Posted October 7, 2012
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted natural peanut butter
1/4 cup melted caramel candies (or melted caramel)
2 bananas, chopped and blended
1/2 cup hot water
Pre-recipe warnings – make sure you know what your dog can and cannot eat. The ingredients in this recipe have been made to be safe for dogs first, and edible by humans second. If you are uncomfortable or unsure about feeding your pet any of these ingredients, or if they have digestion issues or requirements, be sure to always speak to your veterinarian beforehand.
Before you begin, you’ll want to make your own cookie cutters so you’re ready to bake when the dough is finished!
To make your own cookie cutters, go to your local hardware store and purchase a short roll of metal wiring anywhere from 3/4-1 inch thick. The wire should be thin enough to bend and shape with your hands, but still thick enough to keep its shape. We used items like a rolling pin to shape the wire into the exact shape we wanted. Make any kind of shape you want! The typical Scooby Snack shape you usually see on the show looks like three circles combined at the center (like a 3-way venn diagram!).
Mix together your dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, and salt. Place all your wet ingredients in microwaveable containers and heat them up separately for 10-30 seconds, or until the liquid is runny and not firm. In a separate mixing bowl (we used our KitchenAid mixing bowl, but any large bowl will do) combine the melted peanut butter, caramel, blended bananas, and hot water. Mix until all ingredients are smooth and combined.
Gradually, while stirring or mixing your wet ingredients, add in your dry mixture. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. If it is too wet, add a little more flour. Continue to stir or mix until the dough is one big globby mess. Place your container in the freezer or fridge to cool it down for 5-10 minutes.
After the dough has been chilled, lay out wax paper on your table. Scoop a small amount of dough onto it and place another layer of wax paper on top. Using a rolling pin, slowly and smoothly roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thin. If creases or crinkles start to appear, lift the wax paper up off the dough, then replace it and roll over the imperfections. After one side is smoothed out, flip the entire thing over and do the same to the other. If you put too much dough in the center of the wax paper, you’ll find that it leaks out the sides when you roll it out. Get a feel of how much you can put in at once!
Use your new cookie cutters and cut out the dough. Press the cookie cutters down firmly on the dough so you make sure it cuts all the way through and doesn’t tear when you remove the excess dough. If you’re having trouble getting the cookies off the sheet, use a spatula!
Preheat your oven to 375 and bake your cookies on a cookie sheet and wax paper for 10-15 minutes. Keep a close watch on your cookies! The thinner they are, the faster they will bake.
Your cookies are done! Put them in your favorite doggie bowl or ziploc bag or airtight container and make your pet’s day! These treats are high in nutrients and low in sugar, but like any good treat, they’re best served in moderation (and for good behavior!)