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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tasty Tuesday Pinterest Experiment

So this morning my husband, who frequently works from home, showered, shaved, put on one of his good suits and business ties, and went to the office, "and I'm not sure what time I'll be home". Meetings.

As soon as he was safely out of the driveway I brought up my Pinterest boards.

A whole day to experiment sans audience/assistance! Now all you science types muttering that experiments are collaborative, don't hate. In a lab no one is saying, "Why the heck are you bothering to make cookies into shapes FOR THE DOG??" accompanied by head-shaking and falling-down-on-the-floor laughter.

Yes, off to my Pinterest board called "For My Dog". Obvious names can be useful. I had no problem finding that website from months ago called The Top Ten Homemade Dog Treat Recipes. A doglover called Turtlewoman generously shared her recipes on Hub Pages: click here to see her page.

I selected the Kiss Me Cookies. (I'm hoping they work on dog breath as advertised.) I made a half batch for the simple reason that I only had one egg in the house. I thought I had nonfat dry milk; when I discovered I didn't, I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the water.

Before mixing - I loved being able to run outside for fresh parsley!

I don't have dog cookie cutters so shamrocks will have to do. I don't think Toby will mind. Incidentally, this dough was some of the easiest to roll and cut that I've ever used. Mixing the dough with hands would be great fun for the grandkids!

Turns out I had an audience the entire time after all!

Or perhaps he's the cheering squad.

Kiss Me Cookies 
From Turtlewoman at HubPages
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes (or 2 tbl fresh chopped parsley)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water (+2 more tablespoons if dough is too dry)
  • 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Preheat oven to 300° F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add water and peanut butter. Gently combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  • Knead with your hands until you have a smooth ball of dough. 
  • Take a rolling pin and flatten out the dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut out fun shapes. 
  • Make sure you're using a non-stick baking sheet or spray it with PAM.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden. If you want the dog treats to be softer, take them out 10 minutes earlier. 

*If you want a "shinier look," you can also brush a thin coat of egg whites on the cookies before baking them.

While waiting for them to bake I carried out Pinterest Experiment #2...
Just kidding - this took a lot longer than 30 min. I have a whole stack of old National Geographic maps to play with.

Cookies Done - Yum!


Molly The Wally said...

Chuck one over here. Yummy. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

24 Paws of Love said...

In a lab no one is saying, "Why the heck are you bothering to make cookies into shapes FOR THE DOG??" accompanied by head-shaking and falling-down-on-the-floor laughter.

That was great! Thank you for the giggles!

Enjoy Toby!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Toby waited patiently. I bet it smells good because of the parsley. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Kirby the Dorkie said...

I think Toby is your sous chef. I get you on Pinterest - one of my addictive pleasures! The lamp looks amazing.

tubby3pug said...

Pinterest is great isnt it? Im very impressed with your efforts and Im sure Toby is too

urban hounds

Jeanne Pursell said...

Looks SOOOOOO good! Thanks for popping over and giving us some great tips! Toby is just adorable! Xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

houndstooth said...

I see Bunny frantically waving at me to write this one down and pin it for future trial!

I love that you waited for hubby to be gone so you could do the experiment. Perhaps you need to come up with a list you need him to run out for from time to time!

Ann Staub said...

They look great! I'm sure the dogs don't care if they are shaped like shamrocks anyways. Parsley is supposed to be a natural breath freshener.

clowiescorner said...

They look delicious! It's so nice of Toby to help you.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

They look yummy, will have to try those!

Elyse and Riley said...

So I'm guessing Toby like the treats?? They look like flat little shamrock shaped turkey meatballs (which makes me want turkey meatballs!!). :)

I try not to get too sucked into Pinterest, because I know I'd spend entirely too much time on the projects (or just "Pinning" things all day).

Love that idea for the lamp!

Elyse (and Riley)

Lauren Casper said...

I love the map lamp!!!! Now I have to find it on your pinterest so I can make one myself!!!

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