Thursday, December 22, 2011

Biscuits for (Wo)Man's Best Friend

The shopping is done.  The presents are wrapped and placed under the tree.  But perhaps there is one member of your family you may have forgotten.  Have you forgotten your best friend?  She is always there for you, through thick and through thin, unconditional love, whether you want it or not.  Why not do something special for your four legged friend this year?  Why give just another stuffed toy that will be ripped apart and gutted in a matter of minutes?  What does your pup love more than discovering that squeaker?  People food, plain and make some doggie treats and show your pup how much you love him or her.
I don't know about your dog, but Sweetpea behaves as if she is possessed around certain people food.  She can hear a banana being ripped from the bunch a quarter mile away. (OK, that's and exaggeration) No matter where Sweetpea may be in the house, when I open the cheese drawer of the fridge, she is at my feet before that drawer is fully opened.  She usually goes back to bed after her breakfast, but will leap out of bed when she hears the crunch of lettuce being torn from the head as I make my lunch for work.  She makes sounds as if she is speaking in tongues at the sight or smell of cantaloupe, carrots, apples, scrambled eggs, and anything that may have maple syrup poured over the top.  The smell of peanut butter = instant drool.  Got the picture?  She's spoiled and she's bad.  She stomps her feet and she can beg for an unhealthy amount of time.  She's not totally undisciplined.  I've discouraged her from begging at the dinner table.  If she begs at the table, it's always next to Paul, the pushover one person who shall remain nameless.  I tend to be the disciplinarian and tell her to lie down.  She acts totally dejected, goes to her bed, and lets out a big sigh.  Sweetpea is a master manipulator, but we love her dearly and wouldn't want her to be any other way. Full of spunk and energy, she is our eternal puppy.  Make some of these treats for your best friend and while you're at it, bag some up and share them with all your four legged friends.
  Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Makes 2 dozen large  or 6 dozen mini biscuits (I made a combo of both)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons wheatgerm 
  • 1 cup water (or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine all dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water, peanut butter, and honey.
  3. Mix on medium speed until combined, then continue to knead for 2 minutes.
  4. Roll out dough, about 1/4 - 1/3 inch thick, onto floured surface and cut biscuits.
  5. Place biscuits on to silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet. (they keep their shape well and hardly spread)
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven- 25 minutes for mini biscuits and 35 minutes for larger biscuits. (They will slightly brown and look dry.  Don't allow them to get dark)
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan.  
  8. These will keep for about 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container.  (Since they have no preservatives I think 2 weeks is a safe guess - if you have any doubts - freeze them and take them out as you need them) 
Merry Christmas to All !

And to All, A Good Night!

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