Monday, April 25, 2011

Crunchy Easter Treats

On Good Friday, I baked these bone-shaped biscuits for Rose with Uncle Mike's help!! She loves them!! Her reaction is to swiftly snatch one out of my hand, run through our house and "play" with it!! (Pouncing on the snack like a hunting lioness, rolling in that treat....) I'm confident that Rose would rate this recipe: Four 'paws' way, way, up!!

Easter B'egg
1 1/4 cups white flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour and oatmeal. In a separate dish, mix water, egg, vanilla and peanut butter. Stir into flour and oatmeal. Knead until a dough is formed. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutter. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 1 dozen.
Bake bones on the middle oven rack. If your dough is sticky, apply a light layer of flour to your hands, the rolling surface and rolling pin.
(Our dough seemed dry, so I threw in several "pinches" of water!!) Because of variations in oven temperatures, monitor the cooking time for your batch of "Doggy Bones". Bake bones until the bottoms of the biscuits become medium brown, and adjust remaining baking times accordingly. If bones do not become "bone hard", bake bones for an additional five minutes or leave them in the oven as it cools. (With 20 unbaked biscuits spread out upon our cooking sheet, we did add another five minutes!!) Store "Doggy Bones" in an airtight container. For extended supply, double your batch and freeze them!

I was very brave!! We did double this recipe, because I had planned on giving 6 to my Aunt Chris' Golden Retriever/Basset Hound mix, Lucy, plus half a dozen to our cousin Desiree's Chihuahua, Bella!! Turns out, I baked 26!! (Two bonus treats for Rose!!) Be creative and use bunny, cross, or egg cookie cutters, if you will!! I found this recipe in a book and baked them with the bright red bone which was attached to it!!

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