Happy Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!
I don't know about you, but I usually just buy treats for the dogs - because who has time to make treats?
So obviously, what better way to appreciate dog biscuits than to actually make some!?
This recipe comes together pretty quickly, but it absolutely gives you some appreciation for how treats are made. :) And bonus, dogs are absolutely obsessed with them. My 2 pups have been doing anything they can to get their paws on them. I've caught Watson just staring at the treat jar, surely scheming about how he can get them down from on top of the fridge, more than once.
A quick note before we get into the recipe: When gathering your ingredients, be sure to check the peanut butter and applesauce for Xylitol - an ingredient used as a sweetener in some foods. If either contains the ingredient Xylitol, do not use it for your dog biscuits. Xylitol is toxic to dogs. I used plain peanut butter, the only ingredient other than peanuts was salt, and unsweetened applesauce.
Peanut Butter Applesauce Dog Biscuits
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups quick oats
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp baking powder
coconut oil (melted)
Before you get started, get your oven preheating to 350 degrees and get out a baking sheet or two. Use non-stick baking sheets or line your sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients except the coconut oil. We'll use that later if needed. Mix until everything is combined. Your dough will probably be crumbly, like this:
This is where the coconut oil comes in handy! Add melted coconut oil 1/4 cup at a time until you get a dough that holds together. Melting the coconut oil first will help it incorporate into the dough easier - I ended up using about 3/4 cup of the coconut oil.
Now, you can knead the dough until it holds together. I found that dividing the dough into halves or quarters made it easier to work with. Once everything is combined well, and the dough is no longer crumbly, you will need to roll it out to about 1/4" thickness.
Using your favorite cookie cutter shape, cut biscuits and place them on the baking sheet about 1/2" apart. If you don't have cookie cutters or want to use them, you can make small dough balls instead. I found these cute dog bone cookie cutters on Amazon for about $5.
Place full baking sheets in the preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes - until the biscuits are lightly browned. Let cool, then serve!
You can store your extra treats in an airtight container.