Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog...


I just finished the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and I have to say that it was my favorite book of the year. It tells the story of a family through the perspective of their dog, Enzo. It is an amazing story that made me laugh out loud and cry from page to page.  Enzo expresses himself the way we wish our dogs could. It is a fantastic and heartwarming story and I cannot recommend it enough.

After finishing the book, I decided to do something special for our dog, Teddy.  What can I say, I am a sucker for that mutt. So, I started doing some research on homemade dog treats and found that they are not only simple but also dirt cheap to make. The best part about them is that I know what Teddy is eating and that makes me feel great.  Because we keep his treats in a glass container on the counter, I wanted the treats to look great too.  I bought dog treat cookie cutters (which you can find online or at any Michael's craft store), but you could just as easily cut them into strips with a pizza cutter (I can promise your dog will not care).

Whenever I am working on a batch of these treats, Teddy spends the whole time in the kitchen with me, sniffing the air and licking his chops. It is fun and rewarding.  Give it a try!

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup white flour
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup water (or chicken broth)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Whisk together the oil, peanut butter and water.

Mix together the flours and add flour, one cup at a time, forming a dough. Knead dough into firm ball and roll to 1/4 inch thickness.

Cut into shapes using cookie cutters or into 3 to 4 inch pieces. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 20-30 minutes.

2 comments:

  1. How many does it make Michael? you know we have 3 mouths to feed lol

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  2. It makes about 2 dozen treats using our cookie cutters, but could make 4 dozen for smaller dogs. It really depends how you cut them. I usually make a couple of batches and freeze them in ziplock bags that will last about a week, that way I can just pull them out of the freezer as i need them.

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