As we were sitting eating our Christmas dinner, I looked down to see two sets of eyes staring up at us with longing for us to drop a spoonful (and probably the whole bowl) of Potato Broccoli cheese soup or a piece of Whole Wheat Italian Focaccia (coming soon) into their mouths. I looked over at their dog dishes to make sure they had some food—they did. I started thinking about how dogs don’t get seasonal meals like we do—well Potato Broccoli soup isn’t really a Christmas dinner, but that’s beside the point— and there was nothing I could do at that moment about a four-star dinner for our four-legged friends, but I could, and in fact, I had been thinking of making them some special treats!
I thought back to how my step-mother-in-law was saying they had an overwhelming number of dog-treat bags trying to burst out of the dog treat cupboard, but I just felt so bad for them; their beady little black eyes looking up saying “please, ma’am, can we have anotha'” in their best poor english boy accent. Needless to say, after dinner I whipped out all the ingredients to make little Peanut Butter Parsley treaties.
There is nothing in these that restricts their use to dogs only, but their taste resembles that of a bland cracker, or tasty piece of cardboard. However the dogs went GaGa over them–and I’m not talking about the lady– and they still love them. The only thing I found, was that it’s best if you leave the bag open when keeping them, otherwise they get soft—not mushy—but kinda like bread. You can pick your favorite cookie cutters for them (just keep in mind: the size; you don’t want to give your dog a donut-sized treat–or maybe you do?) And please, for the sake of your dog’s moral, don’t make him little penis shaped ones. I chose little cowboy boots (because we’re in Texas) and gingerbread men (for the holidays)
This cookie recipe didn’t originally have Parsley in it, but Parsley helps bad breath, digestion, to kill bacteria, and many many other things. So next time, don’t think twice when mom says “you eat your garnish!”–unless it’s a plastic one.
Okay, get on with it right? Here we go:
Ingredients Fills a 1/2+ Gallon Ziplock bag
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour–and some extra for dusting the counter-tops when you roll it out
- (optional) handful of cornmeal
- 1 Tbsp Baking powder
- 2+ Tbsp of chopped parsley–you can use freshly chopped or whatever you have in your spice rack
- aprox. 2-3 Tbsp Peanut Butter (chunky or smooth)
- 3/4-1 Cup Milk (doesn’t matter the percentage unless your dog’s on a diet)
- 2-3 slices of turkey bacon (this is optional–it was a last minute idea for me)
You will need:
- A bowl to mix the ingredients in
- An electric hand /Mixer–if you don’t want to mix together…by hand.
- A counter, or flat surface to work on
- A rolling pin
- A couple cookie sheets (covered in wax paper or baking sheets if you like)
- An oven
- Dogs to give them to
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cookie sheets (if you chose to)
- Either fry up your turkey bacon (doesn’t have to be crispy) cut into tiny bits.
- Mix together your milk and peanut butter (it will be kinda chunky)
- Add the flour slowly–or all at once, it’s just harder to mix that way–unless you have an electric hand mixer
- Add the Baking powder, Parsley, T-bacon and mix until everything is mushed together and you have a sturdy dough ball
- Flop the thing onto your floured surface. I found that this dough got kinda sticky, so the floured surface really helped. And don’t do what I did; try to save a mess by rolling it out between 2 sheets of wax paper–this only works for cookies apparently.
- knead it a bit until you think it’s all mixed enough and roll out– I don’t mean leave your house.
- Roll it out until it’s quite thin: bout 1/4 inch? I dunno, I’m not good with eye measurements. But it’s not going to change much after being baked, so just roll it how thick you want it.
- Press the cookie cutters into it all over. I suggest making them as close as possible (I would have just done squares if I could’ve) because you’re going to have to collect the dough, roll it out, cookie-cutter it and repeat until all the dough is gone. This can be tedious after a couple glasses of wine, while talking to your family on video skype, while a Cowboy’s game is on…
- After all the dough has been made into your little shapes. pop ’em in the oven until they start to brown a little and they’re firm. (about 15 min)
- After you take them out, let them cool before giving them to your dog/s.
So, That’s it. These puppies (no pun intended) stay good for awhile and would make a great little gift to bring to a friend’s house if they have a dog–cuz if they don’t…well, like I said: they’re kinda bland for us to eat–but might be good with some cheese.
Don’t forget to sprinkle with love!