Bailie is sixteen weeks old now, and loves food, so I thought it is about time that I show her how to bake. It is her first time ever celebrating Halloween, so I decided to use a super simple Halloween cookie recipe to get her started. (If you look over my shoulder you may notice my photo bombing cat bro Bert, who was mad that I was not letting him help me bake.)
There are only six ingredients in this recipe and no mixer or blender involved making it ideal for puppies getting started in the baking world. I got all the ingredients out before Bailie even got to the kitchen. I usually borrow my mom’s Halloween cookie cutters even though some of them are pretty big. Katie eats the larger cookies and us smaller dogs get the smaller cookies, or Mom breaks a bigger one into smaller pieces before serving.
Making a good baker involves more than just baking, a dog also needs to look the part and have the necessary equipment. I let Bailie borrow one of my chef hats and an apron. The items were a bit large, but I know she will grow into them in no time. Being so crazy about food Bailie was a very attentive student and listened intently to everything I barked about.
I put all the ingredients in the mixing bowl and made the nice firm dough. Bailie was not allowed to touch, only watch. To be honest, I moved her chair back a bit as I was afraid she might just eat the dough – she is that crazy about food.
Next it was time to roll out the dough and cut out those yummy cookies. Bailie was fascinated with my skills and all the fun shapes. Having never baked before, she doesn’t understand that the cookies will come from this dough and taste even better than the raw dough.
If you want to try making these or teach your puppy to bake them, click here for a downloadable pdf of the recipe with, of course, a photo of me and my baking assistant.
PS: I think after another lesson or two, we will be ready to take this show on the road. Anyone have TV or Hollywood connections you could share? Just post in the comments and I will howl out to them, it is high time that someone hosted a dog cooking show!