I realize that Thanksgiving is practically tomorrow, and I really should be sharing more yumminess for the occasion, but a bigger occasion is taking place in our family tomorrow. Tomorrow is our four-legged baby’s birthday!
Yes, we really do think that Loki’s birthday is a bigger deal than Thanksgiving. Just like my birthday trumps Valentine’s Day (duh), the Hubster’s overshadows Easter (but only sometimes, since Easter is all weird and jumps around the calendar), and the kiddo’s birthday would be way more importante than a holiday…if it were near one. But it isn’t. So…that’s how special HIS day is!
I’ve talked about Loki on here before, but not a whole lot. The extent of my love for him has been kept in check, for the most part, but I think it’s about time that you all know that he might as well be human, I love him that much.
The whole family adores Loki. He’s our boy’s brother, and our other child.
Yep. We’re THOSE people.
We always make him a birthday treat, and buy him fun gifts…and even wrap them.
Of course, this year is no exception.
We got him his gifts, and I made him his treats.
Since I got him treats as gifts, too, I decided that the homemade treats had to be different. His store bought treats are a meat filled treat, and a peanut butter chicken cookie, so the homemade yummies are cheeeeeesy.
Once the cookie dough was all mixed up, I just lightly sprayed the pan with non-stick cooking spray and pressed the dough into the bone molds.
Admittedly, these are a little big for our little Loki, but they’re so dang cute, it doesn’t even matter. Plus, he’d eat the whole thing if I let him anyway.
This recipe makes excellent regular cookies, too. Just roll the dough out about three-eigths of an inch thick. I like it on the thin side, because the cookies bake a little better this way. The thicker they are, the longer the have to bake, so these only take about 25 minutes.
Everytime I make homemade cookies for Loki, he goes bonkers for them. It always makes me really happy, because I know they’re way healthier for him, and they are the easiest things EVER to make. Really. Mix, cut, bake, done. If you have furry babies that you want to make a special treat for, then these are a cinch, and they’ll love them. And who says this isn’t still a Thanksgiving post? Our puppies gotta have their holiday treats, too (see? they’re Autumn shaped and everything)! Enjoy!
Cheddar Cheesy Dog Biscuits [Printable Recipe]
Makes 4 to 5 dozen (depending on size and thickness)
1 1/2 cups (240 grams) brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups (135 grams) oat flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cups shredded parmesan, or similar, cheese
1 cup (250 ml) water or chicken broth
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir in the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined. Roll out small batches of the dough to about 3/8 of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Place cookies about a 1/2-inch apart (they will not spread very much) on a a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat mats. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until firm and the edges are golden brown.
Recipe by Darla