You know I love my dog Rusty. I used to make Columbo, Girlfriend, and Ladybug home-made dog biscuits for Christmas. I didn’t make any last year when it was just Rusty. I decided I needed to make him some this year.
I found this recipe years ago at a site that doesn’t seem to be active anymore. It can be found here though. My dog loves them, as do the neighbors’ dogs. I’m sharing the recipe with you. If your toddler wants to sample them, it’ll be okay. My husband likes them too.
1/4 cup hot water 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
8 cubes chicken bouillon cube 2 cups all purpose flour
1 pkg dry yeast 2 cups wheat germ
1 tsp sugar 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 300° F.
Pour the water into a large bowl and add the sugar and yeast. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
Add chicken bouillon cubes. Crush them with a fork as you stir them in. Add tomato juice, 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of wheat germ. Stir with a large spoon to form a smooth batter.
Then stir in the remaining flour (both kinds). This will make the dough very dry and stiff. You’ll probably have to use your hands to finish mixing.
Divide the dough into two balls. Sprinkle flour on the counter surface and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. You can use a table knife to cut the dough into “people” shapes or do as I did and use cookie cutters in the shapes of bones and fire hydrants.
Place the biscuits onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 300° F for 1 hour. Afterwards, let them dry in the turned off oven for quite a while (4 hrs or more).