I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make something to share with the love of my life, my toy poodle Macy. Luckily, I’m pretty sure she forgives me. I am 100% guilty of spoiling my dog relentlessly, so it’s no wonder that she whines and begs every time there is food around. Whoops. Whenever I bake she is right at my feet, praying that I will drop something or just give her everything that I’m making. This time, she finally got to reap the benefits of all of my baking and she definitely approved. She did seem quite annoyed that I had to take a picture before she could eat her cookie though!
Excuse the blurriness! It was obviously impossible to get her to sit still with a cookie in her mouth, but I tried! These treats are 100% dog friendly and while you could also take a bite, I don’t think they’ll be some of the best cookies you’ve personally ever had. Made with ingredients like real peanut butter, whole wheat flour, wheat germ and oats, there is nothing for your dog not to love and you can feel good about what you’re feeding him/her. The dough comes together really easily in a stand mixer and then it is rolled out and cut into bones with a cookie cutter, just like you are making sugar cookies. I found that the treats only lasted a few days, so I recommend freezing them and just thawing one every time you want to surprise your pup!
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Yield: 20-30 biscuits, depending on size of cookie cutter
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered or dry milk
1/2 cup quick cooking oats (not instant)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 Tbsp. toasted wheat germ
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp. water for egg wash
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the two flours, the powdered milk, oatmeal, peanut butter and wheat germ. With the mixer on low, add one egg and one cup of water. Mix just until a slightly sticky ball is formed.
Place dough on a well floured surface and knead into a ball. The roll the dough out about 1/2 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut dog bone shapes and place on baking sheets. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until completely hard. Cool and let your dog devour.
Source: Adapted from Ina Garten