Last updated on October 27th, 2021 at 01:13 pm
A dog biscuit recipe that looks great layered in a jar, perfect for gift giving to the dog owners in your family. A free printable jar label provides instructions on how to mix the ingredients with a couple of eggs and bake to perfection.
by Jane Lake
My two shadows, a pair of shelties, were the taste-testers once again for this dog biscuit recipe. And, yes, once again, I tried it with them! In fact, we tried several versions until we had tweaked the ingredients to provide the best taste combination in a jar mix recipe. These cookies are more flavorful than you might suppose; the boullion granules lend a beef or chicken base, but are not overpowering, while the parmesan is well represented too. Very intriguing for my dogs, who were sniffing the air all around the oven once they realized that the baking was for them!
The recipe for the dog cookies, plus the directions to bake them, are all included on the free printable jar label. Just print, cut out, and fold as you would a four fold card – in half, then in half again, so that the photo is on the front and the recipe and instructions are inside. On the back, you’ll have a “To” and “From” tag for gift giving.
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1 cup unbleached or whole wheat flour
1 cup of oatmeal, blended into flour
½ cup cornmeal
2 tsps beef or chicken boullion granules
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup skim milk powder
½ cup grated parmesan cheese (I used the grated parmesan that is commercially made to sprinkle on pasta)
¼ cup (approximately) of flour, or enough to fill a one quart jar
optional – cookie cutter in a dog bone shape
Dog Biscuit Recipe Directions:
Preheat oven to 250° farenheit.
Empty jar mix into a bowl. Stir together two eggs and 1 cup of hot water and add to mix. Combine with a fork until a stiff dough forms. Add a little flour or water if dough is too sticky or too dry to work.
Roll out dough on floured board to ½ inch thickness. Dip cookie cutters in flour before cutting out each cookie. A bone shaped cutter is preferred, but any shape will do. Re-roll the leftovers and cut as many cookies as possible.
You can place cookies close together on a baking sheet as they will not spread while baking. Bake for about 90 minutes, or until cookies are dry and hard, turning pan around at half time to ensure even cooking. You can turn off the heat, but leave the cookies in the oven to dry out without further cooking if necessary. Dog cookies are usually baked until they are hard and crunchy. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight jar.
Dog Cookie Jar Decoration
Dog Cookie Jar Decoration
Use a funnel to layer ingredients, in the order given, in a one quart jar, packing each layer firmly with the back of a spoon.
To make the jar decoration shown, fasten a 6″ circle of burlap or canvas to the jar lid with a rubber band. Tie a long tartan ribbon around the rubber band leaving both ends loose.
Print the label and fold into a small card. Punch a hole in the top left corner. Thread the ribbon through the hole and knot to secure.
Add the cookie cutter by circling it around the middle with first one end of the ribbon, then the other, with each end going in opposite directions so you can tie them together. Finally, form a small bow then trim the ends evenly, using a slanted cut to help prevent fraying.
Editor’s Note: Please remember: only you, and your vet, can decide what is safe for your dog.
The original dog cookie recipe here included 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. I, personally, have never found this to be an issue with my dogs, but there is increasing debate about whether garlic is toxic for dogs, so I have decided to remove it from the recipe ingredients and the label.
Some people give garlic to dogs for many beneficial effects including as a flea deterrent. However, there are studies that indicate garlic is toxic for dogs, particularly in large amounts. As always, it is up to you (and your vet) to decide what is best for your animals.
Garlic is toxic for dogs, there shouldn’t be any in treats for them.
Jane Lake says
This is a topic that is up for debate. My understanding is that many of the studies used to indicate garlic toxicity in dogs are based on huge daily garlic intake. Many food products would be toxic if you ingested too much of them. I, personally, have given my dogs small amounts of garlic in their food, or occasional treats, with no ill effects. Some people believe garlic is a flea deterrent and has other beneficial effects.
However, I have decided to remove the garlic from this recipe, both in the ingredient list and on the printable label. The cookies are still delicious for the dogs without it!
As always, it is up to every dog owner (and their vet) to decide what is safe for their dog.
Thank you so much for your opinion and valuable input.