One for the dogs

Today we had yet another snow day, and to me that means hot cocoa, Smartwool socks and baking. So far the first two things were going great but Zach doesn’t really like sweets and I don’t want to see myself eat an entire cake sooo the baking has not been happening. Then I thought about the four-legged resident of Lark and he’ll eat just about anything so doggie treats it was!

I had never made doggie treats before so I set off to do some research. What I found was that while dogs can have white flour, it doesn’t offer many nutrients. I also learned that pumpkin is good for their digestion. So while I started the process thinking I would make bacon, peanut butter treats, I ended up making pumpkin, peanut butter treats. Here’s how I did it…

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I preheated the oven to 350 and then I added all the ingredients into my mixer. I love baking, but I don’t get too pumped for dishes so a one bowl recipe is a great thing. Noah sat at my feet whining to get a bite while I was mixing everything up. Given his new fear of the oven (only when it’s on), he must’ve really liked how it smelled!

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons peanut butter
A sprinkle of cinnamon

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A can of beans? I was really cool and left my rolling pin at school from when we made cinnamon ornaments. The dough is dense but it wasn’t impossible to work with (even if you’re using a can…). I rolled it to out to 1/4 an inch.

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The dough isn’t going to spread like a cookie would so they can be close together on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden-brown. A couple years ago I was in a kitchen supply store and saw a 50 count pack of animal cookie cutters for stupid cheap. Of course I had to have it. 6 years later I think I’ve used maybe 3 of them? And storing them is the worst. So I was happy to be able to use one for this recipe. Noah loves to chase, er rather bark at,Β squirrels so it seemed like a good fit.

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Viola! The finished project. The batter made 18 squirrels and will last about a week in an airtight container. Because our vet told us we need to keep an eye on his weight (he took it like a champ) I boxed up some of the treats to share with some other dog friends. After they cooled down I gave him one and he gobbled it right up! I got my baking fix and he got a special treat, great success!

Hope your pup enjoys these as much as mine did!

-Jenny Kay

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