In the midst of this busy holiday season, let's not overlook our most devoted friends, the four legged companions who share our homes and enrich our lives in so many ways. Surely they are deserving of a special homemade treat! These dog biscuits flavored with crispy bacon, peanut butter, and wheat germ, are guaranteed to please the fussiest canine. They've been awarded the seal of approval from my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Sofie, who's been known to dance around in a circle when presented with one.The recipe comes from Dahlia Bakery in Seattle where a glass jar of these "bones" are for sale on their bakery counter.Happy holidays pooches!
Recipe from The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook
Makes 20-1-1/2-3 inch bones
- 4 strips thick bacon
- 1/2 cup water plus a few tablespoons for cooking the bacon
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 3 T. honey
- 3/4 t. kosher salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cut the bacon into a fine julienne about 1/8 inch thick (I think diced is better) and place in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Add a few tablespoons of water and cook until bacon is light golden brown and starting to get crispy.
- Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the bacon and its fat to a bowl.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Stir in the water, peanut butter, egg, honey and salt.
- Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ, and whole wheat flour.
- Add the wet ingredients and using a rubber spatula, combine into a soft dough.
- Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about 1/4 inch
- Cut out using a bone shape cutter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Gather the scraps together and reroll, cutting out more dog bones and place them on the baking sheet.
- Use a fork to prick each dog bone in 2 to 3 places.
- Place the baking sheet inside a second baking sheet to double pan then place in the oven and bake until the dog bones are golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
- Turn the oven off and let the bones dry out in the oven until the oven returns to room temperature.
- Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container.
- If you prefer a softer bone, skip the step of allowing the bones to cool in the oven and transfer them instead to a wire rack as soon as they are baked.
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