I'll second Knack's suggestion of horse treats. You can put a batch in a pretty plastic bag (the kind that's made for cookies is available at dollar stores) and maybe stick it in a little basket to make a little gift out of it.
Here's a recipe that is a favorite of both me and my horse: JTís Favorite Three-Ingredient Treats
Pour a desired amount of oatmeal into a large mixing bowl. Wash or peel carrots and shred them into the bowl along with the oatmeal. Then start adding applesauce a little bit at a time, mixing each time. What you want is a mixture that is sticky like breakfast oatmeal. (If the mixture is too wet it may not bake correctly.) Take handfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls the size of golf balls with your hands. Place balls on greased cookie sheet and flatten to the shape of cookies. They do not spread out at all, so you can place them fairly close together on the sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. When done they should be springy, something like dense carrot cake. Let cool and then remove from cookie sheet.
- I usually use 3-4 carrots depending on size, but the number of carrots you use will depend on how carrot-y you want your cookies to be. If you end up with an amount of shredded carrots that looks like too much, or if the cookie balls donít stay together when you roll them because they contain too much shredded carrot, you can just add more of the other two ingredients to even out the portions.
- I found that the best way to mix the ingredients together is with my hands.
- If you donít have the patience to roll the cookie balls (which I sometimes donít), you can take a large lump of the mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Flatten it out into a large pancake and bake it that way. When itís done and has had a chance to cool, you can tear it into cookie-sized pieces or slice it with a pizza cutter.
- To add more flavor to the cookies, try making them with instant oatmeal (the kind that comes several single-serving packets to a box). The apple cinnamon or maple and brown sugar kind make good treats. You can also drizzle molasses over the top before baking.