Maisie and Molly love their peanut butter. I don't mean that they'll nuzzle our hands for a quick lick, but rather, they'll knock down anyone who gets in their way, as soon as they hear the refrigerator door open!
That's some serious love.
It's how I feel about my espresso machine. Undying devotion.
In order to coax the girls into entering their snuggly kennels at bedtime, we have to bribe them with a treat. Face it, would you want to go from your warm cushion next to the fireplace, where all of your peoples are at, to a square box with a blanket? Not likely. Needless to say, coaxing them at 10 pm is not a fun chore.
Neither is forking over $8 for a box of dog biscuits. Not when they can be made at home for mere pennies.
The best part? It doesn't give the girls gas. And I don't mean the kind that goes in vehicles either.
I'm talking about the kind that clears the room.
Sometimes, even the house.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 cup cold water
2 Tb. olive, coconut or grapeseed oil
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine oil, peanut butter and water in a mixer. Add flour, one cup at a time forming the dough. Knead dough into a firm ball and roll to 1/4" thickness.
Cut into 3-4 inch pieces. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, (I lined it with parchment), and bake for 20 minutes. Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen.
I used cookies cutters to cut shapes. Since I didn't have a bone cookie cutter, I went with farm animals. Then I had second thoughts.
Cats? Not a good idea. We have 2 that are tortured every time we walk the dogs.
Chickens? Another very bad idea. Especially since one of the girls is a hound, the other a bird dog.
Yep. Baaaad idea.
I ended up going with the humble pig. I'll call him Wilbur. We do not own a Wilbur. Probably a pretty safe bet that the girls aren't going to nibble or chase an animal we don't know.
We were trying to get a picture of the girls being all proper and patient. Maisie wouldn't sit still. She couldn't. She laid down. She danced on 2 legs. She chased her tail. But she could not stop moving.
Molly knew that she wasn't getting her cookie until Maisie behaved.
So she helped her.