We don’t have a dog of our own but our children do and we sometimes puppy sit. One weekend we were keeping Tim’s dog Dixie
but we had no treats for her. Apparently getting puppy treats at home is a rare occasion but Dixie knows that Jim is a soft touch and would give her a treat after she went out for her walk. Dixie would stand by the counter where the treats were normally kept but there was nothing there. After her pathetic performance I decided I would try making her some.
I have seen dog treats recipes all over Pinterest but had never made any. I went searching for a recipe. The only criteria was that I needed to have all of the ingredients on hand. I didn’t want to have to go to the store. There wasn’t one recipe that met that criteria. After reading several recipes I came up with my own version. They are really simple to make and were a huge hit not only with Dixie but with Melissa’s dogs Teddy and Chase as well.
I keep them in the freezer but you can keep them in an airtight container.
I happen to have some dog bone cutters but you can cut them into any shape you want. The number of biscuits you get will depend on how big you cut them.
I hope you will try them and let me know if your puppy likes them.
- 2 cups all purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (any kind)
- 1 cup hot water (NOT BOILING WATER)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, oatmeal and the baking powder. Add hot water, and peanut butter. Mix until it just comes together. If the mixture is too dry add a little more water.
- Turn the dough out onto a pastry cloth or the counter which you have floured generously.
- Pat or roll the dough out to about 1/2" thickness.
- I happened to have a dog bone cookie cutter but you can use any shape or cut it into sticks with a knife. I guarantee that your puppy won't care what the shape is. Place cut out dog bones on cookie sheet . They don't get much bigger than when cut out so you don't need to leave a lot of room between the cookies, about an inch will be fine.
- Once all the dough is cut up bake the bones for twenty minutes at 375 degrees. The bones should be light brown when done. Allow the bones to cool before giving one to your puppy!
- Store in an airtight container or in the freezer.