Pretzel Hershey Kiss M&M Quick Treats

295757_366398673449765_1321707704_nWho doesn’t like easy – quick – delicious and very pleasing to the eye?

The hardest thing about this is to locate circle pretzels which took a look at three different stores before I found them at Target. I also purchased Hershey Kisses and red and green M&M’s.

I placed the circle pretzels out on a cookie tin and put on as many as would fit. I then unwrapped Hershey Kisses and placed one in each circle. I then put then in a preheated over on 200 degrees for about four minutes. You are done when you can push the Hershey Kiss down.

I then placed one M&M down on the top of the Hershey Kiss and used the back of a spoon to press it all the way down. Then I let them cool.

You are done – so cool and delicious that i now need to make more – opps!

Home Made Doggie Bisquits

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These are a healthier choice for your doggie -doggie treats bought from a store are usually sent here from a foreign country that has no standards for what is put into the treats. Home made allows you to know what has been put into the recipe to keep your doggie from having chemicals and unhealthy leftovers from the processing of animal meat.

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

Pumpkin Seeds Health Benefit

Don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds – Save them! They are full of nutritional value and provide some great health benefits. Scoop them all out and separate them from pulp. Strain with warm water to process the rest of the pulp away from seeds. Spread in dry cookie sheet still wet and sprinkle with seasonings. Salt can be fine (or bake them with none which makes for a great salad topping or use on top of casseroles. Try popcorn seasonings like ranch and cheddar cheese or go simple with no sodium garlic powder and onion powder. Bake at 350 until the tops are getting slightly golden in color. Do your best to flip them all and toast on the other side until golden in color. If you would like a bit of “fried” taste spray lightly with a spray olive oil and then season before baking. Cool before placing into a storage container and don’t forget to eat some while they are hot. Has a great butty flavor that is good by itself or added to other food.

Bacon Cookies

Making cookies is always so much fun but at times it seems I really don’t want to roll dough, use cookie cutters and just do the same ole same ole which always makes such a mess.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar cookies recipe or pre made cookie dough works
  • Various food colorings coming close to maroon, beige and pink
  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar dyed black (to look like pepper for the edges)
  • Meringue powder
  • Small paintbrush
  • Wooden skewers to fit the width of your cookie sheet
  • A cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper

1.Use wooden skewers and put lengthways across the cookie sheet . This will give the cookies a realistic appearance.

2. Divide the cookie dough into 3 balls – two larger and one smaller. Dye the smaller dough ball a dark red. Dye one of the larger dough balls a beige color and dye the other large dough ball a pink red. Put the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Once your dough is cold, start building your block of dough. Since we want to cut these cookies, you want the side view to look like a slice of bacon.

3. Take the darkest color of dough and place it on some plastic wrap, and make some funky shapes with it. If you ever look at bacon and study the colors you will notice the darkest meat of the bacon is usually concentrated to one side. Then add some of the beige dough and the pink dough in the random layers. Then back in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

4. Uncover the dough and  cut the rest of the slices. Cover the skewers with parchment paper. Lay the slices on the cookie sheet, on top of the dowels.

5. Bake your cookies according to your recipe’s instructions taking note that the thickness of your cookies can change the time frame you need to bake them for. Allow cookies to cool.

6. Use brown and black colored sugars (readily available in stores) and place in bowl. Use meringue powder slightly damped with water and brush the edge of each cookie and just touch the cookies edge to the sugar.