Taste of Central Iowa

A special treat

for Fido

More holiday recipes including one for dogs. I no longer have a dog but I have a friend who has more than one and claims her dogs love her homemade doggie biscuits. Maybe Santa’s reindeer might like them, too.

Holiday Date Nut Balls

1/2 c. butter

1-1/2 c. cut pitted dates

1/3 c. chopped maraschino cherries

3/4 c. sugar

3 c. Rice Krispies cereal

1 c. chopped nuts

Combine butter, dates, cherries and sugar in medium saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture become a smooth, soft paste. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies and nuts. Mix thoroughly. Drop by level tablespoon onto waxed paper, or buttered baking sheet. Shape into balls. Let stand until cool.

Pumpkin Fudge

3/4 c. butter

3 c. sugar

2/3 c. evaporated milk

1/2 c. canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 c. butterscotch or white chocolate chips

7 oz. jar marshmallow cream

1 c. chopped toasted almonds or desired nuts

1 tsp. vanilla

Line a 9- by 9 inc- pan with aluminum buttered foil, and set aside.

In heavy saucepan, combine first 5 ingredients; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Continue boiling until mixture reaches 234 degrees on candy thermometer. Remove from heat; stir in butter scotch chips and marshmallow cream until melted and smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. cool completely, cut into squares. For easier cutting lift out the foil from the pan, peel off and cut fudge.

Homemade Doggie Biscuits

4-1/2 c. flour

1-1/3 c. cornmeal

6 Tbls. peanut butter

1 c. applesauce

2 eggs

1/2 c. milk

1/4 c. sunflower or sesame seeds, optional

1 egg for basting

Mix all the dry ingredients. Add peanut butter, milk, eggs, and applesauce. Mix well until dough is firm. Let stand for 15-20 minutes. While waiting, set oven at 350 degrees.

Roll out dough on floured surface to a 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Baste with egg and then sprinkle with seeds (if desired). Bake 30-40 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes approximately four dozen biscuits, depending on the size you cut them.