Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bacon Peanut Butter Dog Treats


So I thought I would end 2011 with some treats for dogs. I think it is only fair that pets get a treat this time of year too!
I don't have a pet at this time but over the years have had many, many, many pets.
Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, a rat, a chicken (Yes, a real chicken, her name was Lucy), gerbils, dogs, and....hmmm... I think that is about it.
Sue's daughter, Kenzie, has a puppy now so I thought I would make some healthy, homemade puppy treats for her puppy, Riggs.
Riggs is a boxer - rottweiler mix, I believe, and when he is fully grown will be a big, big dog.
I figure if I get in good with him now by making him treats he will be less likely to want to rip my face off when he is big. (Yeah, I'm a little nervous around big dogs.) 


Bacon Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients
4 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/8 cup bacon grease
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup water

Directions
Preheat oven to 325. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, flax, wheat germ, baking powder. Stir in crumbled bacon.
Put peanut butter in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave just until warm, about 20 - 30 seconds.
In a medium bowl, lightly beat egg. Add in peanut butter, bacon grease, and water. Whisk together until combined.
Make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Knead lighlty in the bowl with your hands.
Lightly flour your worksurface. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters or with the rim of a drinking glass.
Place on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Shut off oven and let treats stay in oven for at least 2 more hours, or overnight.
These will stay fresh in the fridge (in airtight container) for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months. 

According to Kenzie, Riggs loves these. Yay!
If you make them for your puppy let us know how your pet likes them. :)
Happy New Year to you and your families.

I will leave you with a funny New year's quote from Dave Barry -

"If you throw a New Year's Party, the worst thing that you can do would be to throw the kind of party where your guests wake up today, and call you to say they had a nice time. Now you'll be expected to throw another party next year.
"What you should do is throw the kind of party where your guest wake up several days from now and call their lawyers to find out if they've been indicted for anything. You want your guests to be so anxious to avoid a recurrence of your party that they immediately start planning parties of their own, a year in advance, just to prevent you from having another one."

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