Homemade Dog Treats for National Dog Biscuit Day

Do you know what February 23rd is?  You mean your dog didn’t tell you?  Well it’s National Dog Biscuit Day!  Do you have something yummy for your furry friend?  If you didn’t have time to go out and buy something scrumptious…we have the BEST solution of all…fire up that oven …get out those cookie cutters…rolling pin… flour and whip up a batch of Apple Cheddar and Bits Homemade Dog Treats!  This recipe is BRAND NEW on Thursday we conjured up this blend in The Cottage Market kitchen test zone where Pops and Basil are always on call for taste testing…and the jury is in…these are a WINNER.  We made this brand new recipe in honor of the big day and for DogVacay…they loved Pops Pizza Poppers and Basil’s Cran-Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Homemade Treats so much…so we made a new fun treat with them in mind!  You have to hop over to their treat collection…they are great recipes and your dog will be wagging his/her tail for them!  Variety is the spice of life!  Don’t miss out on these fun recipes!


Your furry friend or friends are going to be waggin their tails when they see you in the kitchen baking up thesse
Apple Cheddar and Bits Homemade Dog Biscuits!



1 1/2 cups of white flour  (you could use all whole wheat flour if you would like)
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of softened butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
8 ounces of grate sharp cheddar (you can use whatever cheese you would like EXCEPT for BLUE CHEESE…DOGS…MOLD cheeses are harmful to your dog!)
1 large apple peeled and grated (make sure there are not pits : )
2 tablespoons of dried parsley …if using fresh…3 tablespoons of finely sliced parsley3 tablespoons of bacon bits…yes…our doggies can have a bit of bacon…just because we are vegetarians doesn’t mean they can’t indulge : ) I used pre-made bacon bits…but you can fry some up and break it up if you like : )
1 cup of milk
(save a little bit of cheese…bits and parsley to sprinkle on top : )

Place the egg…butter and olive oil into your mixer bowl and whip together…add the milk and mix a bit more…now add the flours…slowly…then add the grated apple…cheese…parsley and bacon bits.  Your dough should be nice and smooth…pliable and ready to roll!  If it is too dry…add a little touch of water or milk and if it is too sticky…add a little bit more flour!  Now sprinkle some flour on your board or counter so the dough does not stick and roll out half of the dough (approximately 1/4″ thick) then what I did was sprinkled a little bit more cheese…bits and parsley on top and give it a few rolls so everything sticks.  Now it is time to cut out your shapes…large…small…medium…whatever you want for your pup or pups!  I will tell you that I got over 75 1 inch stars and 1 dozen bones from the recipe…that’s a nice amount of treats!    Place them on your lightly coated baking sheet or you can use parchment to line it and pop them into a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20 – 30 minutes. (Every oven is different) They should be golden and nicely browned on the bottom  : )  I made some of mine a little bit more crunchy for Basil and then some a little less crunchy for Pops… so leave them in till they are deeply golden for the real crunchy ones!!!   Take them out…allow them to cool and now they are ready to serve up to your best friend!  Store them in an air tight container.  I like to keep them in the fridge since they are homemade and they will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.  You can also bag them up in little freezer bags and pop them out any time…you can keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months!  Trust me…they will never last that long!  Hope your doggy wags up a storm for these homemade doggie treats and you don’t have to be afraid to taste them yourself!  They are actually tasty!
BONE Appetit!


Don’t forget to visit DogVacay for more YUMMY TREATS!!!!  This is not a sponsored post…just a way to share some yummy recipes for our furry friends!  Here’s a little video from them that they thought you would enjoy!  The video is very informative especially for doggies with allergies!

If you’re a doggie parent who’s sick of additives and harmful ingredients in your pooch’s food, then making your own dog treats is your best bet. What are the benefits of making your own dog treats? It’s easy, you control the ingredients, and best of all, you can tailor what goes into the treats based on your dog’s preferences and needs. Don’t worry if you’re not a chef, we’ve created a list of the tastiest and easiest dog treat recipes that’ll have Fido barking for more!

Peanut Butter Poppers. DogVacay CEO Karine and special guest Wendy show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these tasty treats. Ingredients include organic, low-sugar peanut butter, gluten-free brown rice flour, fresh baking powder, and almond milk. This recipe is perfect for pups with allergies, whether it be to gluten or dairy products. Treat your pup to a nutritious, calcium-rich peanut butter popper!


  1. Thank you for this recipe…I like the idea that I can make these crunchy or softer…I have an older dog and he’s lost some of his teeth (maybe b/c of hard treats…or just old..??) and this would work for us…thank you so much for sharing this with us and I’m going to have to make some after I make a trip to the grocery store….

  2. Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it out today! Thanks!♥

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!
    My Super Dog loves cookies made on this recipe:

    6 cups whole wheat flour
    1 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
    1 tbsp ground ginger
    2 tsp cinnamon
    3/4 c applesauce
    3/4 c molasses
    1/2 c honey
    1/4 c vegetable oil
    1 egg, beaten

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.Combine all of the ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook. Turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick.
    Cut it with cookie cutter or simply with a pizza cutter. Place them on cookie sheets and poke each in the center with a fork.
    Bake for 8 minutes and turn oven off, keeping oven door closed. Let the treats sit in the oven until hard about 1-2 hours.

    You may be interested to see my collection of recipes of homemade dog treats :

  4. Kathleen Lota says:

    So if I’m using whole wheat flour, am I using 1 1/2 cups or 3? I’m confused by the ingredient list.

    • I am very sorry that I confused you…many apologies…what I am saying is I used 1./2 and 1/2 so I used 1 1/2 cups white and 1 1/2 cups wheat. If you would like to use ALL wheat and no white…they you will need 3 cups. I sure hope that clarifies it for you and I am so very sorry. Wishing you the best. hugs…

  5. Elsa Gonzalez says:

    Hi, thanks for the recipe. I will try is this week. My begal, Hugo is kind of picky and I have tried other recipes. I will let you know how he like them. Also, I live in Mexico and have a hard time finding whole wheat flour. Can I just use regular flour?
    Thanks for you input

    • Hi Elsa!!! You can absolutely use white flour, and I cannot wait to hear how Hugo enjoys them!!!! Have a wonderful weekend and give Hugo a hug for me!!!! — Take Care

  6. So sweet to provide us the simple recipe and attached a video to watch. Due to your helpful post, I succeed making the “Apple Cheddar and Bits Homemade Dog Biscuits” for my dog Kyle. Happy to see him eat up and keep healthy.

  7. These look amazing! My dogs love everything that’s in them so I’ll be making them this winter (baking helps keep the house warm).

  8. Thanks for this recipe! I made these for my pit bull mix and she absolutely loves them! I’m also giving these away for the holidays for the other pups in my life 🙂 Thank you!

    • Oh Vanessa…you made me SO HAPPY!!!!! I am so glad that your precious little pibble loved these treats and what an honor to have them given as gifts! Thank you for making my day and you give that beautiful fur baby a BIG hug from me and my family ok!!!! We will have some new recipes for pups REALLY soon…so stay tuned! : ) Hugs to all!!!


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