I wanted to make cookies with the girls this morning but since we rarely eat cookies, I didn't really want to make them and waste them. Instead I thought of making dog biscuits. Same sort of steps involved and no waste! Both Maddie and Izzie were very excited about the idea. Izzie ran over to Ripley, gave him a big hug and said, "Ripley, I'm going to make cookies just for YOU!" While we were making the cookies, Maddie kept saying, "These are for Ripley, not for Maddie and Izzie." She wanted to taste them, actually they would have been fine to eat, but I didn't want them thinking they could eat the Pupparoni we keep around for Ripley also!
The girls took turns measuring, counting and stirring the ingredients. It was a very easy recipe to make. We mixed the dough together and formed it into a big ball. Then it had to rest in the freezer while the girls went to play for 30 minutes. And while the dough wasn't technically a cookie cut-out type dough, I made it work that way without too much hassle and the girls got to cut out stars, hearts and other cute shapes. When the biscuits came out of the oven they wanted to give one to Ripley right away, but they told me they were too hot and Ripley would have to 'just be patient and wait!' Finally they were able to give him some of the treats and he was a happy dog indeed.
Recipe: (I half used something on the internet and half made it up myself.)
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tbsp wheat germ
1/2 cup brown sugar
lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 cup creamy peanutbutter
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4-1 cup water
Just mix everything together until it forms a ball. Freeze for 30 minutes. Either scoop out 1 tbsp cookies, or roll it and use cookie cutters. Bake 375 for 12 minutes.