Have a biscuit or two, both you and your best friend. I’m tired of buying expensive doggy biscuits that look dry and unappetising. While my dogs love jerky, they play with store-bought biscuits and only eat them when dinner is a long way off and no other treat is forthcoming. Who can blame them when so many of these biscuits look like reconstituted cardboard?
Here are K9-friendly versions of biscuits meant for humans. The original peanut-butter cookie recipe was created by Chef Devagi Sanmugam over a decade ago for the magazine I used to work for. Hers uses 50g honey and no eggs. The cheese sticks recipe is even older and from my days in a women’s magazine. It’s no-fail even without the suggested pinch of cayenne pepper.
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OATY PEANUT-BUTTER COOKIES
300g plain flour
60g quick-cooking oats
100g peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
100g caster sugar
- Cream butter and sugar. Add peanut butter and eggs to the mix.
- Fold in flour and oats to make a pliable dough. Roll out dough to 4mm thickness and cut with a bone-shaped cutter. Use another cutter if you want some for your two-legged best friends.
- Bake in a preheated 170˚C oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool cookies on a wire rack and store in an air-tight container.
150g plain flour, sifted
50g butter, hard – cut into cubes
80g cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 180 ˚C
- Rub butter into sifted flour with fingertips to get a breadcrumb texture.
- Stir in grated cheese. Make a well in the centre of the dough and add egg. Mix well until dough is firm enough for rolling out.
- Dust work surface with flour. What’s easier is to cut open a plastic bag. Sandwich dough between two plastic sheets to make clean-up quick and prevent sticking.
- Roll out into 0.3cm thickness and cut into strips with a lightly floured blade.
- Place pastry strips on a greased or lined baking tray. Bake on top shelf until golden. Cool and store.