Tuesday, 27 June 2017

{RECIPE} Strawberry Cheesecake Marbled Dog Treats

DIY Dog Treat Recipes - Strawberry Cheesecake Marbled Dog Treats

I couldn't resist sharing one last Canada Day treat recipe before we switch to our Fourth of July posts. When we did our Biscuit Day survey on Facebook, the requests for types of treats you'd like to see more of on the blog were widely varied (variety is the spice of treat life!) but almost everyone wanted to see more of how we marble and new ideas for marbled treats so we're adding some new treat labels including marbled so you can easily filter and find, and we'll be sharing more marbled goodies in the future. :)


{RECIPE} Strawberry Cheesecake Marbled Dog Treats

1/3 cup cream cheese, well-softened
1 egg
1/4 cup water
Approximately 1 cup and 1/4 cup cup of rice flour (Note: divided for second mixing of additional flour and fruit)
Approximately 1/4 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), finely pureed

DIY Dog Treat Recipes - Strawberry Cheesecake Marbled Dog Treats

Preheat oven to 180C. First mixing: Combine cream cheese, egg, and water in a bowl. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity will vary with your wet ingredients and optional 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 water or a very small amount of olive oil to adjust.  Divide the dough roughly into to two uneven pieces, one roughly a third and the remainder roughly two thirds.  Second mixing: Working with the smaller (one third) portion, mix your pureed strawberries into the dough to add flavour and colour (you can augment colour with other natural add-in tints or food colouring, if you wish), then incrementally add additional flour to restore consistency.  Flour quantity will vary depending on your berries, especially if using fresh vs. frozen, but my experience has been roughly one-to-one.  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 water or a very small amount of olive oil to adjust.

Marbling and baking: Separate the doughs into small pieces.  Ensure a good distribution for variety and don't make the pieces too tiny, else your marbling will be muddy when rolled.  Gather the pieces together and squeeze into a loose ballRoll and cut into shapes. I used a maple leaf and a basic bone cookie cutter for the treats and a small circle plunger for the little confetti bites. Tips: You can keep some of your starting pieces aside to add back in on a later re-roll to extend the marble-life. Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, cut your larger shapes first and the smaller-pieces from the gaps and any re-rolled dough. Confetti bites work perfectly for this! On a lightly floured surface, roll your dough and cut into shapes. Place on a prepared cookie tray and lightly brush the surface with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes depending on size and thickness. Cool before serving and storage.


Tips and Tricks: 
  • 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. 
  • You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator and dry into a cracker-like crunchy biscuit. 
  • Cream cheese cookies tend to be a bit harder/dryer than making a similar recipe with butter (e.g. substituting in human cookies) or peanut butter treats, so older treats may break or crack easily. Use fresh and/or store carefully.
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage. 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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.

DIY Dog Treat Recipes - Strawberry Cheesecake Marbled Dog Treats

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