Saturday, July 30, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Drops

It's been a while since we've cooked for the really important people in our lives...that's right...the pets!

One of our all-time favorite websites for homemade dog treats would have to be 
One year while looking for a suitable birthday cake recipe, this site came up and we haven't looked back since. In fact, we come back every year for the very same recipe.  

However, with a lonely apple in need of using, we decided to give this scrumptious sounding treat a try.
This is one of those treats that has them literally sprinting to the refrigerator door, which is great when that's the only form of exercise your pets partake in. It's also one of the simplest dog treat recipes out there and smells absolutely incredible. Go ahead and try a bite, we won't tell ;)

Apple Cinnamon Drops
(about 3 dozen depending on size)

1 large apple (minced)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup oatmeal (we used plain quick oats and an additional 1 cup of water)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour (kept separate for flattening cookies)

Set oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie trays with parchment paper. Parchment paper is less greasy than using wax paper, this will help keep the recipe as close to natural as possible.  

Wash, skin, core and mince the apple. In other words, cut it into tiny, non-choking-hazard pieces. You can do this by hand if you have the patience or use a chopper.

In a large bowl, combine plain oats and about 1 cup of boiling water, stir until well mixed. This creates the oatmeal mixture. 

Add minced apple, honey, water and cinnamon, stir until combined. 

Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough. 

Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto the lined cookie trays, spacing about 2 inches apart.

Our Food Enthusiast got a bit more than he bargained for when an unexpected hunk of dough accidentally came flying in his direction. He promptly ate it once the shock wore off. 

Pour the additional wheat flour into a separate, small bowl. Using a glass with a flat bottom, dip the glass in water and then into the wheat flour. This will help the flour stick to the bottom of the glass. 

Lightly press the bottom of the glass onto each cookie to flatten into a circle. 

Bake for 15-30 minutes (depending on how high your oven temperature runs) then flip each cookie and return to the oven for an additional 15-30 minutes to brown evenly on both sides.