It’s simply amazing how many doggie treat recipes you can find in cyberspace. Not only dog treat recipes but real dog food recipes too. Seems there are many dog owners out there that don’t trust the national brand dog food. We will be experimenting with some of the doggie treat recipes from time to time and will post the outcome on this blog. We’ll use the “Paw Rating System” to rate the recipes, one to four paws, with four paws being the best. Here’s the first recipe we’ll be trying.
“PEANUT BUTTER BUSCUITS”
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick cook oatmeal
- 2 tablspn Flax Seed
- 1 & 1/4 cups of warm water
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- Pre-heat oven to 350
- In a large bowl, mix the oatmeal, flour and flax seed
- Add the peanut butter and stir in the water
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. Little by little, add in more flour until the mixture is no longer sticky. Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick. If you have them, you can use the bone shaped cookie cutters or cut the treats into pig ear shaped tri-angles or even squares. It’s your choice. Your dog doesn’t care. Bake for twenty minutes @ 350, turn the oven off and leave the treats in the oven to cool. This makes the treats extra crunchy.
OK. I made the first batch of homemade doggie treats on Tuesday evening, October 12th, 2009. The recipe is really quite simply and went together quickly. From start to finish, the whole process took less than one hour and only dirtied one large bowl and one spoon. I was able to get 40+ treats from the recipe and I cut them for large dogs. We do not own any cookie cutters so I resorted to cutting the treats in a triangle shape (pig ear). You could probably get close to twice that many if you cut them in a size for small dogs. Anyway, the taste test went very well.
When I bit into one, I found it to be rather bland. It was crunchy and had an up-front peanut butter taste and smell. Max the Beagle liked the treats but they really didn’t trip his trigger the way they did Angel the Dobe. She went absolutely bonkers over the peanut butter treats. I think I may be able to teach the old girl some new tricks using the peanut butter treats as a reward. She likes them that much. So now I’m going to make sure my neighbors, friends and family get to try these treats on their pooches. By the way, I have named the treats “ANGEL CRACKERS” (Peanut Butter Doggie Treats).