Thursday, December 25, 2008

Treats for holiday helpers

Hannah and Emma have provided a lot of assistance this holiday season. They have been very patient and they have dealt with human oddities such as bringing a tree into the house and dancing to Last Christmas by Wham! (see player below) They deserved their own special treats and today I baked some treats for our holiday helpers.

Above: The final product. A selection of treats on a plate after baking.

Apple-Oatmeal-Honey treats

1 apple, cored and diced (small dice)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon carob powder
1 cup rolled oats
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, divided
1/4 cup carob powder

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine apple, apple sauce, honey, water, cinnamon, carob and rolled oats in a large bowl. Gradually sift in 1 1/2 cups of the flour until dough becomes very stiff.

Place the remaining 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup carob powder in a pie plate and combine. Shape the dough into walnut-size balls and roll in the flour/carob mixture to coat. Place on a baking sheet and flatten with the flat bottom of a measuring cup or spatula. If the dough sticks a little as you lift off, dip the bottom in the flour/carob mixture before pressing the next treat into a flattened disk.
Above: After flattening the treats out into disks, before baking.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven, flip treats over and return to the oven for another 30 minutes.

Turn oven off and let treats remain in oven for 2 or overnight.

Hannah and Emma both thought that these treats were delicious. They give the recipe two paws up!

Yield: About 40 treats

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