Where has my baking head been lately, you ask? With our new pup, Charlie. Having a dog in the house has been quite a handful, and between him and wedding planning, hasn't allowed a lot of time for baking!
When I do manage to make it into the kitchen, I've been whipping up some organic dog treats for Charlie. Since we're taking him to obedience classes right now, he's getting so many treats! I wanted to make sure that we weren't giving him just any old treat we bought at the grocery store. He came to us from the shelter with some tummy problems (now, fortunately, all gone!) so in the beginning it was especially important that we gave him plenty of good stuff.
There are SO MANY great dog treat recipes out there, and most call for very basic ingredients you have handy - whole wheat or all purpose flower, chicken stock, peanut butter, apple sauce, sunflower seeds, etc. So incredibly easy to make and Charlie loves them!
One of his favorites are these "Peanutbutter Puppy Poppers." They only call for 4 ingredients and can be cut out with cute cookie cutters, or cut up (like I did in the picture) into small pieces, perfect for training. Even better - they make your house smell great, like you just made a batch of cookies!
Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers
recipe from bullwrinkle.com
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (I prefer smooth)
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes (or if using for training - cut out circles using a small round cookie cutter or cut small pieces using a pizza cutter).
Bake for 20 minutes on a baking sheet (I didn't grease mine or use parchment and they were fine) until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.
Please note: I did not bake mine for the full 20 minutes - they do have a tendency to burn so you may want to adjust baking time. Also, I usually cut the recipe in half.