Katie Marsico’s MMMMouthwatering Happy Heart Biscuits

January 26, 2011 by Tails Magazine in February 2011, Food, Fun Stuff, Home with 0 Comments

DIY Recipe

Believe it or not, you have the power to give your beloved pooch a sweet Valentine’s Day treat that will go straight from your oven to his heart—and belly, of course. (And, let’s lay out all our cards here: Most of us could definitely amp up the February 14 charm after all those years of scolding Fido about sniffing the tempting 2-pound boxes of chocolates that litter our homes this time of year). You don’t have to be a Julia Child to churn out a batch of heart-shaped puppy biscuits that will make your dog’s mouth water. So, preheat the stove and take a peek at the following directions for a do-it-yourself Tails special that is certain to please everyone from your Collie to Cupid!

Easy Ingredients

Keeping in mind that we all have varying levels of culinary ability, my humble advice (as more a nuke-it than cook-it type of chef) is to go with the recipe for dog cookies that makes you most comfortable. For some yummy heart-shaped love on a cookie sheet, set aside the items listed below:

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour

Tips and Safety Messages

Be sure to grab two mixing bowls, measuring spoons, a measuring cup, a mixing spoon, an eggbeater, one or two baking sheets (preferably large), a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a spatula, and a butter knife. If you have little people around, grab them, too! This is a great DIY activity for you to try out with your kids. One final and extremely important note that should be heeded before you tie on your apron: Be wary of creative substitutions when it comes to ingredients. Certain foods and spices can be toxic to pets. (For more nutrition tips for your pets, check out Tails Guide to Everything Pet at TailsInc.com). There are varying schools of thought on minimal amounts of salt, which the original recipe at Cooks.com called for. As my family isn’t big on salt to begin with, however, I omitted it from my cookies and can attest that my pups didn’t seem to mind. In any case, once you have taken the appropriate cooking precautions, roll up your sleeves and get down to business!

Let’s Get Cookin’

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Place 1/3 cup of butter in a mixing bowl.
  3. Boil 3/4 cup of hot water and pour it over the butter.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup of powdered milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  5. Beat an egg in a separate bowl and then add it to the mix, along with 3 cups of whole-wheat flour.
  6. Knead the mixture for four to five minutes. Don’t be afraid to stir in additional flour if necessary to make the cookie dough stiff.
  7. Roll the dough onto a flat surface such as a clean countertop, tabletop, or a baking sheet (separate from the one you’ll ultimately place in your oven). The dough should stand about 1/2-inch thick.
  8. Cut the dough with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and then use a spatula to transfer approximately 9 to 12 dough hearts onto a lightly greased baking sheet. An alternative is to spoon 9 to 12 dough balls directly onto the greased baking sheet and use a flat knife or your fingers to mold them into heart shapes. (Both methods work fairly well, and, as a confessed novice when it comes to cooking and crafts, I found the first option remarkably easy—and fun for my kids!)
  9. Place the baking sheet in your oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  10. Allow your cookies to cool for 10 to 20 minutes after baking.
  11. Give your faithful four-footed companion a sampling of your heartfelt culinary efforts, as well as an extra-sloppy
  12. Valentine’s Day smooch. Then reward yourself for all your hard work in the kitchen with a few chocolates from that 2-pound box that’s been taking up space on your counter!

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