I’ve had dogs in my life for so long, I can’t imagine the kitchen without them. In total, there are no fewer than four dogs that are regulars in my kitchen: Cuba (Yellow Lab), Floyd (Black Lab), Sandy (Cavalier King Charles), and Larry (Golden Retriever). Don’t get me wrong,—I’m not here to dump on cats. We have three of those, too: Jasmine (Lynx Point Siamese), Onyx (Maine Coon), and I don’t think my neighbors will mind if I include Pig (American Shorthair), who comes to my kitchen door daily for snacks and attention.
My Homemade Carrot Doggie Treats are a big hit. It all started with my Cavies.
I used to have two Cavalier King Charles spaniels at home (now I only have one) and I fed them carrots since they were pups. Carrots make a wonderful treat for dogs because they are low in calories, high in fiber and an excellent source of vitamins. Not to mention that many dogs love them! Mine would hover at my feet waiting for carrots to drop every time I made homemade chicken soup.
It wasn’t long before I was buying bags of baby carrots just for them. When I decided to create a home baked dog treat, I knew it had to have carrots. I love to add cinnamon and ginger to the mix! Pups love the flavor and it is good for them, too.
Next, I turned these dog biscuits into sandwich cookies with an easy cream cheese frosting—every pup loves them!
When I added the frosting, I could see stars in their eyes. Turns out they love cream cheese, too! So, for a special occasion or “just because my dogs are so lovable and cute,” try your hand at these easy dog biscuits. Of course, they’re just as good without the frosting, so if your pup can’t have dairy, they’re not missing out. Either way, you're definitely in for some extra dog cuddles.
Yield: Makes approximately 2 dozen, depending on size of cutter
Author: Mary DiSomma
Carrot & Spice Doggie Sandwich Biscuits with Cream Cheese Filling
With a touch of honey for sweetness, these treats are sure to make your dog’s tail wag, too! They’re fun and easy to make, and besides being a wonderful snack for your own furry friend, they make a fantastic gift for the dog lovers in your life.
2 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
2¼ cups all-purpose flour plus more to dust work area
Prepare the biscuits: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, 2¼ cups flour, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder. Give the mixture a good stir. Mix in the grated carrots. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, work the butter into the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Gradually add the milk, water, and honey. Whisk until combined. Add the egg mixture to the oat mixture and mix until combined.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Work in additional flour as needed until the dough does not stick to your work surface. Roll dough into ¼-inch thickness and make cut outs using your favorite cookie cutters. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for approximately 20 - 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Baking time varied depending on the size of cookie cutter used. Remove cookies from the oven and let set for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Prepare the frosting: With a hand mixer, whip the cream cheese, honey, and vanilla.
Assemble the biscuits: Once biscuits are completely cool, spread the frosting onto the bottom side of half of the biscuits. Place the remaining biscuits on top and press gently. Refrigerate biscuits in an airtight container. These doggie treats are best enjoyed within four days. Believe me, your doggie’s tail will be wagging!
Mary DiSomma, Foodie, Author, Philanthropist, Mother, Wife and so much more...
Mary DiSomma, an enthusiastic and imaginative baker of cookies, is the author and publisher of A Gift of Cookies: Recipes to Share with Family & Friends. She is also a philanthropist, podiatrist, entrepreneur, and mother of four grown children.
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