I headed to the local Natural Grocers to shop for some of the ingredients like brown rice flour and brewer's yeast although I found the brown rice flour in the gluten-free section of my supermarket a week later. Brewer's yeast isn't like the yeast you use to make bread rise. It's considered an inactive yeast and contains all kinds of healthy vitamins plus it's a good source of protein. I had to ask the friendly store clerk where it was located and she walked me over to the supplements area. I learned later that brewer's yeast is used in beer making and totally missed out on the opportunity to make a visit to Durango's ownSKA brewery
to borrow a cup of yeast. Next time!
Just throw everything into your mixing bowl...the flour, yeast, oil, yogurt, honey, molasses and applesauce. Except for the Zuke's Supers. Those will be the twinkling star on the top.
When I finished mixing it all up, the batter wasn't that thick clumpy cookie consistency that I expected which might be attributed to the careless way I measured the yogurt and applesauce. I kind of just scooped those ingredients out of their containers. So I added a bit more brown rice flour and a dash of brewer's yeast. I'm not an expert baker, but it made sense at the time and turned out fine. The dogs didn't know the difference. They never suspected a thing!
Roll the dough into little balls or use a handy cookie scooper. I used a small scooper
which made just the right size. Then press a Super treat onto each ball. Make sure to either your grease your cookie sheet or use parchment paper. I just plunked the first batch right onto the sheet and the cookies were practically superglued to the sheet because of the molasses.
Also, be prepared for your kitchen to smell like a brewery - just a little. Just in a good way.
The recipe makes almost 3 dozen cookies, so you'll have plenty for your dog(s) and their furry friends.
While you might have tried nibbling on your pet's Zuke's treats - some are kind of tasty - don't bother with these. The brewer's yeast and brown rice flour are yummy for Fido, but it's a pretty strong combination for the human tastebuds. I speak from experience!