Cheddar-Apple Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling for Dogs
Posted Jun 09 2011 7:00am
Now that the warm weather has arrived in Chicago Oliver seems to be in a perennially chipper mood. He’s loving the long walks in the sunshine, chasing bunnies and squirrels, and a recent discovery, using the neighborhood fountain as his personal doggie swimming pool.
But if there is one thing he hasn’t enjoyed it’s all the baking I’ve been doing as of late. All the sweet and buttery smells have been driving his doggie nose nuts and he’s been known to lay strategically by my feet, waiting for a stray crumb to fall his way. So when I scheduled a play date for Oliver and a new doggie I knew that they deserved some treats of their very own. I decided to combine three of my dog’s favorite foods – cheddar, peanut butter, and apple.
These pup-friendly delights feature a crunchy cheddar-apple cookie with a simple, creamy peanut butter cookie. To give these cookies their cheddary flavor I used some Vermont Cheese Powder that I picked up at the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Store forever ago, though back when I lived in Boston I also sometimes saw a Cabot version available for purchase at the grocery store. I love it because it blends into the flour evenly, but you could easily use shredded cheddar. This recipe also makes use of millet flour, which adds a lovely golden color, but whole wheat flour would work as well.
The verdict from the dogs – delicious! Between the two of them, they wolfed down almost the whole batch in a few minutes flat, licking their chops the whole time, the occasional specs of peanut butter and crumbs getting stuck in their beard. And if these two were any indication, I think the dogs in your life will enjoy these as well!
Cheddar-Apple Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling for Dogs Adapted from Taste of Home
Yields about 24 treats, depending on the size of your cookie cutter
-1 1/2 cups millet flour
-1/2 cup shredded apple (skin-on is fine)
-1/3 cup cheddar cheese powder
-1 tablespoon vegetable oil
-1/3 cup milk
-1/2 cup natural peanut butter
Stir together all the ingredients except peanut butter until dough just comes together. Line a cookie sheet with piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil. (You will be rolling out the dough on the sheet so if possible, use one with with shallow sides to make rolling easier.) Using a well-floured rolling pin, roll out the dough on the cookie sheet to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Dough will be sticky, but should still roll cleanly. If not, sprinkle more flour on top of the dough as you roll. Pop the dough in the freezer or refrigerator until the dough is firm (about 1/2 an hour for the freezer or an hour for the refrigerator).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove dough from the freezer or refrigerator and using a small, round cookie cutter (choose a size that makes sense given the breed of your dog), cut the dough into cookies. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Reroll the remaining dough and pop into the freezer again until firm and cut out the remaining cookies. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Place cookies on a baking rack to cool. Once cookies are cool, spoon peanut butter on to the flat bottom of half the cookies and sandwich with the remaining unfilled cookies. If peanut butter is soft, store the cookies in the refrigerator to allow them to firm up.