Makes 20 to 30 3-inch-long dog bone–shaped cookies
These colorful, crunchy cookies use unsweetened applesauce as a sweetener. You can use applesauce with cinnamon to add a different flavor to the cookies.
1⁄2 cup ground high-quality dog food kibble
2 cups grated carrots
1⁄2 cup applesauce
1⁄2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Put the dog food kibble in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse flour. Measure 1⁄2 cup after grinding.
- Use a food processor or blender to puree the grated carrots.
- Add the applesauce and yogurt to the food processor or blender and puree again, until the mixture is a smooth, thick, pale orange cream.
- Spoon the pureed mixture into a large bowl. Add the flour, ground dog food kibble, and baking powder. Mix until a dough forms, and then knead with your hands until mixed well. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
- Drop the ball of dough onto a floured breadboard and roll out to slightly thicker than 1⁄4 inch. The dough will be soft; don’t roll it too thin.
- Use a 3-inch dog bone–shaped cookie cutter to cut the rolled dough into shapes.
- Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes, until both sides are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.
Crunchier Treats: For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven. Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.