One of my favourite Christmas gifts this year was from my best friend. Along with a gorgeous cookbook of chocolate recipes she sent along a little present with Shiva in mind, The Good Treats Cookbook for Dogs by Barbara Burg.
It has been a little while since I made dog treats. Shiva received quite a few for the holidays and we have yet to run out. The book is full of fun ideas. It even has a whole section dedicated to throwing dog parties. One of the reasons I love cookbooks so much is for the pictures. Burg certainly did a lovely job making all the dog food look tasty. A few of the recipes I would consider making for myself. After flipping through the book for a while, I found a cute one I had most of the ingredients for. Since I had some time on my hands and Shiva was behaving herself, I headed into the kitchen.
Of course, the first thing I noticed was we didn’t have nearly enough flour. How did that happen? We always have a ginormous bag on hand. I decided to half the recipe rather than go all the way to the store. Shiva didn’t think this was a good idea, apparently.
Too bad for her. Besides, I don’t know why she looked so worried. She eats dirt. My cookies certainly taste better than that even if I screwed up the recipe. Sheesh.
In fact, when it came time to stir everything together, the mixture was almost too dry. A little extra water did the trick, however, and we were back on track.
“These are going to be so yummy, Sheevs,” I said because I talk to my dog out loud way to much. (Not even just when we’re alone. I have done it in public. On the street. But I bet someone else out there does too so I refuse to be ashamed!)
Shiva didn’t really seem all that interested. Perhaps because the kitchen still smelled too clean. Not enough meat or something. The recipe called for mint and parsley. Since she’s never tried the former before I thought I would offer her a small leaf. The dog eats grass, so why not a mint leaf?
Evidently, I offended her canine senses. Mint leaves and mushrooms, the two things Shiva will not eat. (We are grateful for the mushrooms! Saves a lot of stress when camping.)
I didn’t let this worry me and carried on with the recipe as directed.
“La, la, la, I am stirring the dough, loo loo loo, you can stir it too.”
Okay, I don’t remember if I actually sang or not. Maybe just in my head.
Finally, the cookies were rolled out and cut and ready to go in the oven! I did take photos of the rolling and cutting process but it was such a mess that I am not going to show them here. Remember, I was out of flour at this point. Wooden rolling pins and raw dough do not mix very well without that important ingredient. The only cookie cutter I have that is a decent size is a candy cane shape so just pretend that is what these are supposed to look like. Candy canes not whatever-it-is-they-look-like.
Candy. Canes. Yes, even that poopy-looking one near the bottom. That one on the right is a little doggy I shaped from the leftover bits of dough.
In the oven they went! Whereupon I promptly forgot all about them as I sat down to catch up on my blog reading. I guess when you half a recipe you are also supposed to half the baking time.
So, they are a little burnt. That’s why I love baking for Shiva more than anyone else. For all her dirty looks and sarcastic ear twitches, when it comes to the eating part, she doesn’t really discriminate. Burnt, raw, not enough flour, whatever! In her case, it is truly the thought that counts.
Regardless, they still look very nice in the cookie tin.
I can’t wait to get some more flour so I can
attempt screw up excel at making more yummy treats for my dog. Shiva tells me she can’t wait!