Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

These simple peanut butter biscuits are the first dog treat recipe that I ever developed, and they are still Pacey’s favorite. The preparation is very simple, and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. I make these biscuits using a dog bone shaped cookie cutter about 1 inch by 2 inches, so remember that the yield and baking times will vary depending on the size of the cutter that you choose to use. If you’re cutting out more than one shape or size, be sure to bake each size on a separate baking sheet so that all the biscuits bake evenly. It’s okay to arrange these close together on the baking sheet, because they won’t spread very much in the oven. If the dough is rolled out thinly, the biscuits will stay fairly flat, but if you decide to make thicker biscuits, you may want to poke holes in the dough with a fork (a process called “docking”) to keep air bubbles from puffing up as the biscuits bake.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Makes about 50 biscuits

 

½ cup natural creamy peanut butter

1 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

2. Combine the peanut butter, water, and oil in a bowl.

3. Combine the flours. Add to the peanut butter mixture about 1 cup at a time, stirring and/or kneading to form a dough.

4. Lightly dust the countertop with whole wheat flour. Divide the dough in half, and roll the first half out into an even sheet about ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out biscuits in your desired shape. Repeat with the remainder of the dough. If the dough is sticking, try dusting both sides with a little more flour.

5. Arrange the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake until crispy to the touch, about 18 minutes. I also like to flip the treats over halfway through the baking time to help ensure even coloring.

6. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.

NOTE:  If your doggie likes very crunchy treats, try leaving the baked biscuits in the oven (turned off) with the door cracked open for a few hours to overnight.


Meet Pacey

Meet Pacey. This little guy is the reason that this blog exists. I adopted Pacey 3 years ago, when he was a tiny pup weighing just 4 pounds. His mother was a pure bred short-haired chihuahua who often escaped from her family’s yard, so the identity of Pacey’s father is a mystery–probably at least part pomeranian and maybe part spaniel. But whatever mix he was, Pacey inherited his father’s long legs. You could say that he’s the opposite of a daschund: a little chihuahua body on a set of disproportionately long legs.

His unusual name is a reflection of my inner geek. Yes, it’s true: Pacey is named after my favorite character on my favorite guilty pleasure TV show of all time, Dawson’s Creek. Don’t judge me.

Pacey’s favorite pastimes are playing with his Kong and running off-leash with his pal Brimley the westie puppy. He’s a perfect co-pilot on car trips, and he also enjoys long walks on the beach. Just kidding about that last one.

The most interesting fact about this quirky little dog is that he watches TV. No, seriously, he REALLY watches TV. He focuses intently and waits for any non-human character to come on the screen . . . so that he can bark at them. Some of his most worthy adversaries are the Geico Gecko, Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, and the Scrubbing Bubbles. It’s a very annoying habit, but I have to admit that his ability to discriminate between humans and animals on screen is uncanny.

Pacey’s favorite treat recipe is my Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits.

Welcome to See Spot Bake

Hello, Blogosphere!

My name is Shelly, and I love baking dog treats. I have a degree in baking and pastry arts from The Culinary Institute of America, but it wasn’t until this year that I discovered how much I enjoy developing recipes for my dog Pacey and other faithful friends. I recently started making most of Pacey’s treats from scratch, just for fun, and I quickly realized that there are great benefits to taking the time and energy to do this at home. You have 100% control of all of the ingredients that your dog is consuming (which is an especially big deal for dogs with allergies and/or other health problems). Plus, you can tailor the flavors of the treats to your dog’s personal preferences. My doggie taste-testers love these treats, and I get to have all the fun of baking without the temptation to pig out on the baked goods. It’s a win-win!

Making your own treats can also be a money saver. Any dog owner can tell you how expensive dog food, biscuits, and specialty treats are. I am now baking basic dog biscuits as well as gourmet treats, like pupcakes and birthday cakes, for a fraction of the cost of buying them at a fancy dog bakery.

It has become my pie-in-the-sky dream to one day turn my love of canine confections into a successful business. For now, I’m sharing my passion and knowledge with the dog-lovin’ world through this blog. I hope you’ll have fun trying my recipes as well as reading my reviews of pooch products, ideas for dog-centric craft projects, and profiles of some of the great pups that I’m lucky enough to know.