Holiday Homemade Cheer – Baking Version

The holiday season is in full steam ahead mode! Not to mention we now begin the lengthening of days (hello winter!). Use this newfound enthusiasm to crack open the oven and pop in some home made treats for the dogs in your life. (last 3 recipes courtesy of  www.petplace.com)

Rachel’s Oatmeal Go-Bananas Training Treats
3-4 large eggs
1/3 cup canola corn oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 blackstrap molasses
1 cup skim milk
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3 – 5 cups oatmeal
3 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with Crisco.
Place the eggs, oil, honey, molasses, milk and mashed bananas in a bowl and mix with a blender. Add the flour and oatmeal and mix until it has the consistency of cake mix. Let the dogs lick the spatula and bowl!
Spread into the prepared pan and bake 1 hour. Turn off oven, let the treats sit in there until oven cools. Turn onto counter or cutting board. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut into whatever shapes suit your fancy or break into pieces. Dogs don’t care! Keep refrigerated; store unused in freezer.

Noel Nibbles

2 tablespoons honey
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cups white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened chunky applesauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix together honey, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add water, applesauce and egg and stir, mixing well. Add nuts. Spoon into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup two-thirds full. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on a rack and store in sealed container. Makes 16 muffins.

Festive Holiday Cookies

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups water
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, egg, peanut butter, vanilla and water. Mix well. Add flours, corn meal, oats and peanuts and mix well to form a dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until thoroughly mixed together. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes. Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on rack. Makes 30 cookies.

New Year Delights

2 tablespoons honey
2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened chunky applesauce
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup dried apple chips
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix together honey, water, applesauce, vanilla and egg. Add flour, apple chips, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix thoroughly, scraping sides and bottom of bowl to be sure no dry mixture is left. Spoon into greased muffin pans so that each cup is three-quarters full and bake for approximately 1 hour until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container. Makes 12 muffins.

 

Hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for frozen versions of holiday treats….