2017-12-06 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

Baking cookies is a favorite part of the holidays. Our dogs enjoy homemade treats too, but they’re much better off with recipes especially for them. You can customize the ideas below for Christmas or Hanukkah by the shape cookie cutter you choose. Actually, your pup doesn’t care if his yummy cookies are shaped like a reindeer or a dreidel. Here are five “relatively” easy recipes to try:

Dog-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies
(from gonetothesnowdogs.com)
1 cup molasses
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
6 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger or one tsp. of
dried powder ginger

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the molasses, honey, water, and oil in the medium bowl. In large bowl mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Combine them well. Divide dough into four balls, wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 - 5 hours, or you can freeze them for 1 - 2 hours. After dough is cold, lightly flour surface and roll the dough out into about 1/4” thickness. Use cookie cutters for shapes, such as gingerbread men or bones. Bake for around 20 - 25 minutes, until the cookies start to get brown. For extra crunchy, bake a little longer.

Holiday home-baked cookies just for dogs. Holiday home-baked cookies just for dogs. Apple Mint Christmas Dog Bones
(from best-dog-treat-recipes.com)
(Besides being tasty, the mint aids digestion
and helps to control bad dog breath.)
1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring (to
get the color desired)
7/8 cup water

Directions: Use a heavy duty mixer with a dough hook or a bread machine. If you use a mixer, adjust directions for making bread with your mixer. Place everything in the bread machine on the dough cycle. When the dough is ready, roll it to 1/4” thick with a non-stick rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to turn dough into mini dog bone shapes. Bake at 250 degrees about an hour. Don’t let them get too brown. Turn off the oven and mini dog bones dry completely in the oven—best overnight.

Turkey and Cranberry Candy Cane Cookies
(from The British Baker allrecipes.com)
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup shredded cooked turkey
1 cup dried cranberries
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, as needed

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper. In large bowl, whisk whole wheat flour and baking powder together until thoroughly combined, and stir in the cooked turkey and dried cranberries. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and drop the egg into the center; pour in olive oil and about 1/2 cup of chicken broth. Mix into a soft dough. If mixture is too dry, mix in more chicken broth, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is of desired consistency. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick, and cut out with candy cane cutter or your favorite cookie cutters. Bake until treats turn brown, about 25 minutes. Turn oven off, and leave them in oven an additional 30 minutes to dry out. Refrigerate leftover dog treats.

Nutty Bacon Dog
(from doghillkitchen.blogspot.com)
Makes about 6 dozen
1” diameter treats

3 slices of bacon, diced
1 egg
1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup wheat germ

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Fry diced bacon until crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove the crispy bacon but save the fat. Allow the fat to cool slightly (2-5 minutes) Add the egg, peanut butter, maple syrup and water to the bacon fat and mix thoroughly. Add in the flours and wheat germ and mix until combined. Stir in the crispy bacon pieces. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4” thick. Cut into holiday desired shapes. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes (for 1” diameter shapes) until lightly browned. Cool.

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