Christmas is only for bipedal beings with opposable thumbs, it is for our four-legged, furry friends as well. And nothing is appreciated more by a canine companion than a good, hearty snack. The perfect stocking-stuffer, some homemade Christmas dog treats will be a delightful delicacy.
Before you conjure up images in your head of exploding cooking pots, mixers widely flinging dough about and smoke seeping out of the oven, take a moment to put down your wallet and put your keys away. There’s no need to head off to the pet store.
All you’ll need is some common household cooking ingredients and you’ll be well on your way to making a lip-licking batch of Christmas dog treats.
• Cookie sheet
• Parchment paper
• Medium mixing bowl
• Measuring cup
• Measuring spoons
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup brewer’s yeast
• 1/2 cup wheat germ
• 1 tsp. salt
• Small mixing bowl
• 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
• 1 tbsp. garlic
• 1 cup chicken stock
• Cutting board
• Cookie cutters
• 3 cups vanilla white chocolate chips
• Microwave safe bowl
• 1 tsp. vegetable oil
• 1 tsp. vegetable powder for coloring
• Waxed paper
Start by pre-heating your over to 400F. While the oven heats-up, take a moment to break out a cookie sheet and some parchment paper. Cover the cookie sheet with parchment paper or you can grease the sheet with a paper towel if you wish.
Place a medium mixing bowl on the counter, along with a measuring cup and spoons. Mix together 2 cups flower, 1/2 cup brewer’s yeast, 1/2 cup wheat germ and 1 teaspoon of salt. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons vegetable oil along with 1 tablespoon of garlic. Now pour in 1 cup chicken stock, then add just 1 cup of the flower mixture from the medium mixing bowl.
Blend the ingredients well-together.
Flour the surface of a counter or cutting board. Place the mixture onto the floured surfaced and knead for 2 minutes. Then, flatten the dough, making it a 1/2 inch thick. Cut up the dough with cookie cutters to form festive holiday shapes.
Place your shaped cookies on the cookie sheet and baked in the 400 degree pre-heated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the frosting, simply melt 3 cups vanilla white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the white chocolate chips, then add in 1 teaspoon of vegetable powder for coloring, along with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Mix together, and then decorate the baked dog treats as desired.
Place the finished dog treats on waxed paper and allow cooling. You can then wrap them, if so desired or place in a decorative Christmas tin. Anyway you present these scrumptious canine morsels will be welcomed with a twitching nose and wagging tail.
To get the most out of baking the Christmas doggy treats, let your kids lend a helping hand. It will not only be fun, but teach them that buying expensive gifts is not what the season is all about.
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Kelly blogs for OMDS, the leader in everything that are dog goods.