Cassandra Schultz, owner of Cassandra’s Kitchen, shared this whole wheat & peanut butter dog biscuit recipe from Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa). Cassandra’s Kitchen is an upscale kitchenware shop in Bluffton that specializes in cookbooks and items that are used and endorsed by the celebrity chef and cookbook author. Schultz shares a family connection as her mother was Ina Garten’s assistant for many years.
Ina Garten – Whole wheat & peanut butter dog biscuits
1 1/2 cups stone-ground whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered or dry milk
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant), plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1 extra large egg, lightly beaten
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Directions  Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the two flours, the powdered milk, oatmeal, peanut butter and wheat germ. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg and 1 cup of water and mix just until it forms a slightly sticky ball.  Dump the dough out on a well-floured board (I use all-purpose flour) and knead it into a ball. Roll the dough out 1/2-inch thick. Dip a cookie cutter in flour and cut out dog-bone shapes. Collect the scraps, knead lightly, roll out again and cut more dog biscuits.  Place the biscuits on the prepared sheet pan and brush with the egg wash. Sprinkle with oatmeal and bake for 1 hour until completely hard. Cool and toss.
Find more Ina Garten recipes online at barefootcontessa.com and in cookbooks available at Cassandra’s Kitchen in Bluffton.
Cool cookie cutters
Throw your dog a bone or two by using these bone-shaped cookie cutters, available at Cassandra’s Kitchen in Bluffton. The new kitchen supply store, located at 258 Red Cedar St., is a one-stop shop for everything Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. cassandraskitchen.com
Peanut-free puppy treats
If your dog or a dog you know has a habit of licking strangers, play it safe with these easy peanut-free recipes. A person with a peanut allergy could break out in hives if licked by a dog who ate a peanut-containing food or treat. Both of these recipes are safe and super simple, made with six ingredients or less.
LOCAL Life Test Kitchen – Pumpkin puppy treats
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup water
Directions  After heating oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet.  Mix together flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, water, and egg. Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Once formed into a dough, roll onto floured surface and use desired cookie cutter.  Bake for 30 minutes, flipping over at the halfway mark. Let cool before serving.
LOCAL Life Test Kitchen – Carrot cookies for dogs
1 cup oats
3/4 cup carrots, shredded
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 cup plain Greek yogurt
Directions  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place 1/2 cup of oats into a food processor and grind until it has a fine consistency. Place into a large mixing bowl along with all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.  On a floured surface, roll out the dough and cut out using desired cookie cutter. Place onto a lined baking sheet.  After baking for 20 minutes, turn off the oven and let sit for two hours inside the oven. This will make them crunchy.