Friday, May 15, 2009

Sit...Stay...Eat!

In all our craftiness, let's not forget the furry members of our family! This recipe for cheesy dog biscuits makes a ton and is a great project to do with the kids. These treats are based on ones we found on Allrecipes. Because they contain no preservatives, they won't keep forever like store brands. We recommend keeping them in a ziplock bag in the freezer or fridge. But as you can see from the picture of our "test dog" Dory (who is trying to sneak a snack), you may run out faster than you think!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules (beef would be tasty, too!)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, margarine, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut with cookie cutter, and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container, although fridge or freezer work better.
**We should also mention that not only do our dogs like these treats, but our kids, who insisted on trying them, do as well!**
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