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Today I wanted to write about a great non baking Italian dessert – Tiramisu , but so many of you have been asking me if I could write about dog cookies I’ve made, so it’s time to do this first.
And I know, it’s already February and I’m publishing a blog post about Dog Christmas Cookies. But it’s never too late for a good recipe I guess. Honestly, I was planning to write about dog cookies right after making them back in December but with all the holidays baking and other stuff I didn’t have enough time to do it.
As many of you I too have been on Pinterest all December looking for inspiration. And we all know that Pinterest has this affect that makes you go try make something on your own, something unique and pretty as you’ve seen it there. Who doesn’t know this feeling? – When you spend half a day surfing through all those great yummy pictures and then you just have to make something or you can’t sleep. So after all this ”pinteresting” I wanted to make pretty Christmas Cookies and see how skilled I am in decorating them because never before I’ve made cookies like this.
So after planning all this I realized that if I make all those cookies I will also eat them all and I really didn’t want to do that. I know myself good enough that if there is a cookie box in our house I’ll eat the cookies or my hubby will, he’s even worse. So to avoid this temptation I almost gave up baking them until I realized I have to make some more dog cookies for my pup. I’ve been baking them since I have my dog. Now the last batch was almost gone. So I’ve got this idea to attempt to do pretty dog cookies and to really try to decorate them like the cookies for humans. But I had no idea what to use to ice them. So that was kind of a big thinking and researching process before I was ready to make them. And at the end I even realized that the cookies were great Christmas gifts that didn’t cost me a lot of money at all and everybody really liked them especially dogs.
So because I gave most of them away I’m glad I took all those pictures of all the dog cookies I made because they are long gone now.
So here is the recipe to make the best healthy homemade dog treats.
Banana – Peanut butter dog treats1 egg 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup mashed banana 1tbsp honey 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup oatmeal (u can also grind it to get oatmeal flour)
Preheat oven to 300F. Stir together all the wet ingredients and add them to flour and oatmeal. Mix all together, when it gets the consistency of a dough start kneading the dough. Then roll it ¼’’ thick. Cut desired shapes and put on a baking paper in the cookie pan and bake until golden brown for about 30 minutes, depending on size and thickness of the cookies.
That is the basic recipe, you can also use cooked and mashed sweet potatoes or carrots or just grated apple. When using these veggies or fruits you can add 1 tsp of cinnamon. Feel free to experiment and switch ingredients as much as you like.
Now about the icing and decorating dog cookies. I’ve been researching a lot and found a few different recipes. Some sounded good to me some didn’t. I was looking for the most natural option and the first recipe was about glazing the cookies with colored egg whites before baking. I tried it but couldn’t really see anything, it was really transparent. It looked ok but it wasn’t what I wanted. So I was thinking further. The other recipe was saying to use corn starch mixed with water. I tried that too and it looked good, but after baking it it was all cracked. So I tried to add less water and mix it with egg whites and that worked perfect as you can see it on pictures. Those that are cracked are coated with water & corn starch mix, the nicer ones have egg white added.
So to make my dog cookies icing you will need:1 egg white or more (depends how many cookies you have) Corn starch Water Food coloring
In a small bowl first mix together 1 tablespoon egg whites and 1 teaspoon water. Now add 4 tablespoons corn starch and mix using a fork, adding more water if necessary to achieve a milk-like consistency. Do not add too much water at once – only add about 1/2 teaspoon at a time. If you do, add more corn starch. You can’t really go wrong here. 😉 and anyway you’ll have to make a batch big enough for your cookies so just follow your feelings.
When it’s ready you ice the unbaked cookies. The mixture will behave like glue, but it’s not sticky and it will look weird and it will be annoying to work with but don’t get scared, everything is right and it’s really cool when you’re done. You just kinda have to push the icing around the cookie until it’s completely iced. I used a pastry brush and my fingers. Both worked. When you’re finished, bake the cookies.
Now, many of you wanted to know how I did the snowflakes. For that I used yogurt melts and I melted them just like human candy melts and piped the cookies once they were baked and cooled. I used store bought yogurt melts from a local dog bakery but now I know how to make them by myself and next time I will use my own. I found the recipe here.
So as I’ve already mentioned yogurt works great. Use one small 6-ounce container of yogurt which you can blend with a tablespoon of peanut butter and simply pipe it on cookies. When done put cookies in the the fridge so yogurt hardens. You can also dye plain yogurt with juices of different fruits or food coloring. I prefer natural ingredients but sometimes you don’t have them on hand. And please use regular yogurt, it could be low or non fat but don’t use any light or sugar free because it’s loaded with artificial sweeteners.
I hope this post was helpful and that your pups will soon be enjoying some yummy homemade cookies!
Kot sem ze zgoraj omenila, sem zelo pozna s tole objavo ampak bolje pozno kot nikoli. Veliko vas je imelo vprasanja kako narediti take pasje priboljske, a zal nisem imela dovolj casa tole spisati v decembru kasneje pa sem se lotila ze cesa drugega in malo pozabila na tole.
Glede na to da sem skoraj cel december visela na Pinterest-u in seveda posledicno postala obsedena s tem, da se moram necesa lusnega lotiti. To je pac kar obicajen stranski ucinek pinteresta, se mi zdi:) Tako da se moram vcasih kar malo kontrolirati, da me prevec ne potegne noter, ker potem bi samo pekla in sprobavala nove recepte.
Ker se se nikoli nisem lotila peke kompliciranih in estetsko dodelanih piskotov sem si to zadala kot decemberski izziv. A kaj kmalu sem ugotovila, da ce specem vse te piskote jih bova na koncu z mojim vse pojedla. Ker neke velike discipline glede sladkarij glih nimava sem misel o peki piskotov ze skoraj opustila. A sem kmalu dobila idejo kako lahko ugotovim, ce sem sposobna narediti lepe piskote, take kot jih gledam po spletu. Odlocila sem se speci lepe bozicne pasje piskote oziroma priboljske. Kar v bistvu sploh ni bilo nic novega, ker jih pecem ze odkar imam kuziko, a nikoli se tako ne potrudim. Ponavadi jih samo narezem na kvadratke in dam pecti.
Vendar se je z zeljo po dekoraciji tudi malo zakompliciralo. Namrec sprasevala sem se kako naj okrasim tele pasje piskote, da bo za psa dobro, neskodljivo in naravno ter zdravo. Po dolgem preletavanju spleta sem nekako zdruzila dva se najbolj zdrava in normalna recepta, ki sta na koncu tudi delovala.
No pa naj napisem celoten recept in postopek, da se jih lotite cimprej. Obljubim, da jih bodo vasi stirinozni spremljevalci obozevali!
Piskoti:1 jajce 1/3 salice kikirikievega masla (psi ga naravnost obozujejo) 1 banana (zmeckana) zlica medu 1 salica crne moke 1/2 salice ovsenih kosmicev
Zmesaj vse mokre sestavine in jih dodaj suhim. Dobro premesaj in zacni gnesti v testo. Ko je testo narejeno, ga razvaljaj na debelino pol centimetra ali po zelji in z modelcki izrezi zeljene oblike. Piskote postavi na pekac na peki papir in pripravi mesanico za dekoracijo.
Se opomba: Namesto banane lahko uporabis naribano jaboljko, kuhan zmeckah korencek ali pa kuhan in zmeckan sladek krompir. Tem sestavinam se odlicno poda tudi cimet. Lahko pa namesto kikirikijevega masla uporabis kuhane na trakce narezana piscancja prsa, ki jih kombiniras s korenckovim pirejem, ali pirejem sladkega krompirja.
Dekoracija:1-2 zlici beljaka 1/2 zlicke vode 4 zlice Koruznega skroba ali Gustina Sokovi sadja ali zelenjave za obarvanje ali pa jedilne barve (Jaz sem uporabila rdeco peso, spinaco in jedilne barve)
Posebej zmesaj beljak in vodo ter to postopoma – zlizko za zlicko dodajaj gustinu. Mesaj z vilico, da se gustin razgradi in ni grudic. Masa se bo vlekla kot lepilo in je kar malo nadlezno in nerodno, ampak po dveh piskotih se clovek navadi in je prav zabavno. Lahko jo obarvas ali pa pustis belo. Potem s tem premazi piskote, kar s copicem za kuho, jaz sem si pomagala tudi s prsti, ker se mora tole maso – icing kar malo porivati po piskotu, da je cel prekrit. Obnasa se kot nekaksno lepilo ampak se ne lepi na roke. Prav zanimivo, res.
Ko so vsi piskoti premazani jih okoli 30 minut peci na 150C, oziroma toliko casa, da zacnejo postajati zlati, to je odvisno od velikosti in debeline piskotov.
Vse dekoracije na snezinkah pa so narejene z jogurtovimi meltsi, ki sem jih kupila v pasji pekarni. Zdaj vem kako jih narediti doma, tako da bom naslednjic uporabila moje lastne jogutove cipse. Recept sem nasla tule. Z jogurtom se lahko pecene in ohlajene piskote tudi prelije ali pa samo poskropi, potem pa z njimi v hladilnik, dokler se jogurt ne strdi.