I’ve pretty much always been a crazy dog person. As in, the kid who got bit by multiple dogs because she wanted to play with them and cuddle them when they were trying to eat or just wanted to be left alone. I was basically Elmyra from Tiny Toons. Dog obsessed to the maximum. I even went to summer camp at the MSPCA just because I wanted to spend all day with the shelter dogs. It turns out, campers only got to visit the shelter twice and the rest of the time was spent cleaning out the horse stables and singing “I Got You Spayed” (yes, sung to the tune of the old Sonny and Cher classic). Sigh. I also read every dog book I could get my hands on (and had serious aspirations of being Dr. Dolittle) and really did think my life was over when my childhood pup, Peaches, passed away.
The last several years, I’ve done a really good job hiding my dog craziness. Mostly because I know how much work dogs are and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that major commitment. So, I played it cool and acted like I didn’t really even want a dog. I’ve been getting a regular dog fix with my aunt and uncle’s dog, Mitzi, who we’re lucky enough to dogsit regularly. But then my husband pushed me and pushed me until I gave in. And we got a dog of our own. And I fell hard. I didn’t think it was possible to love a little pup so freaking much.
I fell so hard that I’m now posting a recipe for dog treats to my blog. It’s actually not my first. I made treats for Mitzi a while back, too. Don’t worry, my blog isn’t about to become some crazy dog recipe blog, but I just couldn’t resist. Bonus points for the fact that these are cookies any human can enjoy, too! I promise. They combine the flavors of peanut butter, cheddar cheese, and fresh blueberries.
Just like making regular cookies, you can bake up a batch of these dog treats pretty quickly. And the results are quite delicious. Or so I was told.
The combination may sound a little bit odd to you, but I just basically put together a few things that I know Winnie loves. And while we humans may not necessarily chow down on peanut butter, cheddar cheese, and blueberries at the same time, I’m pretty sure that’s just because we haven’t been conditioned to think it’s a normal combo. But all three foods are so delicious, why not enjoy them together?
Winnie certainly thought they were a good idea. She even did a couple tricks for them. We’ve been taking her to the MSPCA for training and while some things are tough for her (she has major anxiety being around other dogs and excitement), she’s a super quick learner and got “shake” down in just a couple days.
Seriously, I felt so, so happy that Winnie went ridiculously crazy over these dog bones. I don’t want to boast, but she was definitely way more excited about these treats than any of her other store-bought ones. Score!
I didn’t actually try the dog treats myself, but I probably should have. In fact, I probably would have loved them. Peanut butter and cheese are two of my favorite foods.
And I can’t think of much that you can’t add blueberries to.
If I had just a little more time at home, I’d be making dog treats all the time. Next up, I want to try ice cream or some sort of yogurt-based treat. Anything to make this little pup happy.
Yes, I’m aware that I’m spoiling my dog in a major way. But so be it; all my money is going to PetSmart now, anyway. How can you say no to this face?
I told you I was a crazy dog person again. I don’t regret a thing. She makes me so, so happy!
Are you a crazy dog person, too?
- 1½ cups whole wheat flour, plus more for surface
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
- ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup blueberries
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, Baking powder, and old fashioned oats.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir in the chicken broth, peanut butter, cheese, and blueberries.
- Form dough into a ball and knead on a lightly floured surface for about a minute.
- On lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a large circle about ½-inch thick.
- Using a cookie cutter (preferably bone shaped), cut out shapes and place on baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes, until treats are lightly golden at edges.
- Let cool on pan for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely before giving to your furry friend.