Dog Treats!

Posted by Gregory Luna on June 12, 2013 0 Comments

Ok, I know I said I was working on a post about pie, which is still true, but getting Greg and I both in the house and with enough time to do side-by-side pie baking is a challenge.  I promise- it’s still coming!

Today’s topic: dog treats.  I wanted to do something off the topic of cookies because we are certainly not limited to sugar cookies here at DoStix. I did a bit of research and found a recipe I wanted to try on the Martha Stewart Living website.  Here is the link: Treats  I’ve never made anything this so it seemed worth a try.

Now, anyone who knows me needs no reminder that I’m more of a cat person than a dog person.  Cats are just so wonderfully blasé about everything, which I love.  This same trait makes them less fun to make treats for.  Let me demonstrate:

Boys, how about some homemade treats???


Nothing.  Suit yourself.

Let’s try with the dog.  How about a treat, Floyd?


Heck yes! 

Seriously, look at that face.  You’d make some treats for him too.  To get started, I picked some cookie cutter shapes that I thought were Floyd-appropriate.  I picked the squirrel because this dog has a passionate hatred for squirrels and it seems like it would be satisfying to eat one, even in treat form.  I also picked a cat shape for the exact same reason (yes, having three cats and this dog makes life interesting).  The dog shape just looks fun and the heart was just another variety as well. 

I followed the recipe and the dough came together quickly.  I did decide not to do the shape the recipe shows because seemed more fun to make them in shapes that the dog hates.  It was different from cookie dough because it was much stickier and required a bit of kneading.  I was worried that it would be hard to roll out but it wasn’t at all. I used the 1/4 inch DoStix for this recipe.  Martha's website included another recipe that used the 1/2 inch size but I'll do that one another day.


The harder part was cutting the shapes in the dough because of the density and stickiness of the dough.  The trick was really getting in there with the cookie cutter and making sure it cut all the way to the counter top.  Once I got that going, it was pretty easy.

The dough smelled nice- I wasn’t sure what to expect with a recipe like this.  It reminded me of bran muffins or a similar type of baked good.  I pulled the treats out of the oven half way through the specified baking time to brush on some broth.  Things were looking good.  Finally, after 20 minutes, I turned the oven off and checked the progress.  I will say the edges of some were a bit crispier than I wanted them to be.  Other than the cats, the shapes looked pretty good. The dog tail got overdone but I like the look of it otherwise.  The surfaces are kind of lumpy but frankly, it looks like the surface of a dog treat.  So, I guess it’s perfect! 


As with all my baking projects these days, I really worry about the end result.  Will it look good?  Will it taste good?  Will it take forever?  The best thing about this project is that the recipient is a dog.  I can’t speak for all dogs, but I know my dog will be pleased as punch with these treats.  I’ve seen this animal willingly eat an ant-covered bagel off the sidewalk and love every minute of it.  His standards are not high.  That being said, I think these treats will be a hit with any dog.  I have to say, they look and smell a heck of a lot better than the pizza flavored ones in the cupboard.  Gross. 

I'm ending this blog post with a photo from the one of the calendars I make for my mom.  This looks ridiculous, I know, but she loves it and it’s fun to make.  It seems fitting to share since this photo shoot takes a lot of treats.  Next time I can pump him full of treats that I know are healthy and homemade! 



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