Monday, April 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl

This is Hadley, affectionately known to my blog readers as the furry sous chef. At various times, Brian and I also refer to her as doggie, puppy, mutsky, her royal muttness and the tail-wagger. Today she is also known as the birthday girl!

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
Brian surprised her with a new squeaky toy and I thought it would be a nice birthday treat to bake her some homemade biscuits. She doesn't usually get much peanut butter because, if there was a jar of it in the house, one of us would end up standing at the kitchen counter at midnight with that jar and a large spoon. Whatta you mean, which one?!

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
But seeing as it's a special occasion and a jar of peanut butter accidentally fell into my shopping cart at the grocery store and the store manager insisted that I had to take it home, I looked for a way to use it before the dreaded midnight snack hour. Hadley did let me lick the spoon.

Ingredients
1 Cup whole wheat flour plus extra for rolling out dough
3/4 Cup peanut butter
1/4 Cup milk (I used low fat)
1 Egg

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
Work the peanut butter into the flour with your fingers or a fork the way you would incorporate butter. Add the milk and egg and combine to form a dough ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for approximately one hour.

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately 1/4" thickness and cut out desired shapes. This dough is not very sticky and cuts nicely. Place the biscuit shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. (Hadley spent that time lying in front of the oven, waiting.) When done, allow to cool and become crisp and crunchy. Dogs like crunchy!

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
A note about doggie nutrition and food allergens: I am very careful about not feeding Hadley any foods that are dangerous for dogs or that I know will irritate her tummy. Although some dogs cannot tolerate milk after they're weaned, Hadley has no trouble with small doses and there's only a miniscule amount in each biscuit. However, if you know your pooch is ultra sensitive to it, you may substitute water or even chicken or beef stock.

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
And, just as with humans, all things in moderation. I made a few large 3" biscuits but because Hadley is a small dog (just under 20 lbs.) I made most of them with a 2" bone shaped cutter. This recipe yielded 60 small biscuits (plenty to share with doggie friends) at about 25 calories each.

Peanut Butter Biscuits for the Birthday Girl
Oh, if you're wondering how I staged the photo so that she'd be in it, you'd do better to ask how I get her out of photos the rest of the time. Out of any given series of food pictures taken at my house, at least half will contain a doggie nose. :)

19 comments:

  1. Hadley is such a cutie! It is hard to resist those big brown eyes. Happy birthday to your little princess. The doggie cookies were a sweet way to let her enjoy her special day. Also, this is a nice reminder that my little pup's birthday is coming up! Happy Monday!

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  2. Lucky pooch! Our dogs love love love Old Mother Hubbard's Peanut Butter Bones ... now I can try making a batch for Pete and Mimi! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Her Royal Muttness is just as cute as can be!!!

    It's been a while since I've done homemade doggie treats. I think it's time! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Awww what a cute doggie!!! Lucky puppy :)

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  5. Is Hadley a Cavalier King Charles? What a cutie! I'm sure she appreciated these biscuits.

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    1. Thanks and yes, you are correct that she's a Cavvie. And yes, she really, really, really likes these biscuits. Really, really! :)

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  6. I have yet to make doggie treats, which is surprising because I always go out of my way to buy my boyfriend's dog doggie cookies at the doggie treat buffet at PetCo. I'm going to have to give these a try one of these days! Also, you have a beautiful pup! I love seeing people's blogs about their animals!

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  7. Aw, I love seeing Hadley!!! And these are the perfect treat for a wonderful puppy companion :)

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  8. Hadley is too adorable! What a gorgeous birthday treat you made for her :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Awe!! Happy Birthday Hadley! I love when pets bdays are celebrated!!! So CUTE!

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  10. Oh what a great treat for the furry sous chef... I can't have peanut butter in the apartment

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  11. Hadley is such a cutie! I would love to make some of these treats for my dog Reese :)

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  12. Happy birthday Hadley! Hadley looks like a better groomed version of my Chase. I love these dogs. They're the sweetest, best dogs! I know Chase would love those biscuits. I'll have to make them for his birthday in June!

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    1. Awe, that's great that you have a Cavvie, too. I agree, they are the sweetest and best. Brian and I are always saying that we can't imagine a better dog.

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  13. My 2 girls love peanut butter. I put it into their Kongs, and when I have 2 empty jars (often) they get the jars to play with and lick out... Now I have to make these for them. Lucky pups. Hadley is adorable!

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  14. Aw omygosh I don't know how I missed this post of yours! Hadley is ADORABLE! Your puppy looks just like mine! I have a cavalier too :)

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    1. Awe...always happy to meet another Cavvie mom. They're just the sweetest dogs! :)

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  15. Awwww, what a cutie! Happy belated b-day to Hadley! :-)

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