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5 Dog Treat Recipes That Kids Can Make

Buckwheat Bone Biscuits
Why not treat your pooch to some homemade dog biscuits?
Why not treat your pooch to some homemade dog biscuits?

If you've always wanted to make your own doggie biscuits, this simple recipe is perfect for you and your kids. Dogs love to chew on bones, and most simply die for these beefy buckwheat varieties. Your dog doesn't even need to know that these biscuits are all natural and a great source of protein.

This recipe is especially good for kids who love to measure. It's a cooking class and a math lesson all in one!

Start by measuring out all the ingredients, which include:

  • 3-1/2 cups of buckwheat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of ground beef
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg

As each item is measured, let your kids take turns adding it to the mixing bowl (everything goes in at once). Next comes the fun part: kneading. Children are great at this. Let them go crazy with the dough – the thicker the better.

The easiest way to make these biscuits into the shape of bones is to use a bone-shaped cookie cutter, which you can find in a variety of pet supply stores. Alternatively, you could carve the bones fairly easily with a knife. For the latter approach, it will help to make a bone pattern from paper or cardboard to guide the knife. You'll get uniform shapes that way.

One you've formed your beefy buckwheat biscuits and placed them on a cookie or baking sheet, all that's left is to bake them at 375 degrees (190 degrees Celsius) for about 30 minutes. Here's a tip for making your biscuits (and just about any oven-baked doggie snack) hard and crunchy instead of soft and chewy: Once they're done baking, allow them to cool for a few hours in the turned-off oven.