Nothing says Happy Holidays & childhood memories like filling your home with the fresh baked aroma of ginger bread & sugar cookies. When the weather outside is frightful its time to turn up the heat in the kitchen and get baking with the entire family, including Fido.
Tis the season to get in the kitchen with your four legged official bowl batter licker & taste taster. So adorn your apron, pre-heat the oven and set the timer. Dust off those baking sheets, mixing bowls, cookie cutters, measuring cups and that rolling pin for a festive time in the kitchen with your gourmutt.
With the help of a furry sous chef, even the most amateur baker can whip up a batch of homemade, fun, Holiday money saving and paw pleasing dog treats. Since the season of giving & sharing is in the air hopefully your dog won't mind dishing up a plate for their furry friends. Homemade tin of dog treats is a great gift idea that will get tails wagging with joy. Here are some simple recipes from ehow that are sure to get even the most naughty dogs on the nice list this year. Seasons Eatings!
Christmas Carob Mint Dog Cookies
Combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup baking mix (Bisquick or Jiffy), 5 drops mint flavoring, ¼ cup milk, 2 tablespoons margarine, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon corn syrup. Mix all ingredients and roll out onto a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut with bone shape or holiday cookie cutters and position on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cool the dip cookies halfway into melted carob or spoon the carob icing over half of each cookie. Make sure cookies are cooled down before storing, gift wrapping or giving to your pup. Store these treats in a sealed, airtight container for freshness.
**DO NOT substitute chocolate chips, chocolate is toxic to dogs instead go with carob a safe alternative for your barking chocoholic. Carob should be found in your stores baking department.
Gourmutt Holiday Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour in a medium sized bowl. In a large bowl, mix 1 teaspoon molasses, 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Scoop into small balls and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each ball with the back side of the fork in both directions, creating a crisscross score design. You can also get out your cookie cutters and have some yuletide fun! Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes. Cool before giving the treat to your dog. Store these treats in a sealed container for up to a week.
Gift Wrapping Ideas:
Package your homemade dog treats as nicely as you would a gift for a friend. You can recycle old empty Christmas tins or use gift basket, dog bowl, biscuit jar, small stocking or cellophane bag tied with reused & recycled ribbon. For a gift that keeps on giving in dog bones, you can write the treat recipe on recycled card stock and attach it to the gift.
If you are not a baker but have a dog loving friend that loves to cook we have an idea for you. Attach one of these delicious recipes on a recipe card to a dog bone shaped cookie cutter. This makes a paw-tastic gift for any dog owner & dog lover. But for the dog owner that has everything you can always gift them a doggy cookbook.
So gourmutts get baking and spreading Yuletide cheer!
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