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Table Talk » Whole Wheat Cheese Danish Biscuits for Maxine and Rufus

I recently got a "birth announcement" from one of my clients. They had welcomed Rufus, a 4 year old Papillon into their family. They've been looking for a friend for their Maxine for about a year and are delighted to have found Rufus.

When I got the announcement, I was looking at Joe's blog and he had made some treats for his dogs. He inspired me to look at his collection of dog treat recipes and make something for Maxine and Rufus. The Whole Wheat Cheese Danish Biscuits caught my eye and I had everything that I needed to make them.

I made one slight change to the ingredients. Joe uses canola oil. I use safflower oil. The technique is the same, except that I kneaded the dough in the mixing bowl (a trick my mom uses when she makes pizza dough) and to make cleanup easier, I lay out a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil on the counter whenever I work with dough. If the foil shifts around, use freezer tape to tape it to the counter top.

Maxine and Rufus are very small dogs, so I used a 1-inch star cutter to cut out the cookies. The cookies bake for 20 minutes, then you turn off the oven and leave them for 2 hours. These cookies are flavored with vanilla and they filled the house with the delicious smell of vanilla. When I added in the vanilla, I was thinking that I should really be using bacon extract! I have plans to make these biscuits for more of my dog friends. Instead of the vanilla, I want to try Savory Choice Beef Broth Concentrateto give them a beefy flavor.

Maxine and Rufus loved them! That's Maxine on the right and Rufus on the left.

Rufus and Maxine (papilons)

homemade dog biscuits

Whole Wheat Cream Cheese Danish Dog Biscuits
adapted from Culinary in the Desert

4 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese (lowfat cream cheese)
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup safflower oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, add all ingredients until mix until combined. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to about 1/2" thickness. Using a fun cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as you can and reroll the dough. Continue to cut and reroll until all the dough is used up.

Place dough on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn off oven and let cookies sit in oven for about 2 hours to harden.

Posted December 9, 2007 2:29 PM in Recipes

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1 Comment(s)

Dave said… (on December 10, 2007 at 10:05 AM #)

Both Maxine & Rufus LOVE these bisquits. They run to us when they hear any bag open in hopes they will get one of these great treats!


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