The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

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Posted 04.03.04


Yummy 'cat-poop' treats

You'll think I have gone absolutely kooky with this week's recipe suggestion and you may be right.

However, sometimes life calls for some fun and games and April Fool's Day is a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Whether you are young or old, you may appreciate the humour in placing some of theses "cookies" out for the family to enjoy.

You can thank the kitty for your inspiration and stand back as the clan relishes in your ingenuity. If you are a kid, you may want to enlist the help of mom or dad to make these poops. If you are a mom or dad then you will definitely want to enlist the aid of your kids

Cat poop cookies

An excellent source of giggles in the shape of a cookie, these look like cat poop and are served in a tidy litter box setting. Mix and match the additions of chocolate or butterscotch chips, ramen noodles (roundworms), coconut (tapeworms), corn or peanuts on what affects you want to achieve. Prep time: approximately 30 minutes.

Cooking time: approximately 10 minutes. Ready in: approximately 50 minutes. Makes one litter box (36 servings).

1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (32-ounce) package wheat and barley nugget cereal (Grapenuts)
Suggested additions: chocolate and butterscotch chips, ramen noodles, coconut, corn or peanuts, melted chocolate or pudding.

In a medium bowl, heat honey in the microwave until bubbly, about one minute. Stir in the butter until melted. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine the wheat flour and cocoa; Stir into the batter until well blended. Cover dough and chill in the freezer for one hour in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll dough into small logs of random length and shape like poops. Roll the poops in the nugget cereal and place them one inch apart onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven until firm. Serve in a disposable cat litter box on a bed of cereal, with a cat litter scoop. I hear you get lovely effects by decorating the box and scoop with melted chocolate or pudding.