The Best Dog Biscuits EVER – According to Sierra

by on April 25, 2013

Dog Biscuits recipe from White On rice couple

“Incentives.” That’s what we have to call dog biscuits now around the house. The pups have long figured out “treats” and spelling out the letters to each other in this LOL world was starting to get old. We’ve gotten in the habit of using letters instead of words so much I’ve started glancing over my shoulder expecting to hear a pre-K teacher about to scold “Use your words!”

I’ve been wanting to come up with a new dog biscuit recipe for a while. They are super handy to have around while Lexi is in her puppy-teenager phase. Nothing like a little “incentive” to help bring a distracted puppy running when you call them to “come”. My philosophy is that when you call them over to you, it should be the best thing in the world. Full of love, scratches, and often times a delicious treat. Even when you want to twist their floppy ears for getting into something they aren’t supposed to.

Dog Biscuits recipe from White On rice couple

Unfortunately my last few attempts at a new biscuit recipe weren’t as good as I had hoped. Sure Lexi and Sierra slobbered, drooled and ate them all up, but I just wasn’t feeling the same excitement they’ve show for the other dog biscuits I’ve made.  And I didn’t like how the new recipes would roll out, or keep, or not crumble. It just wasn’t “it”. I think I was f%^$-ing with the recipes too much.

After the the last few weeks of being crazy busy with shoots for clients getting ready with their Summer and Grilling Season recipes, the puppy parent guilt was starting to set it. So a few nights ago I gave up a couple hours sleep and was determined to make a slobber worthy treat for the pups.

Starting with a basic dog biscuit dough, I threw in a couple things that were good for them; turmeric and ground flax seeds. Sierra gets a weird head shaking thing which at best medical analysis is harmless but is probably caused by low blood sugar so I added a bit of brown sugar. Some peanut butter ’cause they really love peanut butter. And for the flavor kicker, added beef bouillon powder to the water used in the recipe. The dough rolled, cut, and baked beautifully. The only thing left was the white boxer test.

Sierra has always been a cautious eater since testing out a devil pepper in the garden as a puppy. Rarely does she take food without carefully testing it. Even then, food is about 5th or 6th down on her list of great things. Head rubs and attention, next is chasing balls, cozy fleece, walks… Oh and don’t forget chasing and arguing with the squirrels. It takes quite a bit to get her amped over any food item.

Dog Biscuits recipe from White On rice couple

Verdict: In her 8 years of puppyhood, she has never camped out in the kitchen waiting for a treat. Nearly every night since making these “incentives” she can be found lying and waiting in the kitchen right below the treat container. Hand out a treat and our normally reserved, super gentle treat taker instantly flops her big fleshy lips over your fingers in a mad dash to get the “incentive” in her mouth. These are the best treats EVER.

Lexi – she’ s ridgeback. They LOVE food so of course she loves them.

Pups are happy and the “incentives” are mom and dad approved. Guilt appeased. Now back to work for a couple more client shoots then we’ll see about some dog beach time.

-Todd

the squinty-eyed Sierra dazed by her own whiteness and the dork-eared Lexi

Turmeric and Flax Dog Biscuits - The Best Dog Biscuit EVER*!

Yield: A couple weeks worth of good dog treats

Total Time: 1 hour

*"Best dog biscuit EVER" claim is based off of Sierra's feedback. Results may vary. See post for more recipe details.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Beef or Chicken Bouillon Powder
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) all-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (55g) ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 cup (130g) Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Dissolve the bouillon in the hot water. Set aside.
  3. Combine the flours, brown sugar, ground flax, and turmeric in a mixer bowl. Using a dough hook, mix in hot water mixture, peanut butter and egg. Continue mixing until the dough ball is smooth, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl to help everything mix together.
  4. Roll out the dough to 1/2" thick. Cut into desired dog biscuit shapes (we use hearts for "good dogs" and small circles for training incentives). Place the cut out dog biscuits on the prepared sheet pans.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the biscuits feel dried and fairly hard (they will harden a bit more after cooling).
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

Cutest biscuits ever!! The heart shapes are just too cute! Lucky pooches :)

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2 Dani G. April 25, 2013 at 9:06 am

So did YOU try them? They sound pretty good. I don’t have pooches but might try them for a friend’s dog. ;)

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3 Sally April 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

Oh boy, I think these “incentives” are exactly what my almost one year old girl needs. Can’t wait to whip up a batch!

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4 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence April 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

Very cute! I need to make these for my boyfriend’s dog :)

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5 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I would totally make cat cookies :)

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6 Kris April 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Sounds great–except I’m deathly allergic to all nuts and nut products. Any suggestions on what to substitute? With 3 100 pound + pups, I need SOMETHING to tease them with!
Thanks!

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7 White on Rice Couple April 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I would just leave out the peanut butter and flax, then reduce the amount of flour (I’m guessing about 1/2 cup total – 1/4 cup of each). That should work for you give or take a little flour.

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8 Marilyn@pinkmartinisandpearls.com April 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I can’t wait to try these for my next party’s appetizers! Just kidding( but they do look that good). ;) But I will try them out for a friend’s dogs when I go photograph them. Bribes for Harry Winston and Wendy? But of course! Beautiful pics, as always.

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9 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker April 26, 2013 at 9:26 am

I always love finding healthy dog treat recipes, I can’t wait to try this one. I love your pups and they look like best buds – two is always better than one!

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10 Julie April 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

Do these need to be refrigerated, since they don’t have any preservatives in them, or can they stay in a container on the counter?

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11 White on Rice Couple May 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi Julie. They stay fine on the counter.

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12 Michelle Ritchie | Delicious Karma April 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm

LOVE this post! I just got a puppy a month ago and am very careful about what I feed her, so this great recipe is something I will absolutely need to try! She is my baby!

I had to laugh at the beginning of your post…as my sweet Lucy does not exactly always come when I call her. However, lately, I’ve been using “incentives” and boy has that changed things!!!

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13 Christine April 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Perfect timing! I was just thinking that I need to make some homemade treats for my Pembroke Blue. This recipe sounds just right. I love your description of Sierra’s caution when it comes to food after the pepper incident. Poor honey! Glad these hit the spot for both your pals!

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14 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up April 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I have an adorable Boston Terrier who I know would love these. I love finding good dog treats. Pinned!

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15 El Cajón de las Especias April 30, 2013 at 2:47 am

What fun and good idea. We’re both dog lovers and we have one each. As everyone loves the prizes so if you are over homemade liked them even more.
Congratulations on the recipe. We love it! Greetings ‘spicy’

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16 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes April 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

What sweet, sweet photos and biscuits! I love feeding all things flax to my pup so I can’t wait to try these lovely little treats. Thank you!

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17 Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion April 30, 2013 at 8:27 am

I love the picture of your dogs. I’ve been meaning to whip up some homemade dog treats for mine. These are the perfect modivation

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18 karin May 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Bouillon powder contains an awful lot of sodium. I would imagine that using beef/chicken broth would be more healthy

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19 Jeremy May 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I love the white boxer! I also have a white one, 6 months old, “Oscar”. He also loves treats, he was able to knock a whole box of them off the counter last week and treated himself to a months worth of them in one sitting!

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20 White on Rice Couple May 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Boxers at such silly pups. We’re sure yours will fill you with lots of love and laughs over the years. Be prepared for puppy like behavior for 6 more years! Then they’ll finally grow up. Kind of.

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21 Swift May 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

I have a pug, husky, and wolf malamute hybrid that I’m always trying to make treats for that I can cut into varies sizes for them. Is there a alternative way to make these without a dough hook? Love the pictures that illustrate this! Beautiful dogs!

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22 White on Rice Couple May 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

Sure. You don’t have to mix them with the dough hook, it just makes everything easier. The regular beater attachment is fine if you have a stand mixer. If want to you can always mix with a wooden spoon or other solid spoon. You have some lucky pups!

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23 Beth R May 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I have a set of 3 dog biscuit shaped cutters I would use instead of the heart. My Zoe is a mix of Pit Bull and German Shepard, she was the runt of the litter so she is quite small. She resembles both of your dogs, but shes a brindle. She likes the middle size bones I make for her.

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24 White on Rice Couple May 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for sharing Beth. Lexi was the runt of her litter too. That just makes them extra special ;)

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25 Courtney May 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I have my 1st batch in the oven and can’t wait to try them out on my two 7 month old St. Berdoodles! I can’t believe how many biscuits I was able to make! Thanks for the recipe!

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26 White on Rice Couple May 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

My mind is trying to wrap around the sight of a St Bernard – Poodle cross (assuming that is what St. Berdoodle is). They have to be huge, super smart, and loving. Hope your pups love them as much as our do. You may have to watch out for the drool puddles. ;)

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27 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 23, 2013 at 8:10 am

The ears in that last pic! I die of the cuteness overload. We have a weimaraner and that awkward teenage/puppy stage was my absolute favorite b/c her ears were about 5 times the size of her head at that point. She turns 6 next month…these might end up being her bday “incentive”.

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28 Beth September 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I must agree (or rather my dogs must agree!) BEST doggies treats EVER!! Seriously my 6 month old white golden retrievers will do just about ANYthing for these treats & I LOVE knowing they are getting homemade healthy treats!! I, as suggested, make some in heart shaped official treats & a bunch of small ‘incentive’ treats. So fabulous for training! Thanks SO much for sharing!!

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29 Mary December 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

*If you click on the link it will send you to a picture of the treats I made using your recipe. My dog, Gracie, LOVES them! She is always standing right by the treat jar just like Sierra. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Mary

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30 Eve May 9, 2014 at 4:39 am

hi, Sound like a fantastic recipe and I will be making it for our fur babies. One thing I would add to it though it a few twists of black pepper and a tablespoon or two of linseed/coconut/olive oil. These additional ingredients are needed in order for the turmeric to be used efficiently by the body :-)

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31 anita August 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

Just noticed your description of Sierra having ‘a weird head shaking thing’ due to low blood sugar. I’m just wondering if you’ve ever had her blood sugar measured during one of these episodes, because I would wager that’s not what causing it. Boxers are actually known to sometimes have a tremor disorder that causes mild episodic head tremors with no known cause. Fortunately it’s not serious and doesn’t progress to more severe seizures, and doesn’t require any treatment. If she has been shown to be truly hypoglycemic, then ignore all this, but try to find out why, because that could indicate a more serious problem. (BTW, I am a DVM not just a crazy dog lover. But I do love your dog photos and look forward to trying out your recipe!)

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