Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vegan Dog Cookies

I recently took part in an auction to help aid the greyhounds rescued from deplorable cruelty in Fort Worth, TX. Tomorrow I will be shipping boxes of these cookies to the kind souls who bid on them, with the hope that their pups aren't fussy.

I wish I had a better way to gauge how good they are. I mean, my dogs enjoyed the samples I tossed their way, but my dogs make questionable consumption choices on an hourly basis.

My husband ate one, though, and he said they were okay. Any horrible mistakes in this recipe come from the fact that I'm not used to writing down or remembering my recipes. They just sort of happen.

Peanut Butter Parsley Cookies

1 c. apple sauce
1 c. peanut butter (Such a pain to measure, I just eyeball this. Err on the side of more)
1 tsp. each baking soda and salt
1/4 oil (I used olive oil)
3 c. flour, approx. (I've used different kinds, go wild with your grain of choice)
Parsley (I used about an eighth of a cup dried, but suit your dog's taste and breath)

Combine the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in the parsley. Add flour by the half-cup, incorporating it all before you add more. The dough may be a little sticky, but it should be workable. If you want to roll it out for shape-cutting you'll need more flour. I just dropped rounded tablespoons onto the cookie sheet and smooshed them flat with the bottom of a glass. (About a quarter of an inch thick or less, if you need to know that.)

Use a cookie sheet lined with foil and lightly coated with nonstick spray. If allowed to sit in between batches, the dough may start to look shiny and oily; mix it again before you form more cookies. Put them in a 350-degree oven for 15-17 minutes. Watch carefully! They seemed to go from "Almost Ready" to "HAHAHA BURNT!" in the space it takes a toddler to ask for help getting down off his dresser.

There's plenty of room for mix-ins here. Carob chips or carrot chunks or oats, whatever your dog likes. Please research any ingredient you add before giving it to your dog. Some surprising household snacks could be poison for your dog, which we discovered when Drive once ate an entire batch of oatmeal raisin dough. (He's fine! But we hauled his butt to the vet to make sure.)

Have fun! I apologize in advance if your dogs are more finicky than mine. ;)


  1. Now the girls are going to be pestering me to make them cookies!

  2. Great recipe! will try this one too. :-)

  3. my chillins ADORED them! i mean, true love in buttercup and wesley fashion. seriously. these should make a showing in more auctions.