Wednesday, 23 December 2015

{RECIPE} Sugar Cookie / Shortbread Style Treats

Note: This is our final post for the year before taking a break with our guests, family, and friends over the howlidays. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you again in mid-January! Woofs!

These treats were created to mimic those lovely shaped traditional holiday sugar cookies and shortbreads, but are nothing like our sugary human treats as that wouldn't be suitable for healthy sharing with even the most pampered pups.  In the end, what's in a name?  The taste testers are hoping Santa delivers more, since the plight of the blog dogs here at Dalmatian DIY is to create, trial, and taste test recipes long before our postings.  They never seem to mind being a little ahead of the seasons! :)  These treats do have the same delicate look/feel as homemade shortbreads, so a little care when shaping/handling is needed. See tips and tricks below.

Canine Christmas Cookies - Sugar Cookie / Shortbread Style Treats for Dogs
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • Fine Desiccated Coconut + Food Colouring (Optional) 
  • A little eggwash, milk, or warm water to brush the tops  (if using the coconut)

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine wet ingredients with almond meal and coconut flour, then incrementally mix in rice flour to form a nice workable doughYou can add a little bit of oil, water, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  Let rest for 30+ minutes, then roll, cut (a little bit of flour on your cookie cutter helps with separating any tricky shapes), and place on a prepared baking sheet.  Alternatively, the dough can simply be rolled into small balls and flattened gently.  Optional: Mix together a little food colouring and coconut. If using multiple colours - e.g. red and green, mix individual colours separately and combine when you sprinkle. Brush the cookie tops, sprinkle with coconut, and press lightly.  Bake for approximately 10 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats do have the same delicate look/feel as buttery flaky homemade short breads, both when working the dough and after baking, so extra care when shaping/handling is needed. If you'd prefer a more robust dough for sturdy treats, you can lower the ratio of almond meal and.or coconut flour, and/or swap out the oil and coconut milk for two eggs. Tweak the flour/liquid a little if/as needed.
  • If you don't mind a darker coloured treat or have a pup who loves their peanut butter, you can use peanut butter instead of olive oil. Adjust your flour quantities or add a little liquid if/as needed to get a nice dough consistency. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Rice flour is a starchy gluten-free baker's option that works nicely to create a smooth rolling dough for cookies, and it is gluten-free if you have a sensitive pup. You can substitute another flour, if you wish, but may need to adjust quantities for consistency.  In these treats, it helps smooth out the almond meal and coconut flour, which are too loose in a dough mix for shaping on their own.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here, including the festive treats pictured below.  You can also join us on Pinterest for recipes and more, including a special board where we are collecting and sharing ideas for Christmas with Pets.   Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.  

Clockwise from upper left: Frozen Yogurt Ice Pops, "Mistletoe" Mini Meatballs, Colourful Christmas Cookies, Carob and Coconut Kisses, Carob Dipped Treats with Peanut Sprinkles, Puppuccino Dog Hot Chocolate, Beetroot and Beef Treats, Snowball Dog Truffle Treats. Don't miss out on our free printable dog Christmas gift tags and labels, too!

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