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Bella’s Biscuits ~ Homemade Dog Treats

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 Magical dog-leash romps

through frosted streets and princess crystal iced trees.. clear sailing ahead!

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Nothing could be more “Canadian” than a winter day like this!

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Thick flocked fences lined our streets that morning.. I love hoar frost!

In Calgary, we often are gifted this beautiful visual experience due to warmer Chinook winds colliding with our seasonally cold northern temperatures.

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 With both fur and jackets to warm..

I’m in North Face and Bella’s wearing North Fetch!

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It’s all in a dog day’s work..

but learning new commands deserves special

Homemade Dog Treats!

We’ve named these Bella’s Biscuits!

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This recipe is easy to mix up and rolls out smoothly.

You can cut out little shapes.. dog bones, of course.. and these hearts..

because we love our puppies!

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Then you bake up these little dog biscuits..
and the scent of cinnamon, peanut butter, oatmeal, and chicken
will have your puppy sitting and begging in no time!

One batch made this many..

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But I think there are already a few missing..

Bella must have had to do some tasting for research!

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{ These can be made all organic or with just ordinary, every day ingredients on hand.

Bella’s Biscuits ~ Homemade Dog Treats
Cook time
Total time
  • 1/2 cup (180ml) warm water
  • 3/4 teaspoon Liquid Chicken Bouillion
  • 1 2/3 cup All-Purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Rye flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (55g) oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (104 ml) applesauce*
  • * I used one of those small single serving cups of applesauce, which is just under 1/2 cup.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare three baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper or silpat liners.
  3. Stir the liquid chicken bouillon into the warm water and set aside.
  4. In a mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the two flours, brown sugar, oatmeal and cinnamon until blended together.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the egg, then the peanut butter and the applesauce. Add just enough chicken broth, mixing until the dough comes together and clings to the dough hook. Mix for a few minutes more, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. Knead, sprinkling with very small handfuls of all-purpose flour as needed until the dough is soft, pliable but no longer sticky. Separate the dough into two or three pieces.
  7. Roll out one piece of dough until it is quite thin, about 1/8 - 1/4” thick as these will puff up in the oven. Cut with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the dog biscuits have lightly browned and somewhat hardened. Remove to a cooling rack where they will dry and harden further.
  9. Store cooled biscuits in an airtight container. Some may be frozen then thawed out as needed.

Now, wouldn’t these make a pretty Valentine’s gift for your puppy?
Then you’d better get baking!

Bella's Biscuits in a Jar ♥

This post was written for The Canadian Food Experience Project where we share our collective stories through our regional food experiences and hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity. February’s theme is: A Canadian Love Affair. I know I’m a bit early, but thought you might want to bake up a few treats for your puppy for Valentine’s Day.

For me.. nothing feels more Canadian than when we bundle up and walk our dog on a splendid snowy winter’s day!

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