I love our dog. One of the greatest things about cooking and baking is doing it for someone you love. Even if that someone is covered in fur.
I wanted to start making my own dog treats for her when she went though some really icky dental problems. She lost quite a few teeth and so we had to be a bit more careful with what food we gave her, especially treats since the ones in the store can be either foul smelling or really hard.
So I decided she would have the tastiest ones I could make. It really is quite interesting when you start looking for recipes for animals. Many of them call for liver puree, bacon, or some other type of meat. I really didn’t want to make a special trip to the store for this, and I really didn’t want to have to make liver puree… ew.
After some research I decided on peanut butter. Its a very simple recipe and none of the ingredients seem as though they would be problematic for animals. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, and garlic are a few things that I’ve found out are bad for dogs. Also be careful when making this recipe that you don’t put too much sugar, if any, in the cookies. Because really, we don’t really need a sugar-wired animal running through the house.
The recipe turned out greater than expected, they are still a crunchy cookie but soft enough for her to chew without damaging her mouth. I usually will double the recipe and keep half in the freezer for later. The dough is much more oily, than say a sugar cookie dough, but really easy to work with.
You know what you make is good when you suddenly have 70lbs of fur flying at you wanting another.
I love my pup.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup oats
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Beat the eggs until frothy, then add the oil, water, vanilla and peanut butter until combined.
- Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
- Roll out until roughly 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, create the desired shape.
- Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until nicely browned and cooked through.
- Cool on a wire rack then transfer to an air tight container.