Peanut Butter Pup Cookies

Remember when I said I love my dog?

Yup, I love my dog!

Seriously, he is my pride and joy. Mannie sleeps in my room, and I just adore when I wake up and see his sweet face every morning. However, I do not adore (as much!) when he wakes me up at 5am thinking it’s his 6:30am feeding time. That is not so sweet. But I love him nonetheless.

Mannie is what I’d like to call a special dog because unlike other dogs, he does special things. Like watch TV with me. NO, really, he legitimately watches TV with me. Like stares at the boob tube and absorbs the information. He really enjoys Cats 101 on Animal Planet, but he also enjoys some Law and Order.

And Mannie has been known to hang out in the kitchen and check out what I’m cooking. While most people would find this undesirable, he actually doesn’t beg, so therefore it isn’t a problem. Unfortunately, our Lab cannot partake in these in-the-kitchen-cooking sessions since she is known to produce more drool than I produce cupcakes. It’s gross.

Since I’ve been cranking out my fair share of human baked goods, I figured it was only fair I made some sweet treats for my sweet pups. Yeah, Mannie just celebrated his birthday on Monday and both he and the Lab enjoyed some yummy dog-friendly bday cake, but these soft, chewy cookies are good to have on hand when I’m rewarding them for being good, and you know, cute.

Admittedly, going into this dog-cookie-baking thing wasn’t ideal. Have you ever researched dog cookie recipes? They have oddball ingredients I don’t have on hand and require some serious work. While I love my pups, I don’t know I want to slave over their treats more than I would my own, so I was pleased to find this super duper easy recipe that’s a cinch to make and even quicker to double, if you wanted to treat the entire neighborhood or your local shelter.

AAAAND I had these ADORABLE dog-shaped cookie cutters I picked up at my local Sur La Table store. They were $1 each so I got every breed available. For this recipe, however, I used the fire hydrant, a Schnauzer, a Border Collie (of course), and a poodle. If you don’t have a Sur La Table near you, a) I pity you, and b) you can find dog cutters here.

Best of all, your house won’t smell like chicken gizzards or anything weird. If anything, you’ll have a nice peanut buttery aroma. Who doesn’t like that?

Peanut Butter Pup Cookies

2 cups flour (I used all-purpose but you could use whole-wheat if desired)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (I used chunky but creamy works)
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease and pat two baking sheets. In a large bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. Then add remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon until well blended and all of the flour mixture is combined in the dough.
2. Lightly flour a cutting board or work space. Roll out dough onto floured work space and flatten with the heel of your hand until it is a generous thickness, about 1/4″-1/2″ in thickness. Using floured cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes. Place cut out cookies onto your greased baking sheets and bake, 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Make sure you alternate the pans halfway during baking time to ensure an even baking process for each batch. Cool cookies completely on wire racks, then store in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature. I’d say these last about a week.

I don’t know what dog wouldn’t enjoy these–or what human wouldn’t enjoy making them!

Bon appetit, pupperonis!

xo, Hayley

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