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Easy Baked Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

Confession: I’ve had these cookie cutters for years and never used them.

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That all changed yesterday, when I decided to make DIY Christmas cookies for our dogs and their doggy friends.

I started with a recipe on Pinterest that required just four ingredients.

I only had three of those ingredients on hand, but I played recipe jazz and found success anyway.

Hint: You can almost always substitute yogurt for milk!

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Is it wrong to give a dog cat-shaped cookies?

You can check out Brown Eyed Baker’s original recipe for Peanut Butter Doggie Bones.

Here’s my adapted recipe:

Baked Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups flour (whole wheat preferred – I used a mixture)
  2. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1 cup peanut butter (natural preferred – I only had Jif)
  4. 1 cup plain yogurt
  5. water as needed

Directions:

Mix wet ingredients (except water) and dry ingredients separately and then combine in one big bowl. Stir thoroughly. Add a little water if batter seems to dry or lumpy. Once the mixture is smooth, roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees (F) for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a cookie rack, and then store in an airtight container. Yield depends on the size of your cookie cutters.

peanut butter dog cookies

Om nom nom

The next time I make these cookies, I will probably add cinnamon and maybe mini carob chips.

I gathered up several baggies of 10 or so cookies each for some of Scooby, Luke and Charlie Machete’s favorite friends.

At Zach’s family Christmas celebration last night, Echo the elderbelle and hot Roxy (aka Charlie Machete’s girlfriend) approved.

pit bull and jackeranian

Do you make holiday cookies – for people or pets? Share you story in the comments.

Don’t feel like baking? Try my no-bake peanut butter dog treat recipe!

Review: Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Flavor Natural Dog Treats

Friendship is one of the awesome side effects of blogging.

You make new friends. And, at least in my case, you also reconnect with old ones.

labrador puppy card

This card arrived in the mail not long ago. The precious puppy looks a lot like I suspect Charlie Machete did as a baby.

Inside the card was a loving note from my Nebraska friend Shawn. We showed our dogs in 4-H together as kids and performed in community plays together as adolescents. But we fell out of touch over the years, pretty much until she started following this blog.

Shawn still has dogs – a mastiff named Boo and a one-eyed springer spaniel named Dulcie, a certified therapy dog whose story I recently highlighted in a post. Shawn also was one of the people who so kindly sponsored Charlie Machete and me in the Strutt with Your Mutt 5K.

The cute card came from the whole pack.

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As the note indicates, they also sent something else – something Charlie Machete couldn’t wait to get into.

Machete noses a box

What’s in here?

Machete reveals the box

Ehmergerd! Peeeenert berter from Trader Joe’s!

Just as Shawn predicted, the Peanut Butter Flavor Natural Dog Treats from Trader Joe’s were a big hit with our pack.

The peanut buttery aroma was too much for them to handle, really. It made them all excited, wiggly and hard to photograph.

Trader Joe's Natural Dog Treats

Doggy crack.

These cookies come in various fun shapes like squirrels and cars the size of Scooby’s head. I had to break them up into bite-sized pieces for the elderpin.

squirrel trader joe's dog cookie

Recommended Scooby servings per squirrel: At least 3

We have a tendency to be too generous with the treats at our house, so this box didn’t last as long as it should have.

But it’s so hard to ignore those pleading puppy dog eyes.

Machete looking at the camera

C’mon, foster mama! Gimme a race car!

Big thanks to Shawn for treating our pack to some baked peanut buttery goodness!

Although I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s very often, I would definitely consider picking these up again.

Other than including wheat, which we think Luke is slightly allergic to, there wasn’t anything scary on the ingredients list, and the dogs, obviously, found the cookies to be delightful.

Readers: Have you ever gotten Trader Joe’s dog treats for your pups?

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blueberry Frozen Goodness

This is a recipe for master estimators.

It is the only kind of recipe I can follow. And it’s for dogs, who will never tell me, anyway, if there’s a smidge too much cinnamon.

No bake sweet potato cookies.

No bake sweet potato cookies.

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blueberry Frozen Goodness

Ingredients:

1. What’s left of last year’s sweet potato harvest. Or, as many sweet potatoes as you feel like cleaning, chopping up, boiling and pureeing in the blender – minus the amount of mash you decide at the last minute to save for yourself. Because mashed sweet potatoes are so awesome to eat they require no condiments (although a dash of salt and butter can’t hurt).

Chopped sweet potatoes.

Chopped sweet potatoes.

chopped sweet potatoes in a Blendtec blender

Will it blend?

Pureed sweet potatoes

It blended.

2. Peanut butter. As much as you feel like spooning into the pureed sweet potatoes, but probably not an equal amount or the batter will get so voluminous that you’ll be at this all day.

3. Oats – regular or the instant kind. Really, the dogs won’t know the difference.

4. Cinnamon. Put the container on the sprinkle – not the dump – setting, and use your judgment.

Pureed sweet potatoes, peanut butter, oats and cinnamon

This is basically what your mix should look like before you stir things up.

4. Dried blueberries. For topping.

Directions:

As the photos above indicate, you will mix all ingredients together. Be patient – the potatoes are light and fluffy, and the peanut butter is thick and heavy. Feel free to keep adding oats, since they seem to help stiffen up the taters.

Once you are satisfied that the mixture is sufficiently even, you will 1) wonder why you mixed things by hand instead of putting it all in your ridiculous $400 Blendtec blender and 2) proceed to the next step.

“The next step” is easy but messy: Use your fingers and a spoon to deposit little lumps of batter onto wax paper. How big you make these lumps is entirely up to you. How big are your dogs? I made two sizes – tablespoon-size for big dogs and teaspoon-size for my elderpin.

When you get sick of spooning out lumps, or when you realize you’re running out of containers to store them in, you might grab the nearest Kong toy and stuff it with this delicious-to-a-dog mixture. Just don’t drop it, or there could be a fight.

A pit bull mix, golden retriever and a miniature pinscher lust after a Kong toy stuffed with sweet potatoes, peanut butter, oatmeal and cinnamon.

Three handsome beggars, Part Deux.

Once the Kong is stuffed, go back to the gooey lumps. Tuck a dried blueberry into the center of each, because it makes them look cuter. And, blueberries are good for dogs.

Small no-bake sweet potato dog treats.

Scooby-size sweet potato snacks.

Finally: Freeze everything. Including the few sweet potato chunks you skimmed for healthy “training” treats.

Frozen sweet potato dog treats.

Not as many snacks as it seems.

Like everything else I make (including yesterday’s basil mint tea), this recipe is adapted from a more specific version. When you don’t have sweet potato mash and blueberries on hand, make the simpler No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Treats by For the Love of My Dogs.

What homemade goodness do you make for your pets?

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