Last year when I needed a gift for Flash's dog sitter I thought - why not do a dog treat in a jar gift for them. Stan, the resident dog at his then dog sitters, had a lot of tummy issues and he's a veggie pup too, so I set about adapting a dog biscuit recipe to fit in a jar for his owner. She loved it. He loved the treats. Everyone was happy!
And they've been the 'go to' gift for puppy friends ever since, and when we needed gifts for a few pooch friends this Christmas we decided to bust some out again!
So, this year if you have a friend with a dog you fancy treating this is a simple way to make them feel special.
What you'll need;
- A nice jar - The recipe here fills a 1 ltr jar or two 500ml jars (just half it for the 500ml jars!)
- Cookie cutter - I like to use bone or animal shapes - we went with a squirrel for my brother's dogs as they love chasing the squirrels in their garden and some other fun animal shapes for the others.
- 350g gluten free wholemeal flour
- 100g gluten free white flour
- Sunflour seeds
- 100g rolled oats
- 1 stock cube of chicken stock - crushed up.
- Dried herbs - I like to use parsley and mint and basil to make the puppy breath smell nice!
What you'll need to do;
- Layer the ingredients starting with the white flour first. Then I add a layer of green herbs, half the wholemeal flour, some more herbs, more of the wholemeal flour, the sunflower seeds, crushed stock cube, then your last layer of herbs and top with rolled oats!
- I find I need to push the layers down as I go with a muddling stick or something like that to make sure that there is room in the jar for all the goodies.
- Next you'll need to add the cooking instructions to the jar. For a 1 ltr jar they read like this;
- Add - 75ml Olive Oil, 1 large egg (beaten) 50g grated cheese and 50ml water.
- To make - Pre-heat the oven to 160c / Gas mark 3. Empty the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix together. Add the oil, the beaten egg and cheese to the mixture and combine. Add the water slowly to make a doughy ball. Once the dough is firm, knead on a floured surface and roll out to about 5mm thinck. Cut out with a fun cookie cutter. Bake on an over tary for about 20-25 mins. Let cool before giving to dogs!
What do you think? Will you be making dog treat jars for your favourite fur friends from now on?