Our four-year-old "Schnockerpoo" Alice has a serious addiction to cookies.
And we indulge her, yes, we do. After looking at the ingredients for the cookies I've always bought, I realized I could probably make some myself and use fewer ingredients and less sugar.
By the way, if you want to know how sweet your pup's cookies genuinely are, take a bite. Alice's bakery-like cookies are nearly as sweet as vanilla Oreos. My recipe below makes cute treat-looking cookies, but I do NOT want to eat one, despite the tiny icing drizzle on the top.
Confectioner's Stevia sweetener is sold under the brand Truvia. Most stores, including Walmart carry it.
Notes: Peanut Butter is creamy.
PEANUT BUTTER "PUP" COOKIES
Ingredients: 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 cup peanut butter, and 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour. For the icing: 4 tbsp. powdered Truvia sweetener, i.e., powdered Stevia * (see below), 3 tbsp. corn starch, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1-3 tbsp. water.
Makes about 60 two-inch cookies.
1. Preheat the oven to 350* and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In one large bowl, whisk the egg, water, honey and vanilla extract together. Add the flour and peanut butter, and switch to a hand mixer (or do everything in the bowl of a freestanding mixer). Mix until combined; dough will be stiff and slightly sticky.
3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch. Cut out small rounds (or any shape you like) and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool completely.
4. Make the icing by whisking together the Stevia and corn starch. Add the vanilla and 1 tbsp. of water. Add more water until the consistency is runny but not overly so.
5. Drizzle a small amount of icing (about 1/8 tsp.) over each cookie. Store in an airtight container.
Stevia is safe for dogs. But if you prefer to use something other than powdered Stevia or cannot source it, though most grocery stores carry it under the Truvia brand, use the same measurement of powdered sugar. Powdered sugar has the least sugar of all real sugars, about 4 grams per teaspoon. Since you are only drizzling a very small amount over each cookie, the sugar content is negligible. And far less than the amount of sugar in store-bought "bakery-like" dog cookies.
Another option is to drizzle the cookies with melted peanut butter mixed with a little cornstarch, just remember it will not harden.