Easy as Pie? Easier!
These treats are very quick and simple to make, using ready-made unsweetened applesauce. For those of you enjoying the cool days of autumn and freshly harvested apples, you can swap pureed fresh apple for sauce if you’d like, but you’ll need to adjust your liquid-to-flour quantities to get a nice workable treat dough. Our apple trees are in blossom at the moment, but there is never a wrong time of year for pie, is there?
Autumn Apple Puppy Pie Dog Treat Recipe
Easy applesauce dog treats with optional seasonings. The lattice patterns on these mini pie treats are optional, of course, but are a simple way to dress up the treats. The treats can be made in other roll and cut shapes if you prefer, or as simple ball and flatten cookies.
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- Optional: Generous sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon and/or ground ginger
- Approximately 1 + 1/4 cup of 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 the egg, applesauce, molasses and spices (optional) in a mixing bowl.
- Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough. The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of extra liquid, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed.
- Rest dough (optional).
- Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan. See below for details on how the latticed pie shapes were created.
- Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven.
- Cool before serving and storage.
Making Latticed Pie Patterned Treats
To create mini apple pie shapes as pictured, cut with a small round biscuit cutter, place onto your prepared baking tray, and then roll lightly with a ravioli/pasta/pastry cutting wheel to create indentations. This leaves a fluted pattern, but you can use a standard knife to make a straight pattern instead. Dog treats sometimes craze a little during baking, especially lower fat treats made with gluten-free flours. You may find a very light spritz of olive oil applied just before baking helpful to maintain your pretty pie pattern.
Baked Biscuit Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our posts on making baked biscuit (cookie) dog treats and decorating homemade dog treats for more information and helpful tips.
- We don’t include yield in our treat recipe posts because it is very dependent on what the maker decides for treat shape, size, and thickness when they’re baking. We like to bake small batch treats though (variety is the spice of life!).
- Baked treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller. Keep an eye on your time and temperature. The smaller the treat, the shorter the baking time.
- For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator.
- Homemade baked dog treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. See our post on baked dog treat shelf life and storage for information and tips.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options and substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient and ambient temperatures, etc. are all part of why we work incrementally when mixing.
- 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 and/or nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used.
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can also use use the category and tag labels above/ below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. 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.