Why are my dog treats cracking and bowing?

by Jeannie

I have two separate recipes that I use oat flour in, and these are the biscuits that keep cracking, even while baking in the oven.

When they are done and cooled I barely pinch them to check for hardness and they just fall apart. What am I doing wrong???

Chef's Answer ~ Without seeing the full recipe, my first thought is that there is not enough liquid ingredients in the recipes. If that is the case, you will need to adjust your recipe until the dog treats aren't as dry and brittle.

Another reason could be that the treats are in the oven too long, or at too high of a temperature. You may need to adjust these things to get a better texture out of your homemade dog treats.

I hope this helps! :)

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decrease baking time
by: Anonymous

I'd decrease the baking time to 30-40 minutes depending on their thickness. Also poke the cookies with a fork before baking. That will help solve the bowing.

biscuits cracking and bowing
by: Jeannie

I'm so glad you responded. The ingredients are as follows:
2 cups oat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
1 egg
3tbs olive oil
2 tbs molasses

The recipe instructions say 350 for 50 min. I have also tried them at 325 with the same result. Based on the ingredients does it look like I need more liquid or should I change the temp and cooking time. If so what temp and cooking time do you suggest?
I also have a dehydrator that I use....what is your suggestion for temp and time in?

Thank you for any help you can give!!!

Chef's Answer ~ The moisture in the recipe seems to be enough. But you would be the best judge of it. When you've combined all the ingredients in your bowl to make your dough, does it stick together when you press it between your fingers? If it does not press together, the dough is too dry. If it presses together and there's extra moisture, you'll need more flour.

The cooking time and temperature seems quite high. I would make a batch and put in 6 or so cookies at a time. Bake the first batch at 350 for 15 minutes. Then add an additional 5 minutes to this batch until you achieve your desired doneness. Then once you've determined a good temperature and time, bake the rest of your batch.

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