Sunday, October 6, 2013

Homemade Pup Treats!

We post tasty & tempting recipes for human consumption all the time…but how about our four-legged friends?

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When The Hubs & I bought The Scoop earlier this year, we noticed the previous restaurant (an Emack & Bolio’s, for those who are familiar with the franchise) offered a Dog Sundae.  Our shop is located right across the street from a park / walking trail, so we get a lot of canine customers. Therefore, keeping a treat for our furry pals was mandatory.  Of course, no store-bought dog biscuit would do—so we make our own!

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3/4 cup fat free milk

1 egg

2 cubes chicken bouillon

1 cup peanut butter, creamy

2.5 cups flour, your choice (we use oat flour and/or rice flour at the shop in case there are any gluten-sensitive pups)

1 tbsp baking powder



Preheat the oven to 325F.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk the milk, egg, and chicken bouillon.  Then add the peanut butter and mix until well combined.  Finally, beat in the dry ingredients until it makes a cohesive dough.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll to about 1/4-1/2 inch thickness. 

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You can use a cookie cutter to cut out fun shaped treats (I found my bone-shaped cutter at Hobby Lobby for about 89 cents), or you can roll bits of dough into small balls and then press flat with a fork in the traditional “Peanut Butter Cookie” fashion.  I switch to the mini- PB cookies when I’m down to the cuttings and edges of the dough. 

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Place the treats on a greased or lined cookie sheet, and lightly spritz the tops of the treats with olive oil (this will give them a nice shine).  Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the treats and bake for another 15 minutes.  Let cool before sharing with your pup.  …assuming he lets you wait that long.

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Notice how the eyes get wider the closer the cookie gets…

Now…fair warning:  These smell exactly like regular peanut butter cookies…but they don’t have the added sugar, so they don’t TASTE like regular PB cookies.  However, all the ingredients are people-safe so if you decide you want to taste-test, be my guest.  But you were warned. :D

This recipe will make several dozen treats, so it’s perfect for sharing, or stockpiling.  They’ll stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.

We’ve noticed recently our Pugster has a bit of halitosis going on, so I’m planning to make some breath-freshening treats for my next batch.  I’ll be sure to share the recipe when I do!

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