Our three dogs have affectionately come to replace my brother, sister and me now that we no longer live at home. The three boys, Bacsi (English Yellow Labrador), Buckley (English White Labrador) and Becks (Bernese Mountain Dog) are more human than pet, and they are collectively 270 pounds of pure love.
Besides being lovable, the dogs are also always hungry. With a nose for anything that is edible, the boys make bi-monthly visits to the veterinary ER. They will eat anything and everything, including a gallon of canola oil, a 5-pound bag of white sugar, two bags of Lindt chocolates (wrappers included) and 20 bacon-wrapped appetizers with toothpicks.
Given their dangerous food history, I decided to make the dogs homemade biscuits using just four ingredients. Combine whole wheat flour and oats with peanut butter and hot water, then use your favorite cookie cutters to stamp out shapes.
Yield: 15 dog biscuits
Prep Time: 10 min
1 cup oats
2 cups whole wheat flour, plus additional for rolling out the dough
1/3 cup peanut butter
1¼ cups hot water
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Stir together the oats and whole wheat flour in a large bowl.
Add the peanut butter and hot water and knead the dough until ingredients are thoroughly combined. If the dough appears dry, add additional hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough to ¼" thickness then use a cookie cutter to cut out the desired shapes. Scraps can be re-rolled.
Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the cookies for 30 minutes, or until they are crunchy. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let rest until completely cooled.
Recipe adapted from DogTreatKitchen.com.