Since my two won't sit still for anything but a treat, I found this adorable photo of Bean and Nugget taken from A House in the Hills. (I'll be back to check out this blog more thoroughly, soon.) Dog lovers always seem to find each other.
Yesterday, Kate started to make dog treats, but unlike years before, she needed to find a new recipe for Dante. My husky has food allergies that we only found out about last year so she quickly adapted a simple recipe to accommodate his diet. The good news is that even dogs without allergies will enjoy them! (Here is my other recipe.)
Peanut Butter Dot Treats
2 cups gluten-free flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup water
Carob chips (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together peanut butter, oil, and water in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add water and mix together until dough forms. Add carob chips if desired
4. Roll out dough until 1/4" thick. (A little thicker is okay too.)
5. Use a cookie cutter to make individual treats. Any design will do.
6. Place treats on a parchment paper lined pan or Silpat baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes
7. Let cool.
Once they are cooled, store in an airtight container. (Treats are all natural so they will only last up to two weeks if kept in a cool, dry place.) Here is the first batch all cooled and ready to bag. Kate placed one lone carob chip on top of each bone to make them extra special. Place bones in a small ziplock bag before putting them in your gift container.
And this is how I wrap them up. I simply take brown paper lunch bags and stamp them with dog paws (the less perfect, the better) all over. I then place the baggie of bones inside and fold down the opening twice. I put two punch holes in the middle of the fold and thread either raffia or twine through the holes. I finish the whole thing off with some jingle bells. You could certainly add a tag if you'd like, but we opted to keep things simple for this batch.