Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tasty Treat Tuesday- Fall Cranberry Fruit Treats

It's fall and for us and the Maxter that means time to make pumpkin and cranberry treats. In fact, we're up to our ears in pumpkin puree at home. Max loves the pumpkin but I'm still working out the perfect treat, though Max doesn't mind eating the "mistakes".

Since I'm still experimenting with the pumpkin with mixed results, I thought I'd share another fall favorite. Cranberry fruit leather is becoming a fall staple for us. I buy several bags of cranberries each year when they go on sale and freeze the bulk of the bags.

This recipe couldn't be easier and is so tasty!

Puree 1 lb of cranberries with 1/4 c. of white sugar.

Mix the puree with 1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and zest from one lemon.

Spread the mixture onto a pan lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.
Place into a low oven,  I used the "warm" setting, and leave the door open for 6-8 hours until you have a leather.
Peel the fruit off the paper or mat and cut into strips or pieces for training treats. I cut mine with scissors but a pizza cutter would work well too. Don't forget to sneak a treat for yourself!

UPDATE: Several folks asked me about the white sugar out of concerns for calories or processed sugars. I made a second batch and used juice from 1 naval orange instead of sugar with close to the same results. For that batch I also zested the orange instead of a lemon.

This week we're part of a blog hop hosted by Kol's Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever. Check out the other tasty goodies this week!


  1. Woof! Woof! Absolutely LOVE it! Another creative way to serve fruity tasty treats ... just like our Tasty Tuesday post today. Check it out! Happy Tasty Tuesday and Golden Thanks for joining the hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  2. That sounds really good! And easy, too. Thanks!

  3. Hey Max, Jet here.

    Nice to make your acquaintance on the Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Great idea... Mom is a cranberry fan!!!

  4. OMD! You make this look so easy and yummy I've gotta try it! My question is the white sugar. Kirby stays borderline chunky so is there another ingredient I can us instead?

  5. You could omit the white sugar or use something else sweet, like honey, agave or molasses if you wanted. Sweetened applesauce might work well too. The cranberries are just super-tart and even with the sugar they stay pretty tart. Most of the recipes I dug up used a cup of sugar for every cup of cranberries! Yikes!