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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Cookies

In case you have waited to the absolute last minute to do your Holiday baking, here are too super easy cookie recipes, one for canines and one for humans that you can whip up in a jiffy.  The first our pup friendly thumb print cookies from Doggie Dessert Chef  I made just a few changes to the recipe.

Peanut Butter and Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies for Pups

  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple butter (I choose to use a sugar free Apple Butter rather then jam because its made of nothing but apples, so there is no risk of too much sugar or any grape juice, which can be toxic to dogs and is in many jams.)

 Preheat oven to 325.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour, oats, and cinnamon in a large bowl.   In a microwave safe bowl or large glass measuring cup stir together the peanut butter, water, and chicken broth.  Microwave for 30 seconds and stir together again to combine.  Add the peanut butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine.  Remove table spoon amounts of the doll, roll into balls, and then flatten slightly and make an indentation with your thumb.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Turn off the oven and allow to cool completely inside the oven.   After cookies are cool spoon apple butter into each indentation.

The second cookies are for people and are a tastier version of the classic Rice Krispie treats from the Smitten Kitchen.  They are super delicious and you can get the ingredients at any corner store.  The only change I made was to add decorative green sugar to make them Christmassey.

Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
  • heaping 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt 
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies, about a half of a box
  • 1 tbsp sparkling green sugar
Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.   Melt the butter over low heat in a large sauce pan.  Watch the butter very carefully it will melt, foam, turn golden, and then turn brown and start to smell nutty.  Stir frequently and remove from the heat as soon as it turns nutty.  Stir in the marshmallows and stir until they melt.  (You can reheat it over very low heat if they won't melt. ) Stir in the Rice Krispies and the salt and the sparkling green sugar.  Spoon into the prepared pan and allow to cool.  

I  bagged up the dog cookies, after giving one to each pup, and they will be gifts for their doggie cousins.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Mmm your babies are so lucky to have home made cookies! They look delicious!!

  2. Mom baked this weekend with two of the granddaughters. We will have to post about some of the easy things they made.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  3. Those look very yummy. I like your tablecloth and vintage Santa card. Weasley is so cute waiting for to taste one of those.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. ONE to each pup? We hope you kept a supply at home for them. After all, charity begins at home--that's our opinion anyway.

    Have a great Christmas!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  5. Wishing you and the family a happy holiday, a merry Christmas. We hope the day brings you joy. Have fun and lots of treats.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Merry Christmas to everyone at the Urban Hounds / Retro Rover headquarters! :)

    Your recipes always make my mouth water. STAY WARM!!!


  7. Merry Christmas!

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney


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