I have a love-hate relationship with baking. I love baking. But I hate having mountains of goodies sitting around the house just tempting me. One good solution is to bake for other people. Neighbors, friends, coworkers. The problem is, they’re excited at the beginning, but eventually they start hating you for making them fat, too.
Well… I’ve found another solution! Baking for Kaiser!
All I have to do is crack the lid on a jar of peanut butter and Kaiser is in the kitchen in under 10 seconds. So when I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Dog Treats, I had a feeling they’d be a hit.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
(from The Doggy Dessert Chef)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and assemble ingredients.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix well and knead into a ball.
Roll the dough out in batches on a piece of parchment or floured surface to about 1/4″ thick. I once again got creative with the rolling pin.
Use cookie cutters to cut the treats. If you don’t have super cute bones and paws, Christmas trees will work just fine. I swear, Fido won’t care.
Transfer all the treats to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake 15-20 minutes until slightly brown.
(Side note: have you noticed some new fun dishware lately? Thanks, Mom, for the bday package!)
Time to see if Kaiser likes the treats…
Yup! He scarfed them down and wouldn’t leave my side for the rest of the afternoon.
So… Nick’s been known to eat the dog treats out of the bulk bins at PetCo, something I find horribly repulsive. His favorite are the carob chip cookies, followed by the ones that look like vanilla Oreos. He also eats Kaiser’s freeze dried cheese treats, and I think he probably once tried a Milkbone.
The thought of eating storebought dog food makes me gag a little, but I figured since I’d made these treats with only 3, very human, ingredients, they’d be safe to try. So… I… gulp… ate a dog treat.
It tasted like a very bland, sugarless peanut butter cookie cracker. If they started making peanut butter Communion crackers at church, that’s what they’d taste like. In other words, not very good. Why Kaiser goes bonkers over these things is beyond me, but he does, so hurry up and make them for your pups!
I make dog treats for Layla too! If you’ve been brewing lately, you can use the spent grain to make them! The recipe I use is here:
If you’re doing extract batches, you can most likely use the specialty grains. (if it’s 2-row, crystal, munich, etc.). I’d probably stay away from the ones like roasted malt, black patent, etc. Layla LOVES them, and it keeps you from throwing the grain out! You can also freeze the spent grain and use it later, or refrigerate it for up to a week or so if you don’t want to bake on brew day.
Oooohhh!! Awesome tip! Those will definitely be in Kaiser’s future! =) We haven’t made anything new since our Belgian ale (which came out REALLY good)… cuz we haven’t been drinking much, and don’t know too many people here, so we don’t have enough empty bottles! LOL… over Mardi Gras we finally made a dent though, so hopefully soon…
Super Syrian Soul says
are they supposed to still be soft when they come out of the oven? Because, mine were in the oven for 20 min, and they are still soft.
Alexis AKA MOM says
My pup loves her treats too. I have the same thing love to bake but DO NOT need the extra calories to sit here and eat them … best to bake for the dog :).
I so need to get the paw cutter.
These are so cute. Lucky Dog, Kaiser.
Melanie Miles says
I just located your site & love that you also cook treats for your 2nd best friend! I used to buy my dog “Elvis” treats from a pet store that made them homemade. She had a reasonable price on them but now…Momma’s going to make them.
Elvis says to tell you “hi” & thanks for posting!
Thanks, Melanie and Elvis! Hope you enjoy the treats!