My kids were home today for the first day of their vacation and we needed a project. Lots of our friends have dogs, so we decided these furry family members needed some goodies, too. I’ve made dog bones and shared the recipe here before, but this time I used a different recipe. We also used different cutters: I couldn’t find my favorite little dog bone cutter, so we made medium and large bones and festive little star treats.

If you need a last-minute gift for your canine friends, combine 2 cups whole wheat flour with a cup of oats and 1/3 cup of peanut butter, then stir in 1 1/4 cups of hot water. Knead the dough on wax paper, using extra flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Roll to 1/4 inch and cut out into shapes, then arrange on cookie sheets about 1/2″ apart. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave cookies in the oven for several hours until they are completely dry. Cool before wrapping.

We wrapped our dog cookies in cello bags with ribbons and added them to the gift bags to the pups’ “people.” As you can see, they aren’t the prettiest cookies, but they smelled pretty yummy in the oven!

Do you make or buy gifts for the pets in your family? What are your favorites?