Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits {Happy 5th Birthday, Einstein!}

This past Saturday my golden retriever, Einstein, celebrated his 5th birthday. And boy, did he do it in style. Doing it in style in dog-speak means gorging on as many treats as you possibly can before passing out in a treat-coma. It helps, as a dog, to have an aunt that spoils you with extra treats on your birthday. He surely went to sleep a very happy, very well-fed, and very loved dog. As I do every year for his birthday, I whipped up a little something special in the kitchen for him. I always like to find something different and doggie-edible that I think he’ll enjoy. Sometimes it’s cake, sometimes cupcakes, and other times (including this year), it’s a dog-friendly treat. In the case of treats, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, since he can enjoy them for weeks after his birthday has passed. I have no doubt that he would have much rather eaten all of them, in one scarfing, yesterday πŸ˜‰

This is how the birthday boy spent part of his day while I was in the kitchen baking for him – relishing the second small snowfall of the season:

I would say he was relaxing while I was inside toiling away, but really, these homemade dog treats couldn’t be easier to make. After letting the oats soak for 10 minutes, you mix the rest of the ingredients together, dump out the dough, knead it for a minute or so, and then roll it out and cut away! You can cut them into whatever shapes you’d like, but since I have a dog bone cookie cutter I couldn’t think of a better reason for using it! (This cookie cutter is 4 inches across.)

Once the treats were baked and cooled Einstein had to endure watching me taking photos before he got one, which I suppose could be considered cruel and unusual punishment, but he was a good sport about it. At least I think he was…

“Seriously, whyyyyyy do you have to take pictures?!” (sad, pleading)

“Ahem, you are STILL taking pictures… I can SEE you!” (general annoyance at this point)

“Ah yes, much better. Give me that treat!” (very excited and happy)

Once you are done letting your pup have his treat (or multiple treats if he’s a particularly greedy birthday boy), simply store them in your favorite treat jar so he can enjoy them in the coming days and weeks. (You could also store these in a Ziploc bag, and I imagine that they would freeze well too.)

I hope your favorite furry friend enjoys these as much as Einstein did!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of him over the last year….

And finally, he is definitely my buddy in the kitchen πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday buddy! You rock!

One year ago: Apple & Cheddar Pupcakes for Einstein’s 4th Birthday!
Two years ago: Doggie Birthday Cake
Four years ago: Happy 1st Birthday Einstein!

Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits

Yield: About 24 four-inch biscuits

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup unsalted butter (about 5 and 1/3 tablespoons), cut into pieces
1 cup boiling water
ΒΎ cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
Β½ cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, pour the boiling water over the oats and butter. Stir briefly and let stand for 10 minutes.

3. Add the cornmeal, sugar, beef bouillon, milk, cheese, and egg to the bowl; mix well. Stir in the whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, until a stiff dough as formed.

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead, adding additional flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.

5. Divide the dough in half. Working with one half at a time, roll the dough out with a rolling pin to Β½-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter and space evenly on the prepared baking sheets. Re-roll the remaining dough scraps and continue cutting until all the dough as been used.

6. Bake 35-45 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

(Recipe adapted from Pennies on a Platter)


62 Responses to “Beef and Cheddar Dog Biscuits {Happy 5th Birthday, Einstein!}”

  1. Diane on January 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

    He’s unbelievably beautiful and lucky to have such a wonderful mommy to bake him treats! My furry girls are my life and I love making treats for them. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


  2. j3nn on January 16, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Happy birthday, Einstein! These biscuits sounds tasty for people, too. πŸ™‚


  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 16, 2012 at 2:18 am

    You have the luckiest doggie! Happy bday to him!


  4. Priyanka on January 16, 2012 at 5:58 am

    That a wonderful post…its so sweet of u. Lovely photos
    Happy birthday, Einstein!!!


  5. linda on January 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

    happy einstein…you are a lucky dog!!
    beautiful post!


  6. TeachTheChildren on January 16, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein! You are such a handsome boy! (Your mom is pretty, too.)

    These treats sound so easy to make. I made dog food for my dogs for a while this past Summer and really spoiled them to the point that they don’t want to go back to plain old dog food. I think I’ll make up a batch of these healthy treats. Thanks for the recipe.


  7. Judith - Texas on January 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday Einstein!! and many more……

    Thanks for the recipe. Must whip up a batch for my own Bella, my soon to be 3 year old Goldie. I smiled a lot looking at Einstein’s pictures – aren’t Goldies adorable!
    Here’s a recipe from King Arthur Flour that you might try; I’ve made them a few times and Bella loves them.
    ο‚· 2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour
    ο‚· 1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
    ο‚· 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    ο‚· 1/2 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
    ο‚· 1/2 teaspoon salt
    ο‚· 2 large eggs
    ο‚· 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or plain
    ο‚· 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, enough to make a cohesive dough

    Preheat the oven to 300Β°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

    Mix together the flour, oats, parsley, dried milk, and salt.

    Add the eggs and peanut butter, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.

    Add enough water to bring the dough together; depending on the season, you may need to add a bit more (winter), or a bit less (summer).

    To make biscuits using a dog-bone cutter, roll the dough about 1/4″ thick, and cut with a 3 1/2″ cutter (or the size of your choice). Gather and re-roll the scraps, and continue to cut biscuits until you’ve used all the dough.

    To make dog “cookies,” drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them to about 1/4″.

    Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for a shorter amount of time. When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp all the way through.

    Remove the biscuits from the oven, and cool right on the pans.

    Yield: about 42 larger (3 1/2″ dog-bone) biscuits, 60 smaller (round) biscuits


    • Michelle on January 16th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I am going to add it to my list for another special Einstein treat πŸ™‚


  8. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables on January 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

    he’s so adorable!


  9. Abby on January 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein! He’s so cute. Dogs are just the best.


  10. Nicole on January 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Adorable pup! Can’t wait to try the recipe for Tucker’s 11th b-day in February!


  11. Marcia on January 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Happy Birthday Einstein! He is beautiful! We have three goldens, they are wonderful dogs! Thanks for the treat recipe!


  12. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I love your post! I laughed from his sad little face as you take pictures. My dog lays straight on the kitchen floor so I have to walk over him, and he won’t budge, just waiting in antcipation for a piece of food to drop. Then I take pictures and he sits in his little chair watching and waiting, and thinking oh brother! You have to love there personalities. I don’t know what I would do without my two babies!


  13. Kim on January 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! You are a handsome dog. Very lucky to have a momma that feeds you treats.


  14. Barbara | Creative Culinary on January 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

    What a gorgeous dog and what a good mom! I do the same thing for my girl; she was just 14 (how did that happen?). One year we went to a local dog bakery and got her a birthday cake shaped like a dog bone and filled with turkey and other assorted treats and yes, we had a party! My friends brought their dogs and it was a communal snarfing of the cake. You know…in seconds it was all gone!

    Here’s to many more years for you and your assistant. Cheers!


  15. Hayley on January 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Words cannot describe how adorable Einstein is! Goldens are gorgeous and he is no exception. I laughed out loud at the picture of the treats on the table with him looming and blurry in the background–a quintessential dog face whenever food is around in my house as well! I will definitely be making these for my three-legged Border Collie and our Lab who I’m positive will love them as much as yours did.

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! Woof woof bark.


  16. Lauren on January 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Birthday from your favorite Auntie!!!!


  17. Kara on January 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I will definetly give these a try….as a newbie with my very expensive camera it is such a treat to see the progress you have made in your picture taking ability…hopefully I will get there at some point too!!


  18. Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva on January 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to Einstein! Sasha the Wonder Dog appreciates your post and would like me to make these for her….looks like Einstein gave these four paws!


  19. Patty Thomas on January 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Happy birthday, Einstein! He is ADORABLE!


  20. leslie on January 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    What a handsome boy!!


  21. Elizabeth on January 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Just made these treats for my pup, Ouiser (named after Ouiser Boudreaux from Steel Magnolias). I made them a bit smaller since she is a Lhasa Apso and it made a ton! We gave some to Ouiser’s best friend, Charlotte and they both LOVED them! I didn’t have any beef bouillon, but used two chicken bouillon cubes instead and put them in with the oats and it turned out perfectly. Thanks for these great treats!
    -Elizabeth and a very grateful Ouiser


  22. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on January 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t have a dog but this is still way too cute! You are so pretty by the way!


  23. Anita at Hungry Couple on January 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Happy birthday, Einstein! What a gorgeous boy you have and what a great doggy mommy you are! So far, my Hadley has only had gourmet doggie birthday cookies from the store. She’s sitting on my lap now as I read your post and she’s making plans to go visit Einstein and his biscuits πŸ™‚


  24. Maria on January 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    He is TOO Cute! Happy Birthday Einstein!


  25. Laura Roth on January 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I love seeing items occasionally for our furry children too.


  26. Deb on January 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    What a lovely post, I smiled the entire time I was reading! Einstein is a luckly fellow! Exceptional!


  27. Ally Garner on January 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Pinning this right now…. Can’t wait to make these for our pup! Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚


  28. Ela on January 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Happy Birthday, Einstein! He’s so adorable!!! I have one too a small baby dog. I’ve tried that treat before and my baby dog loves it! That’s one of his favorite treats.


  29. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) on January 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Really glad Einstein enjoyed these! He definitely deserves the best because he’s so darn cute!! Loved the pictures of him through-out this year. πŸ™‚


  30. Chung-Ah Rhee on January 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Your dog is too cute. I just want to steal him and take him home with me!

    Yes, I have a thing for golden retrievers.


  31. Ann on January 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Love, love, LOVE this one! Happy Birthday to Einstein and what a nice treat! The photos are absolutely precious! BRAVO!


  32. Sheli on January 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

    These look great. I will definitely try making them for my little girl’s birthday next month – Valentine’s Day! Molly Rose (she’s a mini wire-haired dachsie) will hopefully love them. She’s sitting right now on the chair next to me snacking on your
    Goody Goody Bars which I made last week. ( Yummmm.) I get the chocolate topping and she gets the rest. Inbetween smacking her choppers, she wants to wish Einstein a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


  33. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) on January 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Such a cute post!


  34. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Happy birthday to Einstein!! What a cutie!! I know Yellowdog will enjoy these homemade dog biscuits… πŸ™‚


  35. Deborah on January 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

    What a great birthday treat! My little guy’s birthday is in a couple weeks, and I know he’d love these!


  36. Stephanie I on January 19, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I love making treats for my two dogs, and Einstein sure looks like he’s in doggy heaven. I do have one small criticism, which is the amount of cheese, which is unnecessary fat.

    The recipe I use for puppy cookies uses a meat flavored baby food and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Additionally, the cornmeal isn’t something dogs can really use nutritionally, and some dogs have allergies to it. Up the whole wheat flour instead.


  37. Penny on January 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I just found your blog today as I was looking for a birthday cake recipe for my wiener dog, Stanley. He turned 7 years old today and enjoyed the cake with peanut butter icing shaped like a bone. Your Einstein is a beautiful dog and I want to wish him a Happy belated Birthday. I need to make some of these dog treats for Stanley.

    Looking forward to trying some of your human recipes.


  38. Daisy@Nevertoosweet on January 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    These are great! My bf just got a dog and he’s been nagging me to bake him something πŸ™‚ thanks for the recipe!


  39. Tracy on January 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Oh my goodness, he is SO. HANDSOME. I bet him and Riley would get along swimmingly, hehe…he has the same affinity for treats and romps in the snow that it looks like Einstein has. πŸ™‚


  40. Jen on January 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    This post is adorable. I love the “hurry up and give me treats!” photo.


  41. the urban baker on February 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    these look yummy. I cannot wait to make these for our new puppy!


  42. Kevin on April 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Love this– awesome images, easy to follow, great recipe. Thanks for sharing. would love to feature you in our cookbook that we will be distributing to new subscribers and customers.


  43. Pauline Herr on April 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    do we know how long they are good for?


    • Michelle on April 24th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Pauline, They don’t have any preservatives, so I’d say for 3 to 5 days. You could pop them in the freezer to keep them fresh, plus they’ll be extra crunchy for the pups πŸ™‚


  44. Deanna on May 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    My dog needs gluten free treats….any suggestions for an alternative to the flour?


    • Michelle on May 11th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Deanna, What about using rice flour?


  45. shanta on July 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I just found your blog today as I was looking for a birthday cake recipe for my golden retriver , named Shasha. She look just like your. Einstein looks soooo adorable!!!. I have a question. How you manage his sheding of hair…..
    I found it quit difficult to keep the place clean> Shasha shed hair quit a bit!!!!!!
    How do you manage? Hope you could help.

    Thank U


    • Michelle on July 24th, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Hi Shanta, Happy Birthday to Shasha! Unfortunately I have no tips about shedding management, I’ve just learned to accept that I need to vacuum often πŸ˜‰ The last two times he’s been groomed I’ve had them do an anti-shedding treatment and it seems to help for the first week or two.


      • shanta on July 31st, 2012 at 6:17 am

        Thanks for your input. Here we are currently vaccuming every other day and besides this my husband brushes him down in the morning as well as the evening….I guess we have to learned to accept it too…..right!!!!
        Thanks again for you input!!! you have a lovely blog here…keep up!!!!


  46. Babette on September 7, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Sounds yummy, but I try to eliminate corn and wheat from my dogs’ diets…….


  47. Ana on September 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Michelle, these look fabulous! I’m curious if these would work without the beef bouillon. One of my dogs has chronic hepatitis so she’s on a very low-protein diet. I’m always looking for vegetarian treats for her and was thinking I could try these without the beef bouillon. Thoughts?


    • Michelle on September 26th, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Hi Ana, Sure, that just gives them the flavor. You could also look for vegetable bouillon and use that!


  48. Sharon on January 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I’m always looking for easy to make recipes for treats for my 3 dogs. If anyone has some that do not have any corn products (e.g. cornmeal) I would love to see them. Thank you to all for posting here. I enjoy it.


  49. The Dessert Fairy on March 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    A Belated Happy 6th Birthday to Einstein! I was wondering if you had any idea how long these would last? I’m sure they typically get eaten before it becomes an issue, but I was wondering how long they would still be good. Does the cheese in them shorten the shelf life? Sidenote-, I think this is my first comment but I have been following you for over a year and love the blog! My husband is originally from Pittsburgh and I told him that I think you are actually his perfect woman πŸ˜‰ (bakes, loves the Penguins and the Steelers). He even made me secretly stash a cookie with the Steelers logo on it in a box of cookies for a 13 year old boy that like the Ravens. Thanks for any tips on the dog treats!


    • Michelle on March 24th, 2013 at 9:49 am

      So funny about the cookies! As for these dog treats, I would say about a week or so. If you make them smaller and overbake them a bit, they’ll last longer than if they are larger and softer.


  50. Katy on June 24, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve made them twice now and my puppy loves them! I just bought some animal-shaped cookie cutters at Ikea too, so right now she is enjoying squirrel-shaped cookies!


  51. michael thackeray on January 25, 2014 at 5:50 am

    I see that you use Beef bullion? doesn’t that contain onions and garlic? if so then you shouldn’t be using that as it’s poisonous to dogs and can be fatal!
    People should read up on the ingredients before posting a recipe containing it to the masses.


  52. Mom to Hoffy and Tiritan on June 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    It has always been my understanding (from our vet) that anything with corn, or corn meal (grains in general, so this includes the wheat flour as well) is bad for our dogs. They can not process it like we do, and therefor it will cause diarrhea and other intestinal issues.

    On a side note, he is adorable!


  53. Kristin on March 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I know this is a late comment…I can’t wait to make these for my Ruger’s 2nd birthday. My all-time favorite book is Watchers by Dean Koontz. Is your baby named after the awesome dog in that book?


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