Today, while the clouds formed a grey backdrop to the trees bringing forth memories of snow days, I decided to do some baking. I went to work making dog cookies for Bae and Mylo choosing to make peanut butter ones since tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Day (don’t you just love obscure holidays that spark your imagination?). Lexi was over and together we mixed, rolled and cut out dog bones and paw prints. As they baked the smell of the peanut butter and the warmth from the oven transported me back to my childhood winters. Both Bae and Mylo were very interested in the process and more than pleased with the outcome!
Below is the Recipe Lexi and I used. I got the recipe from Eating Bird Seed. You can find the original recipe here, or just use the one I typed up below
. I usually bake my treats as one large sheet and when they are still warm I use a knife to cut them to my desired size. The dogs don’t care much for decorative shapes and I can cut them into small training pieces easily. This time we rolled out the dough and used cookie cutters as it lent itself to winter memories better this way and the presentation is nice enough to give as gifts. I used these adorable cookie cutters I found on Amazon:
Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
1 cup flour
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or a can of pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock
Mix the ingredients together making a stiff cookie dough. If needed add more broth or flour to get the right consistency. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Test to be sure the thickness works if you are using a cookie cutter with impression cuts, (like the pawprint one I used, see the picture below).
Bake on a prepared cookie sheet (pam spray etc or parchment paper), for 15-20 min. Check for desired doneness. I left mine slightly soft. They had not turned golden on the top but had on the bottom.