Monday, October 8, 2012

It's Doggy Treat Day!

Fall was in the air today, and it felt like a good time to fire up the oven...but rather than baking a high-calorie concoction to add heft to my hips, I made oatmeal-peanut butter cookies for the 4-leggers - although they smell so good I'm tempted to eat them myself! These are super simple to make, and my dogs LOVE them...when these are "in stock", Sparrow sits and stare pointedly at the treat bag (maybe willing it to fall off the shelf?) while Jones and Spooge stare pointedly at me..."Mom? Mom? Hey, Mom, there's cookies...cookies over there, Mom...Mom, did you forget? there's cookies...cookies, Mom....

All done and cooling

Want to give your fur-babies a treat? Here's the recipe -


Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-1/4 cup hot water

Combine ingredients to make stiff dough. Turn out dough on well-floured surface (dough is sticky) and knead 8 or 10 times, adding extra flour if necessary. Roll out about 1/4 inch thick and cut with your choice of cookie cutter. (No cookie cutter? You can also roll the dough into 1-inch balls, and flatten with a fork, like "traditional" peanut butter cookies.) Place on lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely (if the dogs will let you) and store in an airtight container. Will keep for about 2 weeks, but will probably be eaten before that!

Rolling them out

Recipe yield will depend on what size cookie cutter you use - I use heart-shaped cutters, a large one about 2 inches across and a smaller one about 1 inch across, and get about 4-1/2 dozen large cookies and 3-1/2 dozen small cookies per batch. Recipe can easily be halved or doubled.


Leave a comment below and let me know how your pups like them!

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