As many of you know, we live on a mountain, literally, and the yard slopes seriously downward, from the porch onward, in fact, leaving the front edge of the porch about 5 feet off the ground, on stilts. Several years ago, our doggie Sadie dove off the porch to chase a rabbit and severely injured her left front leg. Periodically, she re-injures the same elbow joint and has to take some Doggie-anti-inflammatory medication till the swelling goes down and she stops limping.
A couple months ago, she began limping again, but this time, her elbow was also hugely swollen and red. She had hurt the joint again, and somehow it got infected. Though we’ve mastered getting the relatively innocuous pain medicine into her, hidden in cheese or deli meat, it’s dreadfully difficult to get her to take the antibiotics. For one thing, she had to take 4 large pills a day, and they must taste — and smell — awful. If she can smell them, she refuses to take them. Now, add the fact that the antibiotics make her so nauseous that she vomits, and… well, you can see why she doesn’t like those big red pills. Now she even hates the word “pills,” along with “medicine” and “doctor.”
Last week, SadieDoggie injured her elbow again, so we started the pain medication. By Friday, however, her elbow was swollen and red, so we had to get another round of antibiotics. This time, she’s not having anything to do with those nasty antibiotics, and not just because the pills are big enough for a horse. She’s just decided that nothing will induce her to take them, not cheese, deli meat, tuna salad, salmon patties, fried noodles, bread-and-butter, grilled cheese, or peanut butter and jelly. So Mommy had to try some new recipe to trick… I mean, “coax” her into taking her medicine.
Of course, Sadie is a clever doggie, being part border collie, terrier, and hound: she’s got an incredible vocabulary, knows how to spell, knows where we keep her pills, and is simply refusing anything that we’re not eating ourselves. Mommy and Daddy decided to sacrifice themselves for Sadie’s welfare, and try a new recipe: Peanut Butter Bars.
Suffice it to say that we’ve gone through half the pan already, to make sure they were the right kind of treat. They have to be soft enough to put hide a pill but tasty enough to hide the pill’s smell. It’s preferable for Sadie to just swallow any of her pills whole, and since the antibiotics are capsules, we can’t break them in half for her. Since she adores peanut butter more than practically anything, I was looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe.
I found, instead, a recipe for peanut butter bars, which I adjusted according to the ingredients I had at home, and voilà: a crispy on the edges but chewy in the center peanut butter bar that is absolutely delicious. She has gobbled down all of today’s pills in just a couple hours. Mommy and Daddy have eaten the rest already.
SadieDoggie’s Peanut Butter Bars
½ C butter, cubed
½ C smooth peanut butter
1.5 C dark brown sugar
1 C flour
2 large eggs, beaten
1 t vanilla
Stir together the flour and brown sugar in a bowl, breaking up any chunks of brown sugar, and set aside.
Break 2 eggs into blender, add vanilla, and blend well. Set aside.
Lightly butter a 9×13″ baking pan and preheat the oven to 350º F.
Put butter and peanut butter in a large bowl. Put in microwave for 1-1.5 minutes, until butter is melted and you can stir the two ingredients into a smooth mixture.
After the butter is melted into the peanut butter, stir until the two are well combined. Slowly add the sugar-flour mixture, about ½ C at a time, and stir well after each addition. Continue until you have blended all the dry ingredients into the peanut butter and butter mixture. You don’t need a mixer: this is quite manageable by hand.
Pour in the blended eggs and vanilla. Stir gently until the everything is combined well.
Spoon into the prepared pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes. The edges should be nicely browned and beginning to pull away from the pan. This is the crispy part. The center will be moist and chewy.
Cut into bars when warm.
If you’re trying to get pills into any of the pieces, I suggest breaking the bar into bite-sized pieces, slipping in the pill, and wrapping the chewy bar around it. Doggies who love peanut butter will no doubt have the same reaction as our Sadie and gobble the entire cookie-bar in a couple bites, pills notwithstanding.
I suppose you could store the peanut butter bars in an air-tight container, but I’m not sure how long they would last since ours didn’t make it to any container. Daddy and Mommy felt morally oblgated to ensure the bars were tasty enough for SadieDoggie, and she wolfed down quite a few taking her medicine.
The pain pills are already working, and she’s bouncing around the house in joy, asking for more “cookies,” which are baking in the oven as I write this.
SadieDoggie’s Peanut Butter Bars are Doggie-Tested, and MommyAndDaddy-Approved!