Dog Biscuits

I bake these often. And we don’t even have a dog. We do have a son, though, who loves them; honestly, the whole family enjoys these bones with soups and salads, and on their own – they are very munchable. If you are hesitant to offer the biscuits to guests thinking they might accuse you in serving them dog food, just shape the biscuits differently (but I think they are kind of cute the way they are).

I’m so done with festive sweets for a while (oh, these holidays)… Now I crave dog food.

Adapted from the “Gourmet” magazine.

Makes about three and a half dozens of 3-inch cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal (I use fine stone ground cornmeal)
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (quick cooking oats work just fine)
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly coarsely ground black pepper (not for dogs, perhaps)
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 large egg + 1 tbsp water for egg wash


Pulse the flours, cornmeal, oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with pea-size butter lumps. Add 1 cup water and pulse until a coarse, dense dough forms.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in the parsley and mint until well distributed. Gather, then halve the dough with a scraper. Form into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk.

Put oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll out one disk of the dough into a 1/3-inch thick round on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. If the dough becomes too soft to roll out, wrap it in plastic and chill until firm. Cut out as many biscuits as possible and arrange them about ¼- inch apart on one baking sheet.

Gather the scraps and reroll, then cut out more biscuits. Repeat with the remaining dough, using other baking sheet.

Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the biscuits with the egg wash and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through, until tops are golden brown, about 30-35 minutes total. Turn off the oven, pop the door ajar with a wooden spoon, and let the biscuits cool in the oven until dry throughout.

The biscuits can be kept, layered between sheets of parchment, in an airtight container at the room temperature for 1 month (but I really can’t see how it’s possible).

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26 Responses to “Dog Biscuits”

  1. These sound a bit too sophisticated for my dog, but not for me. They look delicious. I just made dog biscuits (gluten free- my dog has a wheat allergy) before I left, my good bye treat.

  2. Great cookies! I can easily understand why you crave these tasty bones!



  3. When I make these I can finally stop feeling guilty for feeding my dog bits and pieces of whatever I eat—because these are actually good for both me and her!!

    I agree though, I wouldn’t change the shape of the treats—they are just too cute!!

  4. Mmm that looks yummy. And by the way, I’ve always wanted to bake actual dog biscuits for a dog :)

  5. They do sound good! That’s the kind of dog food I wouldn’t mind to eat! I just got a bone cookie cutter too!

  6. I love the shape of these cookies! I also have a bone shaped cookie cutter but haven’t used in a while. You now gave me a great reason to use it! The cookies look and sound flavorful and delicious.

  7. When I read dog cookies in my reader I was a bit hesitant ;)
    Cute cookies!

  8. some dog and cat food on the market today is more elegant than most of the stuff i eat. sad but true. these sound great, and i don’t blame you at all for eating them yourself. :)

  9. I had to laugh when I saw this post. This morning I just ran across a recipe for dog biscuits that I copied several week ago. I thought, I have got to make these for Pipi, but I don’t have a dog biscuit cookie cutter. I decided to use a pig instead.

  10. Those are so cute – I’d eat them that way, too!

  11. They look so nice I’ll happily try one of this bones !!

  12. Funny. I used to make dog biscuits for my own pooch (And all the neighborhood dogs as well). The recipe I used was from Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads. It was a wonderful recipe that made biscuits so good we’d fight the dog for some ourselves. They made wonderful soup croutons…


  13. Oh..I think these would be adorable with some chicken noodle soup served in a dog bowl!!!

  14. This is so cute! At first I really thought they were doggie biscuits. I’d have to serve them like this, they’d be perfect at a kiddo’s party :).

  15. Okay, that has to be one of the cutest photos ever…LOL…I love it! I want to make these for my pups!

  16. Abby, thank you! Your poor dog! I didn’t know they can be prone to this disease.

    Rosa, thank you!

    Christy, thank you! I’ll be glad if you give them a try. Let me know if your dog likes them (or not :)

    Y, thank you! They were yummy :) And they were meant for a dog :)

    Rita, thank you! The were pretty good.

    Miri, thank you very much! There’s something about this cutter :) My second favorite would be the foot-shaped one :)

    Linda, thank you! I’m glad you’ve still decided to visit despite the fact this is a canine post :)

    Grace, I’m not believing you :) And thanks for the complement!

    Eileen, the pig-cutter must be a cute one. I’m sure Pipi wouldn’t mind :) I hope she is feeling better…

    Madam Chow, thank you very much!

    Natalia, thank you! I wasn’t so moderate and ate far more than one :)

    Kate, this recipe of yours sounds wonderful! Please, let me know if you decide to share it on your blog.

    Leslie, exactly! I was considering buying the dog bowls for a while but this idea didn’t get the majority of the family votes :)

    Sophie, thank you! They are doggy biscuits :) But since the recipe didn’t call for any dry meat or fish bones, I thought they were perfectly suitable for humans :) And you are so right – kids do love them!

    Celeste, thank you so much! It would make me very happy :) I hope your puppies will like the biscuits.

  17. Hey Vera, I made these yesterday inspired by your post(with whatever I had on hand). This was a neat idea. I used no all purpose flour…..just whole wheat, 1 Tbsp. rye flour, wheat germ was less than mentioned…… in went some buckwheat flour. No mint, substituted cilantro…..In spite of my modifications, it tasted great!We had these for dinner with some minestrone soup and oven fries! Thanks for the recipe…….I will send you some pics, once I download them…

  18. Nidhi, I’m so glad! I love buckwheat, I’m sure it was great there. Thanks for letting me know.

  19. LOL! I’m not sure how to feel about this one. But if you make it, I’ll eat it. :)

  20. Those are so cute! My boys would love them!

  21. Dragon, thank you for your trust :)

    Joie de vivre, thank you! Mine loves them, too :)

  22. The treats I use for my dog are like crack to her. She just loves them. I wonder if your treats will be like crack for me.

  23. hahahaha.. i like the way you says, you dont have a dog but you have a son.. lol.. and feeding your guests with dog food.

  24. Do these work without eggs? maybe sub it with Milk / buttermilk?

  25. Dear Vera,

    I made them yesterdad. Turned out very good.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  26. This is so cute! At first I really thought they were doggie biscuits. I’d have to serve them like this, they’d be perfect at a kiddo’s party :).

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