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Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 1:30 p.m.

It's easy to make treats for a puppy in your own kitchen

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu, Contributor

I'm old enough to be a grandmother (God help me!), but Jeremy is only 20; therefore, he is not old enough to be a father yet. He is, however, the proud "dad" of a 3-month-old Jack Russell terrier named Little Dude... I am bubbe to a new grandpuppy!

Little Dude — so named precisely because he is a very little dog — is so cute, and quite the "chick magnet." He's sweet, he's friendly, he's playful, he isn't yappy, he likes to grab hold of Jeremy's pant legs and wrestle with them ferociously, he runs back and forth and forth and back. Oy, he can be exhausting!

But I love him anyway, as he's just doing what puppies do.

As we all know, I like to feed people. I like to feed critters, too. We've never — and I do mean never — had an animal (from guinea pigs to cats to hamsters to dogs) that didn't gain weight in my household. That's just the way things are.

So, of course, I had to bake treats for my new grandpuppy! And these are very easy to make, with no specialized ingredients; they could actually be "people food," if anyone were inclined to try them.

The grandpuppy adores these, and devoured three of them as soon as they were cool enough to eat. He knows how to wiggle his way into Bubbe's heart!

Beefy Peanut Butter Doggie Treats

1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup beef broth
1 large egg
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and garlic powder. In a measuring cup, combine broth and egg; pour over dry ingredients, add peanut butter, and stir to combine everything.

Form 3/4-inch balls of dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Using a fork, press down to flatten the cookies a bit. Bake for 25-30 minutes until very firm, then let cool completely.

Makes 28 treats.

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Mary Bilyeu has won or placed in more than 60 cooking contests and writes about her adventures in the kitchen. She was thrilled to have her post about Scottish Oatmeal Shortbread named as one of the daily "Best of the Blogs" by the prestigious Food News Journal.

Go visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — on which she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related. Her newest feature is Frugal Floozie Friday, seeking fun and food for $5 or less ... really! Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers as they cook along with her ... may you always be happy here.


Lorrie Shaw

Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 12:56 a.m.

Awesome recipe, Mary!

Mary Bilyeu

Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 6:04 p.m.

A reader just wrote and sent me a link telling me that garlic is not recommended at all for dogs: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>. The treats should be just fine without the garlic powder, though, since other favorite flavors are still there ....