Makes 25 to 30 3-inch-long dog bone–shaped cookies
The winter holidays are connected with peppermint; we enjoy candy canes. The smell of peppermint can though, be very intense in the sensitive nose of a puppy, but these cookies contain just a hint of it.
Ingredients for Dog Peppermint Christmas Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk
1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄3 cup low-sodium chicken bouillon powder
2 large eggs
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon red food coloring or a red dye alternative (optional)
1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint oil flavoring
How to make Dog Peppermint Christmas Cookies :
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the eggs, water, food coloring, and
peppermint; mix well. Then knead the dough for 2 minutes.
3. Form the dough into a ball. Place the ball on a floured breadboard. Roll out to about 1⁄4 inch thick.
4. Cut the dough into shapes, using either Christmas cookie cutters or a dog bone shape.
5. Place the shapes on greased cookie sheets.
6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
7. Take the cookie sheets out of the oven and, using a spatula, flip the cookies over.
Put them back in the oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
8. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.
Crunchier Treats: For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven.
Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.
Treats and tidbits: inedible decorations that look good enough to eat
These hard, inedible homemade decorations can add a personal touch to gifts or stylish decorations for a tree. You can choose cookie cutters appropriate for the occasion — Christmas holiday ones (such as a tree, a star, a bell, or Santa), an Easter bunny, Halloween shapes, or a summer sun. A dog, dog house, or bone shape can make a great gift tag to attach to a tin of dog treats. This is also a great craft idea to share with the children in the family as it’s very easy.
2 cups of flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3⁄4 to 1 cup warm water
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
Mix the flour and salt. Add the vegetable oil and half of the water. Mix well, slowly adding water until the dough has a thick, clay-like consistency. (It may be easiest to mix the dough with your hands.)
Choose cookie cutter shapes and food coloring colors that go with the chosen shapes.
Divide the dough into smaller balls and add 1⁄2 to 1 teaspoon of coloring to each ball — just enough to color the dough the way you want. You may need to add a touch more flour to keep the clay-like consistency.
Roll out the dough, cut out the shapes, and place them on greased cookie sheets. If these will be gift tags or hanging decorations, don’t forget to make a hole for the ribbon or string.
Bake for 1 hour or until the bottoms are golden brown. Turn off the heat and leave in the oven overnight to harden. When cool, these can be used as is, painted, or written on with a permanent marker.