Molasses Cutout Cookie Recipe For Horses
The horse friendly version of a holiday classic
I’ve had the urge to make cutout cookies for a few weeks but I don’t really need a whole pile of cookies hanging around the house so I figured I try my hand at adapting a cutout cookie recipe into a horse friendly treat. After finding a way to cut back on the sugar, eliminate the dairy and eggs, and swap to whole wheat flour I came up with a pretty good take on molasses cutout cookies for horses. I even ditched the frosting and used sea salt for decorating to make them even more horse friendly.
This recipe comes together like most cookie recipes with wet ingredients being mixed up first then add the dry ingredients till dough forms.
The nice thing about this recipe is that you can mix it up then go for a ride while it chills in the fridge for a few hours. Then come back roll them out and bake them.
You’ll want to roll out the dough on the thicker side to keep the cookies from being too crumbly. After rolling out the chilled dough between two baking mats or pieces of waxed paper layout your cookie cutters so they cover as much space as possible.
I used a dough scraper to loosen the cookies so they were easier to move without breaking.
You’ll want to work quickly cutting out and transferring the cookies to the baking sheet so they dough stays cool and easy to handle. *If you are having trouble transferring the cookies without breaking them it might mean your dough is rolled too thin. Just ball it up and roll it out again leaving it a bit thicker this time.
Topping off the cookies with a bit of sea salt while they are still warm makes them look pretty and is a great way to keep your horse drinking extra water.
Molasses Cutout Cookies - Horse Treats
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1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sugar (I use sugar stevia blend)
1/3 cup molasses
2 tablespoon water
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix coconut oil, sugar blend, water and molasses on medium speed till well blended (roughly two minutes). In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients. Then add dry ingredients to molasses mixture stirring on medium speed till incorporated. Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic, then chill in the 2-4 hours.
Roll out dough between two pieces of waxed paper. Be sure not to roll too thin or they will be hard to place on the baking sheet. Cutout cookies using cookie cutters of your choice.
Quickly place cutout cookies onto a baking sheet (its best to move them while the dough is still cold). Bake 5-6 minutes.
After removing from the oven cool them on a baking rack or cutting board. Leaving them out for a few hours will make them crunchy.
Cookies can be topped with sea salt for pretty topping horses will love.
Yields 24 cookies
*If you roll out the cookies thin they will bake very quickly so watch them closely.