July 9, 2013

Doggie Oatmeal Cheddar Cookies & 3 Dogs and a Chick Boutique

My sweet pups, Charlie and Dylan always help me out in the kitchen when I am cooking up new recipes for my blog. Dylan, my sweet cocker spaniel, gobbles up any crumbs that fall and if he's lucky I am using fruits and veggies and he gets an apple core (his favorite) or a piece of carrot. Charlie, my chubby picky beagle, really only hangs out in the kitchen if he smells meat or cheese and then he is literally under my legs bumping me until I drop something tasty for him. So since my boys help out so much I figured it was time I made them some homemade dog cookies. Every Christmas I make my boys and my friend's pups my Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Cookies but this time I wanted to try a little something different. Instead of peanut butter I used oatmeal and cheddar cheese and my dogs ate them in five seconds flat! I rolled out the dough and used my dog themed shaped cookie cutters to make different sized fun cookie treats. After sealing about 6 in 8 snack sized Ziploc bags, I labeled them and brought them to my local dog park to hand out to my friends and husband's coworkers at a doggie play date. Hope your pups enjoy these cookies as much as mine did! Please feel free to comment below with any dog cookie recipe ideas of your own!

Ingredients:

Makes approx 4 dozen
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 packet instant chicken bouillon, usually about 1-2 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2.  In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, oil, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix cornmeal, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. 
  4. Add thickened oatmeal mixture. 
  5. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.
  6. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2" thickness. Cut with cookie cutter  and place onto greased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com 
Start with 1 cup rolled oats. 
 

I always keep this ingredient stocked in my pantry. It's not just for breakfast anymore! It's great in desserts such as my Oatmeal Trail Mix Muffin Cookies or to thicken soups and smoothies! Or try oats to crust and fry chicken or fish!
Add boiling water and oil to a bowl of rolled oats to heat and thicken.
Yellow cornmeal and chicken bouillon (I like sodium free) are two other ingredients that give these cookies texture and flavor.
Mix chicken bouillon, cornmeal, milk, cheese, and egg in a mixing bowl and blend well.
Add your thickened oatmeal mix.
Now slowly add your whole wheat flour, a cup at a time, 
until combined and a ball of dough forms.
Knead your dough on a floured surface until not sticky (add more flour if needed).
Roll our your dough until about 1/2 inch thick. Now time to cut out shapes!
I use any dog themed cookie cutters I have, like bones, dogs, and dog houses. I also like to use a small heart and star for more bite size (and small dog friendly) treats.
After baking for about 30 minutes, let cool, then time for a doggie taste test! 
Store in Tupperware or seal in Ziplocs. These make fun gifts for all the pups in your life!
Since this is a dog lovin' post I thought I would share some pics from this awesome dog bakery and boutique I visited when I made a trip back home in Fort Walton Beach, FL last month. Check out their site here: http://www.3dogsandachick.com/. The owner, Nicole, not only stocks this gigantic store with everything your furry friends could ever want but also makes fresh baked treats daily (including dog birthday cakes!) and hosts fun local events like the Dog Easter Egg Hunt we attended a couple years ago!
This store is packed with everything your dog and cat could ever dream of!
I bought Ashton a War Dogs shirt from 3 Dogs and a Chick for Father's Day this year. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts goes to a military dog charity.
Yes, you are seeing this right! Beautifully decorated dog birthday cakes and cookies!
They even have a table of treats set up so you can mix and match what you want and try one of each of her 20+ selections for your pups. My dogs personal fave: BBQ squirrel cookies (squirrel shapes ya'll not the actual animal!). These also have homemade dog ice cream (perfect summertime treat)!
I just love these shaped treats like pirates (for the local Billy Bowlegs festival) and burgers and hot dogs! Next time you're in Fort Walton Beach stop by 3 Dogs and a Chick in the historic downtown shops to check them out for yourself! I bet you can't leave without stocking up on a treat (or 10) for your pup just like I do every time I visit!
 
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