Cooking for a Cause

Cooking for a Cause
Dog Treats donated to Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter

On January 16th, 2019, the Cooking 4 A Cause Club had a dog treat making event for animals in need. The Cooking 4 A Cause club loves to do interactive activities that give back to the community. After school members of the club went to the cooking room and made dog treats (the recipe is below). As a club, we made over 100 dog treats. During the event, all the club members had lot of fun and enjoyed helping out the less fortunate animals. The treats were delivered to the Mount Pleasant Animal shelter who were extremely thankful and certain that the dogs would enjoy them!


Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats
prep time: 10 MINUTES total time: 45 MINUTES, PLUS COOLING
Because your pup deserves some home baked goodies too!

Yield: depends on the size of your cookie cutter

Ingredients:
-1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
-3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
-1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
-2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour* (measured correctly)
-1 Tablespoon baking powder
-1/3 cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
-2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped


Directions:
-Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
-In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
-Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
-Allow cooling completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
-Make ahead/freezing: Since the pups can't eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Jude loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes:
*Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat was more highly recommended by our vet because of its added health benefits. Again, please consult with your vet about any allergies your dog may have.