These horsey holiday cookies look incredible — aside from one reader being incredibly talented at clipping Christmas trees on her horse’s butt, she’s also a master baker! Check out this adapted and improved recipe from Cortni Edwards, and let us know how many your own horse ate!
Photo by Cortni Edwards.
- 1 ½ cups (180g) all-purpose flour measured by weight or using the spoon and sweep method*
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl, whisk together molasses, water, and oil. Mix the liquid with the dry until a smooth dough forms. Knead it a bit to get an even texture. It should be tacky but not sticky.
- Roll out the dough to ¼-inch thick and cut out shapes, gathering dough and re-rolling as necessary. To make “donuts” cut a hunk of dough and roll into a ball and then between your fingers and the workspace to form a tube. Connect the ends of the tube and roll a little between your fingers to seal. The “pop tarts” are just rectangular cuts of dough that you use your fork to add ridges to the sides.
- Bake for 20 minutes and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet.
- Several spoonfuls of powdered sugar (plus more for consistency)
- 1/4 cup water
- Soft peppermints (or any other favorite embellishment!) crushed
- Spoon some powdered sugar into a bowl. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of the water and mix.
- Continue mixing/adding water or sugar until you reach a thick consistency (sticks to the back of the spoon but still flows off).
- Place the icing into a piping bag or a baggie and cut a small bit off a corner. Pipe the icing onto the cooled cookies and dip or sprinkle the crushed peppermints on top. Allow to dry for a few hours until hardened (or overnight if you’re lazy like me!)
These cookies are picky eater approved — Cortni’s horse, Spring, doesn’t like fancy name brand cookies, just the cheapest ones from Tractor Supply…but she LOVES these!
Spring’s butt getting in the holiday spirit. Photo by Cortni Edwards.
PS. Non-iced cookies are safe for dogs 🙂
Go Eventing! And Baking!