Your best pals deserve a treat! These cookies are great for training or for teaching young horses to bond. The longer they bake, the crispier the cookie. Reduce the baking time for a softer, chewier cookie.
Baking your own treats can be much more fulfilling. You might even start a cottage industry at the barn once everyone sees your handiwork! Save money while practice your culinary skills. Plus, it’s just better to bake your own horse treats because you can control the ingredients, avoid preservatives and customize the recipe, adding ingredients that the horses will really enjoy.
- 2 cups sweet feed
- 2 cups whole wheat (or white) flour
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup diced apples
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla or 2 teaspoons of anise extract
Preheat the oven to 350 and place a sheet of baking parchment paper over a cookie sheet.
Mix the flour, salt, sweet feed and brown sugar until combined. Stir in the carrots and apples.
Add the vanilla (or anise), oil and molasses and mix.
Form small balls from the dough, about the size of a walnut, and place on greased cookie sheet. You can leave the dough in the ball shape or press it down for a cookie shape.
Note: Press the balls flat if you want then to be in a traditional cookie shape. They will be crispier if you flatten them. Simply take a glass and dip the base in water. Press the flat part of the base down on the top of each dough ball.
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. You can also set the oven to 375 degrees for crispier, faster baking cookies.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet or on a wire rack. Store them in sealed airtight cookie jars or ziplock baggies.
Extras to Add
You can also add other ingredients to the dough. Try crushed peppermints, licorice pieces, ginger candies, nuts, flax seed, oats, cereal or dried fruit. Stud each dough ball with a candy piece, marshmallow, licorice drop, large pellet of hay stretcher, or anything else that your horses might crave!
Photo Courtesy: Flickr