Did I mention that Big Pup enjoys cheese? She is working hard to "leave it" in this photo of freshly baked cheese-and-peanut butter snacks - but about ten minutes after this was taken, she stole some of the little bones from the kitchen counter. I'm still giving her credit for having at least some restraint, though.
I call these "snow day" treats because we live in rural Pennsylvania, and I made them on a particularly cold morning, when I was determined to spend the entire day in my jammies. (Mission accomplished!) That meant making treats from stuff I had in the pantry. You'll probably have all the ingredients, too. Treat your pup without leaving home!
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup shredded cheese (I used white cheddar)
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup peanut butter (any kind is fine)
1/2 cup water or broth
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put some parchment on the counter, too, for rolling out dough.
2. Mix together all the ingredients to form a dough. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water or broth. The mixture should be slightly sticky, but capable of being rolled out.
3. Place the dough on the parchment-covered counter and roll or press dough until it's about 1/4 inch thick.
4. Cut into rectangles, or use cookie cutters to make fun shapes. (I used dogs, cats and little bones.)
5. Bake for about 12 minutes, until the treats are just browning on the bottom. They will firm up and harden as they cool.
6. Allow to cool thoroughly before sharing.
HInt: If you use cookie cutters and have extra dough, roll it into little balls. They make great training treats. Sit... Stay... Eat!