I’m deviating from human treats again today. My family needed a treat break, and our pooch has been a little neglected lately when it comes to goodies, so these are for him.
They’re a doggie version of snickerdoodles with the added bonus of “chocolate,” which I have of course used carob chips for. Carob is a safe alternative to chocolate for dogs, but with all the same tasty goodness for them. 🙂
These are probably the best dog cookies I’ve made thus far. Loki is pretty much obsessed with them, and they’ve tempted me to convert them to a human version. They’re incredibly fast and easy, and I love knowing that Loki is truly getting a healthy snack, because I know exactly what’s in them.
Once the dough is made (instructions below), you’ll roll it into balls. You can make these any size you like, based on your dog’s size. I made mine relatively small – a little less than an inch in diameter – because Loki is only a little guy at 15 pounds. I placed the balls on an unlined, ungreased baking sheet, but I highly recommend greasing your sheets or lining them with parchment paper or Silpat mats, as the cookies do stick a bit.
Once all of the cookies are pressed, you can add a carob chip to the top of each one for an extra treat. If you make larger cookies for big dogs, add three or four chips to each cookie. These bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, but the larger the cookie, the more time you’ll need for baking.
Aren’t they cute? These ended up being about one inch in diameter – the perfect size for our Loki pup. If he were a much bigger dog, I probably would have made them twice as big, but I think for small dogs, up to about 25 pounds, this size is perfect.
These took about three minutes to mix up and five minutes to shape. After baking and cooling, I had homemade, healthy, organic treats for our pup in less than an hour…50 minutes of which involved zero work and all wait. 🙂
They look so tasty too! Definitely good enough for people to eat. In fact, our boy tried one. He said it was okay, but bland (which is perfect for pups). Then he went and ate another one…so they must not be too bland, huh?! 🙂 As for Loki, well…let’s just say these give him the Crazy Eyes. If you can see the whites of his eyes…he’s gone bonkers for something. Keep scrolling and you’ll see what I mean. I know he loves them, and I’m sure your furry babies will too. Enjoy!
Chocolate Snickerpoodle Kisses (Dog Treats)
Makes about 8 dozen puppy sized treats (about 1-inch diameter cookies)
1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
1 1/4 cup oat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 cup carob chips (one for each cookie, more for larger cookies)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add all of the wet ingredients. Stir until thoroughly combined and a dough forms. Add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is dry and crumbly. The dough should be wet enough to hold together, but dry enough to roll into balls with your hands.
Roll the dough into balls (I made mine quite small for my small dog, but you can make them larger if you like). Place the balls 1-inch apart on a baking sheet. They will not spread, so they can be relatively close together. Press each ball down lightly with your finger, or use a fork to press them down and create a lattice design. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. If you make larger cookies than I did, be sure to increase baking times. Cool completely before treating your puppy to a cookie.
Recipe adapted from The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook