Making cookies for you and your dog need not be two separate events. With this recipe, you can make something for the two of you with just a few simple modifications. This is a small batch recipe, making just enough for a few fresh cookies for both of you as a special treat. The cookies stay fresh for about 3 days. You can also double the recipe if desired.
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (be sure to not use the maple-flavored syrup that is full of high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients)
1 Tbsp plain sparkling water like Perrier or club soda (do not use flavored waters with artificial flavoring ingredients. You can also use plain water, but carbonation makes the cookies more fluffy)
1 tsp herbs de Provence
1/2 tsp milk
raspberry fruit preserves (to be used only in the cookies for YOU, not the ones for your dog)
Mix the flour, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil, maple syrup and water. Add the liquid mixture to the flour and form a dough. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Let dough rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thick. With a small circular cookie cutter (or the top of a small juice glass), cut into 8-10 rounds and place on a cookie sheet. With your thumb press the center to make a dent. Fill with a dab of fruit preserve.
For your dog:
Take the remaining dough and roll a little thinner, to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small flower shapes. Mix egg with milk. Brush the tops of the flowers with the egg mixture. Sprinkle with Herbs de Provence.
Bake on the same cookie tray for about 20-25 minutes. The thinner dog cookies will be crisp and your jam cookies will be softer.
The small amount of pure maple syrup in these cookies is safe for your dog as an occasional special treat. That is also part of the reasoning for the small batch. Do be careful to not give your dog your fruit preserve cookies, especially if you are using preserves which may contain xylitol, which is very toxic to dogs. Use common sense and keep your cookies for you, but you can eat your dog’s cookies if he will let you share!
This is a fun and easy way for both of you to have a fresh-baked treat with minimal effort.