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Christmas Treats 2020


This week's blog will look a little bit different! This week in preparation for the holiday I wanted to share a cookie recipe that is great for both horses and humans. The recipe does look a bit different for both, but they both end up looking picture perfect! I typically make myself a batch of shortbread cookies for myself, and peanut butter for my family and horses since I have a nut allergy. Today I will be sharing my Candy Cane Kiss Cookies for the humans and Peppermint muffin treats for the horses! I like to list my ingredients by weight because it is typically more accurate than the typical teaspoon and cups. I will list them both for these recipes.

Horses first!

For the horse recipe, I would say stick to the ingredients, but how you make them in terms of adding the peppermint is completely up to you! I personally make a ball around the peppermint. 

Ingredients:

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  • A bag of peppermints(your horse's favorite brand)(you can also use candy canes)

  • 384 grams of flour (3 cups) (wheat or white is best)

  • 355 grams of water (1 ½ cup)

  • 240 grams of uncooked oats (3 cups)

  • 200 grams of brown sugar (1 cup)

  • 210 grams of molasses (¾ cup)

    • This is what I use, you can add more or less depending on how sweet your horse prefers things

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a convection oven, or 375 Fahrenheit in a non convection oven

  • Add all of your ingredients to your bowl(a medium to large size bowl is what I use)

  • Mix it all together - I use an electric mixer because the ingredients can be hard to mix by hand. If you find your mixer, or you, are having trouble add a bit more water or molasses to make it more pliable

  • Prepare your muffin tin, I prefer to use silicone baking cups in my muffin tins to help with the sticking! If you do not have silicone baking cups, it is perfectly fine. Put them straight in your tins, and just make sure to take them out while they are still warm. 

  • Fill up the tins about ¾ of the way because they will rise as they cook.

  • Bake for about 12-17 minutes, depending on your oven and elevation the time may vary.

  • Once you take them out, add your peppermints however you’d like! Get creative here!

  • Give to your horse to enjoy!

Around the holidays I like to put some in an airtight container and put them in my horses stocking! These treats are always horse approved, but make sure to only feed a few at one time!

Now for the humans, we can’t let the horses have all the fun! 

This recipe is pretty peppermint flavored. You have the option to add more if you would like, but this is completely optional. This should take you about 30-40 minutes.

Ingredients:

With chopped candy cane Kisses option

With chopped candy cane Kisses option

  • 170 grams of powdered sugar (1½ cups)

  • 283.5 grams of butter (2½ sticks, room temperature)

  • 57 grams of egg (about one large egg)

  • 4.2 grams of vanilla extract (1 teaspoon) 

  • 384 grams of all purpose flour (3 cups)

  • 4 grams of baking powder (1 teaspoon)  

  • .75 grams of salt (1/2 teaspoon)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses (optional)

  • granulated white sugar (optional)

  • 30 unwrapped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses (I get mine at target or amazon)

  • OPTIONAL 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract (for extra peppermint flavor)

Directions:

Without chopped candy canes mixed in

Without chopped candy canes mixed in

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Make sure you have room in the refrigerator for your cookies sheet

  • Use an electric mixer to combine powdered sugar, butter, egg, and extracts. Use on medium until the mix is creamy, usually 2-3 minutes.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and mix until well blended, typically 1-2 minutes. At this point your mixture should look crumbly.

  • Stir in the chopped Kisses (optional)

  • Shape the dough into balls

  • Roll in granulated sugar (optional)

  • Place roughly 1 inch apart on a light cookie sheet

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they are to your liking(I like mine a little bit soft, as they typically will set more while cooling)

  • As soon as you remove them from the oven, press a Kiss into each cookie. (They will melt a bit, if you would like them to retain their shape, pop them in the fridge for a bit to set quicker)

  • Store in a covered container for about a week, or in the freezer for a couple of week

  • ENJOY!

I hope both you and your horse will enjoy these tasty treats! Feel free to improvise and add things as you seem fit.


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