12 June, 2015
Puppy Treats!Comments : 3 Posted in : baking, dog treats, food, foodie, funny, humor, recipe, Uncategorized on by : Jeanette Schramm
Here comes that change of pace I mentioned!
I grew up with dogs. No siblings, but I had dogs. Like just about any kid who grew up with dogs, I’ve tried dog treats before, and I can say from experience that they are pretty gross (except for that one brand that I tried…).
Anyway, I had a request for homemade dog treats! I figured I would find a simple one with ingredients that most people either already have at home or can easily go out and find at the grocery store.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs
3 cups flour (whole wheat is preferred), more as needed
Cookie cutter(s) of your choice
First, you mix the pumpkin, peanut butter, and eggs together.
Then, you gradually mix in 2 1/2 cups of flour. This part is a lot easier if you have a stand mixer. If not, either have a backup stirrer on standby or be prepared to take breaks. At one point, my arms got so fatigued from stirring that I almost knocked the bag of flour onto the kitchen floor.
After trying hopelessly to stir the elasticky batter with a silicone spatula, I gave up and just used my hands.
After you stir in the 2 1/2 cups of flour, add the remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough is no longer sticky.
Once the dough is kneaded together and no longer sticky, lightly flour a clean counter top or other work surface and roll the dough out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. I didn’t have a rolling pin, and neither did the dollar store, so I used a long, thin water bottle full of water.
Rolling out this dough, might I add, is no easy task. It’s quite elastic.
Cookie cutter time! It turns out I was using mine upside down, so after the first round, my hand was in quite a lot of pain. It was worth it, though; the flower design that it made was much more appealing than the intended circles.
Make sure, when cookie cuttering that you twist the cutters to make a clean cut. That way, when you pull the scrap dough away from the cutouts, they don’t stick to it.
Toss ’em in the oven for 20-25 minutes and bake until the edges are golden brown. The longer you cook them, the crunchier they will be, so you can adjust the cook time based on your pooch’s likes or needs.
My first batch of puppy treats came out of the oven and they looked pretty good, even though some were thinner than others. Also, I can almost guarantee that you will be sick of the smell of peanut butter by the time you’re done with this recipe, but it will be well worth it for the number of treats you get out of it!
I hope your pups enjoy their treats, and, just so you know, they don’t taste half bad! Aw, come on… What kind of chef would I be if I didn’t taste everything that I made?