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We want cookies too!
Photo by Susan Gertz

Like many of you, the Dayton Dog Examiner kitchen has been busy with holiday cooking, starting with Thanksgiving and continuing through Hanukkah and Christmas to the new year. Since human sweets (especially chocolate!) are off limits to the dog crew, three pairs of hopeful eyes have been watching what goes into and comes out of the oven without  getting a taste. Today, Darwin's, Lobo's, and Garrison's dreams came true as the fragrant cookies coming out of the oven were just for them.

We made this easy recipe from the renowned Three Dogs Bakery ... a great way to get started baking for your dogs! Although the recipe is called Simple Simon's Birthday Bones, we made them as a new year treat, and didn't worry about having a bone-shaped cutter. Cutting out round shapes the old-fashioned way, with an upside-down glass, couldn't be easier. (See the slide show below for photos.)

Simple Simon's Birthday Bones
Recipe Courtesy of Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:
2 cups whole-wheat flour (we used King Arthur white whole wheat)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter (we didn't have this and used crunchy Jiff instead)
1 cup skim milk

Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thick and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet (or use silicone baking mats) and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack then store in an airtight container. Makes about 30 cookies.

If you'd like to explore more dog baking, allrecipes.com offers a variety of recipes, including Dog Treats I, Delicious Dog Treats, and Liver Lickers Dog Treats. Plus, Amazon.com lists pages of dog cookbooks. Some of the most popular are The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook: Homemade Goodies for Man's Best Friend, Good Treats Cookbook for Dogs, and The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook: Over 100 "Tail Wagging" Recipes.

The Dayton Dog Examiner dogs are full of cookies, and are snoozing away with dreams of more. Looks like we'll be testing recipes for doggie valentine treats. Stay tuned for more!

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