Millie’s appreciation for bacon rivals my appreciation for baked goods. She waits patiently as it cooks, laying on the floor and staring up at us with her best “I’m a good dog” expression. I don’t know why she bothers with the beggar face, because we always give in.
Dog treats, while available in many varieties in convenient boxes at your local store, are very easy to make at home. These treats have only five ingredients, many of which we have on hand in any given week (yes, that includes the bacon grease). There are healthier versions, for sure, but these make a nice occasional treats. I found this recipe at Hardly Housewives, and next time, I might add just a bit of crumbled bacon to make them extra-special.
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup bacon grease, in liquid form so it’s easy to mix
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon, then knead together with your hands to form a soft dough.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about 1 hour, until dough is firmer and easier to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes; I used a medium bone-shaped cutter.
Place bones on prepared baking sheets and bake for 20-22 minutes, until treats are golden brown and firm. Allow to cool, then serve to your favorite canine friend.