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Ham and cheese dog biscuits

January 23, 2011
Yum! Dog biscuits.

Yum! Dog biscuits.

After reading last week’s New York Times article about dog and cat owners cooking their pets’ meals, I was inspired to try to make Little Greg and Peggy Sue dinner. (Paul’s diet does not allow for such luxuries.) But there was one small problem: I kind of hate cooking — and I kind of suck at it.

What I’m not bad at, though — and what I kind of love — is baking.

So, just like I often bake myself cupcakes instead of making myself dinner, I decided to make my pups some treats.

Conveniently, I had MacPherson’s K-9 Cookbook: Easy-to-Make Dog Biscuit Recipes on hand. This is something I bought a few months back from this cute little kitchen store because it came with three dog bone cookie cutters and so, naturally, I just had to have it. But then I just tossed it in my pantry and forgot about it. Until today.

As I flipped through the recipes, the Gourmet Food Processor Biscuits immediately caught my eye because a. there were very few ingredients and steps, and b. it required a food processor and I LOVE my food processor.



However, there was a slight problem — the recipe required 1 1/3 cups sharp cheddar cheese — I only had a 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese. So I decided to substitute … with a cup of ham. I know, I know. A lot of ham is bad for dogs but seeing as this recipe makes about 50 mini biscuits — and my pups wouldn’ be eating ALL of them at once — I decided to go with a little ham flavor. Remember — this is a treat, not a meal.

My helper approved.

Yes. You may use ham instead of cheese.

Yes. You may use ham instead of cheese.

(But you know your dog best so if you’re not comfortable feeding him or her ham, then use cheese! That’s the beauty of this recipe — you can pick and choose what to put in it.)

Of course, before I could continue, I had to get Paul’s approval.

Paul approved.

Looks good to me.

Everything else was pretty straight forward. All I had do was process the ham, cheese, flour, vegetable oil, and garlic until it looked like coarse meal.



Then, I just whisked the water and eggs together, and added that to the food processor mixture until a ball formed. After that, all I did was knead, roll, cut, and bake.

Oh boy. Dough!

Oh boy. Dough!

How cute are these?

How cute are these?

And bake!

So many biscuits.

And voilà! Twenty-five minutes later, these gorgeous beauties came out of the oven.

The golden biscuit.

The golden biscuit.



Sure, they look lovely to us humans but do they taste good?


Can we has more ham and cheese biscuits, pleeease?

I think so.

The recipe (as adapted from MacPherson’s K-9 cookbook)

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup cut ham
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Any cookie cutter shape you like
  1. In a small bowl, whisk water and eggs together. Set aside.
  2. In the food processor bowl, add the flour, cheese, ham, garlic, and vegetable oil. Pulse for a few seconds, scrape the side of the bowl, and pulse again until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal.
  3. With the machine running, add the egg mixture until the dough forms a ball.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 3 minutes.
  5. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
  6. Place on a baking sheet, lined with foil. (I also sprayed mine with Pam, just in case.)
  7. Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from the oven and flip each biscuit over. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Cool on rack.

Store these biscuits at room temperature in a container with a loose-fitting lid. Or so that’s what it says for the original cheese recipe. Since mine have ham, I’m going to keep them in the fridge — and give them out sparingly.

— Bianca

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer Coit permalink
    January 23, 2011 6:35 pm

    I love this! What nice helpers you have too!

    • January 24, 2011 9:34 am

      Thanks!!! They really are excellent helpers! Not a crumb on the ground – or on the table (thanks to Paul).

  2. January 24, 2011 8:54 am

    What a great recipe, I’m adding it to my facebook page right now!

    • January 24, 2011 9:32 am

      Thanks so much!!!! I’m so glad you like it. I absolutely love your website — so many great ideas! I think I’ll have to put aside my cooking troubles and try the Parmesan mini-meatballs!

      • jackweiland permalink
        January 24, 2011 10:26 am

        I think Human #2 would like some parmesan mini-meatballs …

      • January 24, 2011 12:12 pm

        Don’t worry, human #2. I’m sure Peggy and Greg will share!

  3. January 24, 2011 10:00 am

    They turned out great! I’m addicted to my food processor too 🙂

  4. Katie Fick permalink
    January 24, 2011 8:07 pm

    i love this idea and i love your pictures!!


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