Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The famous "teets!" (treats)

Can you find the treats on top of the fridge? If not, Q can show you EXACTLY where they are! I started making my own dog treats to save some $$ and also because my daughter munches on them as she feeds the dog, and I wanted to know what ingredients she ingests. I love this simple, cheap recipe. And you can omit the wheat germ or brewer's yeast if you want. Brewer's yeast is supposed to help prevent fleas in you might want to include it after all! You can buy it in the baking area at the grocer's.

This is a great cook-together activity for you and your kiddos!

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.

In large bow stir together:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brewer's yeast
2 T. peanut butter
1 c. chicken stock/broth

(if you leave out either the wheat germ or brewer's yeast you will have to add more flour to get the right consistency.)

Once it is stirred together, it should be the consistency of a stiff sugar cookie dough. I always have to add more water to mine--I add tablespoons of water until it's a consistancy I can form into a large ball.

On floured cutting board, roll out (using rolling pin dusted with flour) to about 1/4 inch thick.

With small cookie cutter dipped in flour, cut out shapes. Transfer onto greased cookie sheets. You can put them very close together because they don't rise at all.

Bake in oven for about 20 minutes (or until you can see bottoms browning). Remove from oven, flip over, and bake another 10ish minutes, until both sides are brown. The first time you make them stay close to your oven and check them several times to determine the correct cook time for your oven. It is better for them to get browner than you think is necessary, because you want them crisp.

Once they are done, turn off oven and let them rest in unheated oven for 3-4 hours (I usually leave them in overnight) to finish hardening. Transfer to jar. Store in refrigerator. Can be frozen.

Q gives Alie 5 treats (we count them out together into a little cup each day) every morning after breakfast. This is beginning to teach her routine and also how our days are boundaried by time (treats come after breakfast, which is in the morning). She also practices counting, following directions (she gets out a cup for the treats and puts it away) and sharing. ;)
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