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Peanut Butter Spice Cookies

Well I had an abundance of free time on my hands today and I hadn’t made cookies for Atticus in a while so I figured now would be a great time. I went flipping through my recipe book and came across this recipe but I always tweak them (don’t we all) 😉

This recipe was originally intended for dogs who are sensitive to wheat or gluten. So instead of unbleached wheat flour like I used I would recommend brown rice flour or almond flour if the dog is very sensitive.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • 2 C wheat flour unbleached
  • 1/2 C rolled oats – I used Quaker Oats but any rolled oat will work
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 C natural unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/4 C filter water – this wasn’t enough water but I just kept adding till the dough formed




This is what my dry mix looked like after blended




Peanut butter and water mixture.

I used a stand mixer to combine the wet and dry ingredients until the dough has formed. Lightly flour a dry surface and roll the dough into a two inch log. If you are using rice or almond flour expect the dough to be more on the crumbly side, it doesn’t hold up quite and well as wheat gluten does. Once formed into the log wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 1 hour.



My attempt at rolling a log. I am MUCH better with Play-Doh! This was a bit more of a challenge since it wasn’t as forgiving! But it got rolled, wrapped and tossed in the fridge! Now it was time to relax for a bit oy!

After my relished hour was done I pulled the log out and sliced it into 1/8 inch slices. Honestly I don’t really think they were that thin but keep them on the thin side when slicing for even cooking and you should be fine. They don’t expand like people cookies so having more on a packed cookie sheet is ok.

I put the cookies in the oven for 12-15 mins. I put mine in for 15 because the dryer you can get the cookie the longer it will last. Homemade dog cookies do not last as long as commercial cookies because our ovens can’t dry them out as completely. But as long as they are kept in an air tight container they should last for about a week or two.

After they are done cooking turn off the oven but leave them in the oven for another 25-30 mins to continue to crisp up. Again I leave mine in for 30 mins.


And here they are! My Peanut Butter Spice dog cookies! Atticus loves them and is currently drooling on my lap for more.


Hope your kids enjoy them!!



New Project Idea

My dogs are a big part of my inspiration for photography. My boys are 9.5 and 8 years old, they are definitely MY dogs. Lazy as can be and like the concept of leaving the house of comfort but not actually doing so. I recently started taking photos of my boys pouting because I have forced them to go outside and enjoy what brief summer that we have up here. I am thinking of starting a project around them called “A Ruff Life”. As I write this they are currently snuggles on their Love Sac looking quite comfortable and unwilling to be extracted from their spot unless there is food involved! I hope to have a more evolved plan in a few days… maybe weeks as the project is still in its infancy and I have never made a project of my own. Image


Whoo! I have had the greatest of pleasures photographing my hair stylist Kim’s youngest child Garrett today; Kim has been blessed with three gorgeous children and Garrett is no exception from his sisters! In the seven years I have been going to her I have always told her how jealous I am on how beautiful her kids are.

We had SO much fun and the weather in Alaska was perfect! 30 degrees and sunny! It was almost too sunny. When we were shooting outside Garrett and I were both squinting. I think some of the most fun was when we were scouting out areas on the trail we were on. If we deviated from the trail we sank up to our thighs in snow! I think I fell at least once and then just decided it was best to stay on the ground LOL!

Bored on a Sunday

Well it is March 18, 2012 and my husband was drilling this weekend so I was left to my own devices all weekend! 🙂 Today I decided to practice a few new techniques I have learned from some workshops that I have been watching, sadly my friend Melissa who was going to be my model was still battling a horrible cold. So I chose the next best thing.. My dogs! I have decided that even though they are motivated to help mom they are way to over eager!  Which for posing purposes isn’t very helpful. I apologize for the watermark placement!   

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This is my beautiful boxer boy Atticus. He is about 7 years old in the photo and is still just as handsome as ever.