Fuel-Up Fridays

I’d like to start a new weekly trend here. Initially I started the blog out to track cooking for Suki, but somehow I forgot to keep up with that so I’m hoping this will bring it back. Each Friday I plan to talk about food in some way or another, whether it’s a recipe, treats, a food brand review, or just plain nutrition banter. I think the main hurdle I’ll need to face is formalizing all my recipes. For the most part I just wing everything, which somehow works in my kitchen but doesn’t really work for posting recipes. So my apologies if my posts are slightly garbled to start out.

To kick it off I’m going to post some peanut butter cookies I made a few weeks ago. To shake things up a bit I divided the dough up and added some carob chips and rolled oats. Do not be fooled by the photos, these cookies are terribly dry and while none of the dogs I offered one to had any complaints I’m not sure they qualify as the type of cookie you can eat too. I’m going to experiment with honey to sweeten the cookies and hopefully add a bit of moisture. Reducing the flour would also likely decrease dryness. Looking on the bright side, these cookies maintain everything hilarious about feeding your dog peanut butter: the chop smacking omnomnom response when the peanut butter sticks to the roof of his or her mouth.

I started out with the peanut butter, then let my curious helper clean out of the measuring cup.

ImageWhen I got to the egg Suki decided she wanted to see what that was about, and was terribly disappointed to discover that it was still in its shell and hadn’t been hard boiled for her.

ImageWhole wheat flour, peanut butter, cinnamon, and egg. Nothing unpronounceable or questionable here. Like all great recipes, this one requires just one bowl that you throw everything into.

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Once the dough has been stirred together you can add any extras. I divided the dough up into various groups and made plain, carob chip, and carob & rolled oat cookies.

I started out cutting the cookies into little bone and bear shapes, but the tried and true peanut butter cookie with the fork marks look really great. I think I like them better than the cookie cutter ones.

ImageAnother fun way to decorate them is to roll out a ball of dough, flatten it ever so slightly, then press it down the rest of the way using a carob chip. It’s the canine friendly version of a peanut butter kiss cookie.

ImageAren’t they cute? Each one is maybe an inch wide, which I think is about the perfect size for a dog cookie. These don’t really expand when baking, so no need to account for that when portioning out the dough.

 

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg

1. Preheat the oven to 300° F
2. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir.
3. Shape the cookies on a cookie sheet.
4. Bake for about 5 or 6 minutes.
5. Once the cookies have cooled, feed one to your dog and laugh at his omnomnomnom’ing.

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