Dogs are very sensitive to smells, and they love the smell and taste of these two dog treat ingredients.
I named the cookies “Magnets” because dogs love them so much.
The dog cookies are almost addictive! And dogs are attracted to them–like magnets!
This is a really easy homemade dog cookie recipe and it is dipped or coated with a sugarless dog treat frosting, which is flavored with carob.
Homemade Dog Treats are Fun to Make!
If your dog is like my miniature schnauzer, Skipper, once she tastes these anise dog cookies, she will be begging for more!
I love to make these wonderful smelling anise cookies! When they are baking, the whole kitchen (and house) smells just scrumptious! I have to admit that more than once, I’ve been tempted to taste one—they really look and smell that that good!
In fact, I’ve had to give a little love smack to a few human hands, that ended up in the cookie jar!
Anyway, whether you are making homemade dog treats for your own pet or as a gift, I think you’ll really be pleased with this yummy recipe for dog treats.
Ingredients for Anise Dog Treats Magnets
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 T. organic soy flour
- 2 T. wheat bran
- 1 1/2 tsp. dry baking yeast
- 2 T. anise seeds
- 2 T. carob powder
- Dog treat icing with carob
- Place all the ingredients in your bread maker and use the dough cycle.
- When the dough is ready, remove it and divide it into 3 or 4 chunks.
- Roll each dough ball until it is ¼” thick.
- Using a biscuit cutter, cut circles for cookies.
- Place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet or an ungreased silicone baking mat. I prefer the silicone baking mat, because the dog cookies tend to get drier, without the added oil or shortening that you use to grease the baking sheet.
- Cover the cookies with a clean towel or sheet of plastic and put the baking sheet in a warm place. Let it rise for about an hour.
- Bake at 275 degrees F for about an hour or until the cookies are lightly browned. This is the part that will drive you crazy—they smell wonderful when they are baking!
- Turn off the oven and let the dog treats continue to dry overnight in the oven. Or, if you have a dehydrator, finish drying the biscuits on low.
- When they are completely dry (hard and crisp, with no “give”), mix the carob into a package of dog treat icing. Add water, following the directions on the package.
Icing Your Anise Dog Treats
- It’s important that you do NOT, under any circumstances, use chocolate—see the section on foods toxic to dogs to see why.
- Either dip half of each cookie in the warm carob or use a smooth edged knife or silicone spatula to apply the carob like you would icing on a cake.
- Place the cookies on a sheet of waxed paper or plastic to let the carob harden.
- I like to store these cookies carefully so the icing doesn’t get dinged (although it does dry quite hard). Place a sheet of waxed paper or plastic between rows to keep them nice.
Anise magnets can be given to dogs on a vegan or vegetarian dog food diet, as they contain healthy nutrients and the recipe does not include meat, milk or eggs.
If you like this recipe, don’t forget to share my Anise recipe for dog treats with a friend!