Why not try your hand at these? (Picture: Tails.com)

It was biscuit week on yesterday’s episode of The Great British Bake Off, which meant the tent was full of the tantalising sounds of snapping and crunching.

One of the best things about Bake Off is that it inspires people up and down the nation to get baking along with the contestants.

Baking can be good for your mental health, and sharing our bakes with those we love can be a joy – whether they’re two or four-legged.

If you, like many of us, have been bolstered to try your hand at making biscuits, why give these dog-friendly recipes a try?

Yum (Picture: Tails.com)

Dog-friendly Jammie Dodgers

Ingredients:

  • 90g rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 2 strawberries
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • A little water if needed

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
  2. Combine the oats, egg, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and mix well
  3. The mixture is ready once it’s at a sticky consistency – add a little water if the mixture is too dry
  4. Cut the strawberries into slices (so that they look like little hearts)
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  6. Mould the mixture into round biscuit shapes and flatten them onto the baking paper
  7. Place a strawberry slice in the centre of each biscuit
  8. Bake for 20 mins
  9. Once the biscuits have cooled, store them in an airtight container for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months
The chefs at Tails.com, who shared the recipe, call these ‘high-value rewards’ because dogs will work super hard for them (Picture: Tails.com)

Spinach and bacon biscuits

Ingredients:

50g cooked spinach (frozen is fine)
50g lean bacon, diced
135g rice flour (coconut or wholemeal flour also work well)
1 egg
Mixing bowl
Baking tray

Method:

  1. Get your oven preheated to 170°C/gas mark 3
  2. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  4. With damp hands, roll the dough into balls and flatten into biscuit shapes
  5. Place the biscuits onto the baking tray and bake for around 20 minutes
  6. Once cool, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months
These freeze particularly well (Picture: Tails.com)

Good boy beetroot and cheese bone biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 150g cooked beetroot, sliced
  • 275g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200g dairy-free margarine
  • 200g dairy-free cheddar-style cheese, grated
  • A bone-shaped cookie cutter

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan)/gas 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper
  2. Put the beetroot into a food processor and whiz until smooth
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and process until combined
  4. Dust the work surface with a little flour and knead the mixture until you have a workable dough
  5. Roll out the dough to 1½cm thick and cut out shapes using the cookie cutter
  6. Place the dough shapes on the prepared baking trays and bake for 1 hour, or until lightly golden, then leave to cool on a wire rack
  7. Store the biscuits in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months
Peanut butter’s always a hit (Picture: Tails.com)

Apple, cranberry and peanut butter oat cookies

Ingredients:

  • 165g coconut flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 40g porridge oats
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 40g dried cranberries, chopped
  • 40g dried apple, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 heaped tbsp xylitol-free peanut butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Bone-shaped cookie cutters

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140°C (fan)/gas 3 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper
  2. Put the flour, oats, coconut, cranberries, apple and cinnamon into a food processor and whiz until finely chopped
  3. Add the peanut butter, eggs and 6 tablespoons of water and whiz again until mixture comes together into a dough
  4. Dust a work surface with a little coconut flour
  5. Lightly knead the dough until workable, then roll out to 1½ cm thick
  6. Cut out shapes using doggy cookie cutters to make bones or paws, and lay them on the prepared baking trays
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned
  8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool before treating your tail-wagging sidekick
  9. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months

Credit: Tails.com/The Happy Dog Cookbook

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