Homemade Dog Treats

One thing we look forward to around the holidays is the fresh baked treats that we only get at this time of year. That first bite of your favorite family recipe holiday cookie, cake or pie is worth the wait all year long. But have you ever thought of extending that excitement to your favorite four-legged family member?

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Making homemade dog treats can be a fun and cost effective way to treat your pet by tailoring your recipes to their specific  tastes (not to mention worry free cleanup of the dog-friendly scraps you drop along the way!). It also allows you to ensure that your pet is getting a nourishing snack with high-quality ingredients, because just like food for humans, dog food can be overly processed, or contain unhealthy additives, byproducts and preservatives – yuck!

Here at the Lodge, we strive to provide fresh, wholesome meals with only the best ingredients (local, whenever we can get them!) for our human and K-9 guests alike. We even feature a “Bone Appetit” menu to allow guests to pamper their pets along with themselves. The menu features doggie favorites like chicken and rice, “mutt balls”, peanut butter cookies and our most popular item, Bodhi Biscuits!

Named after the original Lodge Dog, our Bodhi Biscuits are sure to have any pet wagging for more! We sell them here, and include the recipe for guests to make in between trips to the Lodge. Since they don’t contain any preservatives, biscuits last about 1 week, and can be frozen for up to six months, so go ahead and make a batch, keep a few, freeze the rest and pull them out to make any day a special occasion for your pup!

Here’s our recipe to get you started!

Bodhi’s Biscuit Recipe

1 lb. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Minced Garlic
½ lb. Butter
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup Semolina Flour
1 tsp. Salt
(Recipe makes approximately 20 biscuits)

  • In a food processor, combine the first four ingredients and puree together until creamy. Do not over mix or the butter will begin to melt.
  • Combine the flours and the salt and then mix by hand with the butter and cheese mixture. Kneed together until pliable.
  • Refrigerate the dough uncovered for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and roll out with generous amounts with flour on the table to ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut desired shapes and bake on a parchment lined sheet pan in a 375 degree oven until the biscuits begin to look dry.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before placing in a storage container.
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