Striped Peppermint Christmas Canes Dog Treats

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Makes 20 to 30 3-inch canes

At this time of year, we are still so busy baking all manner of Christmas treats for our loved ones (and Santa) to enjoy, that we always neglect to bake up a batch of Christmas cookies for members of our furry family. 

They deserve as much of a special holiday treat as anybody else… particularly if they have to put up with a 4-year-old dressing them up on a regular basis like reindeers.

Every few months, we continue to make tasty homemade dog treats for our pups.

This dog treats need just a couple of parts, including two of the very favourites of our pets… Peppermint oil and chicken.

This is a fun recipe to make — it will really get you into the holiday spirit.

Ingredients for Striped Peppermint Christmas Canes Dog Treats

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 Striped Peppermint Christmas Canes Dog Treats

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the eggs and water; mix well.

Then knead the dough for 2 minutes.

3. Form the dough into two balls. Set one aside.

4. Slightly flatten the remaining dough ball on a breadboard and make an indentation in the top of it. Drop the food coloring and peppermint into the indentation and then knead the dough again, mixing the new ingredients throughout the dough. (Use gloves if you’re concerned about your hands taking on some of the food coloring.)

5. When the dough is well kneaded, divide it into numerous walnut-size balls.

6. Divide the ball of dough that was set aside into walnut-size balls, too. Keep the two types of dough separate.

7. Roll one piece of peppermint dough on the floured breadboard until it becomes a long, narrow piece of dough. Do the same with a piece of the plain dough.

8. Twist together the two rolled-out pieces of dough and bend one end so that the twisted dough looks like a candy cane. Trim the ends evenly and place on a greased cookie sheet. Repeat until you have used up all the dough.

9. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms turn golden brown.

10. 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.

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