Making homemade dog biscuits is as simple as baking cookies, and they're a healthy and inexpensive alternative to commercially prepared biscuits. While applesauce is a tasty and healthy additive to your dog's favorite treat, it can also be easily substituted for some or all of the oil in the recipe.
Give the cookie sheets a light coating of baking spray, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour the flour, oats and baking powder into the mixing bowl; stir the dry mixture with the spoon.
Add the peanut butter and applesauce, and stir the mixture thoroughly. It will turn into a dough.
Scrape the dough out of the mixing bowl with a spatula onto a countertop or cutting board sprinkled with additional flour. Knead the dough for one to two minutes until it is smooth.
Roll the dough out to a quarter-inch thickness; use cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Place them on the cookie sheets.
Bake the biscuits for 25 minutes; they should be slightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store the biscuits in an airtight container in the pantry or refrigerator.
When substituting applesauce for oil in your dog's biscuits, start with just half applesauce first. Then adjust the amount upward in subsequent batches once you see how well it works.
If the dough is too dry, add up to 1 teaspoon of vegetable or olive oil to keep it from crumbling.
Items You Will Need
- 3 cups white or whole wheat flour, plus more for kneading
- 2 cups oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup peanut butter (preferably chunky)
- 1 cup of applesauce, unsweetened
- Baking spray
- 2 cookie sheets
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Cutting board (optional)
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Storage container
- If the dough is too dry, add up to 1 teaspoon of vegetable or olive oil to keep it from crumbling.
- When substituting applesauce for oil in your dog's biscuits, start with just half applesauce first. Then adjust the amount upward in subsequent batches once you see how well it works.
Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."