I have always been a dog person. Sorry to disappoint my cat loving friends but there is something incredibly irresistible about dogs. The fluff, the woof, and the joyful leap they make towards you after a long day of work. I love and hate that sheepish grin they put one when they destroy your possessions and get away with it.
For me, the most heartbreaking things about travel is the inability to brings your fluffy friends with you. My first dog Lisa the Akita died young (the dramatic artist in me likes to think it was from heartache) when my family immigrated to Canada. My dachshund who I left behind for college is now retired in Shanghai after many moves, travels, and change of homes. The tears, family discussions, and a little canine who will faithfully wag their tail serving whichever master they end up with in their short lives.
This post is dedicated to all the dogs I have ever loved and photographed. A dog photo book is the list for projects I want to create and I trust that I am getting close to the process everyday. In the meantime, I will be content making dog shaped cookies.
This is a recipe adapted from Not quite Nigella and Baking Taitai. Upon research, I found out that it . is actually a German recipe for Weihnachtsplätzchen — sugar cookies eaten during advent. I love the addition of potato starch which gives the cookie a very biscuit-like texture. Good to tell yourself you are eating potatoes when having a cookie too many.
Dog shaped cookies for dog lovers
*Makes around 20 cookies
• 1.5 cup flour
• 2 cup potato starch
• 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2/3 cup icing sugar
• 1 cup unsalted butter
• Chocolate cereal for ears (I found a box at Wholefoods in Vancouver)
• Black sesame seeds for eyes
• Baking chocolate chips for noses
1. Combine butter and sugar (wet ingredients). Beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
2. Combine potato starch and plain flour (dry ingredients). Mix until combined.
3. Thoroughly mix dry and wet ingredients. Cover with wrap and rest for half an hour or longer (I pre-make the dough and leave it in the fridge)
4. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Scoop dough into similar sized balls and flatten onto surface of tray. Add two chocolate cereal ears and chocolate chip nose. Use a tweezer to add sesame seed eyes (this step requires a lot of patience)
5. Bake at 340F for 15 minutes or until cookie bottoms are golden.
*For cocoa cookies, add a scoop of cocoa powder into the dough and mix until the colors are combined. Additionally, you can expand from dog cookies to every kind of animal.
*These cookies require a lot of human labour but great to make when you have friends over. A wise way to keep yourself from eating the entire tray.