Since the day is about love, it would be nice to remember those that provide the actual unconditional love and gift them with something tasty and easy to make.
Lulu and Phoebe make my life better not only because they provide hours of amusement and companionship, but because they remind me of why the little things should count the most. Who hasn’t arrived home from the mailbox (one minute away) or work (more hours than is reasonable) only to be greeted exactly like you are a rock star. Tails wagging, or in L&P’s case, rear ends wiggling, and kisses let you know how much they appreciate your arrival home. A rocking party.
On Valentine’s Day honor them with more smooches and treats than ordinary and make these quick cookies. The only time-consuming part is the baking since you want them to get pretty dry. Homemade hearty apple, coconut, molasses treats for your best pal pretty much smell like love in a cookie.
- 5 oz of cooked oats (I like steel cut)
- 5 oz grated apple (food processor and 1 medium apple)
- large pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 cup or 3 oz. coconut flour or other gluten free flour (dogs and wheat = no good)
- 1 cup or about 5 oz white rice flour
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
Grate or grind the apple (cored) in a small food processor, add the cooked oats and molasses. Pulse until mostly smooth. In a bowl, add the oat mixture, an egg, the cinnamon and the flours and mix. Add more flour if needed to get to a texture where you can roll the dough.
Pop the dough onto the parchment or silpat and cover with plastic wrap or parchment of equal size. Roll until fairly thin and it is the size of the silpat. Cut out little hearts or other shapes. Or using a pizza cutter, gently score into small cookies (think wheat thin size) and score with a fork.
Place in oven and turn heat to 325. Bake about 20 minutes and rotate pan. Bake about 15 minutes more or until crispy and dry. Cool. And watch the love when you feed them to your pal.
Happy woof-alicious Valentine’s Day!