My Natural Flavored Teething cookies
Every baby experiences teething differently. Some babies experience little to no symptoms, while others suffer excruciating pain. For those babies who suffer from pain due to the inflammation of tender gum tissue, they show their pain through whining and crying.
The pressure from teeth making it way out through the gums, causes baby a lot of discomfort and this can be relieved by chewing and biting. A teething baby will chew on whatever they can get their hands on, from nipples, when breastfeeding, to teething rings and cookies.
My now 1-year-old son, who loves teething cookies, have inspired me to come up with this baby friendly teething cookies. I know some one might, ask why go through the stress of making your own teething cookies, when you can easily find them in literally every grocery store.
My answer is, I have tried variety of baby teething cookies and I find them a bit soft for my liking. The constant thought of my son choking on a piece made me give up on them.
Making these cookies couldn’t be any easier. The big plus is that I feel comfortable when my baby is chewing on it, because they are hard and firm and don’t break off easily. That being said, you still should never leave your baby unattended while chewing on the cookies.
Without rambling further, let’s make these cookies:
All purpose, also known as universal flour (1 cup) (140 gram)
Apple sauce or apple purée (½ cup) (130 gram)
Extra virgin olive oil (2 Tablespoons) (30 ml)
Pre–heat oven to 180°c which is 356°f
Using a food processor or a big bowl, put flour, apple sauce and extra virgin olive oil. Mix until a ball of dough is formed.
The apple sauce gives the cookie a mild natural sweetness, that I like. Click on my homemade apple sauce for the full recipe and video. On a lightly floured surface, roll the cookie dough to about 1 centimeter thickness. If you find your dough a bit too soft, just add a little more flour.
Cut the cookie dough into preferred shapes. Make sure they are not too small to prevent choking. I cut my cookies in rectangle shapes because I find it’s the best. The cookies should not look perfect but try to cut them evenly so they can all bake at the same time.
Lay the cut cookies on a baking tray with parchment / baking paper. Bake for 20–25 minutes. What you are looking for is a nice brown and firm cookie. The longer you bake these, the harder they get.
Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack and let your baby go to town on them (have fun and enjoy them). You can get fancy by using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for the cookies and a drop of pure vanilla extract, for a nice vanilla flavor if you prefer.
If you have a great baby teething cookie recipe, please let me know in the comment section below. I will love to give it a try.