As I looked at the calendar yesterday, I realized with a shock that my 2 events for the Great American Bake Sale are only a month away. It’s time to rally the troops and coordinate the baking efforts of my students, our 4H group and the other kids at our school.
Our 4H group will be baking and selling home-made animal treats to sell at the Olompali Heritage Day in Petaluma on May 17. (Proceeds will be donated to Share our Strength and will be used to fight childhood hunger in America.) We have already baked some delicious dog treats together (or so our dogs would let us believe), but the group is eager to try making some horse and bird treats too. We have a big pet-treat bake-a-thon scheduled in a couple of weeks (stay tuned for photos), but in the meantime, here are a few recipes that you and your kids might want to cook together for some of your furry and feathered friends.
Oat and Carrot Horse Cookies
1 cup uncooked Oats (not instant)
1 cup Flour
1 cup shredded Carrots
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Vegetable oil
¼ cup Molasses
- Use a cheese grater to shred the carrots.
- Add to mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Use a cookie scoop to make little balls, and place on an oiled baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Either make your favorite cornbread batter or use a package of cornbread mix. If possible, try to use one with all natural ingredients.
- Prepare the batter as directed, with the addition of an extra egg ALONG WITH the shell, crunched up.
- Add 1 cup of bird seed or hen scratch
- If your batter seems too dry, add a little bit of water at a time, until the mixture seems suitable.
- Pour the batter into a muffin tin or a mini-muffin tray
- Bake as directed and then cool.
- Set the muffins out for the birds, or crumble into smaller pieces.
- If you are not using the muffins immediately, they can be frozen in an airtight container or bag until used.
Take a peek at the What’s Cooking Great American Bake Sale web page. If you are too busy to hold a bake sale of your own, but want to support our cause, feel free to make an online donation there. Or feel free to share the site with your animal and kid loving friends. Thanks!