Bella’s Favorite… Home Made Peanut Buttter Paw Print Dog Cookies Recipe
Last night was one of those blessed cool evenings that you hope for, but that we haven’t seen many of in Summers of late here in New Jersey. A good time to use the oven if oyu want to. (One thinks about things like this when they live in an old, I mean really old!, home like ours. 170 years ago, they didn’t build their homes with “R Value” in mind! So it was a perfect evening to make a big batch of dog cookies!
Bella is our second Great Pyrenees, and this breed can have finicky bellies. For that reason, and because I like to
know what is in our food, and because it is just so much less expensive than the “designer” packaged dog cookies that are sold today (and really… How long do you think a $4-5 box of those last around a hungry, 80 pound plus 1 year old pup!).
Besides, it is so easy and I think that she prefers them. Actually, when I go to the neighbors house, I always bring a handful and all the neighborhood dogs seem very happy to see me!
Bella’s Favorite Home Made PB Paw Print Dog Cookies Recipe
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (Any kind will do. I’ve even used Irish!)
1/3 cup peanut butter (unsweetened is best)
1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup (no honey for pups under one year old! This is optional anyway.)
1 cup of water, apple juice, apple sauce, cider, fruit or veggie juice, etc.
Optional: Dash of cinnamon, chopped or shredded carrots, bits of apple, ground veggies (You know, like the pulp that comes out of the juicer! Or left over veggies form last nights dinner.)
Combine all ingredients to make a dough.
Roll the cookies into little balls. I make mine about 3/4 across, you can make them smaller for wee dogs, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Now is my favorite part…. put all of your finger tips together and press the cookies fairly flat. This makes little marks that looks like doggie paw prints. So charming! (Perhaps more so for me than the dog, but it does mark them as dog treats and not people treats… even though you could eat them as there is nothing in there you’d be sorry to have found that you’d eaten.)
Bake for 1/2 an hour. Let cool and dispense. We keep most of ours in a clear glass cookie jar on the counter.
In the Summer, or when it is really humid, I will turn off the oven at the 1/2 hour mark and then leave the cookies in there for another 15 minutes. Dogs love crunchy, crispy things, and it helps the cookies to keep longer than about a week.
Another hint is to let them cool, and then put them in a freezer bag and dispense form there. Then there is zero risk of mold, and they will last for months and months, and even though this recipe makes a bunch of them.. you won’t have them for months… I guarantee that!