Every time I put my hand in the dog’s cookie jar, a releasing pop triggers my two fur babies to come charging into the kitchen. No matter how quiet I try to be or how distant they are, they ALWAYS hear the pop. They come running with a sudden burst of energy, smiles and wagging tails hoping my action was meant for them to receive a treat. And if all fails after saying “No!” (several times) they do what all dogs do best, display their adorably huge puppy eyes. I cave in. I can’t blame them, these scrumptious itty bitty cookies are simply irresistible and to think you can share it with your dogs just makes life even sweeter!
Just know, this is your warning: these Carob Chip Cookies must be made with caution. Don’t let the little bite size fool you. You just may eat more for yourself than anticipated. At least that’s what it feels like in my home. Once you start, you just can’t stop.
You may have seen this same cookie from my previous post on How to throw a Dog Birthday Party so it may come to you as a surprise that I made this again. Believe it or not, that should tell you, it’s that good! With a plethora of desserts I could potentially make, my dogs and myself enjoy this simple homemade “chocolate” chip cookie. It’s characteristics oppose what most dog treats tend to be which are bland, dry and hard.
Lastly and most importantly on the topic of pet snacks, I want to strongly encourage to make small cookies the size of a quarter for your pooch, hence the coin in the photo. Obviously for a larger breed you can make larger cookies and only give one. Pet Obesity on the Rise
Sometimes we find it may be difficult to show our love to our pets and we try to make it up to them by giving snacks throughout the day. Or maybe we’re at work or school all day so when we get back, we feel guilty we’ve left them alone for a long time. So what do we do when we see them? Give them a snack or two or three. Trust me, they’d be much happier with just a walk outdoors and it’ll probably do you good too.
I’m a huge advocate alarming pet owners that pet obesity is on the rise! Stats show we are overindulging our pets with treats and table scraps and it’s affecting their health. It’s a good thing dogs are unable to acquire atherosclerosis like humans do however, overweight/obesity in a pet can lead to many other serious health issues. I see it on a daily basis in the veterinary field. If you want more information and a quick list of obesity-related conditions for cats and dogs click the Pet Obesity is on the Rise link above. This is the most up to date source (June ’13) from VPI pet insurance company.
With that said, this wasn’t meant to discourage you from making these delicious cookies. Sweet treats will always be on the market. We just have to pull it together with stronger will power to just have one and to only give one small cookie a day to our pets. :)
Carob Chip Cookies
Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 8 – 10 min | Total time: 20 min | Quantity: 3 dozen
- 1/2 C whole wheat flour
- 1/2 C unbleached white flour
- 3/4 C oatmeal, old fashioned or quick
- 1/4 C granulated sugar
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 C shortening
- 1 egg
- 1/2 t pure vanilla
- 1/2 C carob morsels (not chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (except carob chips); set aside.
- In large bowl, using a hand mixer, mix shortening, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
- Stir in carob morsels. If dough is too dry, hand mix until morsels are evenly dispersed.
- Roll a tablespoon of dough into the shape of a ball and place each two inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten each dough ball by lightly pressing the tops. This will give it a slight disk shape much like a chocolate chip cookie.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Carob Chip Cookie recipe adapted from Best Dog Treat Recipes.