Puppy love… Our biscuit taste test.

Thank you so much for testing our BEST OF BREED DOG BISCUITS recipe today.

Please rate this recipe on a scale of 1 to 5  stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 the highest. Be sure to include feedback on taste, texture, presentation, and distastefulness to cats.

JESSE, Beagle mix: Perfect size for catching in mid-air; one of my many talents. Tastes good, too!

DIGBY, Glen of Imaal terrier (and proud of it!) I turn my nose up at inferior biscuits. A gentleman with my breeding demands the best – and these are top-notch. Love the parsley; definitely adds that gourmet touch.

COOPER, Weimaraner: 5 stars, definitely; a big paws up. Good taste, very crunchy, and too big for the cats to handle. Though they were sniffing around my bed for crumbs…

TUCKER, border collie: Can’t rate; had to gulp it down, too much competition from that pesky Lab next door…

SILVIO, Golden retriever/? mix, senior citizen: Mild but good flavor; and not too hard for my old teeth. I shared with Lenny and Obi, my cool cat pals; I like to stay in their good graces.

What’s all this puppy love about?

Best of Breed Dog Biscuits.

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

Put the following in a mixing bowl:

2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir to combine.

Add 2 large eggs and 1 cup (9 1/4 ounces) peanut butter, crunchy or plain.

Stir to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.

Add 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, or enough to make a cohesive dough. Depending on the season, you may need to add a bit more (winter), or a bit less (summer).

To make dog cookies, drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten to about 1/4” thick.

I’ve used the pusher tool from a Cuisinart food processor, which makes a nice imprint on top.

To cut out dogbone biscuits, roll the dough about 1/4” thick. No, it’s not pretty; it’ll develop cracks all over, and very ragged edges. No worries; trust me, your dog won’t care about looks.

Cut with a 3 1/2” cutter (or the size of your choice). Gather and re-roll the scraps, and continue to cut biscuits until you’ve used all the dough.

Lay the biscuits close together on the prepared baking sheets. Since the biscuits don’t include any leavening (baking powder, yeast, etc.), they won’t spread much.

Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for the shorter amount of time, the larger biscuits for the longer amount of time.

When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp all the way through.

And yes, it’s OK to break one open and taste it. If it’s good enough for Man’s Best Friend, it’s good enough for you!

I only baked the round cookies in the center for about 25 minutes; they should have baked longer. They were somewhat soft inside. No worries; if you find your biscuits are soft, just store them in the fridge, and use them up sooner.

My dog, Rags, thought both the biscuits and cookies were perfectly fine.

RAGS, German shorthair: I give this recipe 5 stars! After a long day at work in the field, there’s nothing like curling up in bed with a couple of homemade biscuitzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Recipe also tested and approved by Lucy (beagle mix); Abby (Pomeranian mix); and Cassie (Shih Tzu). Thanks, ladies!

Attention, humans: Read, rate, and encourage your dog(s) to review (please) our recipe for Best of Breed Dog Biscuits.

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PJ Hamel
About

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

comments

  1. Marisa Batool

    We tried these for our Labs and their pups today! In Pakistan, all dog treats are pretty pricey so I decided to try this one as all ingredients are easily available. They loved them! Will be making these regularly now! Thanks a lot!

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  2. Karla

    Made these for my grand dogs. I used vegetable broth for the water. Dogs loved them. They also loved when I made with water. They’re just hood biscuits.

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  3. Dianne Corriere

    I am trying to add fiber to my dog’s diet. I was warned about giving her too much. She is around 23 pounds. How many treats does your recipe make? How many of the treats do you think my dog could have in a day?
    Thanks,
    Dianne

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    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Dianne, we’re not qualified to make dietary decisions for you or your dog, but here’s a link to the nutritional information for these dog biscuits, so that you can make a more informed decision about how many biscuits to give your dog. To find this information on the recipe page, look on the right side of the page in the “At a Glance” section. At the bottom you will see the words “Nutritional Information” highlighted in orange–click on the words and the nutritional information will appear. Barb@KAF

  4. Donna Maniscalco

    Is it okay to substitute gluten free flour blend such as brown rice flour for more nutrition and for dogs with grain sensitivities?
    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We have not done any testing using a G-F flour in place of the regular flour in this recipe. Usually a straight substitution is not possible without adding some xanthan gum for structure. What we can recommend is ask your veterinarian for some advice. They may have an alternative for your pooch! Elisabeth@KAF

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