Dogs love care packages as much as humans! A Paw Prints Dog Care Package with homemade Paw Prints Peanut Butter Dog Cookies is a fantastic way to make the special canines in your life, and their dog lover humans, tail wagging happy.
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Pax the Sheltie is my buddy. He is loud, loyal, so smart, and my dedicated body guard. Where ever I am, Pax is.
On baking days, he is often powdered in flour as he lies at my feet while I bake. On writing days, he is under my desk in the winter or in the summer you’ll find him on top of the air conditioning vent right outside my office. I love him.
Pax was about 6 months old when he adopted me. For 6 long months he had lived in a cage at a puppy mill and later at a shelter.
When he finally got to his forever home, he was afraid of a lot of things. He was totally freaked out by wheels: car wheels, bike wheels, stroller wheels.
My puppy needed exercise, but there was no way he would walk on the sidewalk. Thankfully, we discovered a wonderful dog park not far from our house.
At the dog park, Pax met Tabby the Rat Terrier. She is super gentle with humans, a fierce huntress of all rabbits and rodents, and a “my way or the highway” sort of gal with other dogs.
Pax, the push over, fell instantly in love. The two dogs share an unusual bond. Because of their bond, I formed a friendship with Tabby’s human.
For five years, in all kinds of insane weather, we met at the dog park daily and talked as our dogs played. That was a lot of talking and a lot of playing.
Two years ago, Tabby’s human had surgery that required extensive recuperation time. You may have seen on Instagram that Tabby came to stay with us for the summer.
Then, this summer, Tabby’s human and my dear friend, had to ask me if I would be willing to be Tabby’s legal guardian. There was only one possible answer. Now there are two dogs barking at my husband, lying curled up on dog beds all over my house, and begging for Paw Prints Peanut Butter Dog Cookies.
I have baked a lot of dog biscuits: I bake Paw Prints Peanut Butter Dog Cookies for my own dogs, I bake them for our friends at the dog park, and I bake them for doggie care packages that I mail most often to two chocolate labs in Chicago.
Creating your own Paw Prints Dog Care Package is easy. Add few bags of Paw Prints Peanut Butter Dog Cookies, a dog toy or two, and a paw print bandana or pot holder. Both dogs and humans will be smiling when this imaginative pet care package is opened!
This is my favorite of all of the dog biscuit recipes I’ve tried and I’ve baked this recipe in many different shapes, such as dog bones and these adorable paw prints. The dough is easy to mix together by hand and is super easy to work with. Most importantly, the dogs love these cookies!
For my package, I made Paw Prints Peanut Butter cookies a silicone mold. My mini molds hold a rounded teaspoon of the dough in each paw print cavity. The little cookies pop right out of the mold with no greasing necessary.
Dog treat shapes
These are some additional ways to shape this versatile dough:
- Roll out the dough to ¼” and use cookie cutters (paw print, heart, bone shapes, etc.)
- Roll out the dough to ¼” and slice into bite sized pieces
- Roll pieces of dough (small cookie- 1 teaspoon, large cookie- 1 tablespoon) into balls. Place on baking sheet and flatten into discs with your thumb.
Grain free variations
Looking for a grain free dog treat? Substitute these grain free flours for the wheat flour and oats.
- Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) flour
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that different flours will produce slightly different results. More or less liquid may be required. Slightly different baking times might be needed.
For example, I found Chickpea flour produced a cookie my mostly grain free Sheltie loves, but it is a stickier dough to work with and that extra moisture required an extra 5-10 minutes baking. The chickpea flour dough worked well in the mold and as a drop cookie, but was too soft and sticky to roll out.
Instead of applesauce you can use these flavorful ingredients:
- Pumpkin purée (plain)
- Baby food squash
- Mashed or baby food sweet potatoes
- Mashed banana
Peanut butter alternatives
Allergic to peanut butter? These dog safe nut butters can be used instead:
- Almond butter
- Cashew butter
- Soynut butter
PAW PRINTS PEANUT BUTTER DOG COOKIES RECIPE
Most of us don’t need an excuse to spoil our own dogs. They offer us so much unconditional love. A few cookies as a reward seems fair!
Send a “good dog” message to the cherished pups of friends and relatives with a Paw Prints Dog Care Package full of home baked Paw Prints Peanut Butter Dog Cookies. I bet you will get a lick and a snuggle in return.
Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour all purpose flour can also be used
- 1 cup oat flour or finely ground old fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter Be sure it doesn’t contain xylitol
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup hot water approximately
- Preheat the oven to 375° F.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the whole wheat flour and oat flour.
- Add the peanut butter, apple sauce, and egg, and stir to combine.
- Add the hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a pliable (not sticky), stiff dough is achieved. If the dough becomes sticky, mix in a small amount of additional flour.
- Scoop one slightly rounded teaspoon of dough**, roll into a ball, then press into a paw print cavity to fill. Repeat until all of the mold cavities are filled. **Paw print molds come in different sizes, holding different amounts of dough in each cavity. However, the method for filling is the same once the volume of each cavity is determined. The mini paw print mold I used held one slightly rounded teaspoon of dough in each cavity. **
- Place the silicone mold on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 250° F and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until very firm and golden brown. The dryer and firmer the cookie, the longer its shelf life will be.
- Remove from the oven. Remove the mold from the baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack before unmolding.
- Bake or freeze the remaining dough.
- Store homemade treats in an airtight container at room temperature. If baked until crunchy, Paw Print Peanut Butter Dog Cookies will stay fresh for at least one week. If baked a little softer, store in the refrigerator to prevent molding.
- Roll out the dough to ¼” and use favorite seasonal or dog cookie cutters (such as paw print, Christmas tree, heart, or bone cookie cutters ) to make cute shapes.
- Roll out the dough to ¼” and slice into bite sized pieces using a knife or pizza cutter.
- Roll pieces of dough (small cookie- 1 teaspoon, large cookie- 1 tablespoon) into balls. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten into discs with your thumb or the tines of a fork.
- Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) flour
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Place about 12 homemade dog biscuits in each individual zip lock or gift bag.
- Pack in a Dog Care Package with paw print themed items such as a doggie ball or doggie chew toy, doggie shampoo and a doggie washing mitt.