I have been trying to figure this whole thing out for a very long time.
What I wanted was an easy to make/bake cookie for my dogs, something quick, healthy and pretty, without relying on sugar. I used to work for a canine bakery and even they had to rely on sugar, but I knew if I thought about it hard enough, I could figure out a way to get exactly what I wanted.
The first part was simple; 3 wholesome ingredients mixed into the perfect roll out cookie dough. Baked at 350F for 12 minutes and voila – a beautiful healthy cookie for my doggies.
It was the icing I struggled with. The glaze. I just wanted to really make them look festive, but I couldn’t handle the idea of putting sugar on top of these healthy cookies.
I had a lot of failed attempts with greek yogurt. I refused to add sugar, and my experiments with rice flour and tapioca were a bust. While scraping the latest failure down into the garburator, I wished that it could be as simple as boiled down sugar, which would get hard upon cooling. But of course, I was against the sugar, so then I wished I had a natural sweetener that would just do the same thing as sugar, and wouldn’t that make life so much easier…
So ya. Pretty much the moment a lightbulb went off in my head. Right there.
After a quick search online, I found a few vet articles that stated pure maple syrup in small doses, was good for dogs. In fact, it provides them with necessary manganese and zinc, which support a healthy immune system!
I also know that maple syrup can be simmered to the temperature of 110C, and that when it cools it becomes semi-hard. Otherwise, perfect for dog cookies. I basted the cookies with the hot syrup (just a little) and it spread over the surface perfectly. More than enough time for me to add a few sprinkles to make them festive, but they probably didn’t need it – the shine was perfect.
So perfect in fact, that when my husband came home he asked if he could have a cookie. I was soooo tempted to just let him, but I’m to nice.
If you make these cookies for your fur-babies, I’d love to see a photo! Use the hashtag #creativelybee when you post, or tag me directly. Have fun!
Canine Christmas Cookies
makes approximately 12 palm sized cookies
- 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no xylitol)
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- Rice flour for dusting
Preheat your oven to 350F.
To make the cookies, combine the pumpkin, peanut butter and oats into a medium sized mixing bowl and blend on medium speed for about a minute until well combined.
With your hands, press the dough into a ball shape and turn out onto a board dusted with rice flour. You can use wheat flour if it’s all you have, but rice is better. You can also just roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment and skip the flour all together.
Roll the cookie dough to 1/4″ thick, and cut out your shapes. Lay the cookies on two cookie sheets lined with parchment.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. It’s better for the cookies to be dry and crisp so let them brown a little. Let them cool on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes while you make the glaze.
For the glaze, pour the pure maple syrup into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Insert a candy thermometer and let it simmer until it reaches 110-115C. Remove from heat and let it cool for a minute.
Baste the cookies with the glaze, or drizzle it over top. Add some sprinkles at this point, they will stick to the cookie.
Let them cool completely before giving them to your dogs.
Tip: Please make sure you double check all of your ingredients. They should be pure and without preservatives. Make sure that all of the ingredients you use in these cookies are safe for your dogs and never take just my word for it.