Monday, 14 March 2016

{RECIPE} Cream Cheese Easter Nest Dog Cookies

These are a dog-friendlier adaptation of the always popular human cream cheese cookie Easter candy nests, just for fun!  Often made with mini-eggs or jelly beans, these treats keep it simple and no-sugar added with coloured cookie mini-eggs made from the same cream cheese dough.

Cream Cheese Easter Nest Dog Cookies
  • 1/2 block (~125g) of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • Additional water and/or flour if/as needed for consistency
  • Food colouring or natural tints (optional) for the eggs.
Preheat oven to 180C. Combine cream cheese and coconut flour (breathe in - it smells doggone delicious!), then incrementally mix in rice flour to form a nice workable doughYou can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  Separate out a small amount (around 2 tbsp per egg colour) of dough and tint (optional) for your mini-eggs.

Roll your plain dough into bite-sized balls, place on a prepared cookie sheet, and flatten gently by making a thumbprint indentation in the middle of each ball. Hand-roll mini-eggs from each colour of tinted dough.  Place in the nest (you may find a little milk/water or flour paste helpful for sticking) and press gently, taking care not to flatten the egg shapes.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.  

Tips and Tricks:

  • Although reduced-fat cream cheese is a good protein-rich alternative to butter and coconut flour is a healthy flour option, these are still an indulgent dog cookie so enjoy in moderation.
  • Don't like artificial colouring?  Try a natural colouring agent (e.g. blueberry juice, beet-juice) or use carob powder to make chocolate eggs instead.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.
  • 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.  I baked a few solo mini-eggs - very easy and cute!
  • Rice flour and coconut flour are gluten-free. You can substitute one/both, if you wish, and alter quantities for consistency.
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.


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