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Welcome to the world of baking for horses, where delicious treats are made to delight our equine companions. Among tasty options, there are Barn Cookies, which, until now, were merely a rare find in horse shows and food stores. But no more, because today we’ll teach you how to make your own.

As horse people know well, horses’ bellies are as important as their hearts when it comes to showing affection. And that’s why making homemade horse treats can be a way of bonding and gifting.

This recipe is particularly useful for the holiday season, when horses deserve their share of goodies as part of the festive spirit – just like us humans! So why not surprise them with a special treat full of flavor, texture and love?

Don’t be intimidated if you’re not a natural baker; this recipe is easy to make and promises great results even for beginners. With some simple ingredients and tools that you probably already have at home, you will surprise yourself and your equine friends with drool-worthy treats.

So let’s get started on a journey where we mix flour with molasses and other goodies to make the perfect Barn Cookies for our favorite holiday horse!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Barn Cookies (Treat Your Horse to Tasty Cookies This Holiday )
Barn Cookies (Treat Your Horse to Tasty Cookies This Holiday )

As we approach the festive season, it’s only natural that we think of our equine partners and how to make their holidays extra special. And what better way to treat your horse than with some homemade barn cookies? Trust me when I say, your horse will absolutely love these tasty cookies.

So why should you love this recipe? First and foremost, it’s incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients like flour, molasses, and water, you can whip up a batch of treats in no time. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love an easy-to-make recipe?

But easy doesn’t mean it lacks in taste! These cookies are packed with flavor because of the molasses and brown sugar combination. They’re sweet but not overly so, making them an excellent snack for equines. On top of that, the apple-carrot flavor variation is simply drool-worthy.

Plus, the cookie recipes are versatile enough for substitutions and variations. You can add some peanut butter or chocolate chips to the mix to offer more variety. And if you’re feeling creative, try using red velvet cake mix as a base or even pumpkin!

If you have young children that love horses, these cookies will be perfect for a DIY horse party theme for them to make homemade horse treats while enjoying themselves.

In conclusion, why will you love this recipe? Because it’s a treat both you and your horse will appreciate during the holiday season (and any other day). Quick to make yet very versatile and delicious recipes; there is hardly anything better than that!

Ingredient List

 A batch of delicious Barn Cookies ready to be enjoyed by our equine friends.
A batch of delicious Barn Cookies ready to be enjoyed by our equine friends.

Gather the essential ingredients for these drool-worthy Barn Cookies

No holiday celebration is complete without festive treats, and if you’re a horse person, there’s no better way to spread joy than with some homemade horse treats. To make these delicious Barn Cookies, you’ll need simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two cups of flour: Flour is the backbone of any baked goods and provides structure, so be sure to use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
  • One cup of molasses: Molasses adds sweetness and a rich flavor to Barn Cookies.
  • Three-quarters cup of water: Water helps loosen up the dough and make it easier to handle.
  • One cup of apple-carrot mash: This mixture adds natural sweetness, moisture, and nutrients to the horse treats.
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil: Vegetable oil provides extra moisture and a lovely texture to the treats.
  • Two cups of dry ingredients: In a bowl, mix together two cups of your choice of dry ingredients such as oats or bran to add some texture and nutritional value to the cookies.

So go ahead and grab your mixing bowl because these cookies are about to become your horse’s new favorite treat!

The Recipe How-To

 These homemade horse treats are perfect for the holiday season.
These homemade horse treats are perfect for the holiday season.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to get to the heart of the matter: how to make these delicious and nutritious Barn Cookies for your horse! This recipe is quite simple and requires only a few steps, so even if you’re not a seasoned baker or chef, you’ll be able to whip up a batch in no time.


  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1 cup of Molasses
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of Water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and get your cookie sheet ready.

  2. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly mix together the flour and salt.

  3. Add in the molasses as you continue to stir mixture.

  4. Add water to mixture then mix again until it forms a sticky dough.

  5. Flour a flat surface such as a countertop and roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick.

  6. Use cookie cutter of your choice to cut out your desired cookie shapes (pro-tip: try using a horse-shaped cookie cutter if you have it!).

  7. Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake them for approximately 12-15 minutes.

And that’s it! Although the cookies will be hard after baking, they will become softer after sitting for some time.

Now reward your horse with savoring goodness and enjoy your equine friend’s company with a treat fresh from the kitchen!

Substitutions and Variations

 The smell of oats, molasses, and cinnamon is heavenly.
The smell of oats, molasses, and cinnamon is heavenly.

Do you want to add a personal touch to the recipe? Or perhaps modify the ingredients based on what you have on hand? There are many possible substitutions and variations that will ensure your cookies are still delicious for your beloved equine friend.

First, let’s talk about flour. While all-purpose flour is recommended in this recipe, you can use other types of flour such as wheat or oat flour. Keep in mind that these may alter the texture of the final product, but it won’t compromise their taste.

For those who would like a healthier option, consider using coconut sugar or honey instead of regular white sugar. Another option is to substitute some of the flour with rolled oats or even quinoa flakes which can be easily ground into a fine powder using a food processor.

Additionally, fruits and vegetables can be used for added nutrition and flavor. Try adding grated carrots, chopped apples or mashed bananas for a fruity twist, or add some pumpkin puree for a seasonal touch.

If you want to indulge your horse with different flavors, then consider swapping out some of the ingredients altogether. For example, you can replace molasses with honey or maple syrup for a slight variation in taste. Chocolate chip cookies can be made by adding chocolate chips and cocoa powder to the recipe mix.

The possibilities are endless with regards to substitutions and variations. Don’t hesitate to experiment and explore different ingredients to provide your horse with a variety of tasty treats. Remember that what matters most is to have fun in baking delicious barn cookies that your horse will enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 I'm convinced that horses can smell these cookies from a mile away!
I’m convinced that horses can smell these cookies from a mile away!

Now that you’ve whipped up a batch of scrumptious Barn Cookies, it’s time to complete the experience by serving them with the perfect pairings. These treats make a great gift for your equine friends, or you can simply enjoy them as a tasty snack yourself!

When it comes to pairing Barn Cookies, there are no hard and fast rules. However, I’ve found that some combinations work particularly well. For instance, these cookies taste fantastic when served alongside a cup of tea or coffee. You could also pair them with a glass of cold milk for a classic combination that will never go out of style.

If you’re entertaining guests or planning a DIY horse party, consider serving these treats with other equine-themed snacks and drinks such as apple cider, carrot sticks or even hay-shaped crackers! These novel accompaniments will not only add an extra dimension of fun to your party but, more importantly, they’ll complement the texture and flavor profile of the cookies perfectly.

Another suggestion is to get creative and try out new variations of Barn Cookies; they are so versatile that they can easily be transformed into other tasty treats. For example, you can use them as crusts for pies or cheesecake bases. You can also crumble them up and sprinkle over ice cream for added crunch or even use them as toppings for cupcakes!

In conclusion, whether you’re treating your horse to these delicious cookies or enjoying them at home solo or with loved ones, feel free to serve them however you want. Zesty ginger tea? Why not! Warm hot cocoa? Sure thing! The options are endless, but one thing remains certain: these drool-worthy and horse-approved treats pair beautifully with anything they are served with!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You won't find any preservatives in these all-natural cookies.
You won’t find any preservatives in these all-natural cookies.

Preparing treats for your horse can be a time-consuming process, but with this recipe, you can make homemade, tasty cookies ahead of time to save yourself the hassle later. With the right techniques, storing and reheating these treats can be just as easy. Here are some tips to ensure that your horse can enjoy their favorite holiday treat all season long:

Make-Ahead: Once you have baked the Barn Cookies and allowed them to cool completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. If you prefer, you can also freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

Storing: To keep your Barn Cookies fresh and prevent them from going stale or becoming too moist, make sure they are stored in an airtight container. For added freshness, consider placing a slice of apple or carrot inside the container. This will also give the treat an enticing aroma that will surely please your horse.

Reheating: If your horse prefers their treats warm or if you stored them in the freezer, there are a few ways to reheat them. The easiest way is a quick zap in the microwave for about 10 seconds. You can also warm them up in an oven set to 350°F (175°C) for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

With these easy make-ahead, storage and reheating tips, you’ll have plenty of delicious Barn Cookies on hand for your equine friend’s holiday celebrations. Just remember that moderation is key when it comes to treating horses; while they may love sweets as much as we do, overtreating can lead to health issues.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Your horses will be grateful for this tasty and healthy treat.
Your horses will be grateful for this tasty and healthy treat.

Baking is part art, part science, and even expert bakers have to rely on tips and tricks to ensure their recipes come out perfectly. The same holds true for making Barn Cookies. If you want your equine friend to drool over their treats, here are some tips that will help you get them just right.

First, when measuring the flour or any other dry ingredients, it’s important to fluff the flour with a fork before spooning it into the measuring cup. Don’t tap the cup or pack the flour down, as that can result in too much flour being used, making the cookies tough.

Second, when mixing the wet ingredients, make sure to add the molasses last so it won’t stick to your measuring cup. This helps in getting an accurate amount of molasses required for this recipe.

Another tip for getting the perfect texture of these cookies is to roll out the dough not too thin; about 1/4 inch thick is perfect. If the dough is too thin, the cookies will crisp up and lose some of their chewy goodness.

In addition, if you want to make sure that your cookies have a uniform shape and size, try using a cookie cutter instead of making balls by hand. This also gives you a chance to add some personalized touches like carving your horse’s name on them.

It’s also crucial not to overbake the cookie dough; else it might lose its moisture and become dry and crisp which horses might dislike. Bake them for exactly ten minutes at 350°F and watch them closely towards time up.

Lastly but not least, let your baked “Barn Cookies” cool before storing it in a container separated by parchment paper layering between each row of cookies which prevents sticking together.

By following these tips, you can be sure that your homemade Barn Cookies will turn out drool-worthy every time – a perfect treat to bring some holiday cheer to your equine friend!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Barn Cookies recipe is the perfect treat for any horse lover looking to add a special touch to their holiday celebration. This drool-worthy treat is easy to make and full of flavor that will keep your equine friends happy and healthy.

Whether you’re an experienced baker or are just beginning, this recipe is sure to impress. With simple ingredients like water, molasses, flour, and brown sugar, anyone can create these tasty cookies in the comfort of their own kitchen.

So why not treat your horse this holiday season with a homemade batch of Barn Cookies? You’ll not only be rewarding them for all of their hard work, but you’ll also be showing them how much you care. And who knows – this tasty treat might even become your horse’s new favorite snack.

In the end, this recipe is more than just a simple treat – it’s a way to celebrate the special bond between humans and horses. So grab your mixing bowl and get ready to make something special that both you and your equine friend will love.

Barn Cookies (Treat Your Horse to Tasty Cookies This Holiday )

Barn Cookies (Treat Your Horse to Tasty Cookies This Holiday ) Recipe

A treat for your Equine friends...I have not tried this yet for our horses, but plan to in the near future..This came out of the Western Horseman Magazine
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Pet Food
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Christmas, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 36 horse treat cookies
Calories: 19.9kcal


  • 4 cups grain (like oats,steam-rolled)
  • 8 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup water


  • Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  • Stir with large spoon until mixture is the consistency of thick cookie dough.
  • Drop tablespoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet,spacing cookies 1 inch apart.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until crisp.
  • Remove from oven,and cool for 30 minutes.

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Serving: 408g | Calories: 19.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 0.2g | Sodium: 1.9mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2.6g

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