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From the kitchen: Apple & Cheddar Dog Biscuits

April 5, 2013

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It’s coming guys – bathing suit season. Ugh! I need to fit into a bikini next weekend, so I’ve cut out carbs for the time being in hopes of losing a little bit of the bloat that likes to hang around my midsection. Fingers crossed. Diamond, on the other hand, is a born super model and carbs only seem to enhance her beauty, so she graciously accepted the challenge of eating my baked goods this week.

She’s a cheese lover, it’s bad for her but we give in every so often. She’s cute. What can we do? You try saying no to her spotted nose and hazel eyes. It’s impossible, I promise you.

Anyway, I made her these cheddar and apple treats with oats and brown rice flour. Diamond ate three at one sitting, so I assume they’re pretty good – although this is the same dog that inhaled a half eaten hamburger on the sidewalk last week before I could stop her (shrugs). Like I said, what can we do? She does what she wants. Including actively not participating in this very blog post. All I wanted was a dog to sit at the dining table, wearing a napkin around her neck, while cutely mugging for the camera, is that too much to ask Diamond?!! It was.

p.s. have an awesome weekend!!!

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Apple Cheddar Dog Treats (adapted from Martha Stewart)

Makes about 16 biscuits

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap dusted with brown rice flour to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with your favorite cookie cutter, I used a 2 1/2″ scalloped edge round cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
  3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. With your pinky finger and thumb, create indentations to resemble paw prints.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
  5. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack.
  6. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
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31 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2013 2:42 am

    SO CUTE. GAH. I just wanna smoosh my face into hers and *huuuuuuuug* awww

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      April 5, 2013 11:03 am

      Ha! Thank you! I’ll do some extra face smooshing with her tonight just for you :)

  2. April 5, 2013 4:45 am

    Your dog is so adorable, I just want to make the treats now! Or just come take your cute dog… :)

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      April 5, 2013 2:42 pm

      Why, thank you!! She sure is cute. Enjoy the treats!

  3. April 5, 2013 7:05 am

    Um, this could be the cutest thing ever. Love it!

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      April 5, 2013 2:42 pm

      Thank you! Good thing Diamond doesn’t read my blog, all of this praise would go straight to her head. Such a princess.

  4. April 5, 2013 9:46 am

    I love this.

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      April 5, 2013 2:43 pm

      Thanks Leah! We had fun with it…well, I had fun with it. Diamond, not so much :)

  5. April 5, 2013 1:18 pm

    These pictures melt my heart! So sweet!

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      April 5, 2013 2:44 pm

      Awe, thank you Michelle! I think I may have to frame a few of my favorites.

  6. April 5, 2013 4:02 pm

    These eyes are so adorable!
    Fingers crossed for both of you. Good luck :)

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      April 18, 2013 12:18 pm

      Yep, her eyes are my fave. Thanks!

  7. April 6, 2013 8:17 am

    Oh man! She is so cute! I am definitely going to try these treats for my dog.

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      April 18, 2013 12:18 pm

      Thank you! Diamond thanks you too ;)

  8. April 6, 2013 8:27 am

    These are waaaaay too cute! I think Gus would be obsessing over these! Awesome!
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      April 18, 2013 12:17 pm

      Thank you! Diamond says Gus will RUFF these! #imcorny! #sorry

  9. Mert Parsons permalink
    April 6, 2013 9:19 am

    I think that she just didn’t care for the color of the napkin! Maybe something in turquoise batik? ;-) But it looks like she really got into it! I’m going to pass your blog on to a neighbor who adopted Miss Tilly about two years ago and discovered, after the adoption, that Miss Tilly is deaf! Well, that was a match made in Heaven. I think Jill will love making these biscuits for Miss Tilly! XOX, Momma Mert

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      April 18, 2013 12:15 pm

      ha! I think you’re right Mert. I alwasy forget that Diamond is partial to turquoise batik ;) I think Miss Tilly will devour these biscuits!

  10. April 6, 2013 4:29 pm

    Hahaha I seriously love this. So sweet.

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      April 18, 2013 12:14 pm

      Thank you! My poor pup, I make her do all sorts of unwanted things…but then she gets treats, so it’s all good !

  11. dansledetails permalink
    April 8, 2013 4:36 pm

    These look absolutely scrumptous
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      April 18, 2013 12:13 pm

      thank you! I think Diamond thought so too, they’re all gone by now ;)

  12. October 29, 2013 7:59 pm

    Rusty (My emotionally unstable Lab/Shepard mix) thanks you in advance. It’s like every treat I buy isn’t safe! I jokingly said to my brother that the only way I’d feel safe is to give him homemade stuff… turns out there are totally do-able yummy looking recipes out there! Yay and thanks!

  13. December 14, 2013 2:14 pm

    I just made these for my dog Vienna and her doggie besties. Vienna loved them! I had a nibble and it tastes pretty good :)

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      December 15, 2013 7:55 am

      Awesome! Glad Vienna loved her dog treats! Diamond’s happy too :)

  14. December 23, 2013 11:41 am

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.
    I will always bookmark your blog and will come back in the future.

    I want to encourage that you continue your great
    writing, have a nice evening!

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