Over the last few weeks, the Shouty One & the Chubby Cheeks One have developed a pash (bordering on obsession) for Scooby Doo. I am slowly being driven insane by the constant refrain of "Scooby dooby doo, where are you?" being sung over and over again like a mantra ... seriously, it's like water torture! Thankfully, it is at least a TV show that all 3 of my boys can enjoy together. Because until now, we've either had the Big One complaining that "Thomas the Tank Engine is for babies" or me trying to explain to the Big One that "Harry Potter is a little bit scary for 3 year olds!". So for the time being, peace reigneth... at least while the telly is on!
So, when I was in the baking section of my local craft shop picking up supplies for my Earth Day cake balls, I was delighted to discover a pack of Doggy-themed cookie cutters. Perfect for Scooby Snacks (or Snax if you prefer to be 'groovy' like Shaggy!). But what sort of cookie is a Scooby Snack? I wasn't convinced that a plain sugar cookie or gingerbread recipe was really right one for the job. In my mind, they needed to be a bit 'chewier'! Therefore, I came up with this recipe from my notebook of hastily scribbled gems... unfortunately, I have no idea about the origins of this recipe, but I had wanted to try it for ages and now had the perfect excuse. It's a bit like a crossover between a sugar cookie and an oatmeal flapjack... either way, it's delicious and made with some whole grains too (so not too bad in moderation!).
By the way, the Big One asked if dogs like Scooby Doo could eat these Scooby Snacks... and while they probably could (although don't quote me on that!) I'm not sure how healthy they would be for dogs. Therefore, I thought I'd include a more tried-and-tested recipe for making your own homemade doggie treats, so if you found this page looking for a dog treat recipe, you'll have to scroll to the bottom of the page!
For Kids' Scooby Snacks, you will need...
- 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces or 225g) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup (160g) packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cups (225g) unbleached all-purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup (65g) wholewheat flour
- 1 cup (100g) old-fashioned rolled oats
- Dog-themed (bone or similar) shaped cookie cutters like the ones below...
Preheat your oven to 350'F (175'C) and get your ingredients ready... especially, if you have little people helping!
Firstly, beat together your soft butter and sugar (with an electric mixer is easiest).
Then, add the egg, vanilla, baking powder, ginger & cinnamon and beat again.
Add both flour & oats, and continue to mix (you can continue to use your electric mixer). It may look like it won't form a dough, but keep going and it will come together.
This recipe yields about 48 cookies (rather a lot of Scooby Snacks for one sitting, even if you do have the munchies like Shaggy & Scooby doo)! Therefore, you may want to divide the dough into two. Wrap both balls of cookie dough in plastic wrap or a ziploc bag... I then refrigerate one for use in an hour once chilled, and freeze the other for use another day (defrost in the fridge overnight)!
Once the dough is chilled and firm, simply roll out on a floured surface, to approximately 1/4' thick.
Use your favourite doggy-shaped cutter to cut out the cookies. Re-roll the scraps and keep cutting.
Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment (or a silicone baking mat like me). They do not spread during cooking so you can pack them together quite closely. You can sprinkle with cinnamon & granulated sugar at this point if you like!
Once the cookies are all cut, pop the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 9-11 minutes... the shorter the cooking time, the softer the cookie will be.
Once out of the oven, allow to cool on the baking sheet... this will allow them to firm up. Enjoy with a glass of milk and put your feet up to watch an episode of Scooby Doo! They are tasty as they are, but can also be frosted if you prefer. If you show more restraint than Shaggy & Scooby Doo and don't eat them all at once, you may want to store them in an airtight container!
For Dogs' Scooby Snacks...
- 2-1/2 cups (335g) wholewheat flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup (115g) cooked ground beef or turkey, drained and cooled
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 3 tablespoons of dripping, lard or shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Bovril (or 1 beef bouillon cube/Oxo cube)
Preheat the oven to 350'F (175'C). Lightly oil two cookie sheets.
In a medium bowl, sift the whole wheat flour. Add the ground pork, carrot, shortening, Bovril (or beef bouillon) and egg; mix in to the flour mixture while gradually adding the milk to form a stiff ball of dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4" thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters, and reroll scraps until no dough is left. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the cookies are browned. Allow cookies to set for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container when fully cooled.