Scooby Snacks!

Well, they're not really scooby snacks but tonight Darin made our babies some really great treats from a recipe he found online (of course, he doctored it a lot!) and our dogs LOVED them. Now, our dogs will eat any treat you give to them (except crackers - Pokey (our boy mutt) will lick the salt off but never eat them) but we can tell when they really love the treat versus just kind of liking them. When Dakota (our female golden) tries to bite your fingers off and then inhales the cookie - that's a winner. We like to make our own cookies because the price of dog treats is insane! Plus, we get to make them the way we know Pokey and Dakota will love them . I thought I would share the recipe with my readers since I know so many of y'all are dog lovers/owners!

Darin making the dog treats :)

Peanut Butter Banana Swirls

Dough #1:

4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cornmeal
1 1/3 cup water (We use chicken or beef broth)*
1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter (we used reduced fat & added in extra!)**

Combine all ingredients for dough #1 and mix thoroughly.
Knead on a lightly floured surface. Set to the side.

Dough #2:

4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup mashed banana
1 egg
1 1/4 water (again, we used broth)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil (canola is best)
2 Tbsp Molasses
2 Tbsp Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients for dough #2 and mix thoroughly.
Knead on a lightly floured surface.

Roll each dough separately to a 1/8 inch thickness, into rectangles. Lightly brush a little water over the top of the light dough (#2). Place the dark dough (#1) on top, then roll up the 2 doughs like you would a jelly roll -- *Darin pull some more peanut butter on top of the dark dough before rolling up. After rolling up the dough, cut into 3-4 long pieces and "stretch" it a little. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 1 hour. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces. Bake on a non-stick cookie sheet (or use non-stick spray). Bake for one hour in a 350 degree pre-heated oven. After the hour, turn off the oven but leave the cookies in the oven overnight. This will allow the cookies to harden. The recipe (before we doctored it) said it would yield 36 treats - we ended up with 60.

* We use broth rather than water because it creates a much stronger flavor. For dogs, the richer the flavor, the more they will like them. If they are too bland, your dog will not care for them.

** We add extra peanut butter because our dogs love it. We also use the reduced fat because we want the cookies to be healthy as well. It's harder for dogs to burn fat so we're careful not to put too much into their cookies.

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Hey John ... One suggestion if you make them for Scooter - the cookies come out kind of big (we have big dogs so its ok lol) .. My suggestion is once you lay the two doughs out on top of each other, cut them into quarters. That way when you roll the dough up, they wont be quite so huge...