A novelty recipe today, one for dogs! We have a family pup, Henry, who joined our family in December 2013. Last Christmas he was still so little, but this year, he’s big and boisterous and definitely deserving of a Christmas present. I couldn’t think of what to ‘buy’ him but he loves a type of dog biscuit we used to get from the local farmer’s market. I set about recreating a version, with the help of ‘Biscuits for Your Dog‘. Without going into too much detail, Henry can sometimes be on the fragrant side of life; the mint and parsley in these really do help with that. He absolutely loved his treats on Christmas day, even if he had no idea what was going on and was busy getting very excited by all the discarded wrapping paper.
Here’s our pup when we got him, and more recently. Isn’t he a beauty?
The day he came home:
A scoop of snuggles:
Grown up, on the beach:
- 225 g of self raising flour
- A handful of chopped fresh parsley
- A handful of chopped fresh mint
- 2 tbsp of sunflower oil
- 170 g of apple sauce
- Preheat the oven to 140°C (fan or 160°C if not a fan oven).
- Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the flour and herbs.
- Stir in the sunflower oil and apple sauce.
- Roll between two layers of clingfilm and cut out into shapes or scoop up dough with a spoon and roll between your palms and flatten into a disc. It is a tough dough to handle, so I’d recommend just making the round cookies. I’m sure the dog won’t mind too much if his cookies aren’t bone or dog shaped.
- Place you cookies onto the lined baking trays and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Leave to cool completely on a cooling rack and then store in an airtight box, ready for treat time!