We all need to just have fun sometimes…doing something a bit silly. Today was my day! Or maybe, to be honest, one of many days, but that is another story.
I have been holding onto this little recipe for some time now. It was given to me by my friend and baker extraordinaire Gina Olds. Although she makes a mean baguette and the flakiest of croissants what used to be a hit at our house was her homemade dog treats! Not for me, nor Wouter, but for our dog Ella. When Gina closed her neighborhood bakery it was a rather sad day. Suddenly, like Old Mother Hubbard, our cupboard was a bit bare!
Gina gave all the pups in Historic Germantown a treat when they stopped by her bakery to visit…which they did every day because she gave them a treat! It was kinda like which came first the dog visit or the dog treat if you know what I am getting at. To see some of the many reasons why I like Gina so much check out her blog Heart Written Words.
Her dog treats were so good, natural with no chemicals or sugars, that some of the babies in our neighborhood used them for teething biscuits! I am not kidding! True story.
Peanut butter is the “hook” flavor..who doesn’t like peanut butter? I know some of you cannot eat it, but it is for the dog…right? Use Almond butter if peanut butter cannot enter your home. Your dog will love them, and you, just as well.
Sources for Dog Bone Treat cookie cutters:
Other ingredients you will probably have on hand are flour, baking powder, egg, milk.
Baked for almost an hour…dry and crunchy, peanut butter dog treats. So easy. What great holiday (yes I just said that word) gifts for your dog friends.
I must get every crumb!
Is this all there is?
Bow-Wow Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 3/4 cup “0” fat milk (Ella is on a diet!) you can use whole fat
- Special tool: Dog Bone cookie cutter
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle or dough hook mix together the flour, baking powder. Mix on low to blend.
- Add egg and peanut butter. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Turn mixer to low and drizzle in milk until a dough forms.
- Divide dough in half and roll out on a lightly floured board to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into bones using shaped cookie cutter. Place bones on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until treats are hard and crunchy. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
As you can see from the photos of Ella above she ate every crumb and longing looked for more as she licked her lips!
These can be made with large or small bone shaped cookie cutters…I used a larger size but next time I will use a smaller size and make twice as many.
These treats make wonderful gifts for your dog friends!
Teresa Blackburn http://www.foodonfifth.com http://www.teresablackburnfoodstyling.com
Dog Bone Cookie cutters – Michaels or online
French rolling-pin/Marble slab for rolling pastry – Williams Sonoma