Christmas Sausage Cookies (for Dogs)
December 14, 2010
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Once upon a time, not too long ago, I was on my way out the door of my apartment, when I saw two young kids with a puppy. It turns out they’d found her abandoned in the park across the street. She gave me one look with her German Shepard black lined eyes and I, of course immediately fell in love. We called animal care and control, filed a report, searched craiglist and the neighborhood for signs that she’d run away or gotten lost but as it turned out she was abandoned. Its pretty sad when you think about the strays and abandoned animals who need good loving homes. My cat is also a stray from the park who I found late one night crying outside my apartment. I like to think I didn’t find them, Minnie my cat and Billie, my dog, but that they found me.
So this week as a nice favor to my lovely boyfriend, a constant supporter to all my cake endeavours and all eccentric endeavours not cake related of course, I’ve got Billie with me in the city where we found her last summer. She visits often on weekends but typically lives upstate with my boyfriend who also couldn’t bare to bring her to a shelter after we found her. Having a dog is hard, early walks, giving up lunch breaks to take her out– in the rain, the snow, the biting cold, but one look at her Maybelline eyes and you can’t resist, so I’m happy to have another roommate this week, though my cat is not sooo pleased.
So heres a little holiday treat for puppy girls like Billie. Ever go into a store that carries a full variety of Bob’s Red Mill products and wonder Who in the World could possible use all that flour?
I’ve been perplexed by this question and this: what in the world is Spelt Flour anyway? It turns out you’ll need a little variety in your ground grain reperatoire with these puppy treats. My dog makes me incredibly happy, even though she is still a puppy and has her moments of absolute zaney off the wall bonkers craziness, shes a sweetie. And thankfully she is not totally food obsessed. She does her fair share of begging, and she does love treats, especially these. I think I have 2 buried in my couch currently– she likes to save her treats for later.
From Baking for Your Dog by Ingeborg Pils
9 oz whole grain Rye flour
3 1/2 oz rolled oats
1 oz lard
3 1/2 oz sausage meat
6 fluid oz water
Mix ingredients to form a dough. I added some bacon left over from breakfast the day before, I also opted to use the bacon grease left from breakfast instead of throwing it away. I should also mention that I didn’t use all the water, it just made he dough too gummy, so I suggest 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the refridgerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven for 320 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
On a floured surface roll our to 1/2 ” thickness cut out shapes with cookie cutters (dog bones came with the recipe book). I cut mine a bit thinner, closer to 1/4 of an inch. I used the rye flour to flour the surface, it adds a bit of texture. Make Place on cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Turn off oven and let dry within oven. Cookies will brown slightly on the bottom. I flipped the cookies after cooking and then allowed them to dry.
These cookies are good because the aren’t super greasy, though they have a meaty flavor. Billie loves bacon and sausage, however she likes to bury her treats when she gets them, making for some greasy pillows and cushions if I don’t watch her. These cookies are somewhat dry so if your dog is like Billie, you have little worry about. Store in cookie tin. Treat will keep for 2 weeks.