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Beef Barley Dog Biscuits

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Beef Barley Dog Biscuits

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic granules (optional*)
4 tablespoons parsley
2 cups beef broth/juices — from leftover stew
2 cups barley flour
3-4 cups rye flour

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine olive oil (extra-virgin olive oil is more expensive, but lower grade olive oils are blended with other vegetable oils that may contain corn or soy), garlic (if using) and parsley. Heat beef broth and add to the olive oil mixture. Stir in barley flour and let cool until lukewarm – or cool enough to work with. Gradually blend in rye flour, adding enough to form stiff dough. Transfer to a floured (rye flour) surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape dough into a ball and roll to 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter of your choice or cut into small squares. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4-inch apart. Gather up scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides. After you finish baking all batches of biscuits, turn off the oven, spread all the biscuits in one baking pan and set them in the oven to cool for a few hours or overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crunchier.


* Check with your vet first about the use of garlic. There are divided thoughts on its use with dogs.


1 stacy { 08.26.14 at 11:03 am }

Alison, found in fresh garlic and onions, is toxic for animals. It builds up in their system and creates heinz bodies which eventually attacks the immune system. Garlic powder is ok in moderation.

2 Rachael { 08.26.14 at 9:18 am }

Garlic is fine for dogs. It is widely used as a natural way to rid fleas…you can buy garlic tabs just for that.. Chill folks…

3 Jaime McLeod { 12.09.13 at 6:53 am }

Mikayla – It depends on the size of your cookie cutter.

4 Mikayla { 12.07.13 at 1:29 pm }

How many treats does this recipe make?

5 rich { 01.13.13 at 6:37 pm }

Garlic is Toxic for dogs, please consult your Vet, before considering using this ingredient…

6 Jaime McLeod { 11.15.12 at 10:18 am }

Ruthie – dogs can eat garlic in small quantities. It is not toxic like onions, though it can cause stomach upset in some dogs. It is optional in this recipe (and I will note it as such).

7 Ruthie { 11.14.12 at 2:59 pm }

My understanding is dogs should not eat garlic. As you do not list it in your ingredients list, I assume it is in your directions by mistake.

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