Canine Cookies

SnickerPoodles

I FINALLY found time to make more treats (which is nice because I was running pretty low). Behold, dear friends, the SnickerPoodle! 

Ingredients:

1/4 c Milk

2-1/4 c Whole Wheat Flour

1/4 c Honey

1 c Applesauce (plain, no sugar added)

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Citric Acid (optional-this is a natural preservative. Use approx. 1/4 tsp for every 1 cup of dry ingredients.)

Procedure:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.

**The dough will be VERY soft and sticky. Gradually add more flour and knead until you can easily handle it.**

2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray or parchment paper.

3. Prepare a VERY well-floured surface and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes with poodle cookie cutter and place on sheet as you cut them out.

**TIP: when cutting out the shapes, press firmly, gently wiggle, then pull the dough away from the outside of the cookies cutter so you have a clean shape. Also, the tail and hind leg can be a bit tricky to loosen so use the end of a small spoon handle (or something similar) to gently push the dough out.

**Note: I like to use a large pizza pan. If you choose to use one, make sure when you place the cookies on it, you arrange them so their tails are pointing toward the center of the pan. Otherwise, they will darken much faster and burn.

4. Bake for about 10-14 minutes or until the bottoms are a light golden brown. Check periodically since the bottoms can burn while the tops look completely normal.

5. Cool and move to a cooling rack. Leave out overnight to harden.

Tip: Right before putting in the oven, I sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon on the top of each cookie with my fingers and brush it over the cookie so it has that yummy cinnamon smell like human Snickerdoodles. Be careful and use only a small amount since cinnamon is very strong. 

I Pity the Kitty-Starfish Cat Treats

Just so the kitties don’t feel left out, here’s a simple cat treat recipe I came up with. Feel free to play around with this. The dough didn’t really come out as dough but it still works, just a bit delicate when cutting out shapes. Keep in mind these are for cats and should be pretty small!

Ingredients:

1-1/2 c Canned Tuna (in water, NOT oil, drained)

1 c Craisins

1 Egg

1/2 Tbs Honey

1-1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour

Procedure:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine tuna, craisins, egg and honey.

(You can’t really see it but the honey is drizzled on the craisins)

2. Mix together and gradually add flour. If desired, add a bit of milk. Knead dough well.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

4. Cut out biscuits (I used a small star-hence the name “Starfish”), and lay on baking sheet.

5. Bake about 10 minutes. Let cool.

***There are NO PRESERVATIVES so store these in an airtight container and put in the fridge. ***

I don’t have a cat so I haven’t tested these yet. But my dear friend has a cat so we’ll see how these work! *Fingers crossed!*

Apple Cairn-berry Biscuits

Sorry for the long gap between posts! But here’s something to make up for it! I’ve been wanting to make these for awhile but couldn’t find fresh cranberries THEN my blender went kaput. So I’ve settled for a fabulous alternative (craisins). 

Ingredients:

1 c. Craisins (or pureed cranberries-NOT CRANBERRY SAUCE!!)

1 c. Apple Sauce (plain-no sugar added)

2 c. Whole Wheat Flour

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 c Milk

Procedure:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine craisins and applesauce.

2. Add milk and cinnamon, mix well.

 

3. Gradually add flour and knead dough into a ball. 

4. Roll dough out on a well-floured surface to desired thickness.

5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.

6. Using a cookie cutter of your choice (I chose an apple for this one), cut out biscuits and lay on baking sheet.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and move to a cooling rack until hardened.

Yields: 2-3 dozen (depending on cookie cutter size)

Filo-Have love, will travel. I know in my previous post I probably made him sound like a monster. HOWEVER! Filo is an incredibly sweet dog with a lot of love to give. Filo is a Min-Pin, about 5 pounds or so, and I would guess he’s barely a year old. He’s very cuddly and is great with other dogs (big or small) and even cats. I’ve only had him a few days so I know he’s trying to adjust to being in a home instead of a small stressful pen surrounded by other stressed dogs. He does great on a leash and I’ve been training him basic obedience (obviously we’re still working on jumping, lol). He would do great in a family with kids or even as a single person’s best friend.  He just wants to belong SOMEWHERE. I bet you’re wondering “If he’s so great, why don’t YOU adopt him?”…Well, because my town has a two dog limit which I have already reached. I wanted to foster him to at least get him out of the shelter and get his name out. If you’re interested and/or want to know more about this little guy, please message me. I’ll be straight up about anything you wanna know. There’s no point in covering up any potential problems just to disappoint you and end up with him back in another shelter. Think about it…

Filo-Have love, will travel.

I know in my previous post I probably made him sound like a monster. HOWEVER! Filo is an incredibly sweet dog with a lot of love to give. Filo is a Min-Pin, about 5 pounds or so, and I would guess he’s barely a year old. He’s very cuddly and is great with other dogs (big or small) and even cats. I’ve only had him a few days so I know he’s trying to adjust to being in a home instead of a small stressful pen surrounded by other stressed dogs. He does great on a leash and I’ve been training him basic obedience (obviously we’re still working on jumping, lol). He would do great in a family with kids or even as a single person’s best friend.  He just wants to belong SOMEWHERE. I bet you’re wondering “If he’s so great, why don’t YOU adopt him?”…Well, because my town has a two dog limit which I have already reached. I wanted to foster him to at least get him out of the shelter and get his name out. If you’re interested and/or want to know more about this little guy, please message me. I’ll be straight up about anything you wanna know. There’s no point in covering up any potential problems just to disappoint you and end up with him back in another shelter. Think about it…

A day off from the kitchen…

I finally have a day off from work and was so excited to try a new recipe (or two). However, a little Min-Pin named Filo changed that. He is our new (and first) foster dog from our local shelter. He also happens to be a very talented jumper. So talented, in fact, that he has succeeded in jumping on the counter and knocking over the very full treat jar…then he proceeded to knock a pizza box off the kitchen table. And last night, he jumped on the coffee table where Chris and I were enjoying dinner and movie and knocked our plates on the floor. I’m still cleaning sauce out of the carpet. So instead of baking treats, I’m scrubbing carpet and taking care of three dogs with tummy aches who spent the morning throwing up. I’m sure I could still bake some treats (to fill the now empty treat jar) but I feel that’s kind of teasing them since there’s no way I’m giving them any treats just to clean up the regurgitated remains out of the carpet shortly after.

However, this post will not be a total waste. I wanted to share a few resources with you to help in your future treat endeavors. I stumbled upon this and am IN LOVE! I can’t wait to try out the Fido Frosting and their powdered natural food coloring. What I really love is that the yogurt frosting dries hard so you don’t have to worry about it going bad or getting messed up. Also, you’ll find natural preservatives, cake mixes, baking pans, cook books….just a lot of really great stuff! So check out http://www.k9cakery.com/ You wont be disappointed. 

Next I wanted to share a site that has been a big help and surprisingly enough, a lot of people don’t know about it. http://www.petmd.com/ I’m sure you can guess what kind of site this is. I like reading the articles and staying informed about diseases or parasites that can affect my pooches and what to look out for. I have also signed up for newsletters which are fun to read. There’s a symptom checker, blogs, forums, news…all kinds of stuff. 

Finally, I’d like to share  http://www.petproductadvisor.com/store/default.aspx I actually found out about this from one of the PetMD newsletters. You can buy pretty much anything from toys to stain removal to flea medicine. Everything is reasonably priced (and they’re always offering great deals and have sales) and has a money back guarantee. 

Hopefully you all like these! I so apologize for not having a fun recipe to share today. Believe me, I’d rather be baking than cleaning up vomit, poop and pizza sauce.