Chocolate chip cookies are a true comfort food. While there will likely be eternal debate over important issues such as whether the cookies are better “soft” or “crispy” or with chocolate “chips” or chocolate “chunks,” the universal consensus is that these simple cookies are delicious. They are everything that a cookie is meant to be and have stood the test of time.
This dog treat recipe produces sweet little cookies that look much like our beloved human version. Of course, the chocolate chips have been replaced with carob chips, a totally dog-safe substance that mimics the look (and some say, the flavor) of chocolate. Since carob may be a different flavor for many dogs, I added a bit of peanut butter to the cookie dough to entice pickier pooches.
Carob Chip Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen (1-inch) cookies
1/3 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
3/4 cups water
1 large egg
3 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup unsweetened carob chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Place the peanut butter, water, and eggs in a bowl and stir well to combine.
3. Add the flour in two additions, stirring well after each addition. Stir in the carob chips.
4. Use your hands to press the mixture together until it forms a smooth, homogenous dough.
5. Roll the dough out, and cut out using a small round cutter. I used a cutter about 1-inch in diameter.
6. Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. If desired, flip the cookies over halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.
7. When done baking, turn the oven off, leave the cookies inside the oven with the door cracked, and allow the cookies to dry out for about 1 hour.
These treats may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature but will last longer in the refrigerator.