboard such as but not limited to:
  • Brown rice flour, flax seeds, bran, almond meal, oat meal flakes you can put into a blender to make oat flour, steel cut oats, bonito flakes, chicken broth or water, wheat germ, pecans, sea weed flakes, chickpea flour, buckwheat flour, molasses.

Step 2: Making Flours

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If you use oatmeal and then go and try to cut the biscuits you will find you get some really ragged edges, I just run my oatmeal, and if I am using fish flakes, though the blender and that processing turns the ingredients into flour pretty quick.

Step 3: Dry Ingredients

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Don't measure, just use what you have, a little of this and a little of that. If you don't have a problem with dogs and corm meal by all means use it, I have read that dogs can itch something terrible from corn meal so I don't use it - but it seems to be the main ingredient in most dog biscuits (that I don't buy) so what do I know.

My one dog, Taxi Bean, is allergic to eggs and she will throw up within 5 minutes of having anything with egg in it, so I don't use eggs as a binder, if you dog has no problems with eggs then by all means use them. There looks to be a great recipe using eggs and corn meal here on Instructables, by all means try it.

If all you have in the cupboard is white flour, whole wheat flour and or stale bread use that too - this is a treat - it doesn't matter too much what you use as long as you use some liquid and some peanut butter as a binder. 

I have pretty healthy stuff in my cupboard so that is what is tend to use, I try to stay away from flours from wheat in general but there can't be much harm, as I have said before - these are treats.

Step 4: Add Some Chicken Broth or Water

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Add some liquid, enough to make a corse meal that you can still stir around with a spoon.

Step 5: Peanut Butter Acts Like the Binder.

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Yes, it's Jif, yes it has sugar in it, but these are treats, if you really don't want your dog to have sugar or salt use natural peanut butter. Add a big dollop, then start to mix with your hands and add more liquid as necessary to have dough stick together when squished but not so moist that you won't be able to roll it with your rolling pin.

A great benefit of using peanut butter is that you won't have to grease your cookie sheet, and dogs love the flavor.

Step 6: Flatten and Roll

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Step 7: Freeze What You Don't Use

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Store what dough you don't use right away in the freezer and let it come to room temperature to make more biscuits in the future. The dough should keep for 6 months in the freezer with no problem.

Step 8: Cut Into Shapes

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With a knife or a pizza wheel simply cut the uncooked dough into shapes and cook. I have a 16 pound dog and a 40 pound dog so no matter which biscuit I pick out, I break it in half and give Possum Bean the small half and Taxi Bean the large half.

Step 9: How Long to Bake Biscuits

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In a preheated, 275 F degree oven, bake for an hour and let the biscuits cool-down inside the oven. They will get nice and dried out that way.


Step 10: This Is What They Look Like After Cooking and Cooling

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A little shrunken, and nothing sticks to the pan.

Step 11: Storage

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No need to keep in the fridge, they'll stay fresh until they're gone.

Step 12: Possum Loves Them!

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Maggs♍️ (author)2016-05-13

Brilliant, thank you. My pug has an egg allergy and doesn't tolerate corn at all. Thank you for the tips regarding putting ingredients in a blender first and baking techniques. I'm going to make biscuits this afternoon! Have you added blueberries , raspberries, apples etc? Would they ruin the recipe if they aren't dried first?

Ninzerbean (author)Maggs♍️2016-05-14

I would think it would be best to dry those fruits first, otherwise the biscuits are sure to be too crumbly and the added moisture that won't entirely bake away will for sure make them go moldy. I hope your pug loves what you make. Corn is often blamed for allergies but in my own experience with a long gone dog, it was vaccines for rabies. Now I get my dogs tested to see if they still carry the vaccine in their blood - it's quite expensive, but after 3 years there was still enough of the vaccine left in him that he did not need another. This is a whole can of worms if you look into it and I don't think the internet is really the place - it would be more about asking other dog owners. There is too much wacky info online put out there by sensationalists in this particular category.

Maggs♍️ (author)Ninzerbean2016-05-14

I'm absolutely sure about the corn, it's astonishing how quickly it produces excema and ear infections. It only takes a minuscule amount But I've found French Bullies, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Pekes and English Bulls don't tolerate corn very well, if at all. I've been making dog food for sensitive dogs and eggs and corn seem to be high on the list of forbidden ingredients.. Some vaccinations use an egg globulin as a delivery system, this may pose problems in dogs with allergies.. Thank you again for your no nonsense easy-peasy recipes for Bickies

Dangle23 (author)2015-06-01

What type of wiener dog do you have a phat

Ninzerbean (author)Dangle232015-06-02

phat? He is just a new color they came out with a few years ago. It has a feeble name - isabella tan - that is the name of the color. Not the dog's name.

waggy101 (author)2013-12-03

Why do all of your furry friends have bean in their name

Ninzerbean (author)waggy1012013-12-04

Wow, I never realized that before, what a coincidence! No, really, I always pick names that sound good with 'bean' at the end. It started with Rodeo Bean. Then somehow it became my own nickname. TaxiBean died in February, now there is OtterBean, and I still have SquidBean and the King - PossumBean.

sunshiine (author)2011-08-06


sunshiine (author)2011-05-17

I had to comment on this one. I had been visiting my daughter in Ga. and one day I was cleaning the upstairs. I was a little hungry and began to smell something very good. A sweet dessert I thought. I could not resist so I went down stairs and on the counter were these cute little delicious smelling cookies! I asked my daughter what are these?
Her reply: Horse cookies!
What a Disappointment. That is not the best part.

I had worked my way to the kitchen to clean and my son-in law came home from work. He walked passed me and whisked up a cookie and before I could say anything he was out the kitchen door.
At dinner my daughter was chatting away and mentioned she had made horse cookies!
My son-in law gasped and said I ate one of those!
We laughed until tears rolled down our face.
It was priceless.
I enjoyed reading your ible. I love the names of your dogs!

Gottwinkies (author)sunshiine2011-08-06

LOL...I made a huge batch of doggie biscuits out of a failed bread batch and guess who ate most of them? Not the dogs, I can tell you!! Everything in them was safe for regular people and dogs as well. I used canned sweet potatoes to flavor them-big kids and dogs loved them!

sunshiine (author)Gottwinkies2011-08-06

I enjoyed reading this! Oh animals are so much fun! The people who own them are too! Thanks for sharing!

Ninzerbean (author)sunshiine2011-05-17

Great story! Thank you!

pneumadragonfly (author)2010-12-21

Just wanted to add that beer may not be a good additive for your biscuits. According to this site:

hops (a main component in beer) can be extremely harmful to your furry friends and is listed as an ingredient to avoid feeding your pets.

I found it to be a good list and even if it is not accurate I think it is one of those better safe than sorry situations in regards to what not to add to your biscuits.

Kinda makes me sad to find out hops are apparently dangerous to dogs since I had a relative that fed his dog beer on a daily basis. The dog died and as I was there for her final moments-- I witnessed several of the symptoms listed within the hops entry in her when she died-- which leads me to believe the beer might have sadly been the culprit in her demise.

On a positive note I am looking forward to making some biscuits with my son for Christmas dog treats! Thank you for this instructable :)

I just now found your great comment - I can see by the date that I was in China when you wrote and had some trouble saving emails while traveling. Thank you for letting me know about the beer. I will delete it from the 'ible just in case no one reads the comment section. Thanks ever so!

shlindz (author)2010-12-02

I love making home made dog treats. I have 3 huskies and they love anything fish or peanut butter! I wanted to add that most regular peanut butters you buy in the store have sugar added to them to make the flavour a little less bitter. Dogs don't care if there's sugar or not, they just love peanut butter. I suggest buying the sugar free peanut butter. It usually doesn't cost any more than the regular stuff and is better for your dogs stomach.

Ninzerbean (author)shlindz2010-12-03

That is a very good comment, I'm just lazy I guess because that is what I have in the cupboard. I assume it would be harder to stir together but the benefits would out weigh that. Thank you.

burriedalive (author)2010-10-30

I bake a lot anyway so it's really easy to throw these togrther. I have two rescued Weimaraners(Gracie and Gert) who will never taste store bought biscuits againe and I will save a ton of $'s.Life is good!
burriedalive =^..^=

Lucky ME!

Ninzerbean (author)burriedalive2010-10-30

Lucky dogs!

NachoMahma (author)2010-09-26

.  Great iBle, but before ppl start emptying their cupboards into the mixing bowl, please check out some of these pages about foods and plants that are poisonous to dogs.

Ninzerbean (author)NachoMahma2010-09-26

Great link Nacho, thanks for including it. I would hope most people know not to put mothballs into dog biscuits but hey, you never know.

Servelan (author)Ninzerbean2010-09-26

Ninzer, "All sorts of good things you may have in the cupboard such as but not limited to" in my house includes garlic, and since garlic's not good for dogs that's one thing, along with onions, that people need to leave out. Humans tend to season pet food as though they were eating it, but the garlic's gotta go.

Ninzerbean (author)Servelan2010-09-26

A lot of what you read on the internet about dog stuff is not true. My dogs have been eating many of the items that are supposedly bad and dangerous for years but please note that I have not suggested any of these things here. For example eggs - Taxi cant eat them, most dogs do well on them and love them. Taxi loves grapes, carrots, onions, garlic etc. I don't suggest any of those things here because I am not sure what is fact and fiction out there, and I DO appreciate your concern but just keep in mind not everything you read is true - the chocolate myth has been hard to put down but people still have a friend who has a friend who's dog has supposedly died from chocolate. It's just an internet myth. I trust my vet, she is on the battlefield so to speak. Not online feeding the myth machines.

Some folks are sure to give me a hard time about even suggesting whole wheat flour but it you look at the ingredients of any good/expensive/ quality biscuit out there in the high end pet stores or the grocery store, I am confident that the biscuits that my dogs and my cat love are good for them, better for them than anything I occasionally buy. This was just a simple 'ible to make it easier for pet owners who make their own biscuits have a fool proof easy way with very little clean up, to make their own dog biscuits.

The craziness out there about chocolate, vegetarian dogs, raw food diets, onions, macadamia nuts, plum pits, pigs ears, rawhide, I just want to say - do some real research, talk to your vet, use common sense, use experience, add what ever you feel comfortable adding to the biscuits. Taxi is 10, runs like a deer, eats onions every week, grapes all the time, garlic when it's in my leftovers. If you feel uncomfortable about anything like that then don't add it - I don't suggest any of those items in the Instructable, my cupboard just contains dry ingredients - I make most of what I eat from scratch. Dogs have survived as scavengers for thousands of years - if you saw how dogs eat in Bali, you would relax a bit about this stuff, they dogs are quite healthy looking with shiny coats and good looking teeth, all they get to eat is what they can scrounge, they are happy to eat onions or raisins or anything put out for the gods at the small shrines set up every block or so.

NachoMahma (author)Ninzerbean2010-09-26

.  I agree with most of what you just said (know your pet and its tolerance to known problem foods and use a little commonsense, in a nutshell), but :

> the chocolate myth has been hard to put down
.  I certainly hope so as it is not a myth. Theobromine IS toxic to canines. Fortunately, the chocolate that ppl tend to feed to dogs is of the milk chocolate type that is low in theobromine. Dark (eg, baking) chocolate can cause serious problems for a dog - especially small dogs.
.  Dogs can eat litter box crunchies all day with no ill effects (other than from the clay, maybe), but large doses of dark chocolate is a no-no.

Ninzerbean (author)NachoMahma2010-09-27

As usual Nacho, your input is appreciated and welcomed, thank you for educating me about chocolate. I went online and looked around at the info. Do you have a dog by the way? I hope you will make these for your pet and report back then. Or cat, my cat is crazy about them and I can't leave the top of the biscuit container open anymore.

NachoMahma (author)Ninzerbean2010-09-27

.  I currently have two dogs and have had a dog during most of my life.
.  While the recipe sounds doggy delicious and the method looks easy enough for even me, I have given away most of my cooking utensils over the years; I don't have any pots, pans, whisks, bowls, &c. And, other than some instant oatmeal and a few packs of tuna, I don't have anything in the cupboards that is edible. :(  But there are plenty of store-bought chicken and yam treats in the 'fridge. :)
.  Cats are evil.

Gottwinkies (author)NachoMahma2010-10-17

Jus wanted to comment on the lack of utensils. Don't shoot me for suggesting this, but plasic food storage bags make great mixing containers for softer stuff (squish to mix ). You can wash them if you want, and re-use. When I make cookies, I mix the dry ingrediemts in a gallon sized zippy freezer bag, and then I don't have to mess around with washing a bowl that only had flour and stuff in it. As for dogs have always loved peanut butter anything...and it mixes and holds things together well. They don't have to be perfect, just good for your particular dog and yummy.
...and yes, adult cats are definitely evil...but still good to have around

NachoMahma (author)Gottwinkies2010-10-17

. Most excellent idea. Only problem is now I have to openly admit that I'm just too lazy to try many projects.

Gottwinkies (author)NachoMahma2010-10-17

ROFL...Don't I know the feeling!

Ninzerbean (author)Gottwinkies2010-10-17

That is a really good idea! You could even put the freezer bag inside of a bowl for stability in mixing and the bowl will stay clean.

Ninzerbean (author)NachoMahma2010-09-27

You could use a wine bottle or something like that to be a rolling pin, you could mix everything on your counter with your hands, you could use tinfoil as a cookie sheet, etc. It is do-able. Cats are evil, I wouldn't be without one.

NachoMahma (author)Ninzerbean2010-09-26

.  It not just the obvious, such as mothballs, that are dangerous. I find it rather amazing, the number of things that I would think to be innocuous but are actually poisonous to dogs. Eg, "Ingesting as few as 4-5 grapes or raisins can be poisonous to a 20 pound dog" - I don't know about you, but I never would have guessed that raisins are bad for dogs.
.  The same page also lists onions and macadamia nuts, among other things, that I would never have guessed are hazardous to canine health.

GRANDBUNNY (author)2010-09-27

This 'ible is the best...quite clever and useful for gifts too - now that the holiday season is nearby!

The comments are great ...too bad there is always one alarmist in every crowd...hopefully common sense will prevail !

Batness (author)2010-09-26

Fantastic! I wish there were 'ibles for cat treats like this!

I've tried numerous dog treat recipes (tweaked of course for felines) but my cats don't seem to care for them. Alas.

Ninzerbean (author)Batness2010-09-26

Squid Bean (my cat) loves these - I think it's the bonito fish flakes, and because they are dried they won't go bad or smell. I use them to make dashi - Japanese soup base. If you want me to send you some PM me.

Batness (author)Ninzerbean2010-09-26

OH MY I never thought of it but...would adding more of the fish flakes create a more "cat friendly" treat? This is a fantastic idea.

Ninzerbean (author)Batness2010-09-26

It is is hard to find cat treats - like why bother when they have catnip? Lucky cats...

Jayefuu (author)2010-09-26

You need ninja dog biscuits :p Nice ible :)

Ninzerbean (author)Jayefuu2010-09-26

Yep, we were sort of thinking of the same thing at the same time, sort of. Anyway I can't wait to see yours.

porcupinemamma (author)2010-09-26

Fido's gourmet bickies

lemonie (author)2010-09-26

I've got a good recipe, which I will post shortly.
I like this one.


Ninzerbean (author)lemonie2010-09-26

Cool, thanks!

Lineage2 (author)2010-09-26

Oh, this dog looks like so funny as wolfy in Lineage 2! :)

Ninzerbean (author)Lineage22010-09-26

Well I'll have to take your word for it - is that Russian? I looked around but couldn't find any "wolfy".

zack247 (author)2010-09-25

i have a dog, she would love these! my dogs go crazy psychotic for peanut butter, they'll love these!

Ninzerbean (author)zack2472010-09-26

She will, and they are just dead simple to make.

ChrysN (author)2010-09-25

This looks nice and easy to make, I wonder if my cat would like them -he likes peanut butter. BTW, Possum is so cute.

Ninzerbean (author)ChrysN2010-09-26

Squid Bean - the cat- is on a special wet diet and he is craving dried food, I have caught him numerous times trying to eat the dog's biscuits, it may be the bonito fish flakes (I use them to make Dashi, the Japanese broth and I had a lot).

They say you can't buy love but it's not true, I am in love with Possum Bean. But Taxi Bean will appear in an 'ible one day to model my shoes and cowboy boots so I know which box they are in by having her photo on the front of the box - wearing the shoes.

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