Monday, 26 September 2016
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{RECIPE} Banana Apple Cinnamon Dog House Cookies

This week we have a special mini-series of posts for you all about sharing your home with pets.  Of course, we couldn't miss our weekly Monday treat, so today we have edible dog house cookie! The biscuit dough can, of course, be baked into any other shapes you please and it smells fantastic whilst baking. Pawfect!  

Banana Apple Cinnamon Dog House Cookies (Dog Treats)

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 ripe banana (mashed)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
Approximately 1 cup brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling 

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine banana, applesauce, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl. Stir through a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional). Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency.  Flour quantity will depending on the fruit, work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water to adjust. Rest dough (optional).

Roll, cut into shapes, place on a prepared baking sheet, and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size, so keep an eye on the oven (see tips below about baking and dehydrating options). Cool before serving and storage.

Our dog houses were made using a basic house shaped cookie cutter and dog bone cookie cutter.  The bone cookie cutter was used to press a half bone doorway shape into each biscuit (impression only - not all the way through). I removed the chimney from the biscuits with a knife as dogs don't light fires. Hehehe... I baked my cookies and then dehydrated them in our food dehydrator for extra crunch - the dogs loved it!

Tips and Tricks:
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • If your cookies have small extrusions or sharp corners, keep a close eye on the oven and/or even lower the cooking temperature a touch to ensure things bake thoroughly before the edges are overdone.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a home baked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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