Most people do not consider me to be an especially good cook. In fact, the list is probably limited to my son-in-law and my sisters. Actually it’s probably not even that my son-in-law and sisters really like what I make – they just appreciate the fact that having someone make you food is nice.
You know who else seems to understand that being served food is a nice thing? Dogs! That’s right – dogs don’t seem to care about presentation or originality of recipes. They don’t even care if your cookies are a little burnt or look like blobs of dough. Trust me. Make your dog a batch of cookies and I guarantee you they’ll eat them up with gusto. It’s nice to be appreciated.
This is actually a fun activity to do with kids. Make the dough, roll it out and use cutters to shape the cookies.
2 cups flour (whole wheat, white, oat or a combo of any of these)
1 cup oats
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 very hot water
(Optional add ins – 1/4 cup applesauce, 1 grated apple, some grated carrots or a combo of these)
More flour for rolling the dough
Mix the flour and oats together. Add peanut butter and water. Blend. If dough is too sticky add more flour. Remember – these are dog cookies. You don’t have to worry the dough might not be flaky enough – your dogs won’t care. Roll out to about 1/4 inch and cut with cookie cutters. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Cool completely. They last about a week in zip lock bags, so freeze what you won’t use right away. If you don’t have time for cookie cutters, just roll into balls and flatten.
If you do make dog cookies, we’d love to see pictures of them on our Facebook page. In addition, if you have an easy recipe of your own, please share it with us here.