Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dogs like cookies too!

I love baking for the beasts. Anything I make for them is appreciated and devoured with gusto.

Cinnamon Apple Drops
1 large apple (or two smaller apples)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2.5 cups wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, and cinnamon. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

Makes about 3 dozen crunchy cookies, depending on how big you make them.

****I decided to roll out the dough and use cookie cutters instead of making drops. Because the cookies don't spread while baking, you don't need to space them out very much. Also, an egg white wash makes for a prettier cookie. If you prefer a softer cookie, bake for a shorter length of time. Just remember that a softer cookie with more moisture in it is more perishable, so keep them in the refrigerator or freezer for longer storage.

Assuming your pup doesn't have allergies, you can use any type of flour. I typically use oat flour, but my foster may have an oat allergy, so I used regular wheat flour. I just prefer to avoid corn or soy because they are also common allergens for pups.


C. said...

one of the girlz reacts poorly to cinnamon

nital said...

you can always make it without cinnamon, silly girl.