The lovely smell of oven-baked peanut butter biscuits fill the chilly kitchen as I pull open the oven door, letting out an intense blast of hot air. Fudge is gonna love this, I think to myself as I carefully remove the tray with oven mitts and place it on the kitchen bench. The baked goods are hard, crunchy, chunky and flaky. Everything my dog adores.
I would now like to take this time to tell you that my passion of baking for people has extended to baking for animals. I’ve baked many different types of treats for my Sheltie over the months. But you can never go wrong with good old peanut butter biscuits. Unlike store-bought dog treats, these biscuits are free of chemicals and preservatives. They are very healthy for your pooch, as long as you use natural peanut butter in the recipe. That means the unsalted, unsweetened stuff that’s just made of 100% peanuts. Dogs are sensitive to many ‘people foods’ in general. Too much salt or sugar can be toxic to them.
The following is a safe and super simple recipe that you can use to make tasty treats for your little furry friend.
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup natural peanut butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 190°C and line baking trays with baking paper.
- In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the peanut butter and eggs.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the water and continue mixing.
- Knead the mixture with your hands until a firm, stiff dough forms. If the dough won’t clump together nicely, add a little bit more water.
- On a flat surface covered with baking paper, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and use desired cookie cutter to cut dough into shapes.
- Place cookies onto baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes, or until dry and hard.
- Remove from oven and let cookies stand on a wire rack until completely cool before placing in an air-tight container.
Because no preservatives are used in this recipe, these cookies will only keep for about a week or two. Not that your dog will have any trouble devouring these yummy treats! That said, feed them to your dog in moderation please! No overfeeding!
Don’t have a dog of your own? Here’s an idea! Make a batch of these, package them nicely and give them to a friend or family member that you know has a dog! Their dogs’ll love them and they’d probably come back asking for the recipe!