December 24, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats & Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups


Today is the first full day of winter break. 
what to do, what to do.
I made a winter break bucketlist to make sure that i feel truly fulfilled at the end of this 12-day break, 
so let's hope i can cross off as many things as possible ;)

Anyways, homemade dog treats have never been easier to make.
And did you know that some dogs are sensitive to gluten?
So this will take care of that too because this recipe is gluten-free :)

I made a batch of these cookies for my friend's dog as a Christmas treat, and to be honest, when I ate these
cookies, I thought they were mediocre (I'll explain below with the cookie cups), but her dog really loved them!
So yay ;)

Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
By: Hannah Claudia
Adapted from: A Cozy Kitchen

1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of oat flour (make your own by grinding oats in a blender)
1 cup rice flour

1 cup all-natural peanut butter (the only ingredients should be peanuts & salt)
1 cup of water

1/4 cup of honey (can be made vegan using PURE maple syrup or molasses, not that conventional yucky stuff!)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil (it's really good for dogs!)


1. Melt the coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan until it's creamy and easier to work with.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Add all of the wet ingredients and the peanut butter. The mixture will be very sticky!
4. Let the dough sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
5. On a surface with extra rice flour, roll out the dough to be 1/4" thick.
6. Cut out your desired shapes, and bake at 350*F for 15-20 minutes.

now for the human version:

since these cookies can be eaten by humans, i tried them (duh).
texture is not great and the flavor is bland, but i turned the dough into cookie cups and filled them with my dairy-free hot chocolate
which, by the way, was super super thick and creamy this time. i don't know why (didn't change anything), but i'm not complaining cause it was awesome ;)

now of course i can't have dairy, so i just used the cookie cups i made for my brother (with the whipped cream) for the photos ;)

using a lid or a mason jar or some kind of biscuit cutter will help greatly.
i cut out circles and fit them into a non-stick muffin pan; these baked for about 5 minutes longer than the cookies themselves! 
(so roughly 20-25 minutes, but check at the 20 min. mark)

using the cut-out circle was much easier than smashing a piece of dough and spreading it out with my fingers ;)

and voila!

i think the cookie cups taste much better with the hot chocolate (then again, what doesn't taste good with chocolate?!)!

merry christmas eve everyone!
xoxo, hannah

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