Everyday my dog gets a cookie (also called biscuit). Usually this happens when I’m leaving the house. Yes, this started as a blatant bribe due to the guilt inducing forlorn look I received because I was cruel enough to leave without him. I tried explaining that I had to go earn his kibble, but no dice. Over the years I have discovered that it also helps keep his dog breath in check so now he gets one every day whether I leave or not.
My dog has junk food taste. I’ve tried feeding him expensive dog food he won’t have any of it. I tried getting the more expensive cookies, the kind that actually smell like food, but he doesn’t like them. It got to the point where he would not accept the bribe or not eat it. I’d come home and the cookie was there on the floor. He likes the kind that on sale are $4 for a 3 pound bag and smell kinda like sawdust. Seriously?! It’s better for my pocket book but I wonder about the ingredients. I finally decided to try making my own.
The first time I tried the recipe I had to leave as soon as I turned off the oven. I came back to an extraordinary savory smell filling the house. It made my mouth water. I mentioned how good it smelled to some friends and they urged me to eat one (I’m really glad I wasn’t friends with them as a kid, who knows what I would’ve tried eating!). It was a small batch and I’d already put them in his cookie jar. They’re also hard enough I didn’t want to try my teeth on them. The second batch was much bigger and I snagged one out of the oven before they were hard. Not bad, needs salt for my taste but I’ve had worse biscuits/crackers. They might be pretty good with a spread.
Regardless of how I feel about the cookies, the dog loves them. Success! Cookies that he eats and that I can live with the ingredient list and price. As an added bonus, they don’t take long to make and last quite a while.
The next batch I will be doing away with the wheat germ and substituting ground flax seed. I already buy flax seed but don’t usually use wheat germ. As mentioned above, the 90 minutes is a minimum. I left the first time and took them out when I got back. The second time I watched a movie. Make sure your pans are well greased; they tend to stick if they aren’t. Also, if you’re not using homemade chicken stock than make sure you buy the salt free kind. Our vet is not a fan of store bought broth and was only okay with me feeding the pets broth if it was home made. I’m sure you could use any kind of stock; you could even use vegetable stock for vegan cookies.
Recipe adapted from Healthy Doggie Biscuits, China Bayles’ Book of Days
by Susan Wittig Albert. If you’re into herbs and reading, you might check out the China Bayles series. It’s a fictional mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert about the owner of an herb store. I’m not into mysteries but I’ve enjoyed the series.
Makes 40-45 cookies
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
½ cup nutritional yeast
1 cup shredded carrot
1 ½ Tbsp. minced parsley
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 cup chicken stock
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup chicken stock
Preheat oven to 400° and grease two cookie sheets.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the ¼ cup chickens tock and mix.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Transfer cookies to cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes. Baste the cookies with the remaining chicken stock and turn the cookie sheets. Bake for another 10 minutes. At the end of the second 10 minutes, turn off the oven but leave the cookies in the closed oven for at least 90 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to completely cool and then store in a sealed container. Enjoy…err…Fido enjoy!