If there’s a better combo than peanut butter and jelly then it’s peanut butter and pooches. Puppies of all ages just love the taste of peanut butter. Peanut butter bones are an easy treat to make, they’ll make your house smell great as they bake, and they’re easy on the budget.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup multigrain cereal or bran flakes, crushed (do NOT use cereals with raisins)
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 cup water
You can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter (I would have selected crunchy if I’d had it in the pantry but I only had creamy.) If you have organic peanut butter, that’s tops!
Mix the dry ingredients then add the wet ingredients, adding the water a little at a time. The amount of water you’ll need will vary based on the moisture in the peanut butter. I started with a 1/2 cup of water then added a few more teaspoons to make the dough just the right consistency:
Work the dough on a lightly floured surface (if the dough’s too sticky, sprinkle with more flour…if it’s too dry, add just a little water.) Roll out the dough to about a 1/4-inch thickness then it’s time to cut with a cookie cutter. I like to use a small dog bone cutter (I like small dog treats) but any shape will do. If you don’t have a cookie cutter on hand, just flip over a small glass and use that!
Tip: if you’re having trouble getting the dough to pop out of the cookie cutter (and this is thick, sticky dough), just dip the cookie cutter in flour.
After you cut out all the bones you can squeeze out of the dough, bring together the scraps, knead the dough a little, roll it out again, and continue cutting until you’ve used up all the dough. You’ll put the bones on a greased cookie sheet (I used a non-stick spray):
Pop the cookie sheet in the preheated oven:
After baking the bones until browned on both sides, remove the dog bones from the oven, set them out and let them cool completely; this will make them crisper. You’re then ready to serve the treats!