Italian-Style Dog Biscuits

Riley - 4 months

Riley is getting big! I haven’t done a puppy update in a while, and I’m amazed by how much he’s grown since I posted the recipe for SunButter and bacon dog biscuits back in March. He’s looking less like a puppy and more like a teenager, and he’s becoming lanky and clumsy with his long legs and floppy paws that he’s working on growing into. His favorite thing is being outside, whether it’s to go for a walk or to chase around his toys in our backyard. We also started his training early with some classes specifically for puppies, so he’s well on his way to becoming a well-behaved gentleman…or so I hope! He also loves towels, as you can see in the picture (I have no idea why) and any type of soft dog treats…so I decided to whip up a new kind for him to enjoy, and he went crazy for them. I hope your pup enjoys these as much as Riley did!

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup parmesean cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours.

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Add in the rest of the ingredients, kneading with your hands to form a rough dough.

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Roll out on to a lightly floured surface about 1/4″ thick. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

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Bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for about a week.

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As always, while it is fun to experiment with ingredients in recipes, it’s important to understand what ingredients can be poisonous to our pets. Please make sure to consult the appropriate sources before changing the ingredients!

28 Responses to “Italian-Style Dog Biscuits”

  1. 1 Sara Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Oh my goodness, he’s SO cute!! I’ll bet he loves these cookies. I’m sure my doggie will too.

  2. 2 JenniferA Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh, he is just adorable and so are these treats! I bet my dog would love them too – he LOOOVES cheese!

  3. 3 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    What a lucky (and adorable) puppy you have. I’ll have to try this for our dog.

  4. 4 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, I know Yellowdog would LOVE these :)

    Riley is such a cutie… I love when they get to the “teenager” stage. They’re just so goofy!

  5. 5 thepickyeater Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    tracy ! i love this dog post :) riley is cute :D i’ve always wanted a dog but yet to get one. happy baking !

  6. 6 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    my heart is melting! could he be ANY cuter?!

  7. 7 Jennifurla Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    how inventive, what a gorgeous dog too

  8. 8 Maria Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    He is SO SO SO cute! I want a puppy:)

  9. 9 Amanda Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a cutie Riley is! Miley and Howie would love these biscuits!

  10. 10 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I want to kiss that sweet little puppy face!! I just had a reader ask me about dog biscuits. Will have to direct her to you!

  11. 11 Shaina Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    This makes me wish we had a dog to make biscuits for. Gorgeous, Tracy!

  12. 12 emily @ the happy home Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    what a great idea! my puppers would love these. (we used to have the same frog friend! he lasted longer than any other stuffed friend we had for the little monsters.)

  13. 13 Jenny Flake Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love your dog treats! You could open a doggy bakery, so cute!!

  14. 14 Katrina Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Your puppy is too cute for words :)

  15. 15 TidyMom Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    thanks for posting this Tracy!! I’m making some dog treats today, will make these next time!!

  16. 16 --Deb Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Okay, you’ve got my dog drooling. (In fact, he just came back into the room and is staring up at my computer as if he knows exactly what I’m reading.)

    I think I know what I’m baking this weekend now … if I know what’s good for me!

    (And your puppy is ADORABLE.)

  17. 17 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    What a sweet looking dog. I am trying this recipe out on my little Zach!!!

  18. 18 Raina Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    He is so pretty! And lucky to have such yummy treats. They look pretty darn perfect:)

  19. 19 Maris (In Good Taste) Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    What a gorgeous and very lucky dog!

  20. 20 Miranda Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    My dog LOVES these.
    I totally made some for her after I read the post.

    Must invest in a bone shaped cutter though, apparently I dont have one in my collection.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  21. 21 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I’m melting he’s so adorable. I just want to go and cuddle up with him and his soft fluffy ears!

  22. 22 Heather @ Multiply Delicious Says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Riley is absolutely adorable!! It makes me miss the puppy years of our golden. I can’t wait to try these for our golden Parker.

  23. 23 Elizabeth, blogger for SunButter Says:
    May 5th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Awwww. Thanks so much for the updated photo. Since I blog for SunButter, I’m always looking for proof that it’s good fuel. Riley looks like it is! Since we also have a growing puppy (spring spaniel) at our house, I love your perspective, and can’t wait to try this recipe adaptation for him (and our old girl dog too). Take care!

  24. 24 Jamie | My Baking Addiction Says:
    May 6th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I have always wanted to make dog biscuits for my pups! Riley is gorgeous!

  25. 25 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    That Riley pup is one lucky guy. I hope he knows it!

  26. 26 Livvy Says:
    May 10th, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Your little Riley is gorgeous! I have a one year old golden retriever called Lily, I’m going to have to make these treats for her, they look great! She also loves towels…maybe it’s a golden thing ;)

  27. 27 Doggy Dessert Chef Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 4:35 am

    What a great recipe, I’m adding it to my facebook page right now. Woof!

  28. 28 Chrystin Says:
    May 26th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    What a great recipe! I just made these for my dogs today and they loved them! It feels good to be able to make them something homemade. They made the kitchen smell delicious too! Thank you!

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