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Homemade Dog Cookies

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I make cookies for my dogs. They are super easy since Rex or Regina really won't care if they're perfect or not. When compared with gourmet treats these are quite inexpensive and they are chalk-a-block full of luv! Here is the nice & basic recipe.
 
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Step 1: Ingredient List

2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup corn meal
1/2 cup sesame or flax seeds
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chicken broth (avoid sodium heavy powders)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (some dogs should not have garlic so omit until you check with your vet)

Step 2: Mix

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Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a second bowl, beat 2 eggs, milk oil & garlic together. Mix wet into dry well. Let sit for 15 min.

Step 3: Roll & Cut

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Roll dough out (1/4" or 6mm thick) on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Beat remaining egg and brush on tops of biscuits.

Step 4: Bake

Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet (Silpat or parchment paper ok here too) and bake at 350 F for 25-35 min. or until brown. Remove and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
To meatwolf, I don't know where you get your recipes, but garlic powder is highly poisonous to dogs! I wouldn't be surprised if your dogs died from your "treats"! Just a little hint. I really am not trying to be mean! I just want what's best for the dogs. If you feel offended, please call me on it! No language please! Thank you.
basilicious (author) 3 years ago
I'm a wee sad on the direction the comments have taken on this instructable. It is being treated more like a forum at this point. No one is "berating" anyone but like I said each person can make a choice for THEMSELVES (and their pet). I like to remember that in this cruel world, there are a lot worse things a person can do to their pet then bake them homemade cookies!!! Hopefully future comments will be about the instructbable specifically. Oven temperature, ingredient substitutions, etc. I think the grain vs grain free issue has been touched on enough no?
Dalface3 years ago
crossless, thank you for the reminder. Dogs do not eat grain. If you have made your dog a vegetarian, yes that is your choice, but in nature, in the wild, dogs are not vegetarians, they are carnivors. If left to their own choices, they would chose meat, not grain. Their bodies are not like ours, they cannot process grain. Their body is meant to process meat, raw, uncooked meat. So before you go berating someone for giving an opinion, rethink yours. Here is a great website http://www.pet-grub.com for anyone who'd like more information about feeding your pets a raw diet. I now have to rethink doggie treats, because true you cannot make a raw treat.
crossless4 years ago
Nice idea, but what in earth meat eating dog does with grain. Dogs body canät process it so I now days give meaty treats and quality food for my dog.
basilicious (author)  crossless4 years ago
"What dog on earth"?  Apparently mine.  My dogs eat grain free kibble but they like these homemade cookies too.  Some dogs are vegetarian and others have certain protein allergies.   I guess this a personal choice each dog owner can make for themselves.  In any case, thanks for your "input".  I've noticed you've only ever contributed comments to Instructables so maybe you will post the recipe for these amazing meaty treats!
sadiecoons4 years ago
How many treats does it make?
basilicious (author)  sadiecoons4 years ago
Honestly, depends on the size of cookie cutter.  I hope you can appreciate some are as small as a quarter while other the palm of your hand.  I use an avg. sized cutter though and get at least a good 50.
Thanks, I think my samoyed will love them no matter what.
Thats pretty neat, I don't have a dog anymore so I can't give it a try. Good instructable though!!!
if your friends have dogs just bake some up and give them to their dog when you go over. The dog might like you better than their owner...
teehee :P
sgsidekick5 years ago
I just found this and made it. If dogs had thumbs it would be 4 thumbs up!
Seppuko5 years ago
My dog goes nuts over these treats. How come it only has two votes and a 3.17 rating?! 5 stars! 5 stars!
basilicious (author)  Seppuko5 years ago
Seppuko - Thanks for the nice comment! I'm going to add a new recipe w. canned salmon quite soon (aka: next time I make them). Gourmet-ish but still good value during these "tough times".
You can also make and save your own chicken broth the same as you would for other recipes. Add some bonemeal too..........very nutritious and dogs love it. You can also substitute a bit of bacon fat for the oils for an added taste treat dogs love. Great instructable. I make dog cookies all the time for my 6 and the neighbors 4 lol. I'm the neighborhood dog cookie lady............they see my van and come a running!
marleysmom5 years ago
Our dog has very delicate digestion which landed us at a Veterinary Internal Med Specialist who told us that every commercially made chicken broth is made with onions which are toxic to dogs. We use Strained Baby Food Chicken when we need something like broth -- it could certainly be thinned with water for your recipe. I might actually try this and let you know what happens.
basilicious (author)  marleysmom5 years ago
Great tip! I hear ya about the onions which is why I recommended holding off on the garlic 'till you talk to you vet 'cause. I've read that garlic is classified as part onion family & maybe have the same blood thinning properties as onions do for K9's.
Just FYI, while garlic IS a part of the Onion family (Alliaceae), unless your dog has a specific allergy to it, it is fine. But it is always a great idea to check with your vet first for our pets safety. I feed my dogs garlic a couple times a week and it keeps the fleas and ticks off them, so I don't have to use icky medications. Thanks for the instructable btw, I used it as an outline for some dog... Umm... Well... Cake? It totally didn't come out as I meant it to, but my dogs LOVED it. I subbed the wheat flour with rice flour because I know one of my dogs has a wheat allergy, added organic chicken broth (no onions!) as my wet ingredient, sharp chedder cheese and lots of garlic powder. It was stinky and they LOVED it.
I work at a dog biscuit factory and we use poultry fat instead of broth. However, you can always use vegetable oil to combine your ingredient. Also, one of my dog's favorites is beef liver just put in in a food processor and make sure you bring the tempture above 194 degrees to kill any salmanla.
Great job! They actually look good enough to eat for humans... :P
Nice job, I bet your dogs love them!
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