Back in the day, when Barbara Sprafkin was baking her first dog cookies, she knew that chocolate chips were okay in her two-legged boys’ cookies, but verboten for her four-legged boys. She spent a lot of time searching for healthy and natural ingredients that she could bake into tasty treats, and found carob to chips to replace the chocolate chips. But if you’d like to try the original cookies that inspired the treats that your canines love, here’s the recipe. Just be sure to use carob chips if your dogs are going to get anywhere near them.
Preheat oven to 350 and grease your cookie sheets.
½ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 t. vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1 cup carob chips (Remember, chocolate chips are OK for you, but not for Fido!)
Spoon the batter out onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Give them room to spread just a bit. These are light and fluffy cookies. You don’t need to flatten the dough.
Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and place cookies on a rack for cooling. Enjoy!