Monday, 8 May 2017

{RECIPE} Cookie Cups for Puppy Pie Dog Treats Any Time!

Cookie cups for dogs? Oh yes we did!  Edible dog-friendly cookie cups are a pawesome way to make a special little treat for your dog and a batch can be frozen for use in any number of tasty mini treats.  My favourite way to use them is like mini pie shells, and I'll share some easy filling ideas.



The cookie cups pictured were made using the recipe below, which reminds me a bit of human graham/cheesecake style crust...just a little more dog friendly! :) You can use the same technique with any treat dough you'd like; however; make sure that it's a nice solid one that will bake into sturdy mini cups, lest things droop during baking, crumble apart when you try to remove them from the pan, or fall apart when you fill them for treats.

Dog-Friendly Cookie Cups

1 egg 
1/2 cup yogurt (go natural or check the label to ensure it does not contain xylitol or sweetener E967)
3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp ground flax (optional) 
Approximately 1 cup rice flour 

Preheat over to 180C. Combine egg, yogurt, and molasses in a mixing bowl.  Stir through the desiccated coconut and flax/LSA, then incrementally add rice flour to reach a workable consistency. Flour quantity will depend on the yogurt 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/yogurt to adjust. Lightly oil a mini muffin pan. Roll the dough into small balls, place the ball a muffin hole, and then gently press the center to create and indentation and push the dough against the sides to form a cup. If you're not sure how much dough to use per cup, try test ball for fit in the pan before you prep them all.  I find that roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the volume of the pan's muffin holes generally does it, depending on how thick you'd like the cup. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing if you would like a slightly crunchier cookie cup. Cool before serving and storage.

Ideas for Puppy Pie Fillings

Your imagination is the limit!  What fillings would you use to make the ultimate puppy pie?  The cookie cups can be baked and then frozen empty, which is how I like to use them. Since our favourite fillings are best added fresh, it's easy to grab a cookie cup from the freezer and make a special puppy pie...although I have to say my dogs would be happy to eat these plain or with just about any filling!  Here are some easy examples of dogified human favourites:


Blueberry Pie - A few berries, whole or smashed, popped into the cookie cup.  Ditto any dog-friendly fruit!
Apple Pie - Grated fresh apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Banana Cream Pie - A slice of banana with a little squizz of whipped cream.
Coconut Cream Pie - A dollop of yogurt sprinkled with toasted desiccated coconut.
Pumpkin Pie - Mashed cooked pumpkin with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Cheesecake - A dollop of spreadable cream cheese with or without a dog-friendly topper.


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.

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