dog bones recipeOctober is American Humane’s Adopt-a-Dog Month. We have a couple of friends who have just recently brought home new pups, and since we’re enjoying a long weekend, the kids and I decided that we’d bake some dog bones to give as gifts to these new friends!

Our other canine pals really enjoy peanut butter bones, so we did a search online and found this recipe for “Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers“:

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, mix milk and peanut butter in another and then add to the dry ingredients. Mix, then knead the dough. The dough is a little tough to stir and roll out, so kids may need your help with this part. But after the dough is rolled to about 1/4” on a lightly floured surface, give them the cutters and let them go to it! We used three sizes of bone-shaped cutters, but you can use any shapes you like. (My daughter did a few butterflies, too, so someone will be surprised!).

We baked the bones at 350° for 20 minutes, then let the batch sit out overnight to dry out completely. Then we packaged in cello bags and added a tag with the ingredients (just like people, some dogs have allergies, so it’s important that you share the ingredients if you’re giving the bones as a gift).

If you’d like to print out these tags that we made, click here for the PDF for a free sheet of printable tags. (These are just for your personal use, please! Not suitable for commercial products!) Then punch holes and use the ribbons of your choice.

For more information about adopting your own dog, read about the adoption process at American Humane’s website.
They share all kinds of information about the care of your new pet, as well as behavior and training issues and tips.