If you’re lucky enough to have today off, I’m jealous. But, maybe it’ll give you a chance to whip up a treat for the man in your life, and his best friend – his dog!
Even though I’m currently bitter on the guy situation, I’m NOT suggesting men are dogs and we should bake them dog treats… or am I?
No, really, I got Haylie Duff’s cookbook, “The Real Girl’s Kitchen” for Christmas, and one of the first recipes I noticed was the one for baked dog treats! I know so many people with dogs, and I was about to go visit several friends, so I thought it would be the perfect little gift.
They are super easy to make, and you can either cut them into squares or use a cookie cutter (I used a small heart-shaped one). I am certain the man in your life would appreciate you showing some love for his four-legged best friend!
- 2.5 cups of whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of flax seed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Stir together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, cinnamon, and flax seeds in a bowl.
- Add water as needed to help make the dough workable (it should be dry and firm).
- Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick slab. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces (or use a cookie cutter).
- Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
The recipe says it makes 25 treats, but when I made it, it was more like 45-50. Not really sure why, and I was happy to have plenty for my doggie friends, but just an FYI.
Once the treats cooled completed, I divided them up and put them in decorative, Valentine’s-themed treat bags. I delivered them, and as far as I could tell, they were doggie-approved!
And, before I go, I know it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I always do a poor job of blog planning for this day, because he’s a leader very inspirational to me. So, I wanted to leave you with a quote of his, because it empowers me, and that’s something I could use every day, and even today.