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Baking is for the dogs 
Oct. 4, 2011 2:17 am 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2011 5:07 pm
Over the weekend, I attended a craft and food festival where some of the vendors were selling gourmet puppy treats.  I thought I would try my hand at recreating these at home.  My recipe is very simple.  It came with the bone shaped cookie cutter I purchased.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees,  Mix the peanut butter and the milk.  Combine the flour and baking powder and add to the peanut butter mixture.  Turn out dough, knead and roll to 1/2".  Bake for approximately 20 minutes on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Store in an air tight container.

The recipe just called for peanut butter.  It did not specify a particular type, but my review of similar recipes discovered that they used natural unsalted peanut butter.  I believe this would be more nutritional for your puppy.

The dough was a little dry, but if you work with it, it is very easy to roll.

My dog, Snickers, gave them an A+. 

If you have similar simple recipes for puppy treat that you would like to share, I would love to see them.  Snickers likes to experiment with new foods.
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Oct. 4, 2011 5:13 am
I make one similar to that but use about a 2:1 oats to flour and water instead of milk. For easy batches you can just roll it out and bake for a bit then score them with a pizza cutter at what ever size you wish. When they are done they are easily broken apart. But mostly my dog would do anything for some good old healthy veggies so pieces of carrot or broccoli were his favorite treat.
Oct. 4, 2011 5:31 am
Thanks, I'll have to try that. :)
Oct. 4, 2011 2:10 pm
I have a puppy treat recipe for my dog, but the resulting treats are too hard for her to chew (she's a chihuahua). I've even tried under-baking them, but they still turn hard when they're fully cooled. The ones I make are peanut butter, oats, whole wheat flour, and hot water, but I was thinking maybe the baking powder in yours would make them a little soft. Are these hard, or are they softer?
Oct. 4, 2011 5:07 pm
These are firm, but they may be a little softer than yours. My dog is a cockapoo, and when he eats these he licks them first then bites edges. He doesn't have any problem with them.
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