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Milkbones for babies

You won’t believe how messy eating can be until you see this video. Most parents will discover the joys and pains of baby biscuits during their children’s teething phase. Teething BiscuitThe particular brand we use are somewhere between nasty and miraculous. These instruments of diversion and tools for teething relief keep babies contented for a few minutes, but with most indulgences in this world, the high is followed by a low. Messy is an understatement.

Amazon sells a brand called “Earth’s Best” for the astronomical price of $32.10. Needless to say, opinions on this particular product range from “gift from the gods” to “a nightmare in the kitchen”. Perhaps the better option, and one that fits in line with our cheaptitude, is baking them yourself. Below is a great recipe that’ll save you a bundle:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs applesauce

Directions
Preheat oven to 300. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until they just come together. Dust the counter lightly with flour and knead the dough until smooth, around 3 minutes.  Roll with a rolling pin until around a half- or quarter-inch thick. Invert a round glass and cut out circles in the dough. Cut out a circle in the middle with a donut hole cutter, or a steel napkin holder.  Transfer the cookies to a greased cookie sheet and bake until barely browned (around 35 minutes). Let them cool completely on the sheet overnight to get very hard.  Makes about 1 dozen teething cookies. Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

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