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 the look of lovely shaped traditional holiday sugar cookies and shortbreads, but are nothing like our sugary human treats.  The coconut flour, coconut milk, and almond meal give the treats a lovely light scent//flavour, which is nice on its own but it is also a very plain base that can be easily customised to your favourite add-ins, such as dog-friendly spices, grated carob, dried dog-friendly fruits, or just the light dusting of coconut on top like we gave ours for "sprinkles".  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! :)  

Canine Christmas Cookies - Sugar Cookie / Shortbread Style Treats for Dogs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat coconut milk (can substitute milk or water)
  • 2 tbsp almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • Approximately 3/4 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 eggs, yogurt, coconut milk, almond meal, and coconut flour, then incrementally mix in rice flour to form a cohesive workable doughRest (optional), then roll, cut, 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 10-15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats do have a slightly delicate dough because of the almond meal and coconut flour, so a little extra TLC is needed if using as roll-and-cut dough. Stick with simple shapes.
  • Rice flour is a starchy gluten-free baker's option that works nicely to create a smooth rolling dough for cookies. 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 would be too loose/crumbly in a dough mix for shaping on their own.
  • 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.
  • Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs. 

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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