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Test Dog #1
I’ve been cooking for over 30 years but I’ve never gotten as an enthusiastic response as I did to this week’s dessert effort – Dog biscuits. If you’re looking for validation of your cooking prowess, I doubt you can find a better audience to howl your praises.

Last week after unpacking the new KitchenAid Stand Mixer I needed a test run recipe. Dog Biscuits seemed perfect. Pretty much no matter what I do wrong there will be no smug remarks and even the most botched effort would be forgiven in an instant if it were ever an issue at all. Dogs are good like that.

So after searching around for a good recipe (see below) I settled on a well reviewed effort I found on AllRecipes.

Off and running. During the prep process Test Dog #1 seemed largely (completely) unimpressed. He’s a 13 year old Bichon Frise who has a long standing feud with the vacuum cleaner but the whirring of the stand mixer barely got a glance. His food doesn’t come from the oven, it comes from a bag on top of the refrigerator so the baking process didn’t impress him much either.

But once cooled and served, Test Dog #1 WAS impressed. Typically you have to be careful with data that comes from those that live under your roof because they know they’re just one complaint away from a week of frozen dinners but Test Dog #1’s enthusiasm seemed legit.

I didn’t actually get to see the reactions of Test Dogs #’s 2, 3 and 4 but I heard about it. They loved them.

I took a bag to my best friends house where we encountered Test Dog’s # 5 and 6, Darby a beagle and Shadow a shepherd. Even the more finicky beagle was scheming for more, trying to get at the bag when my friend would leave the room.

6 for 6! Dog Tested and Approved! Can I cook or what!

All kidding aside give this one a try, your Canine-American friends will love you for it.


This recipe makes a LOT of dog biscuits. Keep in mind that unlike their store bought counterpart, these are made with real wholesome ingredients and not laden with chemicals. And as such they will eventually spoil like any other baked good. I tested freezing and unthawing them and Test Dog #1 didn’t seem to mind a bit.

Thanks to Donna for posting this to AllRecipes.

Dog Biscuits

1 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup margarine

1 cup boiling water

3/4 cup cornmeal

2 teaspoons white sugar

2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

1/2 cup milk

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 egg, beaten

3 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.

Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutter (I prefer bone shaped), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.

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