Saturday, March 12, 2016

Home Made Peanut Butter Dog Treats: A whole new space for experimentation

It's been great to see the family getting used to the new
Tara scarfed down a couple of cookies
as soon as they cooled off a bit
addition in our family, our Beagle+, Tara.

She's inspired all kinds go great new behaviors. Lots of long walks in the park with dad, lots of cleaning up after her by the kids. I've been experimenting with dog food - Tara gets a version of the meal most days. I've been making a chicken, carrot and rice stew that she seems to love.

Today, as she stood gazing at the PBJ sandwiches I was slapping together as an mid-evening snack for the kids, and as my daughter baked a batch of cookies to welcome dad home from SXSW, I had a brain wave of sorts. The results were a batch of dog biscuits. You'll see from the pictures below, that Tara approved...

It's quite simple, and since Tara is a big fan of peanut butter, I was pretty much assured a grand reception. That may be the trick here - make sure you know what your dog's favorites are and then build the recipe around it. 
Tara's Cookie Jar
...but if your dog is anything like Tara, they'll be excited about pretty much anything edible (shoes and pajamas come to mind!)

I stuck to more traditional ingredients, though:
   One cup self raising flour
   One Egg
   3/4 cut peanut butter
   1/2 cup vegetable broth
   1 tbsp vegetable oil

Oil a baking sheet with vegetable oil

  • In a bowl, mix the flour and eggs.
  • Mix the peanut butter, broth and oil so it melds into a creamy mix.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and let stand for a minute. Then take a table-spoon full of the mix and pop it on a oiled baking sheet
  • Pre-heat the oven to 250, and bake for 25 minutes
  • I cut the cookies in two and baked an extra 5 minutes just to add to the crunchiness
Cool and watch them disappear!