Thursday, 22 August 2013

Peanut Butter for Everyone!!

Everyone in our family loves Peanut Butter (including our dog, Nelson)! So today I thought it only fair to bake something for everyone, human family as well as pet family. The lovely smell of Peanut Butter fills our house! 

My only regret is that I didn't have a doggie bone cookie cutter and really hope hubby doesn't come in late tonight and eat the biscuits intended for the dog (although they won't kill him!)

First Something for Nelson

 
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
found on Use Real Butter, she got the recipe from Dessert First
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
2/3 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh
3 tbsps peanut butter
 
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4)
 
Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium for about a minute or until the dough looks like a bunch of little dough balls. If you pinch a piece and it crumbles, add a little water. If it’s really sticky, it’s too wet and you’ll need to add a little flour.
 
Gather the dough together and form into a ball. Place on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness. You can either use a cookie cutter to cut out cute shapes or use a knife to cut squares or strips. I am pretty sure the dog doesn’t care, but I rather prefer the cute shapes. I gather the scraps together and roll them out again and again until I’ve used up the dough. Place the cookies on a baking sheet. They can be crowded pretty close together since they don’t expand much.
 
Bake 15-20 minutes for softer treats or 30 minutes for hard treats. Let cool completely. Makes 100+ 1-inch star-shaped dog treats.
 
 
 Now Something for Hubby and Kids:
 
 
 
WARNING: You absolutely cannot stop at one!
These are divine, crunchy, crumbly and simply melt in your mouth. I thought the addition of the lemon was a bit peculiar but it only enhances the overall flavour of the cookie.
 
Peanut Butter Crinkles
Thank you Greenthumb for providing the inspiration.
 
Ingredients
125g (4ozs) unsalted butter
1/3 cup (70g/2.5ozs) sugar
1/3 cup (70g/2.5ozs) brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/3 cup (100g/3.5ozs) peanut butter
1 1/4 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
pinch salt

Preparation
 
Preheat oven to 180°C  (350°F/Gas 4).  
Cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, lemon rind and peanut butter until light and fluffy.  Add sifted flour, soda and salt and mix until a stiff dough forms.
Shape heaped teaspoonfuls of mixture into small balls with floured hands, place on a lined oven tray allowing room to spread slightly.  Press biscuits down lightly with a fork, first crosswise then lengthwise, for a crinkled effect.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool on tray.

 
 

2 comments:

  1. I'm going to try those dog biscuits ( well I will make them and the dogs can eat them). They sound nice and easy.I love the last photo, very Donna Hay. Have a good weekend.

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  2. Can't wait to test out both recipes! I am not much of a baker but these look like something I could manage as they look deliciously rewarding :)!

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