Okay, so even though I don’t have a real-life human baby, I have a canine baby. One I love super duper much and one that deserves Christmas presents, too.
And so far, Mannie has taken a serious liking to Christmas which is ironic since the dog hates everything and is the most feisty and neurotic little thing ever.
As it is, he is thoroughly enjoying laying on top of wrapped, pointy, cardboard boxes under the tree. He especially enjoys laying on an oddly-shaped box addressed to my Mom, and more often than not you can find his little head perched by the corner. Whyyyyy that dog lays in THE most uncomfortable positions imaginable, I have no clue. It’s not like our house is 2×2″. I mean, there’s plenty of room to stretch out and stuff, but he must find the darkest, crampiest corner ever to sleep.
Anywho, he makes me smile super big and has been doing a pretty decent job of informing me when UPS arrives every three seconds in our neighborhood, so I figured I’d treat him, our family dog Oreo and the neighbor dogs with some homemade treats. After all, when he isn’t informing me of UPS’ arrival or sleeping on my mom’s present, he is in the kitchen while I bake and is hoping one of those treats is for him. This time, he lucked out!
I actually found this recipe at Target in their dollar bin attached with a miniature dog cookie cutter. When I saw it, I wanted the cutter and totally lucked out with the attached recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand, and it was a cinch to make. Plus, it yielded quite a few bones–about 30–which was plenty to spread around to the neighbor dogs
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, they’re Mannie approved.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup oats
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with foil and mist lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet mix until it forms a ball of dough.
3. On a clean, flat surface, lightly dust a bit of cornmeal. Roll out and shape the dough evenly into shapes. Place on the cookie sheets about 1″ apart and bake for approx. 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the treats to cool and harden in the still-warm oven, about 30 minutes, or until crisp and hard. Store airtight, up to a week or so.
These treats were super simple to make and they actually smelled pretty good! I like making dog treats that aren’t just healthy, but easy too. Sometimes, you’ll find crazy, organic or strange ingredients on dog treats that I just never have on hand, but I was pleased with the ease and quickness it took to whip these bones up for Mannie! In fact, I’m making another batch this weekend for him and Oreo yet again
xo, Hayley + Mannie