Don’t forget about Fido when making homemade holiday treats

We have been busy at our house, readying for the holidays with sundry homemade gifts.

This year, all of the mailing got done early enough, and we’ve had time to enjoy some relaxing at Christmas, unlike last year when most of our gifts were given as Happy New Year presents.

The question I ask my kids every year is, do the grandparents really want another scarf or pair of warm socks? I hope I am right by answering my own question in the negative. We need to make homemade presents.

Emma, 11, made fragrant bath salts, and Molly, 9, made little critters with pinecones, milkweed pods and other natural objects she found outside. Clay, 8, made recipe holders – a simple woodworking project from his Cub Scouts handbook. Yes, there were plenty of cookies, candies and other culinary treats, too.

We decided that our four-legged friends needed something other than a new bone under the tree, so we made Doggie Treats. I tried to get the kids to taste them, too, but I was not persuasive enough, even though I led by example.

My girls took charge of this recipe while poor Clay was sick as a dog. I helped them gather the ingredients and mix the somewhat stiff dough. Honestly, it smelled good. Of course Molly would not eat it, because it is filled with cheese. But, she was very helpful with the making.

I rolled out the dough, much like a sugar cookie dough. Emma found a tiny cookie cutter and cut dozens of little treats, placing them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Too bad I did not plan ahead and find a cute cookie cutter shaped like a bone or a miniature cat.

They baked for a short time, then once they had cooled, the kids starting feeding them to our dog, who immediately starting following them all around the house. They were a hit with our pooch.

We had a tray full of treats to share with our animal-loving friends. We bagged them with some fun ribbon and added them to Grandma’s gift basket along with the woodland critters, bath salts and beginner woodwork projects. Now, wouldn’t you rather have an assortment of random things like that, than a new scarf? Please say yes.

mpoitras@discoveryspeed.com. Margery Reed Poitras is a former professional chef.