Friday, October 31, 2014

Welcome to #BarkWorld: Dog Cookie Cook-off and Recipe

The dog cookie bake-off at BarkWorld Expo
This weekend we're at BarkWorld Expo, and all the fun kicked off Thursday night with an opening reception and dog cookie bake-off!

Teams were given a whole table-full of ingredients to choose from -- items like sweet potatoes, applesauce, peanut butter and eggs -- and they had to mix up a batch of dog cookies from any combination of the ingredients. The winner of the bake-off will be announced today at BarkWorld!

Rocco inserted himself as the unofficial cookie evaluator
The nice folks at the Westin Hotel in Buckhead Atlanta set up the bake-off and provided this recipe as inspiration. The hotel bakes these treats and provides them to canine hotel guests.

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

1 sweet potato
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prick sweet potato several times with a fork.
  2. Heat sweet potato in microwave on high until tender, about 6 minutes. Cut in half and scoop flesh out of skins into bowl; discard skins. Mash potato with a fork and transfer 1 cup of potato into a large bowl. Save any remaining potato of a later use.
  3. Mix whole wheat flour, applesauce and eggs in the large bowl with the sweet potato until a dough forms.
  4. Turn dough out on a well floured surface and roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutter or cut dough into strips with a pizza cutter. Arrange cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake until crisp, 35-45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on wire rack.

Remember, this Halloween treat responsibly!

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  1. Good luck. Have a fabulous Friday and Happy Halloween to you all and may your day be a frightening one in good way.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Replies
    1. Rocco got to sample some of the cookies today and they were very yummy!

  3. That's so cool the make special dog treats - and healthy ones at that!

    1. The doggies got to sample them today and they smelled yummy! Rocco went crazy over them!

  4. Now it is clear to me why I did not go to BW! I would have wanted to do the baking myself and obviously, they wanted humans to do the baking! Have fun!

    1. Maybe they would have made an exception for you Emma. heehee! Happy Halloween!

  5. Thanks for sharing that recipe! Barley and I might have to whip up a batch before her cousin comes to visit for Thanksgiving :)

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    1. That IS Felissa! She really had Rocco's attention!

  7. What a fun activity! I love your recipe too! Happy Halloween and continue to have a great time!

  8. How fun! We're sad we couldn't make it to BarkWorld this time!