This afternoon, I finally got around to trying another Pinterest recipe that I’ve had on one of my boards for eons. Honestly, I think I am
becoming a “Pinterest hoarder”. I’ve “pinned” hundreds of interesting and fun-sounding recipes, crafts, patterns and ideas, but I haven’t actually tried many of them — that makes me a hoarder, right?
Anyway, today I baked up a batch of homemade kitty cookies — and by that I mean, actual cat treats! Based on Tuna and Cheddar Cat Crisps from Adventures in Cooking, I say based on, because I did do a little substitution and quantity adjustments.
My kitty is tiny and old, she doesn’t eat much. Also, she can be finicky about her food. That means that I halved the recipe — I figured it would be a good idea in case she didn’t like them at all. And I DID NOT want to eat any cookies that taste like tuna!
So, I used a small (100 grams — approx. 3 oz) can of tuna, instead of the 12 ounce can the recipe called for. I used about a half a tablespoon of olive oil and only 1/4 cup of cheese. I did not have any oat flour on hand and I did not want to use refined white flour so I ground up some 7-grain oatmeal that I had in my pantry. I added the flour in a bit at a time — a bit less than a cup. I think that I didn’t grind the oats fine enough because the dough did not stick together very well. I added in one egg as per the recipe — it’s difficult to divide one raw egg in half! I also added a little plain yogurt to help the dough bind. I added about half a tablespoon of chopped parsley to the mixture.
My “cookie” dough was difficult to roll out and was a bit crumbly. So, I abandoned the rolling pin and just patted the dough into a somewhat rectangular shape, then cut the dough into small squares. I baked them for about 10 or 15 minutes. As a result my kitty treats were softer and chewier than I thought they’d be.
After they cooled, I gave Phoebe a taste. A first she turned up her nose at them — but the aroma of the tuna and cheese soon won her over and she ate them up with gusto!
Now to find my next Pinterest project…