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IMG_1742I live in a house where Dog = God (Or so the little ones like to think)! So, when I started baking all those (non doggie) cookies recently, I felt 6 eyes closely observing me disapprovingly. Since their treat jar was actually running low, I decided to bake them something too.

When deciding the flavor, it was an easy choice. Just the mention of ‘peanut’ in the house and you have 3 fur balls already in the kitchen before you can say ‘butter’! I decided on peanut butter and molasses treats with some leftover rye flour. I really like rye flour, it has a special ‘countryish’ taste I enjoy, plus it’s really healthy for you, with lots of iron, B6 and magnesium. Same with the molasses, I actually take a tablespoon of molasses a day to keep my iron levels good. 

The trick with dog treats, especially if you make a big batch, is to leave them overnight in the oven (off!), so they have time to really dry out and therefore,  keep for a rather long time in the treat jar (not that they will actually last if your household is anything like mine!). I made them bone shaped this time, but plan to make some Halloween shaped ones soon!

Ingredients (for two dozen bone cookies)

IMG_1754– 2 cups rye flour
– 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
– 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
– 1/2 cup cool water + more if needed

Heat oven to 300F (150C)

In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients with a wooden spoon, really working into the peanut butter. Once the peanut butter is well incorporated check if the dough holds together, if not, add a few more teaspoons of water. The dough will be quite dense, but sticky enough to hold together in a ball.

Place the dough on a clean, floured surface and roll out to about 1/4inch thickness. With the cookie cutter of choice, cut out your cookies and place on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20minutes. Then turn off the oven, but leave the cookies inside. I leave them overnight to make sure they are nice and dry. Store in a sealed cookie jar. 

These are very good treats to practice the ‘leave it’ trick! Because of the strong peanut smell, they are almost impossible to resist! Only miss pit bull Hope managed to master this skill and to even pose for a picture! So, let’s keep that in mind before judging these amazing dogs!

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