Canine Holiday Canes For Bouncing Beardies

Thanks to Grass Roots Beardies, publishers of the Ragpipes, for permission to reprint this recipe. They're called "Holiday Canes" because they may look like peppermint, but they don't contain any candy. If you're wondering what to do for the neighbor dogs or the all-breed club gift swap, these could be your answer! Don't forget the willing volunteers in your own test kitchen! Recruit the kids to help.



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the flour and boullion on a bread board, mixing the two together.

Take the dough out of the package and spread it out on the floured bread board, spread it out and stretch it until it's about ¼ inch thick, taking care not to rip the dough.

Divide the dough in half length-wise and set one piece aside.

Drop several drops of red food coloring on the remaining piece of dough. Spread the drops around on the dough; you may want to wear gloves. (The entire piece doesn't have to be dark red; streaks and spots are fun.)

Using a sharp knife, cut that piece of dough into long strips that are between ¼ and ½ inch wide. Set these aside.

Take the other piece of dough and spread it out; this will be the 'white' piece. Cut it into strips also.

Take a piece of red dough and a piece of white dough and twist the two together, then hook the top third of the strips, creating a 'candy cane'. Place on a greased cookie sheet.

Continue with the rest of the dough.

Bake for about ten minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool. To make crisper canes, turn the oven off but don't remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Let the cookies harden in the oven as it cools down. While the oven is still hot, watch to make sure they don't get too brown.