While you could eat one, these cookies are for the pups.
I recently sent out a query for puppy cookie flavors on Tweet and got back a few replies: bacon, cheese, and peanut butter. I didn’t have bacon available, so I substituted banana instead. Doesn’t everyone?
This isn’t a recipe more than a mix. Toss a few tablespoons of peanut butter (L&P prefer crunchy), one mashed banana that looks like it’s ready for the compost heap, add some grated Romano cheese. Toss in an egg or two (without the shell) and a pinch of salt, some cinnamon. If you have dried parsley you could add some to improve your dog’s breath after eating that pungent cheese.
I spilled in a little olive and coconut oil and then brown rice flour – because we all know dogs need fiber in order to fart more efficiently.
Add enough flour until it looks like you can roll out the mixture.
It is ridiculously time-sucking work to roll and cut them out. I prefer to pinch little tiny bites and toss them on the baking sheet so it looks like a giant cookie fell into a million pieces. Those are bite-sized training treats for L&P. You can pinch them to the right size for your dog. A big dog would want a larger bite – of the cookie.
The entire time I was mixing, rolling and stamping out the shapes, Lulu and Phoebe didn’t move from their Muse Beds in the kitchen. They followed my every move and slept with one eye open. Seriously – they are Boston Terriers – they sleep with their eyes open once in a while.
Cheesy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies for the Pups
Preheat oven to 350
- A few tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter
- a large slobber of olive oil and/or coconut oil
- one very ugly banana, mashed
- way too much grated Romano cheese (pick your favorite stinky cheese)
- a couple of eggs or one whole egg plus one white
- pinch of salt
- Brown Rice flour to make it into dough – pick your own amount
- dried parsley
Mix it all up and add whatever you want to make it into a workable dough. Be adventuresome. I added ingredients until it looked right. And even when I began to roll it out, the dough needed more flour. Not a problem. Toss it on and knead the dough.
Roll between parchment paper – or pinch off pieces for small training treats, or roll into balls and flatten. Your dog’s mouth-size should be your guide as to how big you make the cookie. You want it large enough that they will chew it, but not large enough to gag – which we all know is not pretty.
I covered four baking sheets with cookies and baked them at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, rotating halfway. Then I turned the oven down to 200 degrees and let them bake for a little while longer – about 15 minutes more – but tried to avoid getting them to dark brown. I baked the next two batches the same way. Then I combined them all on two baking sheets and stuffed them back into the oven which was still warm, but turned off. I left them there until they were quite crispy.
All ovens bake things differently, so experiment. You’ll know. If it really is mystery what your oven will do with any particular cookie, try baking a small test batch first. I do that sometimes so I don’t waste too much dough.
Cool completely and hide them well. The pups seem to know how to find the cheese, so to speak.