Homemade Dog Biscuits

So, here’s my first experience using this cute recipe book for dog biscuits. It’s called SNOOPY’S ORGANIC DOG BISCUIT COOKBOOK KIT — yes it was a kit that included 3 biscuit cutters, a bone, a silhouette of Snoopy’s head, and I can’t find the third cutter! The book is published by Cider Mill Press in cooperation with the folks at the Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, which is a cool fancy bakery for dogs. I told them I’d review their book and try out a recipe, so this is the first recipe I tried, and the first recipe in the book, Berry Crunch. I’m feeding my dog more cranberries for a healthy urinary tract. As is my usual, I substituted a couple things because I didn’t have the form called for in the recipe; those changes are shown in brackets. Otherwise the procedure is the same. As is my usual, I made it easy for myself and used the food processor, which made the work a snap. As is my usual, I didn’t think to photograph the ingredients and the mixing, I didn’t think to photograph at all until the bikkies were in the oven! The little gem biscuits are decorated with a piece of dried cranberry (apple juice-sweetened).
Berry Crunch
“Plenty of Cranberry Goodness in these Cookies
1-1/2 c. oat flour
1-1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. dried cranberries [1/2 c. dried cranberry powder]
1/2 c. unsweetened carob chips [1/2 c. carob powder]
1 egg
1/2 c. water
[1/4 c. honey]
Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
 Combine all the ingredients (except the water) together. Add water slowly and mix until a dough forms (if too dry, add more water, too wet, add a bit more flour). Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up), and place the cookies on the sheet (they can be rather close together as they don’t grow much while cooking).
 Bake 22-27 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

As for the book itself, I have looked at several homemade dog food cooking books in the last year or two, and they seem to come in a couple versions. One is either very over the top in terms of number of ingredients, reading more like a complicated curry than a recipe for dog food (maybe I was missing the point), and then, rarely, as in the case of this book, you find recipes that make sense. The creators of SNOOPY’S stress whole organic food for dogs, and so do I. There’s even a biscuit recipe using venison! With one recipe to a page, each page also includes a comic from the one and only Charles M. Shultz, starring Snoopy of course. A survey of pantry and refrigerator staples for making biscuits, equipment needed to make the recipes, and helpful ideas throughout make this book very useable and one I will reach for over the others with styled and propped photographs. This book, oh do I dare say it, will easily become … DOG-EARED … with favorite recipes …
Heeeerre Misha! Good Girl!