Dexter’s Chicken and Apple Biscuits

Dexter has been in doggy heaven for 3 years now.  I still miss him.  But we move on and forward, even as we keep him (and other loved ones as well) close in our hearts.

This is one of his favorites –

I found a recipe in one of my doggie cookbooks (yes, I cook for my furbabies too!) and made some major adjustments. The original recipe called for ground beef and diced carrots. While Dexter likes carrots, beef made him ill.  So I used ground chicken instead.

What I did –

1. Preheated the oven to 325*F.

2. Sifted 1¼ cups fine whole wheat flour and ¼ cup skim milk powder together.

3. Added an 1 egg white and 3/8 cup cooked ground chicken and 1/4 cup diced apple (diced in very small dices).

4. Mixed the mixture with my hands. The goal was to have the mixture resemble pie dough. Not too dry but not wet either, just moist enough to roll out. (I thought the mixture was a bit dry so I added about 1 to 2 tablespoons chicken broth and mixed until I got the consistency that I wanted.)

5. Rolled the mixture out to about 1/2-inch thickness (use a floured rolling pin on a floured surface) and used my doggie bone cutter to cut into shape. The little girl placed the cut out dough shapes onto a paper-lined cookie sheet. We actually stuck the pieces very close together since they wouldn’t be expanding anyway.

6. Baked them for about 22 to 25 minutes until the cookies were dry. Dexter prefers chewy over crunchy so we baked them just about 20 to 22 minutes. For a crunchy cookie, bake a little longer. Take care not to burn them though.

7. Cooled the cookies on a rack.

Dexter loved them!!!  The other furbabies loved them too!  (While I call this Dexter’s, they are really for all the furbabies!)


Chewy Cheddar Puffs

We recently had a new addition to our family – hubby gave me a new furbaby!  Coincidentally, he shares the same birthday as the kid, although of course, the kid is waaaayyy older…


Anyway, everyone knows I cook for my family and that includes our furbabies!  We regularly cook their main meals – a low fat, no salt dish made of ground chicken, liver, several kinds of vegetables, oatmeal and usually wheatgerm.  Occasionally I would make bake treats, depending on what the particular flavor the furbabies like at that specific moment.  For this one, I found this treat

As usual I varied the recipe a bit, mainly because (1) our weather is more humid, more so these days, and (2) the furbabies really, really love cheese, the more the happier they are!

And to make things easier for me (as in less stuff to wash), I just used 1/2 cup measure –

1/2 cup AP flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg
1/2 cup water, at a maximum
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese

Mix the flours together, add egg.  Gradually add the water (it is possible that not all will be used, depending on the humidity levels.  Mix in the cheese.  The texture of the batter should be stiff, like cookie dough.

Drop half teaspoonfuls on a greased, lined, re-greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375*F, for about 14 to 18 minutes, until done but take care not to burn the treats.  Let cool completely.

I got about 40 pieces of treats.  But guess what?  It didn’t last long!!!