Although I make a lot of different homemade treats, I have struggled to find a recipe that works well for taking with us on walks/runs. That recently change when I discovered the secret superpower of my little fondant/cookie plunger cutters. I was making tiny treats to go with a gift for a puppy and decided to use my plungers. These inexpensive little tools make it possible to quickly and easily make A LOT of tiny little biscuits from any rollable treat dough. Of course, we made extras. :) It was then that I discovered that the small size and circle shape helps reduce crumbling when I tote them around in my pockets. I can even carry them in my running wristlet when jogging! I was expecting a big mess, but they held up beautifully. Hooray! Now I can use any suitable rollable recipe for walkies and reinforcing training-on-the-go. Using a nice solid biscuit dough helps ... preferable something smelly and delicious, of course!
1/2 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock*
3 tbsp ground flax
a dash of kelp powder (optional)
a generous sprinkle of dried parsley and/or other dog-friendly herbs of your preference
1/2 cup wheat germ
~1.5 cups of rice flour
1/3 cup firm cheese very finely grated*
Preheat over to 180C. Mix together stock and egg. Add flax, kelp, herbs, and wheat germ and stir to combine. Fruit, yogurt, flax and coconut flax in a bowl. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the wet ingredients and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/stock to adjust. Add cheese and ensure that it is very thoroughly mixed through. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes (less if you're baking small circles). Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before storage and serving.
Tips and Tricks:
- My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock.
- To facilitate cutting and baking, especially if you are making small treats like my mini-circles, make sure that the cheese is very fine and well combined to avoid melty deformed biscuits. If you made your dough in a food processor, through the cheese in a whiz it well - works great!
- Rice flour is a great option for making a smooth rolling dough.
- These treats can be kept refrigerated and should be frozen for longer storage.
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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.