Friday, January 25, 2013

Homemade dog treats

Unsuspecting puppy, doesn't know what's coming!
Surprisingly, we've never really blogged about Luke's homebrewing, even though he's been doing it for nearly four years! He built a beautiful kegerator (pretty enough that I allow it to be displayed in the house) that can hold four kegs. He even brewed the beer for our wedding, with the help of a couple groomsmen! He's often commented what a waste it is when he would discard the spent grain from the homebrew process, especially after we got Benji. It looks like the only catalyst we needed to actually make dog treats was to receive some cute dog-shaped cookie cutters. These were super easy, and Benji LOVES them!

Homemade dog treats

4 cups spent grain
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until combined. Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper and pat the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to get desired shape, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  
Dog bones and fire hydrants!

Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degrees, then reduce heat to 200. Bake another 2 - 2 1/2 hours, until dry. Store in the fridge and feed to your favorite canine friend!

Benji can't wait!

Satisfied :) He was nice enough to share with his favorite dog friends though!