Crafty Crafterson, Part Two

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Durel and I both come from families of serious dog-loving people.  Our canine buddies are indispensable parts of our families.  Love them and their furry little selves to bits.

This means that it made perfect sense for me to undertake a homemade doggie gift for Christmas this year.  As I contemplated the gift boxes that I would be sending to my siblings and the presents I would be giving in person, I thought it would be *so cool* to also have a present for the dogs!  Pinterest was more than happy to oblige this thought, as Pinterest is so helpful that way.  I decided to make adorable little jars of dog biscuits.  And I was off.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

The recipe I chose was simple.  I had perused some that had longer lists of ingredients, but ultimately just went with what sounded good and delish.

1 cup oats
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
1 cup hot water



Mix.  Knead into dough.  Roll out.  Cut with cookie cutters.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.  Keep an eye on them.  Let cool.  (If you want to get fancy, brush the tops with an egg wash before baking.)



I tinkered with the ratios a bit.  I found that I needed more hot water to get the dough to a good consistency, and then I floured the hell out of my rolling surface as I rolled out the dough.  That's just what worked for me.  The recipe I found said to bake these for 45 minutes, which would have been far too long for me.  Perhaps I rolled my dough thinner than they did - who knows?  Long story short, these are easy.  When the dough is doughy, you're good.  When they look done, they are.  

Here is the problem that I encountered with this situation.  If you plan to make jars of homemade dog biscuits for a lot of people, that is a lot of biscuits.  If you need to make a lot of biscuits, that takes a lot of time.  If you are me, you do not realize this until you are way too far in to stop.

The dogs that benefit from my diligence are, in no particular order:  Zooey and Oscar (Delaware); Schatzi (Albuquerque); Louie and Charlie (Austin); Honey (Austin); Britney (Austin), and Pablo and Lucy (my house).  Pablo and Lucy weren't even supposed to receive these, per se, but they got the slightly burnt or misshapen ones, which they think taste just fine.



Zooey and Oscar are big dogs, so they got big bones.  My dogs are big, and they are eating the detritus.  The rest of these dogs, all five of them, are small.  That means I made small biscuits.  That means I cut more shapes, moved more dough, spatula-ed more little bones to the cooling rack.  Can you tell this was time-consuming?

End rant.

To finish the project:
-- Buy cute jars.
-- Buy cute ribbon.
-- Assemble.
-- Make your doggie friends very happy.


Wag wag to all the good things,
Heather

4 comments:

  1. Schatzi has been enjoying her peanut butter biscuits in the evening for her treat. She says thank you very much!

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  2. Love this! Thanks for disclosing the time consumption factor. I've considered this project a few times, and wondered how long it would actually take. Such adorable presentation for yummy puppy treats!

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  3. These projects always seem so much easier at the get go! I think it is super awesome that you spoiled the pups. Just don't think about the ratio of the time it took you to bake one to the time it took a pup to devour one. Really, don't think about it!

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  4. Those came out beautifully. Well done!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Crafty Crafterson, Part Two

Durel and I both come from families of serious dog-loving people.  Our canine buddies are indispensable parts of our families.  Love them and their furry little selves to bits.

This means that it made perfect sense for me to undertake a homemade doggie gift for Christmas this year.  As I contemplated the gift boxes that I would be sending to my siblings and the presents I would be giving in person, I thought it would be *so cool* to also have a present for the dogs!  Pinterest was more than happy to oblige this thought, as Pinterest is so helpful that way.  I decided to make adorable little jars of dog biscuits.  And I was off.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

The recipe I chose was simple.  I had perused some that had longer lists of ingredients, but ultimately just went with what sounded good and delish.

1 cup oats
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
1 cup hot water



Mix.  Knead into dough.  Roll out.  Cut with cookie cutters.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.  Keep an eye on them.  Let cool.  (If you want to get fancy, brush the tops with an egg wash before baking.)



I tinkered with the ratios a bit.  I found that I needed more hot water to get the dough to a good consistency, and then I floured the hell out of my rolling surface as I rolled out the dough.  That's just what worked for me.  The recipe I found said to bake these for 45 minutes, which would have been far too long for me.  Perhaps I rolled my dough thinner than they did - who knows?  Long story short, these are easy.  When the dough is doughy, you're good.  When they look done, they are.  

Here is the problem that I encountered with this situation.  If you plan to make jars of homemade dog biscuits for a lot of people, that is a lot of biscuits.  If you need to make a lot of biscuits, that takes a lot of time.  If you are me, you do not realize this until you are way too far in to stop.

The dogs that benefit from my diligence are, in no particular order:  Zooey and Oscar (Delaware); Schatzi (Albuquerque); Louie and Charlie (Austin); Honey (Austin); Britney (Austin), and Pablo and Lucy (my house).  Pablo and Lucy weren't even supposed to receive these, per se, but they got the slightly burnt or misshapen ones, which they think taste just fine.



Zooey and Oscar are big dogs, so they got big bones.  My dogs are big, and they are eating the detritus.  The rest of these dogs, all five of them, are small.  That means I made small biscuits.  That means I cut more shapes, moved more dough, spatula-ed more little bones to the cooling rack.  Can you tell this was time-consuming?

End rant.

To finish the project:
-- Buy cute jars.
-- Buy cute ribbon.
-- Assemble.
-- Make your doggie friends very happy.


Wag wag to all the good things,
Heather
 
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