Monday, December 19, 2011

Tasty Tuesday Christmas Cookie Countdown-Cookies for Hounds and for People and an Award!,0.0,1.0,1.0&r=0&sc=1&sar=1.3333333730697632&p=1&pa=0.5&b=1&bw=0.2&po=0&sa=0&ps=1&g=2.2&rx=375&ry=375

5 days to Christmas, 5 days of Cookie Baking.

Honey Ginger Bones

3 cups all purpose or whole wheat flour
2 tbsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 vegetable oil
generous 1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup (or more) water or apple juice

Preheat oven to 325

Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.   Then whisk together the oil, honey, and apple juice and pour into the dry ingredients.  Mix well.   Dump out on floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out bone shapes.

Bake for thirty minutes.

Fruit and Nut Balls for People (from Orangette

1 cup walnuts
1/2 lb dried cherries
1/2 lb dried Turkish Figs
1/2 dried apricots
1/2 lb dried pitted prunes
2 tbsp Rum
powdered sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Place the walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and chop finely.  Dump in a large bowl.

Chop all of the fruits, one at a time,  into the processor until they are chopped finely but not puree.  No piece should be larger then a pie.  Dump all the fruits into the bowl and add the Rum.  Stir the mixture very well.  

Put some powdered sugar on a plate.  Scoop out about a tbsp of fruit and nut mixture and roll into a ball.   Roll the balls in powdered sugar to dredge and place on a foiled line baking sheet.   

Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a glass measuring cup in the microwave over medium heat.  Be very careful not to burn the chocolate, heat for only 30 seconds at a time and stir well after each 30 second interval.  When the chocolate has melted spoon a bit over each ball and let harden.  

Store in the refrigerator (these can be made two weeks in advance).

The wonderful Crafting for Greyhounds was very nice to give us an award.  There blog has lovely pictures of rescued greyhounds, lots of helpful information, and lovely crafts!


"Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:

1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award

3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.

4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs"

I am passing the award on to 5 other great blogs:

Sheltie Times-Two adorable Shelties and crafts

Finn Howard-A lovely Golden Retriever's blog 

Yuki and Rocket -Two adorable dogs and recipes

Kitcaboodles-Two gorgeous cats, beautiful pictures and funny stories

Paddywak Pugs-A blog about pugs belonging to a very gifted artist with a shop on Etsy 


  1. OMP the bones looks so delicious, thanks for passing on the recipe. Oh and mum says I can eats that. There is nothing in it I am allergic toos!


  2. Your welcome!
    Your doggie biccies look great. Going to buy a bone shaped cutter today and try the recipe. Thanks for posting it!
    Best wishes
    Sara, Tille & Raven

  3. Thank you for the award! Those fruit balls look delicious!

  4. Mmmm...those cookies look delicious!

    Pug love from,
    Pearl & Daisy

  5. Congrats on your award! And boy do those cookies and balls sound good!

  6. Hi Y'all,

    Congrats on y'alls' award!

    Wow, those treats sound yummy!

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. Ooh thank you for the award!! And those treats do look good... Maybe I could make some fish bone ones for the kitties :)

  8. Merry Christmas! Congrats on your award!! Very well deserved!