It's no secret around these parts that the old farmhouse is under 24 hour surveillance. Callie, our border collie-cross, takes her job seriously. She guards her pack with a zeal I didn't know a dog could possess. She patrols the perimeter of our property throughout the day and when it comes to the chickens, her natural herding instinct switches to high gear. She prefers to round them all up into the dog house; it's much easier to keep an eye on them when they're in such a confined area but it makes for tight quarters!
Of course, her loyalty doesn't go unrewarded. Each morning, after completing her first round of the day, she comes back inside to join me in the kitchen, this time of year in front of a warm fire, and while I slowly wake up with some morning brew, Callie enjoys her own morning treat.
I've never thought much of those store bought dog biscuits, so when I searched and found a simple recipe for homemade dog cookies, I gave them a try and there's been no going back since.
Here's the recipe.
2 cups all natural peanut butter
2 cups of milk
(I use skim milk power -
8 T milk powder mixed with 2 c water,
before mixing with peanut butter)
In a separate bowl combine
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 T baking powder
Combine wet and dry ingredients into one bowl.
Roll out to desired thickness and bake in a 400 F oven for 15-20 minutes.
You don't want to over cook them, but you do want them dried out.
Makes 3-4 dozen using a large cookie cutter like mine, but the size of cutter used and how thick you roll them out will determine how many you end up with.
Note: You could cut this recipe in half, but they freeze well, and because I give one to Callie a day, I'm only making them once every five - six weeks. I store a few in a jar, without a lid, as a lid tends to retain moisture inside causing them to go moldy faster, and I store the rest in the freezer until needed.
~be well friends