In a Smitten Kitchen moment, I've been sitting on this recipe in my inbox for 2 years. Mr. P has me pegged and knew that if I got my paws on a treat recipe then our kitty would be sitting pretty with a never ending supply. You know how life gets in the way, but at long last, I pulled up the recipe and set out to bake.
I had all the ingredients on hand in my pantry and fridge, because, let's face it, I'm a cheese fiend. If I had a can of tuna on hand, I would have tried a tuna variety, but cheese sounded better to me, which if you read until the end, proved to be a good call.
My sous chef was highly interested in the entire process, but if you'd rather not have your feline friend infringing on the process, then you should lock them up because the ingredients are irresistible.
After incorporating the dry ingredients, you add sour cream. However, the texture was still too dry for me to be able to roll out, so I added about 1/4 cup of warm water and kneaded until a ball of dough formed (akin in texture to cookie dough).
And now for the fun part, rolling!
I bought these micro-cookie cutters when I first decided to try this recipe and was so psyched to break them out! To pop the cookies out of the cutter, I used a toothpick. Thought I got into a bit of a rhythm, it proved to be tedious work.
I had only rolled out about the half the dough and was quickly tiring of the process. After my first pass at the dough, I re-rolled the scraps and took a pizza cutter short cut to finish the rest.
I figured my sous chef deserved to "lick the batter" and gave him a taste of the dough which he quickly gobbled up!
I used half of the recipe and it made over 50 treats. I wrapped the second half of dough and froze it to maybe use later. I say maybe use later because after eating the first two treats right out of the oven, Oliver Twist is being a prima donna and refusing to eat any more of them. Luckily for me, it's all regular ingredients and they're actually tasty for humans too! I used several as croutons on my salad and in soup. So the bottom line was it was a win during the making process for the cat, but only humans enjoyed them after they were done. He prefers "junk food" treats!
Savory Cheese Treats
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup cornmeal
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen. - See more at: http://www.petplace.com/cats/homemade-treats-for-your-cat/page1.aspx#sthash.Kc0sKZOu.dpuf