When it’s your pup’s birthday, it’s time to make a special batch of birthday treats! Piper LOVES treats….including counter-surfing to steal steak, pork chops, chicken breast – really anything she can get her mouth or paws on. One of her favorite things to eat is apples, but they need to be tiny pieces. For being a 60 pound pitbull mix, she’s a delicate eater and doesn’t like big pieces of food….unless it’s meat. Ha! I knew she would love these treats. They have parsley in them too so it helps with her stinky breath and hopefully that will keep her from stealing pieces of parsley from my plant. She’s a sneaky one!
These treats come together really quickly and are easy to make. I decided to go with a heart cookie cutter since they’re the perfect size for her. I need to find a bone shaped one so we don’t get confused these are kid snacks….which has happened before.
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 apple, grated
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the pumpkin and eggs on medium-high until combined. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time at low-speed until the dough just comes together and is no longer sticky. If the dough is sticky, add 1/4 cup of flour at a time. Add the grated apple and chopped parsley and mix until incorporated.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough 3 to 4 times until it comes together. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow to cool completely. Baking times my vary depending on the size and thickness of your treats.
Source: Damn Delicious