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sparkle kitchen: tuna fish kitty cookies

sparkle kitchen: tuna fish kitty cookies

In the Martin & Sylvia story, “The Drawing Contest”, it’s “Animal Week” at the library. In celebration, there is a children's drawing contest, to be judged by a real artist.

Of course Martin wants to enter. But what animal could he draw? There are no bobcats or foxes in his yard for him to study, and Pickles, their cat, simply won’t sit still! Who could he possibly draw?

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Sylvia sweetly tries to help Martin by offering Pickles a treat to sit still, but—being a clever cat—Pickles grabs the treat and dashes off. While Martin ends up working it out by using another family pet as a model for his art, I can't help but wonder if, perhaps, these crunchy treats would have held Pickles' attention for longer?

Made to please the most discerning feline, these treats are made by whizzing tuna fish, cheese, and parsley into a paste. The paste is then mixed with flour to make a dough, and the resulting treats are baked into crunchy, mini-cookies. Just the perfect size for a kitty-cat snack.

Whether you need a bit of obedience or you just want to spoil your pet, give these treats a go for a guaranteed winner.

Tuna Fish Kitty Cookies

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1 can (about 5 ounces) tuna

1 egg

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/3 cup shredded cheese

1 tablespoon fresh, chopped parsley

1 1/3 cups flour


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease two baking sheets.
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Then, in the bowl of a food processor, mix together the tuna, egg, and olive oil, until the tuna has broken down into a paste. Add the cheese and egg, and pulse a few times to combine.

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Last add the flour, and mix until the dough comes together in a ball.

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Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured cutting board, until it's about ½ inch thick. From there, you can use cookie cutters to make the treats into shapes, or you can just cut little squares. Either way, you want the treats to be about a square inch—not too big for your kitty to crunch on.

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Lay the treats out onto your greased baking sheets, and bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then store in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Because these don't have the preservatives that ordinary cat treats have, discard any treats that haven't been eaten after a few weeks.

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About the Author

Meryl Carver-Allmond

Sparkle Kitchen & Craft Blogger

The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.

Meryl lives in a hundred-year-old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two preschoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion — showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun — in her Sparkle Kitchen posts.

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