For the bit of work you put into making these carrot dog biscuits, your puppy will repay you tenfold in gratitude. Carrots are high in vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber. Including them in these homemade doggy treats will help you meet more of your furry friend's nutritional needs.
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Combine the flour, oats and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Whisk one egg in a separate large mixing bowl.
Whisk the honey, applesauce and carrots into the egg.
Stir the dry ingredients gradually into the wet ingredients using the spoon.
Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. The dough will be very dense at this point, so you may want to switch to working with your hands. If the dough sticks to your hands too much, dust them with flour.
Knead the dough with floured hands until it holds together and you can form it into a ball. If the dough is too crumbly, add a bit of applesauce, water or milk. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle it with flour and work it some more.
Place the dough ball on a floured work surface. Roll out the dough to 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick using the rolling pin.
Cut the dough with a cookie cutter. You can choose any shape you like, for instance a doggy-themed cookie cutter, or a pumpkin in the fall.
Gather up the dough scraps, roll them into a ball, and roll them out again to cut more cookies. If the dough is getting too dry, sprinkle it with a bit of water and work that in before rolling.
Arrange the cookies on a nonstick cookie sheet, leaving about 1 inch of space around each one.
Whisk the second egg in a small bowl and brush it onto the tops of the biscuits. Then sprinkle the treats with a bit more cinnamon. This step is optional, but will add a nice "finished" look to your doggy cookies.
Bake your puppy biscuits at 350 F for 15 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven, rotate it 180 degrees, replace it, and then bake the biscuits for another 15 minutes. Your doggy cookies are done when their centers are dry and the edges are golden brown.
Allow your carrot doggy biscuits to cool completely before treating your patient pup to a much-anticipated treat! Remaining cookies should last for a week in a tightly sealed container, or two weeks in the refrigerator.
If you don't have any cookie cutters, use a pizza cutter to make square biscuits.
Freeze half the batch to save for later.
Put a piece of bread in the container with your doggy biscuits to keep them from going stale. Separate the cookies from the bread with a layer of wax paper so they don't get too soft.
If your dog has a food allergy, you can substitute many of these ingredients to suit your own furry friend. For instance, use gluten-free flour, or switch the eggs for 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and another 1/4 cup of applesauce.
Items You Will Need
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (plus a bit more for dusting)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus more for decoration)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 mixing bowls
- Whisk or fork
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutter
- Nonstick cookie tray
- Pastry brush
- If you don't have any cookie cutters, use a pizza cutter to make square biscuits.
- Freeze half the batch to save for later.
- Put a piece of bread in the container with your doggy biscuits to keep them from going stale. Separate the cookies from the bread with a layer of wax paper so they don't get too soft.
- If your dog has a food allergy, you can substitute many of these ingredients to suit your own furry friend. For instance, use gluten-free flour, or switch the eggs for 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and another 1/4 cup of applesauce.
Madeline Masters works as a dog walker and professional writer. In the past she has worked as a fitness columnist, fundraising copywriter and news reporter. Masters won two Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Awards in 2009. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.