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Homemade Dog Biscuits

The Martha Stewart Show

Show your four-legged friend some love with these tasty homemade dog treats.

Makes about 5 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer's yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog's size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog's name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won't stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Comments (38)

  • chester 27 Sep, 2014

    my question is if making these treats for my dog, should I also freeze them

  • Delightfully Inspired Living 24 Sep, 2014

    I love the idea of Brewers Yeast in these dog treats! We actually use this ingredient a lot. Try is on Pop Corn for added flavor. It's YUM!
    We just made Stella & Sophie's Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cookies (recipe on Theses treats from Martha will be next! Our Boxer girls love treats!

  • freedomdogcare 8 Feb, 2014

    Just love homemade dog treat recipes. We posted our peanut butter honey treats with yogurt "icing" and linked to this recipe as well as others on our blog. Come visit!

  • Brooksnbambam 21 Dec, 2013

    If you have a dog that suffers from seizures be careful with flour....gluten can induce seizures. My yellow lab had seizures & I made dog biscuits she went crazy over but in a week she had 10 seizures and I couldn't figure out why. Figured out the problem, no biscuits=no seizures. I felt terrible!!! The recipe I used had wheat, rye, cornmeal.

  • English Rosie 22 Oct, 2013

    The biscuit recipe I use calls for (2 cups)wheat flour (1/2 cup) cornmeal (5 tabs)canola oil and (3/4 C+)beef stock, and makes about 4 dozen if not too thickly rolled. I have added apple rinds & carrots, but biscuits will not last as long, the fresh fruit decays quickly. I knew that garlic was toxic but nice to know it can given cooked. Word-wise, something toxic for dogs may bring belly pain; and "intoxication" means a person drinks alcohol to excess!! As in getting drunk!

  • jnokleby 22 Oct, 2013

    Not using a cookie cutter, make human crackers, do the same. Flip over jellyroll pan, spray the sheet, plop the dough and roll it out. Cut to rectangles and bake on pan this way. Single mess.

  • jnokleby 22 Oct, 2013

    Doing my fruit prep for canning, my German shorthair Allie was by my side, trying to catch anything she could. I decided to rescue all the peelings of the apples and pears, rinsed, drained and popped into the freezer as I would my herbs to use. These are going into the blender and added to dog-cookie recipes. So many ways to take your ingredients at random and mix till you have consistancy to make-bake. We create recipes all the time for HUMAN consumption, just a bit of altering.

  • jacksonn 31 Mar, 2013

    This is wonderful post. I want to say that do not give your dog commercial food. Healthy homemade food is very important for your dog. I found very good and easy recipes in Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

  • KoKos mum 9 Mar, 2013

    TheBeebs - Er, doh! did you read the recipe - it does tell you to switch the oven off!!!

  • meclumbers 17 Sep, 2012

    Fresh garlic is toxic to dogs BUT cooked garlic is NOT toxic to dogs, great for repelling ticks and fleas. Buy a copper dog biscuit cutter at King Arthur Flour, they have several sizes available, biscuits freeze well, can be refrigerated for weeks in a zip lock bag when not out on the counter or in the doggie jar. Its actually easier if you make the dough and refrigerate overnight...its much easier to handle the next day.Spread on parchment paper generously coated with corn meal ,roll out & cut.

  • chigirl85 22 Aug, 2012

    I think this is the recipe sammyboy was referring to.

  • Doggylover1 6 Aug, 2012

    Is this a good recipe?

  • dhemm 25 Jul, 2012

    Sammyboy, can you post your recipe please, thank you

  • Asb 1 Jul, 2012

    Question, How long do they last for?

  • TheDailyGolden 10 Jun, 2012

    I agree with sammyboy. Much healthier recipes out there. Love Martha tho!

  • sammyboy 30 May, 2012

    I have a recipe for dog biscuits that I got from Martha some time ago and I think it's much more nuititious than this one. The main ingredient is barley flour which is better for dogs than wheat or corn which can cause allergies. The other ingredients are unsweetened applesauce, oatmeal, olive oil and cheddar cheese. These smell so good when they're baking that I want to eat them myself. Don't know if this recipe is still available on Martha's website but I can provide it if it's not.

  • PiperLilly 31 Mar, 2015

    Looking for dog treats or food recipes that do not contain wheat, corn or chicken. My Siberian Huskey is very allergic, especially to chicken! THANK YOU

  • pinedweller 30 May, 2012

    I am going to make these & others - with all the problems with dogs dying, we need to do something to cut out buying things like these from China

  • SaraVegan 20 Apr, 2012

    I have made these several times and my dogs (and others' dogs) love them. I did make some changes though. First, I used vegetable stock instead of chicken, olive oil instead of canola and added diatomaceous earth. Second, I used whole wheat flour and replaced the wheat bran with flax meal. And third, I made gluten-free versions with a mix of oat flour, brown rice flour and garbanzo/fava bean flour. They were all a hit at my house!

  • VaLeesa 14 Apr, 2012

    Dog shaped and bone cutters can be found at hobby stores. I found mine at a bakery supply. This is the exact same recipe on the MS dog bone cutters I found at Pet Smart. The recipe states these treats can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. I am going to try beef stock to give my pet variety.

  • VaLeesa 14 Apr, 2012

    Dog shaped and bone cutters can be found at hobby stores. I found mine at a bakery supply. This is the exact same recipe on the MS dog bone cutters I found at Pet Smart. The recipe states these treats can be stored in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. I am going to try beef stock to give my pet variety.

  • MarielleRose 11 Dec, 2011

    MANY DOGS DO NOT TOLERATE WHEAT (AP FLOUR). I would substitute brown rice flour or ground oatmeal and nix the wheat germ altogether.

  • Sewsirius 4 Nov, 2011

    I live in the UAE and I haven't seen any brewers yeast around (for obvious reasons being a Muslim Country) is there an alternative to this one ingredient? Also I'm thinking to add more nutrition using real stock from a carcass (without onions) would be better and lower the amount of salt added?

  • bulldogmom2 3 Nov, 2011

    How long can these biscuits be stored? I was planning on selling them at a holiday craft show and wanted to let people know how long and how they should be stored.

  • snilarity 15 Oct, 2011

    very surprised to see a recipe so lacking in nutrition on her site. all-purpose flour? as if!

  • grimm2249 14 Jan, 2011

    I can't wait to try this. We have a litter of chorkie pups, who unfortunately lost their mom the day after they were born. We have hand fed them from day one! We have truly been blessed, that we were able to keep them all alive. Even the vet is surprised that we were able to keep them all. What an awesome and heartfelt experience!!! They are 3 months old on the 21st of this month, and I think for a special treat they will get these biscuits. Thanks so much for the recipe

  • Ran212 6 Oct, 2010

    Easy and quick recipe, especially in the Kitchen Aid Mixer. However, this makes NOWHERE NEAR FIVE DOZEN. I got about 30 treats with this recipe using Martha's smallest dog bone cookie cutter. Turned out fantastic!

  • TheBeebs 4 Aug, 2010

    It's more like 1 and a half cups of flour....and no way it makes 5 dozen.We got 28 assorted sizes.You can probaly get about 3 dozen using the small cutter.My grand daughter,who isn't particularly interested in cooking, loves animals and you know how it goes...anything for the dog.She enjoyed the process.I got to teach her a little about fractions.The dog loved the treats.Most of all, we had fun and made a terrific memory.

  • SuzyQx 28 Jul, 2010

    I have now tried these twice because I thought that the first abject failure must have been my fault! I was wrong - leaving them in the oven for an extra hour (let alone hour and a half) results in a product which is dark/verging on burnt and extremely unappetizing. Also - how you can get 5 dozen even using the smallest cookie cutter is completely beyond me. I would leave this cookie recipe well alone!

  • BirdsandButtons 7 Jun, 2010

    @ Redsmom: I got one for less than $2 from Jo-Ann's. But I've also seen them at Sur-la-Table as well as cake decorating and supply stores.

  • redsmom 28 Mar, 2010

    Where can I get a dog bone cookie cutter?

  • Karenzweb 13 Feb, 2010

    My concern would be MSG (by all other names as well) found in most canned stock. Please don't use it for you or your pets.

  • Niconomicon 24 Jan, 2010

    Sounds good except for the canola oil part, I would never feed that unhealthy garbage to my beloved pets.

  • ktbbabe 2 Dec, 2009

    would beef stock work the same as chicken stock?

  • JessicaBricker 2 Nov, 2009

    I feed my dog Canine Caviar which has garlic as a holistic ingredient. My friend and vet told me that garlic is actually good to have incorporated in your dogs diet because the odor it gives off through their coat helps to detract fleas. My dog is currently 7 months and has been on Canine Caviar since he was 6 weeks. He has not shown any signs of intoxication.

  • October Cosmos 1 Nov, 2009

    These comments are interesting. My dogs get garlic everyday, and I have not found it toxic.

  • PattiRob 6 Aug, 2009

    I agree with Laura. I have a leafet from my vet that is put out by the ASPCA that states garlic is toxic to dogs.

  • laurajamroz 30 Jul, 2009

    garlic is toxic to dogs