Our animals are spoiled. The guinea pigs live in a cage large enough to be considered a full on chateau. The dogs sleep in our bed. Sadie at the foot and Scout up on my pillow around my head like a night cap. We treat them as best we can and part of that is minding the food they eat. While, I can’t always keep Hank from dropping 90% of the food we give him on the floor or get to it before the dogs, we try to make sure Sadie doesn’t end up with wheat or corn anything because she’s allergic to them. They are on a special diet and the biscuits we used to buy them smelled like you cracked a can of tuna every single time you opened the package. We decided to try our hand at a homemade dog treats recipe that doesn’t leave killer fish breath in it’s wake and this was the result. This post may contain affiliate links which means I make a small commission if you buy something via my link. This does not cost you anything.
I’ll be the first person to say the best equipment it what you have. Heavy glasses can be used as rolling pins (and in a pinch so can a wine bottle) and the open end of a drinking glass can be used as a cookie cutter but like most things in life, there are tools that make things easier. We bake almost daily, making everything from sandwich bread to grain free dog biscuits, from scratch when possible. And since we meal plan all our meals, the stove, oven, or crock pot are always on around here.
Rolling Pin: The rolling pin has been invented and reinvented a million times with different attributes but I don’t care for anything fancy. One of these works best for me.
KitchenAid Mixer: Mine was a gift, but it gets used several times a week and I would have invested in one by now if my dad hadn’t thought to get me one as a grad school graduation gift many years ago. We use it to make bread dough, cookies, frosting, dog treats, and have some extra attachments for added abilities like grinding meat to make our own sausages and hamburgers.
Rolling Pin Rings: These little rings go on the end of your rolling pin to assure a uniform thickness when you roll out your dough. I love using these for recipes where you are doing something like cookies or dog treats because you are probably putting dog biscuits from several rounds of cut and re-rolled dough on the same sheet. Having the same thickness ensures an even bake.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin + 3 tablespoons (make sure you don’t get the canned pumpkin pie mix)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Preheat your oven to 350* Fahrenheit
- In a medium bowl wisp together 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin and two eggs. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl mix together the salt, parsley and flour.
- Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients in the the dry and mix until you have a dry stiff dough. It shouldn’t be wet enough to stick to your hands but it should hold together in a ball.
- Rice flour a surface and roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. If you are having issues rolling it out, add more pumpkin from your reserved 3 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon at a time until you are able to roll it out easily and without cracks.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut as many biscuits as you can and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet before forming the remaining dough into another ball until you have no dough left.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Flip all the biscuits and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes. These homemade dog biscuits are ready when they are lightly browned around the edges and are firm.