If you're cool, like our family is, then you have tons of dogs wandering around at Christmas.
Kids? No. 6 dogs? Yes!
And even without thumbs, these dogs all manage to give each other presents for Christmas. Aren't they sweet? Well this year, Aero and Bruno broke the bank on replacement dog beds so they decided to give out homemade treats instead of store bought toys. But the tanking economy isn't the only reason to give homemade treats; they are a great way to monitor what goes in (and then comes out) of your pup. Additionally, treats made at home can be tailored to meet specific dietary needs.
So if you're nuts like us, and you tend to go overboard with your dogs, you need to pick up this book and get to baking!
This year, we made a recipe that I have modified from the book.
1/2 C canned pumpkin
1/2 C water
2 T canola oil
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1/2 C oatmeal
1 T honey
2 C flour
1 egg white
Combine ingredients (excluding egg white) wet, then dry. You may need to add more flour if you aren't super precise about your measuring (I'm not). This should form a dough that is not too wet, not too crumbly. Roll out your dough and use the adorable cookie cutter provided inside the book. For smaller dogs, I cut the dough into little half inch squares. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, remove from oven and brush bones with egg white, place back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
Did you taste the dough? How about the cookies? That concoction smells good, doesn't it?
OK, I admit it, I tasted one of the treats. It was decent... too dry for a human though.
With Aero and Bruno's help, I wrapped these up with some festive paper and ribbon. And by "help" you know I mean they just stared out the window of my craft room, hunting for squirrels while I cut little strips of paper and tied impossibly small bows.
Too cute! A Very Hairy Christmas to you and your doggy friends from Aero and Bruno (and why not? From me too!)