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31 October 2012

Homemade doggy treats!

With a house of three dogs (but only two at the current moment. Yellow Dog is off at boarding school.), it's always a challenge to find tasty treats that aren't filled with garbage that are also affordable. Too many of the dog snacks out there are just gross. And, in my quest to be domestic, I've been wanting to make some homemade tasties for the kids. I found a recipe for Pumpkin Peanut Butter treats (on Pinterest, of course!) and tried my hand at them last night. As soon as I started prepping these bad boys (original recipe found here), the kids were in rapt attention. It's like they knew that I was baking something for them. 

The recipe is super easy. All you need is:

- 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 C pumpkin puree
- 3 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter

Add all the ingredients into your stand mixer and, using the dough hook, mix on low until blended. Once all the ingredients are "wet," turn the mixer onto medium high for a few minutes. The dough will be a drier dough and will most likely be in multiple large balls. Take the dough out and shape into one large ball. Roll out to a 1/4" thickness as you would cookies. I used small heart-shaped cookies that made about 1" cookies. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before letting the kids dive in. They'll be chomping at the bit!

They are so cute!

The kids waited not-so-patiently while the cookies baked. There was a lot of death-staring and whining and pacing back and forth while they baked. They were often standing in front of the oven and staring (which, of course, I couldn't grab a photo of) which was absolutely adorable. I've never seen them behave this way.

Pickles looks innocent, but he was the biggest whiner of them all!
Are they ready yet, Mom?
The kids loved them, but I'm curious as to how long they will stay "good" given that there are no preservatives  But, given that they love them so much, I'm not sure if that'll be an issue. 
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