The dog treats that I typically share on this blog have a soft texture, because I think that more closely mimics the look of “people cookies” (plus, my dog Pacey likes soft treats best). But I realize that sometimes it’s good to switch things up, so this recipe yields super crunchy biscuits that have a texture similar to Milk Bones.
It contains only two ingredients, so this recipe literally couldn’t be any simpler! The most important step is to use high quality ingredients. It’s best if you can make your own beef broth, but a store-bought broth will also work well. If you choose to use store-bought broth, just be sure to choose one that is natural, low fat, and low sodium.
If the dough isn’t coming together easily, you can add more beef broth by the teaspoonful. Take care to add no more than just enough broth to bind the flour together, because adding too much moisture to the dough will affect the texture of the finished treats.
Crunchy Beef Biscuits
Makes about 7 dozen (1 1/2-inch) treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup beef broth
1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
2. Stir the flour and beef broth together in a bowl. Knead by hand until the mixture forms a smooth dough.
3. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a sheet about 1/4-inch thick. Use your desired cutter to cut the dough out into pieces.
4. Arrange the pieces on a baking sheet. The pieces can be placed close together, because the dough will not spread during baking.
5. Bake for 28 minutes. Flip the treats over, return to the oven, and continue baking for an additional 28 minutes.
6. Turn the oven off, crack the oven door, and leave the treats inside the oven to dry out for about 2 hours.