October 22, 2016

Homemade Dog Biscuits

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

We were looking for all-natural, made in the U.S. dog treats at the pet store.  The affordable brands had a long list of unpronounceable preservatives and additives, and were made in China.   (I haven’t forgotten about Deaths of 500 dogs blamed on jerky treats, FDA says  so we don’t buy pet food from China.)  I found some that fit the bill at the farmer’s market, and at specialty stores, but they were too expensive.

I decided the only way to know what ingredients are being used is to make it myself.  I searched for an easy recipe, with ingredients that are already in my storage, and found the recipe for basic dog treats on the Cesar Milan website.  I adapted the recipe to what I had on hand.

This is how I made the dog treats.


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (you might prefer whole wheat)

1/2 cup hot water (you may use chicken broth instead)

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (omit if you are using chicken broth)

1 egg

bacon grease


1.  Grease two cookie sheets generously with bacon fat.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

3.  In a large bowl, mix the hot water with the bouillon

4.  Add the egg, flour with the bouillon water and stir well.

5.  On a floured board, mix well and keep kneading until the dough is stretchy but no longer wet.  I’ve had to add 1-2 teaspoons of flour.

Rollingdough6.  Roll the dough flat.  I don’t own a rolling pin due to space issues so I used a bottle.  It worked fine.


7.  Cut out the dough in your desired shapes.  I’ve used various cookie cutters before; this time I used bone shaped cookie cutters.

8.  Place dough pieces on the bacon greased cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes.

DogBiscuitsReadyIt took me about 30 minutes to mix and shape the dough, and another 30 minutes is needed for baking.  The recipe is easy to make, and does not take long  at all.  Our dog loves them.  And now, I don’t have to run to the store to buy them.


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8 Comments on Homemade Dog Biscuits

  1. Thanks for the recipe.
    Here’s another simple recipe treats for dogs – “Peanut Butter Dog Treats”.
    • 2 tablespoons corn oil
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 2 cups white flour
    Preheat oven to 350°. Combine oil, peanut butter and water in a bowl. Add Flour 1 cup at a time, then knead into firm dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with small bone shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
    Even more recipes – http://www.pinterest.com/gornoz/recipes-for-homemade-dog-treats-cookies-and-bones/

  2. If it hits the fan my dog is going to do what it does now. It for the most part eats the same food I do.
    If I have stake, so does the dog…
    If I have potato chips, so does the dog
    If I eat a fast food burger or chicken, so does the dog
    For every 10 beef sticks i buy the dog gets at least 1/2 of them.

    Yea I buy dog food, but the dog eats almost as well as I do.

    before the 1940s or 1950s there was no dog food, dogs ate people food.

    • Hi Chuck, My grandparents always fed their dog table scraps, never ever bought dog food. Store bought dog food got more popular after the 1960s. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Some of the canned dog food smells really bad, I can’t imagine what it must taste like. I don’t really want to feed the dog stuff like that. This morning I had eggs, backon and toast. the dog doesn’t like eggs, but she got bacon and a few sausage links i cooked along with the bacon.
    She doesn’t have what you could call a tough life…

  4. I combined the boullion with the flour, almost a whole cup of water added a little at a time, the egg and some old bacon bits out of my cupboard (how old are they really?)
    Since bacon is now $5 a pound I no longer buy it but I used parchment paper and it worked fine. Reuse it. Cleanup was a lot easier.
    The scraps at the end that you can’t roll out just get toasted as is.
    Table scraps will NOT hurt your dog! I’ve fed dogs table scraps for 45 years with no adverse effects and if TSHTF I’ve been buying 50 pound bags of flour, rice, salt, sugar and beans. A good guard dog is going to eat
    what I eat.
    Don’t be too worried about what you feed your dog; remember dogs eat poop.

    • Hey Buddy, thanks for sharing your recipe. Building up my food storage to include those same bulk items. Dog food does not store well anyway so the basics will be food for everyone.

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