That's right. Dog treats. Before you go calling whomever you would call to have me taken away, think about it. What better time of the year to bake up a batch or three of home made treats for all of the "friends" in your life who never stop giving? That friend who really loves you unconditionally?**
Besides, this recipe is inexpensive, completely fool-proof and your dog doesn't exactly have the palate of Frank Bruni.
Plus, young kids can help with abandon because this isn't some precious dough you are working with. The recipes are forgiving to say the least and totally wholesome at the same time. Give some away, tuck some in your pocket, have fun with it.
1 c chicken broth
2 T olive oil
1 large egg
1 clove garlic
2 2/3 c flour
nutritional yeast for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375º
Combine all of the ingredients but the broth in the bowl of a food processor. Whiz for a few rounds and add the broth while it's running through the feeder tube, just until the dough begins to come together.
Form into a ball, roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut away. Use a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper.
Try to get all of your shapes out the first round because the dough isn't great rolled twice. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast (so good for your dog's health and coat) and bake until golden.
1 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1/2 t cinnamon
1 T baking soda
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c flour
1 cup 2% milk
See instructions above but leave out the nutritional yeast sprinkles. You also want to flip these about half way (about 12 min) through cooking so that they brown evenly.
** That unconditional love goes both ways. My dog, the rescued Aussie we call Lucy, was "arrested" earlier this year for chasing a deer in Boulder Open Space. Two charges were brought against her: dog at large and endangering wildlife. She was returned to me (by a very sweet ranger who was just doing her job) muddy and tethered to the front seat of the patrol pickup truck. We went to court (mandatory) and paid a (very large) fine. And yes, I still bake her biscuits. Shaped like squirrels because that is a very satisfying but kind of a dead end chase.