Saturday, December 3, 2011

Food For Fido


Did I mention that I am a girl scout leader?  Well, if you're looking for some adventure, I would highly recommend it!!  Wednesday night 11 Daisy Girl Scouts descended on our house to complete the 'last leg' of their Three Cheers for Animals Journey, which involved baking dog biscuits to donate to the new aminal shelter being built in our town!  In preparation, I spent hours on Pinterest researched dog treat recipes and found a couple that I thought might work for my tiny hands.  However, I ended up modifying both recipes for time and/or ease of preparation and came up with these - both have been kid tested and puppy approved (Snacks seemed to enjoy them too)!!!
Daisies Dog Treats

1 C unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 C oatmeal (NOT quick cook or instant)
2 ½ - 3 cups whole wheat flour
Almond bark or white candy morsels (NO chocolate for dogs)

Katie's Cookies

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 C creamy organic peanut butter
1 C water
2 1/2 -3 C whole wheat flour


Gather your ingredients.  For about $10 we made DOZENS of dog treats!
Measure and pour into a large mixing bowl.  The dough comes out thick so a stand mixer helps!

Roll out your dough to 1/4" thickness between two sheets of waxed paper.
Cut into desired shapes - Aren't our cookie cutters cute?!
Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Let cool completely.  Dip in melted almond bark to decorate if desired.  Remember - no chocolate!

A vaccum sealer is a great way to store your treats and keep them fresh!  Otherwise they need to be refrigerated or frozen.

Daisy Troop 26284 at your service - WOOF!

Tips for doing your own shelter pet project:
  1. Divide the girls into stations.  We had four:  Mixing, cutting, decorating and bagging.
  2. Make AT LEAST one batch of cookies in advance so all girls have something to do from the start.
  3. Use a timer to rotate girls, rather than waiting for completed activities at each station.
  4. Have plenty of moms on hand to help at each station.
  5. Budget time for clean-up.
  6. HAVE FUN!

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