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Leti­tia Ma­son of Jo­han­nes­burg writes I love spoil­ing my dogs with bis­cuits, but I pre­fer home­made cook­ies to store-bought ones. Do you have a sim­ple recipe that doesn’t con­tain any preser­va­tives?

Ilze Fourie of Rogue’s Paw­some Bak­ery

replies I of­ten spoil my Stafford­shire Bull Ter­ri­ers Rogue and Drago with dog bis­cuits and treats. How­ever, Drago re­cently de­vel­oped an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to cer­tain foods – he started itch­ing and wasn’t a happy dog any­more.

At dog train­ing, Drago is re­warded with treats as part of the pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment process and when his al­ler­gies be­gan to im­pact his train­ing, I de­cided to start test­ing out recipes.

Find­ing a com­bi­na­tion that’s de­li­cious and safe to eat was a bit of a chal­lenge. Af­ter a num­ber of at­tempts, a com­bi­na­tion of peanut but­ter and co­conut oil came out tops. Co­conut oil is good for your pets’ fur and skin, so adding a bit ex­tra re­ally helps to pre­vent Drago from itch­ing.

This is Drago and Rogue’s favourite com­bi­na­tion – the bis­cuits can be kept in the fridge or the freezer.

In­gre­di­ents

• 500g whole­wheat flour • 100g oats • 2 eggs • ½ cup crunchy peanut but­ter (make sure it doesn’t con­tain Xyl­i­tol which is toxic for pets) • 2 ta­ble­spoons co­conut oil (un­flavoured)

Method

1 Mix the flour, oats, egg and peanut but­ter. 2 Dis­solve the co­conut oil in hot wa­ter. 3 Stir into the flour and peanut but­ter mix. 4 Add cold wa­ter to the mix un­til it forms a firm dough. 5 Roll out the dough and cut into shapes. 6 Bake in a pre­heated oven at 180˚C for ± 25 min­utes or un­til crunchy.

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