Peanut Butter–cheerios Treats

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Makes 2 to 3 sandwich bags of tiny training treats

These treats are crumbly and tasty and smell strongly of peanut butter. Bashir and Sam, both Australian Shepherds, pick these treats every time when offered a choice.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter–cheerios Treats

1 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
4 cups Cheerios
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1⁄4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon molasses
1⁄4 cup warm water

Ingredients for Peanut Butter–cheerios Treats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Warm the peanut butter in the microwave for a minute or so, until it’s soft enough
to mix easily with the other ingredients.

Add all the other ingredients to the warm peanut butter, mixing thoroughly.

The dough will be stiff and crumbly.

Use your hands to spread the dough onto a large greased cookie sheet. If the
dough is sticky, grease or flour your fingers.

Cover the cookie sheet with a layer no more than two Cheerios thick.

Bake for 10 minutes. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and, with a spatula, turn
over the dough, pieces at a time. Put back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and break the large pieces into bite-size pieces.

Turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on the cookie sheet and return them to the
oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for 15 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

NUTRITIONAL NOTES: PEANUT BUTTER

Peanut butter is made by grinding and mashing peanuts. As early as 1900, this easily digested, nutritious food was being called a “health food.”

For this and other recipes in this book, use natural peanut butter, made from peanuts with no other ingredients — no added sugar or salt.

Most dogs, even picky eaters, are very attracted to peanut butter, so treats made with peanut butter can be used to tempt a dog who needs to eat, can be used to hide a vitamin or pill, or can be used as training treats.

1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter

Contains:

• 85 calories
• 4 grams protein
• 8 grams fat
• 4 grams carbohydrates
• 76 mg sodium
• 7 mcg folic acid
• 6 mg calcium
• 26 mg magnesium
• 123 mg potassium
• and a number of other essential minerals

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