Fruity Spring Time Cookies
I just love Spring-time here in Texas, especially with my new yard! I get to frolic outside with my mommy and daddy, smell the sweet flowers, chase “squizzers” as my sweet friend Eva the Greyhound calls squirrels and relax in sun puddles while the cool breezes blows my hair. In fact, I’m doing that right now! Ahhhh, what a nice…whoa! Wait a minute! What’s that yummy smell?
“Mollie,” I hear my mommy’s sweet voice call as I quickly spring into action and sprint into the kitchen, allowing my nose to lead me to that amazing scent.
As soon as I arrive, mommy looks down at me. She has on her baking apron and she’s holding an oven mitt. I immediately sit because I know my tummy is about to be very happy. She lowers her hand with a baked cookie in her fingers, still warm…just for me! I sniff it. Then, I gulp it down! It has a natural nutty taste with a sweet fruitiness.
“Mommy,” I said. “They is very delish. Fank you so much for baking dat just for me! May I pwease share the recipe wif my furiends?”
“Sure, sweet Mollie girl,” replied mommy. “That’s a wonderful idea. Would you like my help?”
“Yes, mommy, please. Oh and tell dem how healthy dem are, too! Dat important for us doggies to keep our girlish or boyish figure!”
Mommy giggled, shook her head a little and began clicking on the computer keyboard.
Hi everyone; its Mollie’s mom! My sweet Mollie Browne asked if I could share how I made her fruity cookies as a special Spring-time treat, and I’d love to! I prefer to make her treats because I know exactly what ingredients are going into them, so it helps me be a better mom by keeping her as healthy as possible.
So, you will need just two simple ingredients for this recipe:
One 4oz. jar of baby food, any flavor that your furkid will like, preferably organic and
1¼ cups of white rice flour (I actually took white rice and grinded it into flour with my Vitamix).
The reason I choose organic baby food is because it guarantees that the fruits and veggies in that particular jar were grown without pesticides. Pesticides can cause dogs to:
Have seizures; or
Appear to be drunk by stumbling while walking.
Baby food also has no added salt, sugar or preservatives and it has enough moisture in to bind to the flour without having to add eggs.
Speaking of flour, I choose white rice flour because it is an easily digestible carbohydrate, making it a great source of energy for Mollie. Plus it’s easy on her tummy so I don’t have to worry about it making her have tummy issues, like cramps or a tummy ache. Any type of flour will work, though.
A word of caution: I suggest not using corn flour as it has been linked to allergies, joint swelling and bloat in some dogs, and your dog’s body cannot process corn properly. It can be hard to digest and is a starchy energy that serves little or no nutritional value.
Tap, tap, tap. “Ummm, Mommy,” yawned Mollie, as I feel little paw taps on my leg. “Can we pwease get to the nom-nom part? I sowry I impatient.”
“Sure, baby,” I smiled and replied, knowing that she is getting a little bored. “Here we go….”
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, add the whole 4oz. jar of baby food.
Slowly add the flour to the mixing bowl, about ¼ of a cup at a time.
Mix thoroughly after each flour addition with a spoon. The goal is to make a dough that is the same consistency as cookie dough.
Form into a blob and place dough blob in a plastic baggie. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This firms up the dough, making it easier to roll out and cut.
Sprinkle surface with the same flour that you used in your treats to help the dough not stick to the rolling pin or surface.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s about ¼ inch thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out little dog-sized shapes. (I have a dog bone shape and a small heart.)
Place dough cutouts on cookie sheet.
Bake in oven for about 10 minutes, depending on the heat of your oven. You want to bake the cookies until they are firm and not doughy.
Once done, remove from oven and let cool.
Store in airtight container.
Instead of taking the time to roll out the dough and cut into shapes, simply take a small bit of dough in your hands. Roll in to a ball; then flatten out onto the cookie sheet, forming a small, circular shape. Bake as recommended.
Instead of baking these, you can roll into tiny balls or cute out shapes and then freeze them. This creates little icy treats that are perfect for a hot day.
Well, there you have it my sweet furiends! I hope you wuv my Fruity Spring-Time cookies as much as I do! Please be sure to let me know which flavor combinations your mommy makes for you.
Mollie and Her Mommy