Dogs are quite expensive! When you add up the food, treats, supplements and vet visits, some may wonder why owning a dog is as common and popular as it is today. Don’t worry; dogs are one of the best joys of life despite the big responsibility. And that’s coming from somebody who used to be a devoted cat lady.
Although I am one of those that fall for the pretty packaging and fancy ingredients in my favorite pet shop, I tend to bake tasty treats for my dogs on a fairly regular basis. If you have the time, making homemade dog treats is a great way to have fun in the kitchen while saving a ton of money in the process. Forget those expensive dog treats and get busy. You’re dogs will love you for it.
Most of the dogs I know love peanut butter. I know that mine do. I put peanut butter in their kongs, and they can’t stop licking until all of it is gone. That’s why when I went to research the best and easiest dog treats on the web, I included peanut butter in my search. I found two recipes worth trying. Both are simple and easy and will leave your dogs lying at your ankles through the entire process. Mine did.
Sugarlaws’ Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup skim milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.
Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.
Makes about 20-30 dog biscuits.
A Cozy Kitchen’s Homemade Dog Treats
1/2 cup of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together peanut butter, honey, oil and chicken broth. In a separate bowl, combine flours and oatmeal. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Place dough on flour dusted surface. Roll or press dough out to about 1/4” inch thick. Use a small bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Roll out leftover scraps and cut out as many as possible. Put cut out cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.