How to Make Healthy and Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

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Introduction: How to Make Healthy and Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs


As an avid dog lover, I have spent far too much money on dog treats at various stores. When my dogs started gaining weight I began to pay more attention to the content of what I was feeding them. I was surprised by the fat content in some of the common dog treats. I wanted to find a tasty treat for my dogs that is low in both fat and cost. Every dog I have met loves peanut butter but it is not very healthy to feed them globs of peanut butter even though they enjoy having sticky mouths. These cookies are both simple and inexpensive to make. You do not have to be an experienced baker in order to successfully make these delectable dog treats. If this is your first baking experience it may take longer but the preparation time is usually about 20 to 30 minutes and then add 20 minutes for baking time.

Step 1: Step 1 - Preparation


1. Gather the following materials
  • One large mixing bowl
  • One mixing utensil (rubber scraper or large spoon)
  • One large cutting board
  • Two baking sheets (depending on the size of cookies you make)
  • Cookie cutters (or you can cut out any shapes you want)
  • Rolling pin
  • Two tablespoons of oil (you can use either vegetable or corn oil)
  • One-half cup of peanut butter (any brand is fine)
  • One cup water
  • One cup whole wheat flour
  • Two cups white flour
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Step 2 - Combine Ingredients

1. In the large bowl combine:
  • One-half cup peanut butter
  • One cup water
  • Two tablespoons oil
Note: These three ingredients do not mix together well so don't worry about mixing thoroughly until the next step.

2. Add each of the three cups of flour one at a time (in any order) mixing after each one.

Note: The last cup of flour is more difficult to mix because the ingredients become dry.

3. Knead the dough with your hands until it is in a firm ball.

Step 3: Step 3 - Roll the Dough


1. Sprinkle some white flour onto the cutting board and put the ball of dough on top of the flour.

2. Sprinkle some additional flour onto the ball of dough.

3. Using the rolling pin, flatten the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Tip: If you don't have a rolling pin, I found you can always use something of similar shape, such as a wine bottle.

Step 4: Step 4 - Cut Cookies


1. Use cookie cutters of any shape and cut shapes out of the dough.

Tip: If you don't have any cookie cutters or want a different shape feel free to be creative and cut out your own shapes.

2. After cutting as many shapes as you can in the dough, knead the remaining dough into a ball. Then, sprinkle flour on both sides and flatten the dough to about 1/4 inch and start cutting again. Repeat this process as many times as it takes to use up all the dough.

3. Place the cut out cookies onto a baking sheet. I usually end up using two baking sheets but it depends on the size and amount of cookie shapes you come out with.

Note: Do not grease the baking sheets before putting the cookies on them.

Step 5: Step 5 - Bake


1. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: Cookies will look drier and some will bubble slightly when done.

2. Let the cookies sit until cool to the touch.

Warning: Let cookies cool completely before trying to touch. The baking sheets will be extremely hot when taken out of the oven.

3. Use as a tasty treat when your dog is good or when you feel generous.

Tip: I suggest you store the cookies in a sealed Tupperware container so that they do not get dry and hard. Also, if you make more than one batch you can store the cookies in a freezer and thaw as needed.

Now you know how to make simple and delicious dog treats that any dog will love. This recipe ends up making around 2 to 3 dozen depending on the size of cookie you choose to make. You can double or even triple the recipe for more dogs or to give to your friend's dogs. These are a great alternative to buying expensive treats from the store. These will take less time and money and your dog will love you even more.

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I think it's great you love your dog enough to make him/her treats. Good for you!!!! The only thing I would say is, when I make these for my three, I use only quality peanut better and coconut oil. Veg and especially corn oil is really bad for dogs (and us). I've also experimented around with flours and found my dogs love when I use coconut flour, which is even better for them than whole wheat.

If you are going to feed your dog peanut butter make sure it is not one of the brands listed on this website as it contains xylitol which can kill your dog in very small doses.

http://earthora.com/is-peanut-butter-safe-for-dogs-xylitol/

Nice! Sounds great, except that peanut butter. Read the ingredients! Better off getting fresh ground peanut butter! I get a tub from publix for under $4:).

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I've been wanting to try these for quite some time, unfortunately, it took bad news about my dog's health to do it. She does love them though and they're healthier than store bought. Hearts, stars, circles and dinosaurs.

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Yes, absolutely! Just keep an eye on the dough consistency. Start with the amount in the recipe and if it feels too moist add a little more flour until you will be able to roll it out. I have made it with all purpose flour before and it turned out just fine :)

Thank you for this recipe My pup is a little picky when it comes to treats and this will be a lot easier and cheaper than buying a bag of treats he will not touch. I will be trying these soon. Thanks

what breed is your puppy

I have three dogs. I have a cockapoo named kiko, a lhasopoo named carmen and a yochon named loki. :)

Oh I can't wait to try this today :)

Is it half a cup of Peanut butter or one and a half cups? Thanks