Are you ready to make some fun, wholesome cookies for your dogs and horses? I made this base recipe up as I went, and it turned out great! Depending on how long you cook them, they can be soft and chewy or crispy on the outside with a soft center. If you let them sit in the oven after you turn the oven off or bake for longer at a lower temperature, or make them extra thin, they will become crunchy all the way through! We like the chewy centers 😉
I used whole wheat flour, old fashioned oats, a single serving cup of plain yogurt, one banana, one egg, and baking soda to make these. I threw everything into a food processor and let it do the work! This breaks up the oats a bit for a smoother texture. Then I rolled them out and used my heart shaped cookie cutters to make cute little hearts. The dough is super sticky so a lot of extra flour was required! The thickness will determine how long you need to bake them. If you make them really thick, I recommend baking for longer at a lower temperature. I rolled mine out to just under 1/2 inch in thickness (less than a finger's width).
I baked them for about 15 minutes then let them cool on a cooling rack before decorating. I used melted yogurt chips, peanut butter chips, and carob chips as the frosting. The horses will get theirs plain, but decorating them for the pups was lots of fun. The cats even stole one though I'm not sure they should be eating them! I was sure to warn Tyler that I made a bunch of cookies for the animals so that he wouldn't try to eat one! Everything is human grade, but without any sugar I don't think he'd like them 😉 Trubee actually didn't want one, he said YUCK there's no molasses in that! Tucker gobbled one right up though!
This simple recipe is easy to add on to with different flavors like apples, carrots, peanut butter or molasses. When adding more wet ingredients, you will need to add more oats and flour to get a nice dough! The yogurt is not necessary, and could be replaced by a different moist ingredient.
Just be sure to be really careful about only using ingredients that are safe for your designated animal to consume, and feed responsibly!
1 1/2 Cups Oats
1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Optional (but something else moist is required)
1 Approximately 5 ounce serving of plain yogurt (try applesauce for ponies)
Preheat oven to 350ºF and prepare a flat surface with flour. Put all things in the blender or food processor and blend until a ball of dough forms, adding more wet or dry ingredients if necessary! Try substituting apple sauce for the yogurt for a more horse friendly version (the pups will probably love them also!). On your flat flour covered surface, roll the dough out to your desired thickness and cut into shapes. The size of the cookie will determine how long you need to bake them. I baked mine for 15 minutes for a crisp outside and soft inside! Place on a cookie sheet so they do not touch, but they shouldn't expand too much. Cool on a rack and then decorate if desired. Store in an airtight container. The longer the cookies bake, the longer they will keep fresh.