12 Posts of Christmas

12 Posts of Christmas – Beefy Cheddar Puppy Treats

On the 3rd day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me,
Beefy Cheddar Puppy Treats,
Two Yeg Foodie Dates,
And Another Champagne Cocktail Just For Me!

Hmmm…doesn’t quite work does it? Today’s recipe totally took me out of my comfort zone. I did not grow up with a dog, due to family allergies, and despite the fact that about once a year I decide I want to be a “puppy mommy,” I am not sure I am cut out to be a dog owner at this stage in my life. As much as I love the idea of a cute little puppy waiting at home for me, not only am I pretty sure that allergies would end up being a problem, but I am quite busy right now and if I was going to be a dog owner, I would want to be a really good dog owner and not half ass it.

Many of my friends, however, have wonderful dogs and I know that these pups end up being a part of the family. So, why not include a recipe for a holiday treat for the furry members of the family? I made these treats especially for my friend Amanda’s dogs, two crazy cute Yorkies, Tango and Maggie. Amanda is an amazing friend who helped me paint my condo before I moved in. And when I say helped, I mean she was pretty much the Foreman, Lead Painter, Teacher, Inspector and Motivator, all wrapped into one. I am so grateful for her help and one of the ways I wanted to say thank you, was to make a treat for her “fur babies”.

Puppy treats

Beef and Cheddar Puppy Treats

I found this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker, one of my favourite baking blogs, and it seemed like a good place to start. Although, let’s be honest here, what do I really know about what dogs like to eat?

Beefy Cheddar Puppy Treats

– 1 cup rolled oats
– 1/3 cup unsalted butter (about 5 and 1/3 tablespoons), cut into pieces
– 1 cup boiling water
– ¾ cup cornmeal
– 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
– 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules or beef bovril
– ½ cup milk
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 egg
– 3 cups whole wheat flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, pour the boiling water over the oats and butter. Stir briefly and let stand for 10 minutes.
Pouring hot water into oatmeal and buter

3. Add the cornmeal, sugar, beef bovril, milk, cheese, and egg to the bowl; mix well. Stir in the whole wheat flour, one cup at a time, until a stiff dough as formed.

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead, adding additional flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.

5. Divide the dough in half. Working with one half at a time, roll the dough out with a rolling pin to ½-inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter and space evenly on the prepared baking sheets. Re-roll the remaining dough scraps and continue cutting until all the dough as been used.

Cutting out the bones
Ready for the oven
6. Bake 35-45 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Beef and Cheddar Puppy Treats

As you can see, I currently don’t have a rolling pin, and as it’s fairly close to Christmas, I was advised to maybe not to buy one for myself. Therefore I had to make do with something else. An empty wine bottle! Classy, right?

I really had no clue how these little puppy treats were going to turn out. The dough mixture was really not appealing to me at all, but clearly I’m not the target audience, so the verdict would lay with the Yorkies. Amanda said her dogs really liked the treats and the reviews were also positive from a couple other friends, whom I shared a few treats with! Success! I guess maybe I do know a thing or two about what dogs like to eat after all. 🙂

Happy Wednesday!


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