To you, peanut butter is a tasty spread for toast or sandwiches. To your dog, however, peanut butter is a little glob of heaven, melting in his mouth. It's a rare dog that snubs peanut butter, especially when it's combined with other tongue-tantalizing ingredients.
Cookies All Around
Alter any basic peanut butter cookie recipe to exclude sugar, salt and flavorings, such as vanilla, and then mix and bake as directed. Alternately, substitute peanut butter for regular butter, margarine or shortening in an oatmeal cookie recipe. Crisp cookies are better than chewy cookies because they have a longer shelf life.
Barkley’s passion for peanut butter doesn’t mean you have to slave over a hot oven. You can make crispy round treats in the microwave by combining 1 cup of nonfat dry milk with 1 cup of whole-wheat flour and 1/2 cup of wheat germ in a medium bowl. Stir in 1 egg, 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter and 1/2 cup of water. Blend the mixture thoroughly and then roll into 1/2 inch balls. Microwave a dozen balls at a time on a microwave-safe plate for 3 to 4 minutes on high. Let the balls cool completely and store up to one month in an airtight jar.
Ice Cream Indulgence
Cool, creamy concoctions make perfect treats for those sweltering dog days of summer. Stir 1/4 cup natural peanut butter into 2 cups of plain yogurt and spoon the mixture into the cavities of a standard ice tray. Freeze until firm, about four hours. Remove the frozen cubes and store them in a freezer-safe plastic container. For toy-breeds, try mini ice cube trays, and for large dogs, use a muffin tin.
Quick and Creamy
Sometimes, it’s just too doggone difficult to wait for baked or frozen treats. When you want to reward your canine friend right away, serve up a helping of peanut butter mousse. Thoroughly blend 1/4 cup each of natural peanut butter and pumpkin puree a bowl. Fold in one stiffly beaten egg white. This makes a tasty foamy treat for a medium-size pooch. Double the recipe for giant breeds and freeze half to serve later if Barkley’s a tiny ankle-biter.
For special occasions, stir a spoonful of natural peanut butter into your dog’s kibble to make mealtime a memorable event. Grind dry kibble in a food processor and mix with just enough peanut butter to form firm marble-size balls. Store in the freezer. This is also a great way to camouflage a doggie pill; tricking Barkley into thinking he’s getting a treat instead of taking his meds.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
- The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Liz Palika
Glenda Taylor is a contractor and a full-time writer specializing in construction writing. She also enjoys writing business and finance, food and drink and pet-related articles. Her education includes marketing and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.