Fall temperatures have touched down in Michigan, and I am of course craving a trip to the apple orchard so I can make all my fall favorites – and of course some of Jack\’s as well. I am a huge stickler about the treats that I give Jack, and actually 80 percent of them are homemade. I originally posted this recipe in November of 2013, but have since changed it up a little bit and thought I would share with you. These homemade treats are great for pups large and small. Here is the original recipe.
Apple Cinnamon Canine Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour*
2 medium sized peeled apples pureed*
1/3 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup cold water * (as needed)
Original: I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1.5 cups crushed oat flour.
Alternative # 1: 1 cup oat flour + 1.5 cups coconut flour
Alternative #2: 2.5 cups coconut flour
* apples: I removed the skin from the apples, cut into pieces and pureed them in my blender. You can also cook them on the stove until they become mush.
* Water: My apples produced enough juice I only used a tablespoon of water the first time I did this recipe with honey crisp apples. The second time the apples hardly produced any juice and I used a half a cup of water so just use how much you need for a dough consistency.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Add flour to a large mixing bowl.
4. Mix in pureed apple, egg, oil and cinnamon.
5. Add water as needed.
6. Flour your work space and roll dough to desired thickness.
7. Cut treats with cookie cutters. (I used a large apple)
8. Place dog cookies on baking sheet.
9. My cookies were larger and Jack likes softer treats so I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness. Just cook your until your desired crispness.
10. Once cooled add to Ziplock bags or an airtight container.
Note: I only leave out a few cookies and freeze the rest. They\’ll last for up to six months when frozen and under a week when left out.
** The above recipe is for treats only, and should not replace your dog\’s regular meal plans. Any questions about your pets diet should be directed to your vet.