There’s no sweeter way to let your furry best friend join in on the holiday fun than baking up a batch of these lightly spiced, fido-friendly “gingerbread” treats.
1 3/4 cup (about 7 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/3 cup dark molasses
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
8 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
How to Make It
Whisk together flour, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium bowl, and set aside.
Whisk together molasses, water, coconut oil, and ginger in another bowl until combined. Stir molasses mixture into dry ingredients, and stir until a dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness.
Use any desired bone-shape or festive cookie cutters, and cut dough into various shapes. Excess dough may be re-rolled and cut.
Place shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in preheated oven until slightly firm, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
Beat together cream cheese and maple syrup with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Color as desired. Decorate cookies with icing.
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