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5/16/11

Molly's Cheese Biscuits (Doggie Treats)

Cheese Dog Biscuits for Molly and friends.
We have had several dogs who have become afflicted with cancer. Most recently Suzie who passed away on 3/30. She suffered with a tumor on her shoulder. She had surgery in an effort to catch it when it was first discovered but it came back and she lived almost 3 more years.

Before that we had beagles, Babe and Belle and Belle had cancer. At any rate since our new dog Molly is a house dog and drinks water that is the same as we do, through a reverse osmosis system I think I will make her treats to limit the chemical exposure. Maybe she will fare better and it isn't much trouble to make up a healthy batch of treats. 

We are going to share these with Daisy the Boxer next door and with Oreo the Brittany Beagle mix down the street. They are all my favorite dogs!!

*Molly's Cheesy Biscuit Treats:

1/4 C. chicken broth
1 C. plain nonfat yogurt
2 T. canola oil
2 T. barley malt syrup
1 t. kosher salt
3/4 C. whole wheat flour
1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 C. grated cheddar cheese
2/3 C. cornmeal
1/2 C. uncooked old fashioned oats
1/3 C. uncooked farina cereal
5 T. dried parsley flakes
2 t. yeast

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Heat a small amount of water to boiling, meanwhile place 1 t. chicken stock base or a bouillon cube in a cup. Add 1/4 C boiling water and stir to dissolve. Or, if you have the correct amount of broth on hand simply heat to a boil. 

Stir together the broth, yogurt, oil, syrup and yeast in the mixer bowl of a stand mixer and install the dough hook. Add the remaining ingredients and machine knead until it comes together in a firm round ball. Add flour or liquid if necessary. 

Roll the dough out to a thickness of 1/4" on a work surface dusted with cornmeal. Cut the treats with a cookie cutter of your choice. Place the treats on a baking stone if you have one or a nonstick cookie sheet. 

Bake for 45-50 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the treats in the oven for 1-3 hours. Cool completely on wire racks. Store in airtight container. Treat you puppy to these wonderful treats that are wholesome enough for human consumption. (But they really are for the dog!!)

*Note: This recipe was adapted from, Gourmet Dog Biscuits From Your Bread Machine by Sondra MacDonald.


3 comments:

Dogmom said...

I'm a little concerned by some of the ingredients in these recipes for dogs. One recipe calls for bouillon cubes which contain onion powder which is toxic to dogs and another I saw called for raisins which are dehydrated grapes, which are also toxic to dogs. I hope people are doing their homework before doing any homemade dog recipes.

Diane Cosby said...

Thanks Dogmom!! I am especially interested in your comments!! I knew chocolate and many house plants could be toxic but had never heard about onion powder or grapes. I have always been a dog lover and kept many many other animals too. Can you cite any good reference materials, or cookbooks that you know of that would be helpful to us?? Would you consider writing a "guest post" on this subject for this blog. Thanks again. Another animal lover.

Dogmom said...

@Diane, I subscribe to Dr. Karen Becker's posts the address is healthypets.mercola.com. She just recently put out some recipes in an informational letter she sends out frequently. She also authored a cookbook for dogs. She advocates for a raw diet, there are many reasons that I am not completely keen on feeding a raw diet but I do use some of her recipes and instead of feeding raw, I will cook them. In the pet industry "my way" is known as homemade/home cooked rather than raw. I've read quite a few books but two of the easier ones to read, that I enjoy are: Pet Food Nation by Joan Weiskopf who is a Veterinary Nutritionist and also The Ultimate Pet Food Guide by Liz Palika. Both of these books include some good recipes and may give you a good basis for their dietary needs. (what most of us were taught growing up and what the pet food industry would like for you to think can get pretty far off from the truth) Should you decide to feed a commercial dog food I would encourage you to visit petfoodadvisor.com. and check out the current food you're feeding your dog. For a list of things you should not give your dogs you can go to: http://www.dog-first-aid-101.com/toxic-foods.html I wish the list they give were more detailed but it does explain what can happen if you give these to your dog. I would also like to point out that there is a newer artificial sweetener called xylitol that is mostly used in mints and gum but can be found in anything containing an artificial sweetener that can be fatal even in smaller doses (relative to your dogs size). I recently read an article about a woman who lost her dog who had gotten into her package of Tic-Tacs. I'm happy to help in any way possible, I love to see others taking an interest in the nutritional well-being of their companion animals! You can email me at amandadavidson@ymail.com if I can offer anymore suggestions :)