I think my dog is bored with the same old treats every day. Who wouldn’t be bored eating the same things?
In actuality I think I just got bored and wanted to try something different. So what might dogs like? Bacon! I have a few other flavors planned such as blueberry, banana, cheese, and something else if I can think of it. Maybe carrot. I’m not sure if our dog likes carrots though.
But I now know for a fact that she likes the bacon ones.
Its really incredibly awesome how these cook up. They always look so tasty too, but they really aren’t very tasty for human tongues. Don’t be like my Husband and lure friends into eating the cookies. Its just mean. My dog loved it though. I’ll have to test them on some of my friends dogs also to see if they work out well.
To make this work well, you need to get the bacon nice and crisp. Make sure also to drain these really well of their grease so that you can control the moisture content of the cookies.
I chopped the bacon with a knife first and then later put it into the mixer and beat it up really good. I think for this to work, the bacon definitley needs to be crispy or it’ll just swirl around in the bowl.
The dough is different than a cookie dough, very oily. I think it’s extra oily just because I put some of the bacon drippings in it also for extra flavor. I had to add a bit more flour to make it hold together like a dough and not just be a batter.
I loved how this dough rolled out. The dark flecks of bacon just looked so cool running through it all. Unfortunately it also made it harder to cut them out with the cookie cutter I use. I generally make them smaller so we can give our dog a few and it seems like we’re giving her more. I think its more of mental game we like to play with ourselves.
The whole reason I started making our pup her own cookies is because she had some dental work done and lost quite a few teeth, and the home made ones I can control how hard and crispy they are. They tend to crumble in her mouth which is good and exactly what she needs.
Don’t be worried if they get almost foamy when they cook. The foam will go away and the cookies will remain crispy.
Bacon Dog Cookies
Makes about 100 small cookies, depends on the size.
- 1 lb. bacon
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup oats
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a pan, cook the bacon until crisp. Set the bacon aside to drain of fat and reserve the drippings.
- When cool, crumble the bacon in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, oil and eggs and beat until combined. Add roughly half of the bacon drippings and mix.
- Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Add more flour as needed to create a slightly sticky and oily dough, but one that will roll out easily without crumbling
- Roll out until roughly 1/4” thick. Using a cookie cutter, create the desired shape.
- Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 35 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through.
- Cool on a wire rack then transfer to an air tight container.