14 March 2011

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The dogs luv me. They luv me very much.

It's easy. Start with a basic peanut-butter cookie recipe. Mine is from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook edited by Marion Cunningham -- but any basic PBC recipe will do.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

for shortening = oil or butter, 1/2 the called-for amount
for sugar = honey, 1/2 the called-for amount

Mix base ingredients (oil, honey, peanut butter, eggs) until thoroughly blended. Add flour about 1/4 cup at a time as you continue to mix. When it gets too stiff for the beaters to move well, add a splash -- maybe a tablespoon -- of broth (vegetable, chicken, or beef). If the batter gets too soft, add oat bran to stiffen up; if too dense, add more broth. When you're done, batter should be work to mix, but not extremely firm.

Drop by teaspoons full onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Blobs should be roughly 1 cubic inch. They won't spread much, so you can easily fit two dozen on a standard cookie sheet.

Bake 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove to a cooling rack; when cool, transfer to storage container. Makes about 4 dozen soft, fluffy cookies -- perfect if you have older dogs.

Lillie and the Daisies (Big and Little) say you won't have to worry about them going bad. They won't be around long enough. However, if you have very small dogs, or only one, you can freeze some and get them out in smaller batches.

Right now, Lillie is licking my pants leg to make sure I haven't gotten anything on myself...

Oh, and the picture you don't get (because I was the only one in the house at the time with functional thumb-things): Three dogs -- one 80-lb hound and two rat terriers, 24 and 16 lb respectively -- licking the beaters. How cute is that?!