This One’s for the Dogs

December 16, 2009

Considering how excited I am to have our pug, Macy Mae, back with us I simply could not leave her out of my cookie baking this year. I’ve had a recipe for some apple cinnamon dog biscuits for a long while now and this year I decided it was finally time to try them. I have several dog owning friends and I thought a little Christmas gift for the best buddies would be appropriate this holiday season.
I first read up on the ingredients since I’m not familiar with doing a lot of baking for dogs. I wanted to make sure the foods and methods of baking were safe. I ended up altering the recipe, not because it was unsafe, but because the original recipe had a lot of seasonings and some oil that I didn’t think were necessary. I mean, I love Macy, but she is a dog which will eat just about anything. I doubted she’d miss the cloves or other pricey additions.
I was right. She didn’t care a bit.
If you have some dogs that need gifts this year, these are easy to make and I’ve heard no complaints from the two dogs I’ve witnessed enjoying them.

They are certainly pug tested and approved!

Apple Whole Grain Dog Biscuits

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup apple, minced
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon
About 1 cup water
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except the water. Slowly pour a half cup of the water over the mixture and stir. The consistency needs to be one for which you can roll the dough out on a floured surface. Gradually add the rest of the water until you reach the right consistency.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I used a round glass, a small heart and gingerbread men. Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. I don’t know the exact amount it will make because I used all different sized cutters. I was able to fill four small decorative Christmas canister/jars.

Update: I just wanted to add that the biscuits should be eaten within about 2 weeks because they will develop mold if left out at room temperature. Macy and I learned this the hard way. Sorry I didn’t add that in the post. The original recipe I adapted didn’t list any storage tips.

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  • kat December 16, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I should totally bake these for Lucy who is coming to visit us over the holidays. My dad already makes all her food from scratch so why not cookies too.

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) December 16, 2009 at 8:22 am

    What a good girl laying there waiting for her snack! 😀

    I love making doggie treats, they are so fun and bonus, you can taste test them to make sure they are okay. LOL

  • Erica December 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I totally have a PB doggy recipe book marked for Frank but I may try these instead! Love your puppers! Tell your sweetie Frank says hi

  • cathy December 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

    What a fun idea! This might be a fun gift for my kids to make for our dog. Wonder if cats would like them too?

  • VeggieGirl December 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

    TOO CUTE!! 🙂

  • eatingrd December 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

    What a great idea! Looks like Macy enjoys them 🙂

  • Tamara Marnell December 16, 2009 at 10:53 am

    cathy, from what I’ve read the ingredients would be safe for cats, but cats are carnivorous and it probably doesn’t provide any of the nutrients they need. Like potato chips and humans 😉 Besides, I think the biscuits are a little too big for kitty teeth–mine have a hard enough time chewing the tiny bits of dry food!

  • Emily December 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I love this idea for my friends with dogs!!!! Thank you!

  • 5 Star Foodie December 16, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    How fun! Will forward this to my brother, his little puppy would love these!

  • Sagan December 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Are they human-friendly? 😉

    I work at a vet clinic and we have lots of clients who feed their animals diets with homemade food (specially designed by people who are experts in animal nutrition, of course). It’s always neat to find recipes for animals! Let me know if you’re interested in some more recipes and I’ll see if I can scrounge some up for you.

  • Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ December 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    What a cutie! I bet she’s glad to have you back too! The treats sound great.

  • lesley lifting life December 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    How fun! I should make these for my doggies for Christmas 🙂

  • Michelle @ Find Your Balance December 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Adorable! What lucky pups got those cookies 🙂

  • Lori December 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the great response regarding the dog biscuits.

    Erica – I will pass on the message to Macy. 🙂

    Cathy – I’d give it a try with cats. I know my cat would have eaten just about anything. Not sure if she was rare in that or not. Ha, ha!

    Sagan – I don’t make all of Macy’s food, but if you come across something interesting send it my way for sure. Thanks!

  • Fresh Local and Best December 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I can’t believe you got Macy to sit still and pose in front the treats. What a good dog!

  • Erica December 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Just made these and Frank is VERY happy

  • Tangled Noodle January 6, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    As much as I love our pupster, I haven’t baked anything for him before! As much as this recipe has been a hit with Macy Mae and others, I’m sure he’ll love it!