Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

As we continues into this Christmas season, a popular homemade gift to give is cookies! So often we are enjoying a delicious cookie and suddenly there is a paw or nose on our leg, hoping, begging for some of those delicious morsels. You want to share with your pet, and maybe you do, but you wonder if it is going to wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Well have no fear! I have a couple of delicious cookie recipes you can make for you furry friends (and an additional one for you that is semi-healthy - bonus!)

Almond butter cookies - for dogs and cats

o Protein: 6g; Fat: 8g; Calories 190

o Ingredients

2 cups (500mL) carrot, raw, grated

½ cup (125mL) parsley, fresh, chopped

¼ cup (60mL) olive oil, extra virgin

3 1/3 cups (875mL) whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons (45mL) almond butter

o Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine ingredients into a dough. Roll out on a floured surface ¼-inch thick. Cut into 1-inch squares for dogs, ¼-inch squares for cats and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving

o Hint: use zucchini instead of carrots in the summer time

Oat cookies - for dogs and cats

o Protein: 6g; Fat: 9g; Calories: 200

o Ingredients

1 ¼ cups (315mL) whole wheat flour

1 ½ cups (375mL) wheat bread flour

1 cup (250mL) oats, dry

½ cup (125mL) pumpkin seeds

4 tablespoons (60mL) coconut oil

¾ cup (175mL) bone broth or chicken stock (onion free, no salt added)

o Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix the flours, oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut oil and broth. Mix thoroughly.

o For dogs: scoop 1 tablespoon at a time. Shape into a ball and place 1-inch apart on a baking sheet.

o For cats: spread dough flat on baking sheet. Use a butter knife to cut through every ¼-1/2 inch, making a grid of small, crunchy bites for cat mouths. Bake for 40 minutes, turn off heat and allow to harden in the oven for 60 minutes.

o Hint: store in the freezer for long-term storage of big batches.

This recipe is just for you!

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

- 3/4 cup quick oats

- 1/2 cup oat flour

- 1/4 cup sugar, unrefined if desired

- 3-5 tbsp mini chocolate chips

- 1/4 tsp cinnamon

- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, or additional cinnamon

- 1/4 tsp salt

- 1/4 tsp baking soda

- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, or mashed sweet potato

- 1/3 cup almond butter

- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

*If you would like the share these with your pets, you can! You just have to exclude the mini chocolate chips or the pumpkin pie spice.

*The cookies can be baked or no-bake – it’s your choice!

If baking, preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients (soften nut butter to a stir-able consistency first if needed), and stir to form a batter. (Watch the step-by-step video above if you’re a visual person like I am.) Form balls, then place on a cookie tray and flatten a little. Either refrigerate until firm, or bake 10 minutes, then let cool an additional 10 minutes, during which time they will firm up. You could also make up the dough balls ahead of time and freeze them for a rainy day!

Enjoy spoiling your fur babies!

Kelly & Kari