Sunday, October 07, 2007

Apple Peanut Butter Biscuits For Dogs

His mom and grandma don't like sweets, so I don't get to bake for them. This makes me sad, since I love to bake things for people. So when we visited them this weekend, we took a different route: we baked treats for the five dogs (Nancy's 4 dogs, + G-ma's one dog). I found the recipe on DesertCulinary. It couldn't have been easier and we had a fun time rolling out the dough and cutting it into shapes. We used cookie cutters shaped like cats, flowers, moons, pumpkins, circles, and a Jewish star (I do not know why I have one shaped like the star of David, I am not Jewish. Maybe one of the dogs is?). Regardless, it was fun. The cookies do NOT take as long as the recipe says, however. They were very crispy and several were extremely burned. That's okay though. Dogs like burned things.

Here is the batch that wasn't burned:
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We packaged them into little individual Halloween cellophane bags and brought them to the dogs, who thoroughly enjoyed them. Pictures are below the recipe.

Apple Peanut Butter Biscuits

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350

In a large bowl, whisk together flours.

In a medium bowl, whisk together applesauce, peanut butter, water, oil and honey until smooth. Add the dry ingredients, one cup at a time, into the wet and stir until combined. Scoop the mixture out onto a floured surface and knead a few times until it completely comes together and is smooth, adding enough additional whole wheat flour to keep it from sticking.

Roll the dough about 1/4" thick - cut out as many shapes as you can and place them on parchment lined baking sheets. Repeat rolling and cutting until you have used up all of the dough.

Bake until the biscuits are golden, about 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway though. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Depending on your biscuit cutter size, the recipe can make a couple to several dozen biscuits.

Katie eating her biscuit:
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Izzy viciously protected her cat-shaped cookie but only nibbled at it. Chihuahuas do that a lot.
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Maddie ate hers AND stole Izzy's. This is her chewing face:
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Mary ate the tail off her cat and then buried the rest in the garden. Then she ferociously barked at any dog who came close to the spot. She ended up digging it up and eating the rest an hour or so later.
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A make-again indeed!

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