You know those pathetic people that talk about their dogs all day and that have actually attended a dog play-date party? Yeah, that’s us. It’s embarrassing to admit, but we—my husband and I, plus a lot of our friends—are at that stage in life where the creatures that require most of our care are busy chewing on bones and chasing squirrels, as opposed to crying and spitting up.
Here’s a way to treat the four-legged friends in your world. These treats are probably both cheaper and healthier than a lot that you’ll find in stores. So far, any dog that has gotten them has been doing a lot of jumping in the air and begging. It must be the peanut butter aroma. Plus, they’re so easy to make. I am dropping them in cellophane bags and simply tying the bags with ribbon to give to friends.
So here’s to you, Bailey & Bosco, Luke & Leia, Thora, Sammy & Lucy, Peanut, Lily and Jack & Bess. Thanks for the tricks, the eating of socks, the digging of holes, the licking of faces and all the other general craziness. Directly below are my spaniels, Leia and Luke. And yes, my husband is a Star Wars nerd. Also below are Kesha’s goldendoodles, Bosco and Bailey.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
- makes about 8-1/2 dozen (100ish) small bones
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
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 3/8” inch thick (mine varied somewhere between 1/4” and 1/2”). Use a small bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies. My cookie cutter was 2”x3/4”, but for larger dogs you may want a larger cookie cutter. 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.
For gifts, once bones are cooled, place them in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. Note, these will be more the consistency and softness of a cookie, not a biscuit.