This upcoming Chinese New Year celebration may mark the Year of the Goat transitioning to the Year of the Monkey, but EVERY year around here is the Year of the Dog! :) Fortune cookies typically include more sugar and fat than we like to have in our dog treats, so we set out to create an alternative. Since these are the very ingredients that make fortune cookies crispy, we made a few compromises but came up with two different dog-liscious options.
Sugar-Free Baked Crepe Dog Fortune Cookies (Small Batch)
1 egg white
1 egg white
1/4 cup rice (or alternative) flour
pinch of cinnamon (or dog-suitable alternate seasoning for a bit of smell/flavour)
water to dilute to a thin batter
Preheat the oven to 200C. Heat a non-stick frying pan (or a standard frying pan with a light spritz of oil) over medium heat. Whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy, mix in the oil, flour, and cinnamon, then incrementally add water to dilute into a thin spreadable crepe-like batter. Spoon a small amount of batter into the pan and spread into a circle. Cook very briefly to lightly golden, lift with spatula, flip, and cook the other side to lightly golden. Remove to a plate, fold the warm mini-crepe in half (insert a fortune in the middle if you wish), push the folded edge over the rim of a glass to bend into a crescent shape, and place into a lightly greased muffin tin. If you've never shaped a fortune cookie and this makes no sense at all, head to Google and find a video - there are many. Around 10cm diameter circle for your crepe works well for a standard muffin tin, or go tinier for a mini-muffin tin. If these were real fortune cookies, they would become hard and crisp as the fats and sugars set, but our cookie needs a little extra TLC (not that the dogs would object either way!). Pop your muffin tin in the oven and cook until golden. You can cool in the oven with the door ajar for a little more crunch in the crepe cookie, just don't burn them. :) They won't be snappily crisp like a real fortune cookie, but they're pretty darn cute and a whole lot healthier for your pup. Remove from the pan when cool, and don't forget to remove the fortune (if used) before feeding to your dog.
Simple Baked Chicken Dog Fortune Cookie Bites
Don't want to make crepes? Cheat a little and create a pseudo-cookie in minutes using a round slice of luncheon/sandwich meat. Get low-salt and unseasoned if possible. We used chicken....the dogs were already excited just from the bag coming through the door into the house, let along the smell of it in the oven. Drool drool... Fold as above, place in a lightly greased muffin tin, and bake until crispy on the edges (longer if you wish). Cool and indulge your waiting pup! They're not quite as pretty or cookie-like, but the dogs felt very fortunate indeed.
If you prefer something a little more traditional, I am sure that your dog would be happy with any dog-safe feasting shares or treats, or you can gift you pup a little red envelope of treat money. We made the envelopes used for styling the photos in this post after getting inspired by the red envelope DIY at One Dog Woof (not a dog blog, just a fortuitous coincidence!). I used a little bit of scrap textured red cardstock and, following the example linked from One Dog Woof, folded my envelopes into shape. I rounded all of the flap corners, used a textured punch on one to add a little fair on the back seam and on the other I added pawprint punch embellishment backed with a scrap of golden yellow paper. Since my dogs cant be trusted with sweet delicious money, I gave them each an IOU.
Hungry for more tasty treats? See all of our recipes here. 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.