The Greatest Thing I Ever Baked (yep, they’re dog treats)

Peanut butter dog treats. It’s all you need to know.

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I agreed to do a blog-pooch-paraphernalia-swap via the bodacious Oh Gosh Em. Our swapees are Doug and Lola (and their human Toni – go lose yourself in Lemon Freckles for a while, it’s a thing of beauty). Being an almighty people pleaser and something of a show off I thought I’d have a crack at some homemade dog treats to send to them.

{insert tense horror movie music here. You know, the bit where the heroine is investigating a strange noise and  the killer is hiding under the bed. Watching. Waiting.}

They only turned out to be the best damn thing I’ve ever cooked didn’t they? Human or canine. It’s a true, and somewhat depressing, story.

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Doug and Lola are peanut butter fans so I cobbled together a couple of recipes I found to create these beauties. It turns out Pete and Betty have a thing for the peanut butter too so I had to whip up an emergency second batch. So yep, spent my entire bank holiday weekend making dog treats. It was worth it, they listen to me now. I felt a little like He-Man, shrieking ‘I HAVE THE POWERRRRRR’ at full volume in the park. I guess He-Man didn’t shriek so much, he was somewhat more refined….I appear to be lost in a tangent.

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You’ll need:
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 1/2 cups flour. I used rice flour but wholewheat is also fine.
1 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons honey
1 egg

1) Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2) Combine the egg, flour and baking powder in a large bowl.

3) Add the peanut butter, water and honey and mix to a dough. By hand is fine but it is sticky and squelchy. You have been warned. It’s also quite therapeutic.

4) Roll out on a floured surface to about 1cm thickness and go wild with the cookie cutters.

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5) Bake for around 15 to 20 minutes until they’re golden brown and delicious looking.

The dog treat police will have you under close observation. Don’t make eye contact and everything will be just fine.

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And that’s it.

Feed to your pooch liberally. Or turn your back for a second and they’ll just crack on and help themselves.

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I have no control over the abundance of vile things my dogs try to eat from the garden but it’s my house, my rules and it just makes good sense to know what’s going into their little poochy bellies. They really do LOVE these too.

If you’re not into dog treats (why not, sicko?) I’ve got the most easy peasy chocolate cake recipe coming at you later this week and seaside spam galore.

Feel free to tell me below if you’ve made any mightier dog treats than these. I suspect not but you never know…

NB: This recipe made approximately a gazillion little biscuits. Half the quantities if you have only one dog, they’ll keep for a week in a sealed container in the cupboard.

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  • Kerri

    Those faces! I can hear them now “bake, human, bake!”.
    Pork Chop only listens to me when I have treats. OK, he doesn’t really listen, I don’t think his brain is complex enough to understand human speech but I think he likes my singing. I’m still working on bribing him for love. So far so good.

  • Forget the dogs, I’m making these for me next weekend!!! 😀 I <3 peanut butter xxx

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  • Definitely adding this recipe to my puppy research so I remember to give them a try! Your two are adorable as ever. Can’t wait for the chocolate cake recipe, can’t resist cake! x

  • Stephanie Dreams

    Look at them both! They’re chuffed with your baking skillz
    I think I love them, like I actually think I know them and we’re pals (in my head, this is real life!) x

  • Did you sample any yourself? Any good?!
    I make mine a tuna birthday cake for their birthdays (thanks Pinterest!) but I do like the look of these little goodies as well. xx

  • Haha, I feel the same about Sev! We’re all on first name terms with him in this house!!
    They did love these though, have to say xx

  • The cake is a cracker-promise! And these are brill when the time comes, I didn’t expect them to go so nuts for them. Well worth it, .
    M x

  • They were demons about it. Slave driving gits.
    I think Pork Chop is underestimated and is plotting yo take over the world all the while thinking you’re a bit of a singing douchebag. Just saying.
    M x

  • Rachael

    Looks like they went down a storm! I tried making cat food once. As a result I don’t the most disgusted WTF stare of the fur balls i’ve ever seen. Never again!

  • Ooh, I wonder if Roxie (and her puppy friends that belong to my family) would like these. I don’t think we’ve ever given her any peanut butter treats before. What am I saying? Of course, she would eat these! She’d eat absolutely anything given to her!
    Debi x

  • Em

    hahahaha. Their faces on that pictures. You can tell they are forcing you to bake. And bake. And bake some more……I made the pooches we swapped with some handmade treats too, and as one of the pubs I work for was having a bake sale I made some for them too, and Flash, and my parents dog too – bacon, cheese and peanut butter! My dad tells me they were good…….I haven’t asked if that was his opinion or Mol’s. (I am thinking it was his though!)

  • Em

    p.s. I may have a dog treat cookery book…….make of that what you will! x

  • these look brilliant, and Millie has also mastered that sideways stealing from a high surface pose. I’m glad someone else asked whether you tried them as that is clearly what we all wanted to know, especially when I read the recipe!

  • Nicola

    I’m going to make these. I don’t own a dog. They will be for me.

  • These sound amazing! I will definitely be making these for Rusty! 🙂 x

  • Haha, cats are harder to please by a long shot – you deserve brownie points for even trying!
    M x

  • I WANT IT.

  • Betts is a fussy bugger, normally just spits stuff out, and she loved them – I’d DEFINITELY recommend having a go.
    M x

  • There’s also something a little bit lovely about getting in the kitchen for them.

  • Mmmmmmmaybe I did! They need more sugar for my tastebuds but those pooches go mad for them!
    M x

  • Heavier on the honey (or maybe a bit of nutella in there?) and you’re laughing.
    M x

  • I hope Rusty loves them as much as these mutts did!
    M x

  • Lisa and Stella

    I made Stella some strawberry and chicken treats that I found on Pinterest (where else?!) and also have done her home-made sweet potato treats and dried beef treats from the ‘Cooking For Your Dog’ book.
    Being dog treat police is an excellent way of getting Pete & Betty to sit still too. Well done that woman! X

  • You’re always one step ahead of me (you’re my guru!) i JUST bought the book. Husband thinks i’m insane…
    M x