Reality Bites

The first and only time I tried to make my own dog treats, I failed miserably.

Hardly the next Martha Stewart, I’m more of a Carrie Bradshaw type, “I use my oven for storage.” 

I thought there was no way I could screw up a recipe with so few ingredients (see below for details) but apparently I overestimated my abilities in the kitchen. Once the ingredients were combined in a large bowl, the dough became so stiff that I could barely form clusters let alone mold it into the shape of anything resembling a dog biscuit.

I threw the treats (aka hairballs) in the oven and served the finished product to my Yellow Lab with no complaints. NOTE: Eagerness to consume garbage disqualifies one from being any sort of competent taste tester.

It’s been a year and a half since the disastrous Pinterest experiment gone wrong, so I’m thinking it may be time to give this another shot.

Will my second attempt show any signs of improvement? Stay tuned, results to follow.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits.