Sunday, December 5, 2010

My True Love Gave To Me: Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Today's recipe is so easy that I actually hesitated putting it on here. It's almost TOO easy, if there is such a thing :) But, the mission of this blog is to bring you recipes that are "easy and amazing", and this is certainly one of those.

Everyone knows how important our canine friends are to us, and how much they deserve their own gifts at Christmas! What better way to treat them-- and also to know that they are eating something that is completely healthy and natural, with no by-products or unpronounceable ingredients? AND, this is an adorable, impressive gift that will be truly appreciated by both the human and canine recipients!

So, you wanna see how easy this is? Preheat your oven to 375, then gather up:

2 cups of whole wheat flour-- as an aside, this stuff is fantastic for dog biscuits, it makes a thicker, heartier texture than regular flour.

1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup milk

See, only four ingredients, and in easy measurements!

In one bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, stir together the peanut butter and milk until smooth. I found a wooden spoon to be the best tool for this.

Then, add the flour mixture slowly to the peanut butter mixture...

... and stir it all up. If it seems too dry to form a dough, add a bit more milk. It will never harm your baking to add a bit more milk or water, just don't go too far-- you can always add more, but you can never take it back if it becomes soup :)

Once it's all combined, collect it all into a ball and plop it onto your counter. "Plop" is a technical baking term, by the way. Oh, and I do recommend wax paper to keep your counters clean.

Flatten your dough ball, using your rolling pin or just your hands. Then, get out your cookie cutters and have at it! I often use a mini dog-bone shape, but in the spirit of the holidays, I went with my mini Christmas shapes. You can make these in any size, depending on the size of the dog receiving the biscuits.

Aren't they cute, all ready to go into the oven?

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until brown. Then let them sit out for an hour or so-- they will harden as they sit.

Now you package them, any way you want. Personally I love these adorable little Martha Stewart treat bags:

But a clear cellophane sack tied shut with some ribbon would be cute too, and easy!

I KNOW you want to try this, so I'll let you go :) Your puppies, and your friends' and family's puppies, deserve a treat!