Thursday, 8 December 2016
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{RECIPE} Blackstrap Molasses and Coconut Carob Kisses

Homemade dog treats topped with small carob drops

Warning: the delicious smell of molasses treats baking in the oven may have have you drooling right along with your dogs. :) The carob drops make these cookies into little dog-sized versions of human kiss cookies and the treat dough is nice a sturdy, making these great for sharing with holiday furfriends in gifts and doggie bags.

Blackstrap Molasses and Coconut Carob Kisses

1 egg 
1/2 cup yogurt (see tips below)
3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional) 
Approximately 1 cup rice flour 
Miniature carob drops 

Preheat over to 180C. Combine egg, yogurt, and molasses in a mixing bowl.  Stir through the desiccated coconut and flax/LSA, then incrementally add rice flour to reach a workable consistency. Flour quantity will depend on the yogurt and your add-ins, so 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/yogurt to adjust.  Shape into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and press a mini carob drop into the top of each treat as the "kiss". Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing if you would like a slightly crunchier cookie. Cool before serving and storage. 

Dalmatians dogs begging for homemade dog treats topped with small carob drops
Dalmatians dogs eating homemade dog treats topped with small carob drop

Tips and Tricks:
  • New to treat baking? Check out our introduction to homemade baked biscuit/cookie dog treats.
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Fine coconut is best for creating a nice tight dough for shaping and baking into a sturdy treat.
  • No carob drops?  You can add a little carob powder o the dough mix (along with the wet ingredients is easiest) or just skip it all together since the molasses and coconut makes these doggone delectable as is. You can bake as balls or flatten gently with a fork before baking.
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt when used for your dogs - xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use. For more information, see our post on the shelf-life and storage of homemade baked dog treats

Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, explore from our DIY Dog Treat Recipes navigation page 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.

We have a Christmas post for you every weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more so stay tuned! We'll see you again tomorrow for our final pre-holiday post, furfriends!

Homemade dog treats topped with small carob drops

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