I read your column and was going over your dog cookie recipe, and I was wondering if the 1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk go into the cookie mix, with an additional 1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk for the wash before baking. It is not spelled out in the recipe. Thank you. -- Sharon Louise, email


I can't seem to find that particular recipe in my archives. I'm sorry that I can't help sort it out. Here's the most recent dog cookie recipe I shared and an additional recipe that is on my community forums and sounds close to what you are looking for. I hope your dog will enjoy them.

Dog Treats
2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 beef bouillon cubes, dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 300 F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Knead dough for about 1 minute. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out with dog bone cutter and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before feeding to pet or putting in jar. -- Nancy, Virginia

Dog Cookies

3 cups flour plus flour to coat board
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup chicken broth
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine flour, cornmeal, broth and butter and knead for 3 minutes. Sprinkle flour on rolling surface and rolling pin. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Stamp with cookie cutter. Set on baking sheets. Beat egg and milk together. Brush on top of biscuits. Bake 35 minutes or until firm. Cookies will not brown when baked. Makes 4 dozen treats, depending on size of cutter. -- Cody, Pennsylvania


You had a teething biscuit recipe that used baby cereal. There were actually two recipes, but I am referring to the one that had shortening, sugar, egg, baking powder, salt, vanilla, water, and cereal. The ingredients list baking powder but the directions say baking soda. The ingredients list 1 egg, but the instructions say eggs. It also doesn't say how big to make the rectangle, or how thick. Could you please clarify these for me? -- Karen, email


It's baking powder, not baking soda, and it's only one egg. You want to roll the dough fairly thin, so 1/4-inch thickness works well. You should be able to cut a dozen biscuits from the recipe.
vanilla bean


I saw your hint in the paper about making vanilla at home. I use a lot of vanilla, and I would like to make some; however, could you tell me the amount of vanilla beans, and vodka to use? Thank you a lot . -- Lois, Pennsylvania


You'll need: 2 cups vodka or rum, six vanilla beans cut into 1-inch pieces and a jar with a tight lid. Combine vodka and vanilla beans in jar. Cover the jar and let stand for at least six weeks in a cool dark place. Shake mixture several times a week. After half the vanilla extract is used, add more vodka to cover the beans. The flavor in the beans is gone when the vodka no longer turns to a dark amber color. You can find 30 vanilla beans for $9.99 on eBay.

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