It’s common practice to make your neighbors a baked good during the holidays, but, have you considered their four-legged family members? They like treats too! As the new year approaches, why not make some treats for your neighbors’ dogs as a way of saying thank you for all that they do throughout the year or a way of wishing them and their furry friends a very happy 2012! Here’s a recipe I recently used that was a big hit for my canine friends.
Dog Biscuits (recipe from allrecipes.com)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 egg beaten
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 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.
- Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, chicken broth, peanut butter, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.
- 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 (we used holiday shapes), and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.
So, the next time you want to thank your neighbors, create a special treat for the family dog. It will surely be a hit with the canines and their owners.
Happy New Year!