I’ve been sharing a lot of special recipes this month. However, they have all been for people. I don’t want to forget our favorite furry friends, so I’ve chosen my dog’s two favorite treats to share. These really aren’t that difficult to make, and I love the peace of mind of being able to pronounce all of the ingredients!
Peanut Butter Puppy Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk
Preheat oven t 375F. Lightly grease baking sheet.
Combine flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix together milk and peanut butter until smooth. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Form dough into a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for 3-5 minutes adding flour if necessary to make a soft dough that isn’t overly sticky. Roll dough to ¼” thick. Use fun cookie cutters to cut out interesting dog biscuits.
Transfer cut outs to prepared baking sheet. Bake for twenty minutes. Cool completely before storing in airtight container in the refrigerator.
This is a soft biscuit and can spoil quickly. To create a drier, crunchier biscuit that stores longer, leave biscuits in cooling oven overnight. However, like their Peanut Butter Cookie counterparts, these biscuits burn easily. If you plan to let the cookies dry out overnight inside the oven, and you are using an electric oven, I suggest turning the oven off a couple of minutes before the biscuits are actually done to avoid burning.
Basic Dog Treats
2 teaspoons yeast
5-6 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup warm water
1 ½ cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder (See Special Notes)
In a large bowl, mix yeast and half of the flour. Set aside. In medium-sized bowl, mix together warm water, broth, honey, egg, parley, and garlic powder. Pour liquid mixture into flour/yeast mixture and stir well. If you are using a mixer, beat on medium speed for about three minutes. Gradually add remaining flour, one cup at a time, to form soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface (or in mixer using dough hook) for 3-5 minutes until smooth, adding flour if needed. Shape dough into a ball.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼” thick. Use cookie cutters to make biscuits. Transfer cut outs to ungreased cookie sheet leaving about ¼” spacing. Gather up and re-roll the scraps to make more biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F. Remove from oven and turn biscuits over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Turn off oven leaving biscuits inside to cool gradually. When oven is completely cool, remove biscuits. Leaving the biscuits in the oven overnight works great and makes the biscuits nice and crunchy!
Store biscuits in an airtight container. I’ve found these last for many weeks in my puppy’s sealed treat jar, but can also be stored in the freezer for months.
This recipe is similar to basic bread making except without allowing the dough to rise. Feel free to use your favorite bread making techniques, including a bread machine.
Do not be alarmed at the use of garlic powder in this recipe. While it is true that excessive amounts of garlic and onion in a dog’s diet is harmful, the amount included here as a seasoning is safe. I also urge you to do a little research on your own to be sure what is safe for your pets.
These are a bit involved so I don't make them often, but I’m pretty sure it’s these treats that turned my dog into a bread addict!