Have you heard the saying “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? Well, that may be true for some, but I’d argue if you’ve got a friend or family member with a pet, a thoughtful gift for their dog or cat might trump just about anything you could feed them. At least that’s true for us and our dog Katie!
Katie is our furry family member. Here’s a picture of her with my son and me on our holiday card this year.
She’s our six-year old glorified mutt, and I love to say “she’s a big part of our small family.” She’s sweet, adorable, and incredibly low maintenance. And more than anything else, nobody does unconditional love better than Katie!
So when it comes to holiday baking, even Katie gets a little treat. I bake up a batch of Peanut Butter Whole Wheat dog biscuits, and we set aside some for our girl and give a bunch away to our friends and family members who have dogs. Of course we use the best ingredients around to make these biscuits, but let’s not fool ourselves … they’re still treats. And while wheat in small amounts isn’t harmful to dogs, it’s not necessarily good for them either… so one batch of little treats goes a long way. 🙂
Interested in baking up a batch for your dog and sharing it as gifts? Here’s the recipe we use from King Arthur Flour’s website.Print
Do you ever make any homemade treats for your dog or cat? If so, what are they? I’d love to hear if other folks are as crazy about their pets as we are, and if they have any great ideas for an occasional treat. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Wishing you and all your family the very best this holiday season!
Kitchen Resources and Tips:
- Cookie cutters of all different shapes make these dog biscuits even more fun. To make sure the recipient knows they’re dog biscuits, I label them and always include some dog bone shaped biscuits. I also think including some hearts and stars make the gift extra special and the smallest cutters in these sets is the perfect size!
- A high quality baking sheet is indispensable in the kitchen. Here’s one from NordicWare that’s similar to what I have.
- If you’ve never baked with parchment paper, you should definitely give it a try. It’s so simple to use, and it makes clean-up a breeze. Here’s an unbleached parchment paper that is Green Seal Certified.