Wednesday, December 8, 2010

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

My precious baby girl loves dogs.  It's no secret that this time last year, we would never have gotten one of our own, if not for the nightly bedtime prayers of one small bundle of sweetness with blue eyes.
So when she carefully copied out a recipe for dog bones from a library book and batted her eyelashes a whole bunch of times, I caved.

We purchased a little dog bone cookie cutter and she informed me that we'd be making a double batch so that we could give dog biscuits to all of our furry little friends. 
She is really growing up!  All I basically needed to was stand there and take photos of her! Where did my baby go?  She read the recipe, dug out all the ingredients, measured them out, mixed them, and went from there.  The only thing I had to help with, was the final stir, as the biscuit mixture is crumbly and rubbery.  It all comes together in the end though. 
Somehow, Lucy ended up with flour all over her little face.  Looks like she slaved away in the kitchen, cooking biscuits for her friends!  Don't you just love this photo?  Even if you aren't a huge fan of dogs, she's a pretty cute one right here.

We did the taste test on Lucy to see if she approved.
She loved them, much to the delight of the little chef.

We cut some tags out of cardboard, Ava labeled them, and I tied them to some big mason jars with twine.  I hit the screw-top lids with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and covered the round lid part with some Christmas paper.  The entire thing was easy and fun for both Ava and I.  (However, I never thought I'd post a dog recipe on this blog...)

Christmas Dog Biscuits:  (This is a single batch.  We doubled it to fill three jars.)
2 cups flour (whole wheat recommended) 
1 cup grated cheese (we used parmesan)
2 TBSP melted butter
3/4 cup milk
*Mix all together until well mixed.  (You may need to add some flour and kneed slightly.) Roll out onto lightly floured surface (or heavily floured if your seven year old is helping) and cut with dog bone shaped cookie cutter.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. 


Alicia said...

how fun is that?! we don't have a dog, but we still could give them away :)

Cheryl said...

completely adorable . . . I love how you just let her do most everything on her own . . .

Jewls said...

That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard and those pictures are priceless!

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Love it. When I was dating my husband and we would go to his parents there was a season (like a year or two) when you would walk in and the house would smell AMAZING. Like welcoming with a homemade baking-from-scratch-smell. Well every single time it was dog biscuits. We hated that. But they sure did smell good. Ha.

Thos are some lucky little dogs to be getting such purtty treats.

Kelly said...

Well how cute is that! I love it!

Kelly said...

Oh! I almost forgot. I don't know why I didn't leave this comment on the post the other day but I found this card 2 years ago at a craft fair that has a Santa face stamped on the front and under it says "He knows you when you are sleeping" and then the inside says "That's creepy. Merry Christmas"

I thought you might appreciate that. :) said...

So sweet! I love it!

Transparent Mama said...

Really cute. They need Christmas gifts too. And your girl is adorable.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

What a great idea! I love it. I make my dogs' treats too because she has allergies, but I never thought of a bone cookie cutter!

Seizing My Day said...

Lucy looks adorable with flour on her nose... and I love how happy the chef is! =) this post reminded me of the time I was baking and Merlin ran away with a bag of flour from my cupboard!! My little sweet darlin girl batted her eyes and wished for a puppy for so long we got one too... and I think I "needed" a baby... ha ha! If I could turn back time...*cough*... they are much work those little darling dogs!! I have a fun peanut butter dog bone recipe I want to try... Christmas might be the best time to do so!! now where did I put it??

paige said...

well i sure do love doggies
& that lucy is no exception.
i love that she slaved away in the kitchen
good doggy lucy!
sweet post

Carmen said...

Too cute! Makes me want a little pooch! But...we have lots of kiddos with allergies so our goats and chickens will have to do. I wonder if our goats would like these? Hmm...

Julianne Hendrickson said...

you KNOW I am making these!!! absolutely!!! TOo cute. Love the picture of the flour on Lucy's face :)

Jessabells said...

Oh I know 2 doggies in my household that would love Ava's dog biscuits.
I love teaching my daughter how to cook. I feel I'm passing down family traditions and memories. I also am happy that I am giving her a lesson in healthy eating without her knowing it. She will be less likely to eat at fast food restaurants when she is on her own because she will know how to cook good healthy food.

Jocelyn said...

Seriously the cutest! My little girl would love this...she is our doggie lover of the family. The flour on your pups face is priceless!

Kristin said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! What a fun addition to the holidays.-

hclairec said...

With 4 dogs we have lots of clatter... I need to have my baker daughter make a batch. We also clattered at Lowes last night, while looking for a tree - 24 yr old daughter knocked down the entire row. I think they were ready for us to pick one out and leave

Farmgirl Paints said...

did ya make extra??? perfectly fun thing to SELL!

Val said...

What an adorable post!!!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

They are both adorable! How old is your daughter? Our little one will be 5 in a few months...she thinks she wants a pet but we are not ready just yet.

Between You and Me said...

I am SOOOOOO doing this for our little Max this weekend!!!

Thank you!!!

The pictures are great...your little girl is precious....they do grow up way too fast.

Cindy at Some Really Neat Stuff said...

Oh, your daughter is so cute. How proud you must be of her taking the initiative like that. And she's obviously a very caring person. Love this post. Thanks for sharing.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Go leave a comment that you follow my blog on my blog-You don't need to be a new follower for the extra entry~

Love the doggie biscuits-The flour on his nose is priceless!
Your daughter really has some baking talent! They turned out wonderful looking!


Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Your daughter is awesome! I'm so glad your dog loved the doggie cookies!

Lissa said...

oh my goodness... I wish your daughter knew my Oscar. Those are such a blessing for all who receive them! so very cute and thoughtful!

Cheyenne said...

Oh my! This made my heart extra merry. What a little sweetheart.

Jessie May said...

I have just come across to your blog from Lissa at Humble Pie. Those photos are adorable! Your dog reminds me of my dog Bobby when I was a child. I'll be checking in regularly now.

Kathy said...

Ahh this is so nice -truly a time to rememeber -Now this is what the holidays are about spending time making gifts for others ( esp dogs that truly will appreciate this gift !! :-) )

Courtney Walsh said...

Oh, so fun. I did these last year for our neighbors (not the exact recipe, but homemade dog biscuits!)so cute!! :)

Christina said...

Can people eat those? haha
She is darling.

Natasha said...

I made these for our dogs the other day... oh. my. gosh. He cherishes each cookie; he just loves them so much. He'll walk around the house with it, softly whining, looking for the "perfect" place to eat it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

The Farm-Marm said...

Omgosh! you MUST be my long lost twin! haha Not really, but I do love everything I have read and seen on your post (picked out my new paint colors by the ones you used!) and we have a 3yo black lab named.....Lucie!

Roseanne said...

I would like to now where you got your dog bone cookie cutter from. I would like to have a go at making some for Christmas Present for my friend dogs. I would like to thank Your daughter for the recipe.

CeCelia Ray said...

Absolutely adorable. I'm going to give these gifts this year. Thank you Ava.

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