Don’t forget Fido when making your Christmas Cookies!
The cute little mint flavored mini bones are made with applesauce, and, in addition to being tasty, the mint aids digestion and helps to control bad dog breath.
If you object to using green food coloring, simply substitute spinach powderfor the food coloring. Add as much spinach powder as you need, to get the shade of green that you like. Or, just leave it out. Your dog will like the mini dog bones whether they are green—or not!
1½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring or spinach powder (to get the color desired)
7/8 cup water
With this recipe, you can use a heavy duty mixer with a dough hook or a bread machine. I prefer the bread machine, as it's so much easier. If you use a mixer, simply adjust the directions for making bread with your mixer.
· Place everything in the bread machine on the dough cycle.
· When the dough is ready, roll it to1/4” thick with a non-stick rolling pin.
· Using a mini bone cookie cutter, cut the dough into mini dog bone shapes.
· Bake at 250 degrees F for about an hour. Check to make sure that they don't get too brown.
· Turn off the oven and let the mini dog bones dry completely in the oven—This works best overnight.
These Christmas dog treats will keep for several months, at room temperature! Happy Baking!
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