Friday, November 4, 2016

Easy 2 Ingredient Dog Treats for Picture Book Month!

I am a proud Ambassador for Picture Book Month. According to their website, 'Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates picture books during the month of November.' Today I am honoring the wonderful author, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, who created the popular Biscuit book series! So let's read Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! and then celebrate by creating some doggy treats that both you AND your doggy can enjoy together!


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The Biscuit Books

Did you know there are over 17 million Biscuit books in print? They're even published in different languages! Biscuit the little yellow puppy is so well loved around the world that there are even stuffed animals and puppets of him that you can buy for your very own. The books are geared towards a variety of ages. There are Biscuit board books for babies/toddlers, Biscuit picture books, and Biscuit I Can Read books for 4-8 year olds.


Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of other picture books besides Biscuit.  She's written many books about the fabulous Katy Duck, as well as Pedro's Burro. And this year she published Ralph and the Rocket Ship. All of the books about Biscuit are super cute, but Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! is one of our favorites.


The book is all about Biscuit and his family getting ready for Thanksgiving. Our paperback copy has a side flap you can lift on every other page to see the trouble that Biscuit is getting into!

Isn't Biscuit the cutest?? Anyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs. I run a sister website called The Jersey Doggy where I often write about our pup, Spot, and our late dog, Milo.  Last year I shared a post for Picture Book Month about Making Pupcakes for author Stephen Shaskan's book, A Dog is a Dog.

Our 'pupcakes' from last year's post for Picture Book Month

So I thought it would be fun to make some dog treats to go along with our Biscuit book! And by the way, if you want to read a Biscuit book and make your own dog treats, but it's not Thanksgiving, don't worry! Just pick one of the many Biscuit books out there and bake away.

Make Your Own Dog Biscuits 

Making real-life connections with literature really helps to inspire young readers. So after reading Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit, why not bake up some easy doggy biscuits of your own? This is a simple dog biscuit recipe, so all you'll need are two ingredients. And you don't have to have a dog to enjoy these treats. Share them with a canine neighbor, or donate them to a local shelter. You can also eat them yourself! Here's what you'll need to do.


Ingredients

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food (beef, sweet potato, chicken, etc. We used a jar of carrot and a jar of sweet potato)


Directions:
(you can also scroll to the bottom of this post for a printable version of this recipe)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ingredients together to form a soft dough. If your dough is too sticky, add a little extra flour. If it's too stiff, add a few tablespoons of water. Our dough was too dry, so we wound up adding two tablespoons of water and it was perfect.


Roll out dough on a floured surface (we actually didn't flour our surface at all because the dough consistency was perfect).

**Tip:  if you're making these treats with little ones, the dough is very pliable. Break off a chunk and let your little one play with it if they get bored!


Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes, or if you don't have a cookie cutter, you can use a pizza cutter or knife to make small squares.



Place your treats on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. You can bake on parchment paper if you have it, but we didn't and the biscuits still turned out great!  These shouldn't spread out much while baking, so it's okay to place them fairly close together if you need to.


The Jersey Doggy loved these warm right out of the oven. He's a skinny little thing, so I broke them into smaller pieces for him.



Believe it or not, you can eat these, too! Because they only have two ingredients, they don't have much flavor. But when they're consumed warm, they taste a little bit like a bread stick. Try dipping them in some warm tomato sauce or butter.


Cool completely or serve warm, depending on your doggy's preference. Our small biscuit cutter made about 24 treats. If you need to store them, you can keep them in a brown bag so they stay crisp. You can also put them in a plastic container, but they will get a little softer this way.



Here's the Full Recipe!
(for a printable version of this recipe, click here! )

Ingredients: 

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 (4oz) jars pureed baby food (sweet potato, beef, etc)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ingredients together to form a soft dough. If your dough is too sticky, add a little extra flour. If it's too stiff, add a few tablespoons of water. Our dough was too dry, so we wound up adding two tablespoons of water and it was perfect.

Roll out dough on a floured surface (we actually didn't flour our surface at all because the dough consistency was perfect).

Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes, or if you don't have a cookie cutter, you can use a pizza cutter or knife to make small squares.

Place your treats on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Store in a brown bag for crispier treats. Yields about 24 treats (if using a 3" biscuit cutter).

Other Doggy Treat Tips

*Be sure to keep an eye on your treats if you're storing them. They are made with baby food so if kept too long they can get moldy, so just be aware of how long you're hanging onto them!

*Dogs cannot consume certain foods, so please be sure to avoid onions, grapes, raisins, or any of these foods deemed toxic for dogs.

This wonderful recipe was adapted from the site, Dog/Milk, which is chock full o' cool stuff for dog lovers, so go visit!

Don't forget, you can celebrate Picture Book Month at home throughout the month of November. Print out your own picture book calendar from their website (like the one below), and join in the fun!


You can also visit the website of author Alyssa Satin Capucilli, or like Biscuit's very own page on Facebook!

Check out my affiliate link on Amazon for lots of fun Biscuit books and goodies, too!


13 comments:

  1. Cute idea! Those look simple! We also love the Biscuit books!

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  2. We love biscuit books. This is such a cute idea! Sharing!

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  3. Great idea for the doggy biscuits! I'm totally trying this with some leftover baby puree!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I hope they turn out great!

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  4. We love the Biscuit Books! I don't think we have the Thanakgiving one. I'm going to have to get it. I love how you incorporated the dog biscuit recipe as well. I'm going to pass that on to my mom for her puppy :-) The pupcakes are absolutely adorable!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mandy! The Thanksgiving one is definitely worth having for your collection!

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  5. Wow 17 million copies? That's amazing! Our daughters love this series, so cute! And great job on those cupcakes...I want some!

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    1. Thank you, Kristen! I know, Biscuit is one popular pup!

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  6. Aw, what a fun idea! My children would love making this for their grandmother's dog.

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! I'm sure the doggy would love it, too!

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  7. What an amazing and simple recipe! I needed this. My "Santa" pet treat container needs to be more full :).

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