Next time you have some extra time to do some baking, consider whipping up one of these wholesome recipes for the furry friend in your life!
1. Peanut Butter Gingerbread Dog Treats
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. baking soda (if making crunchy treats, leave this out)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 generous tbsp. fresh finely grated ginger or ginger paste
1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. Peanut Butter
1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. Blackstrap Molasses
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. water
Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In large bowl, whisk together egg, peanut butter, molasses, water and vanilla. If you are using fresh ginger stir it into the wet mix. (If you’re using dry, add it to the mix below.)
In a second bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Don’t be tempted to use a pre-made gingerbread spice mix. These mixes contain nutmeg which can be toxic to dogs, even in small doses. Stir the dry mix into the wet mix, adding a little at a time until combined and dough comes together.
Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Turn out your dough and roll it out to a generous 1/4″ thick. (For crunchy treats, roll it to a thin 3/16″). Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes or a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares.
Lay out dough on your parchment lined baking sheets. Pierce the center of the cookies to allow air to escape and prevent surface bubbling. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and allow cooling completely on a cooling rack.