Our dogs are special to us and love us just as we love them. Since Valentine’s day is a “holiday” where we show others our love and devotion, let’s also show our dogs how much we love them with some homemade dog treats.
Valentine’s Day Cookies
1 cup of water
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour, unbleached
1/2 cup wheat bran or oat bran
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/4 cup carob powder
Combine vegetable oil and water in a small bowl. In another, larger bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Using your mixer (with a cookie beater or bread hook), combine all the ingredients and mix until they are thoroughly combined. You will end up with a nice compact ball of dough. Cover the mixing bowl with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and set it in a warm place away from drafts.
Let the dough rise until it is doubled—it will actually be twice as big. You can tell that it has doubled when you gently punch a little hole in the dough and it doesn’t bounce back.
Roll the dough (with a rolling pin on a cutting board that has been sprinkled with flour) to a 1/4” thickness.
Cut the Valentine cookies into the shapes that you would like to use, using cookie cutters.
Place the dog cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake the holiday dog cookies at 275 degrees F for 1 hour. You may have to adjust the time (and check the cookies frequently), depending on the size of the dog cookies that you make.
Turn off the oven, and let the Valentine dog cookies finish drying overnight in the oven.
Peanut Butter Doggie Biscuits
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Beat together peanut butter and eggs. Gradually beat in oil and water until well-mixed.
In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine flour, oats, and cornmeal. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and blend well to form a dough.
Roll out the dough to approx. 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes, or just slice them into squares if you don’t have cookie cutters.
Place on lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1/2 inch between biscuits. Bake for 20 minutes until browned. Turn off oven, but leave the biscuits inside to “crisp”. Once the biscuits have hardened, remove them and treat your dogs!
Homemade Sweetheart PB Carob Treats
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup carob chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat eggs with peanut butter, then add milk and combine well.
In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Combine the dry mixture with the peanut butter mixture. Mix well.
Stir in carob chips ( safe, non-toxic alternative to chocolate). Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1″ in between cookies. Bake with love for 20 to 25 minutes, or until biscuits look just barely “dry” in the middle and are baked through. Do not over-bake! The biscuits will naturally harden as they cool.
Before you & your dog take a nibble let treats cool down before removing from cookie sheet. Once cooled. Ready, Set, devour!