Pruney and Suzi,
For years I tacked ‘ a dog’ on to the end of my Christmas list.
You two have been the best gifts I’ll ever receive. Prune, you came just before my 13th birthday and Suzi just as I was taking some of the most important exams of my life. And you know my life can be crazy, full. School work, applications, work experience. The blog, editing photos, fitting in runs, more work. My world just seems to be spinning really fast, my seasons keep changing. But amid all of that crazy are you both. The real center of my universe.
What I won’t do is say that because of you, every day feels like Christmas because that just wouldn’t be real. But if Christmas is about goodness, light, and joy, then you two are Christmas. You two little monkeys light up my whole damn universe. Every. single. day.
I wanted to make my dogs a cookie, something a bit festive for when I am stuffing my face with gingerbread. Dogs can have ginger – in fact, it’s often used as a natural way of easing travel sickness, so if you are planning on taking your dogs on any car trips these holidays, these cookies might be fun to take along. They are totally gluten free so they are a little fragile, but my two monsters have been pretty good at cleaning up any crumbs 🙂 they also come together in one bowl, with really only one measuring utensil, because your dog isn’t going to care whether you spent four hours making them or 20 minutes. mine always do know. though, that they are homemade. They were eaten in a ratio of 10:2 Prune:Suzi, hence the photo of Pruney doing what she does best.
doggie oatmeal-ginger cookies
Your pup deserves some homemade oatmeal cookie love. These cookies are close to allergen free, just being oat based, but gently sweet and tender. Nothing stops you from adding a little more spice, chocolate chips and keeping them for yourself...
// gluten free // makes 12 medium cookies
1 cup(100g) rolled oats
3/4 cup (75g) oat flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup (60ml) neutral tasting oil, like organic sunflower
3 tablespoons honey
1 free range egg
In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Measure out the oil using a tablespoon measure, add to the oat mix. With the same measure, add the 3 tablespoons honey (it will slide off the oiled spoon easily), then crack the egg into the bowl. Stir till evenly combined.
Using a medium cookie scoop or with a heaped tablespoon, spoon rounds out onto a lined baking tray, and flatten just slightly. Leave about 3cm (around 1 inch) between, they spread just a little.
Bake for around 12-14 minutes till light golden. Allow to cool 10 minutes on the sheet then transfer to a cooling rack.
They stay pretty tender, but will firm up slightly with time and keep well in an airtight container for about 4 days.
My monkeys usually finish the whole batch in 10 minutes after cooling. Warm cookie feasting… my dogs, no doubt.
Sometimes, I just stir the whole thing with a tablespoon measure… and also scoop the dough with the same measure. Just sayin’
These are without doubt totally human-friendly as well, they’re kind of simple but fun to share. If you do want to jazz them up, just don’t forget that some typical oatmeal cookie add-ins (chocolate chips and raisins, mainly) are poisonous to dogs. Banana chips might be fun for all.