Our dog, Hiro, is a dachshund on Jack Russell terrier wheels. When he isn't leaping in the air, he's busy chasing his "Kong" chew toy. In order to properly survey the scene, he jumps up on the back of the couch to watch me cook in the kitchen. If he feels he's lacking in attention, he steals my husband's socks from the closet and waits to hear "drop it!" so he can run around the room clutching his loot. If he needs a friend, he jumps up on our bed, faces the mirror atop the chest, and carries on a conversation with intermittent "woofs!" The entertainment never ends.
So what helps keep our canine character in super-hero shape so he can keep up his antics? It's a homemade dog biscuit recipe I found in the Reader's Digest book More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things. It's got four ingredients, is easy to make, and keeps my Hiro free from additive-laden commercial dog food treats. I know he'd thank me if he could.
(adapted from the book More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things)
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup organic peanut butter, unsalted
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine flour and baking powder in a mixer bowl. Add peanut butter and work into flour with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add water, place bowl on mixer stand, and mix on slow speed until dough comes together and is mostly smooth. Remove dough from bowl, place on a large piece of parchment paper, and roll dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Use biscuit cutter shape of your choice (round, square, dog bone, etc.) to cut out the biscuits. I used a shot glass.
Place biscuits on a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned, rotating pan 180 degrees halfway through the cooking time. Cool the biscuits on a wire rack and store in an airtight container. You can also freeze the biscuits in a plastic freezer bag or container.
makes one happy dog.