My Papillons aren't at all spoiled. Not one wit. Toony the black and white Papillon we adopted from the Humane Society has a sensitive tummy and various allergies, so all of her dog food and treats come from a small pet food shop. The treats get expensive, so I was looking at an alternative that I could make at home using basic ingredients and fairly low in cost. The ingredients are a tad expensive initially but may be used to make many batches. The following is for 28 dog cookies.
Initially, I wanted something very Martha Stewart, nicely rolled out and using a heart cookie cutter to make them for their Valentine's Day treats ( remember, I told you that my dogs aren't spoiled.) This dough is too sticky to be rolled out.
Preheat oven to 350
1/2 can of canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons of organic peanut butter
2.5 cups of rice flour
Total cost, approximately 8 cents a cookie. With enough ingredients left over to make at least another batch. ( I did purchase the canned pumpkin on sale. I tend to buy a number of cans when on sale after Thanksgiving.)
Whisk the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in the flour. The dough will be stiff and slightly sticky which is why I didn't roll it out and use cookie cutters. Instead, I used a small ice cream scoop to make equal size balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I dipped a fork into the flour and pressed the dough flat. They are a bit rough looking, but no less tasty to dogs. Bake in a 350 oven for 40 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. The cookies will be delightfully crisp and chewy. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate as these treats do not contain any preservatives.
Toony LOVES these cookies. I couldn't get a good picture of her eating one as she would grab it from my hand and run off at full speed to her favorite corner of the house. But as you can see in the above picture, she is no nonsense when it comes to begging. Josie our other Papillon thinks she has just found her way into heaven with these cookies. They are people -style treats just for dogs. Some recipes call for salt and spices. The dogs don't need the salt or the spices. As Toony is gluten sensitive, I used brown rice flour rather than wheat flour. If you do use wheat flour, please use an organic product as many flours have been contaminated with potassium bromate. Pumpkin helps keep your dogs regular, plus they love its flavor.
So show your 4-legged friends a little love and make them some cookies just for them.