In another attempt to find a doggie treat that Dexter will like... this time with the little girl helping me out (I sure hope she doesn't get tired of helping me...)
I found a recipe in one of my doggie cookbooks and made some major adjustments. The original recipe called for ground beef and diced carrots. While Dexter likes carrots, he can't have beef - for some reason beef makes him ill, seriously so. The last time (years ago) that we made the mistake of giving him beef, he was hospitalized for a week and the vet was afraid he wouldn't make it (I was worried out of my wits!!!) Anyway, since then his diet is largely vegetable with chicken meat, or sometimes (not really that often) minced pork.
I also omitted the baking powder and salt (vet orders - Dexter is on a no fat, low salt, low carb diet) and and substituted whole wheat flour for the plain flour.
What I did -
1. Preheated the oven to 325F.
2. Sifted 1¼ cups fine whole wheat flour and ¼ cup skim milk powder together.
3. Added an 1 egg white and 3/8 cup cooked ground chicken and 1/4 cup diced apple (diced in very small dices).
4. Mixed the mixture with my hands. The goal was to have the mixture resemble pie dough. Not too dry but not wet either, just moist enough to roll out. (I thought the mixture was a bit dry so I added about 1 to 2 tablespoons chicken broth and mixed until I got the consistency that I wanted.)
5. Rolled the mixture out to about 1/2-inch thickness (use a floured rolling pin on a floured surface) and used my doggie bone cutter to cut into shape. The little girl placed the cut out dough shapes onto a paper-lined cookie sheet. We actually stuck the pieces very close together since they wouldn't be expanding anyway.
6. Baked them for about 22 to 25 minutes until the cookies were dry. Dexter prefers chewy over crunchy so we baked them just about 20 to 22 minutes. For a crunchy cookie, bake a little longer. Take care not to burn them though.
7. Cooled the cookies on a rack.
Dexter loved them!!!