Middle-school English teacher Alex Eckroth calls herself the “queen of takeout.” It’s rare to find her scrolling through online recipes or thumbing through tattered pages of a cookbook. Unless, as she readily admits, she’s baking treats for her adorable pug, Bomba.
“Dogs have a sweet tooth, like me,” she says, “but when it comes to shopping for treats, it’s tricky to find dog biscuits with ingredients I want to feed Bomba. I like to bake treats for him using heart-healthy ingredients like whole wheat, rolled oats and peanut butter. It’s relaxing and fun to do, plus I enjoy sharing them with our neighborhood canine friends.”
If you’re fond of your fido, bake a batch of these crunchy dog biscuits with your kids for Valentine’s Day pet treats and gifts. This simple recipe comes together in minutes — no mixer needed, just a big wooden spoon and your kids’ energy to stir everything together.
Create shapes with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Small hearts, big hearts, and how about a few X’s and O’s?
- 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk or evaporated goat’s milk
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- All-purpose flour for rolling dough
Makes about five dozen 2-inch heart-shaped biscuits.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease two cookie sheets, or line them with parchment paper. Set aside.
To make dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine peanut butter, milk and molasses. Slowly pour peanut butter mixture into dry ingredients. Stir until well-combined.
To shape biscuits: Sprinkle all-purpose flour on the counter. Knead dough a few times, until it is easy to roll out into a rectangle that’s ¼- to ½-inch thick with rolling pin. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes. Transfer to prepared cookie sheets.
To bake biscuits: Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Place on cooling rack. Cool completely.
To wrap: Divide your pretty “doggone cool” biscuits into gift bags or heart-shaped paper pockets. Attach valentine tag and deliver to neighborhood dog friends on Valentine’s Day.
Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”
© 2018 Donna Erickson; Distributed by King Features Syndicate
—PRIME TIME WITH KIDS: Bow-oh-wow! Valentine treats for your pet–