RECIPE: Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits

These homemade dog treats were a huge win in our house. Check out the recipe and view more photos.

The best part of homemade dog treats? You know exactly what’s in them. Photos by: Allison Gray/Petful

Although my dog, Banjo, doesn’t seem to have any food allergies, I know that some dogs are sensitive to certain ingredients often found in biscuits and food.

So it’s always nice to have a recipe on hand that avoids those pesky irritants, especially if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on specialty treats.

This recipe, for instance, substitutes brown rice flour for typical wheat flour, but you can make most flour substitutes work in a pinch.

Roll the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.

Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except water and mix well.
  3. Add just enough water to create a dough that sticks together.
  4. Roll dough in between 2 sheets of plastic wrap until ¼-inch thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to make shaped treats.
  6. Place dough pieces on nonstick cookie sheet.
  7. Cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Allow the treats to sit out overnight before packing them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 1.5 dozen medium homemade dog treats.

Let them cool on a wire rack overnight.
The applesauce in these biscuits may provide antioxidants and vitamin C.

These treats were a huge win in our house. I know this because Banjo spent the evening circling our kitchen island, eyeing the biscuits as they cooled. The wait was worth it, because she loved every crunchy bite.

Dog treats — even homemade ones — are not a substitute for a regular meal.

Adapted from Martha Stewart: Izzy’s Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits.

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