Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cheesy Cheese Dog Treat Cookies

by Darla

I realize that Thanksgiving is practically tomorrow, and I really should be sharing more yumminess for the occasion, but a bigger occasion is taking place in our family tomorrow. Tomorrow is our four-legged baby’s birthday!

Yes, we really do think that Loki’s birthday is a bigger deal than Thanksgiving. Just like my birthday trumps Valentine’s Day (duh), the Hubster’s overshadows Easter (but only sometimes, since Easter is all weird and jumps around the calendar), and the kiddo’s birthday would be way more importante than a holiday…if it were near one. But it isn’t. So…that’s how special HIS day is! ;)

I’ve talked about Loki on here before, but not a whole lot. The extent of my love for him has been kept in check, for the most part, but I think it’s about time that you all know that he might as well be human, I love him that much.

The whole family adores Loki. He’s our boy’s brother, and our other child.

Yep. We’re THOSE people.

So. Of course. His birthday can’t go by uncelebrated.

We always make him a birthday treat, and buy him fun gifts…and even wrap them.

Seriously, this dog LOVES gifts. He helps open them, and runs around all crazy and cute, dying to know what’s inside. You should see him on Christmas. A-dorable.

Of course, this year is no exception.

We got him his gifts, and I made him his treats.

Since I got him treats as gifts, too, I decided that the homemade treats had to be different. His store bought treats are a meat filled treat, and a peanut butter chicken cookie, so the homemade yummies are cheeeeeesy.

Back during Halloween time, I got this cute cookie pan from Wilton. Obviously, it’s a people pan, but I bought it specifically to make dog treats for the Lokmeister.

Once the cookie dough was all mixed up, I just lightly sprayed the pan with non-stick cooking spray and pressed the dough into the bone molds.

The cookies turned out perfect, and the spray helped keep them from sticking.

Admittedly, these are a little big for our little Loki, but they’re so dang cute, it doesn’t even matter. Plus, he’d eat the whole thing if I let him anyway.

This recipe makes excellent regular cookies, too. Just roll the dough out about three-eigths of an inch thick. I like it on the thin side, because the cookies bake a little better this way. The thicker they are, the longer the have to bake, so these only take about 25 minutes.

Don’t worry about spacing them out a whole lot, either. They don’t spread much, so you can put them about a half inch apart.

Everytime I make homemade cookies for Loki, he goes bonkers for them. It always makes me really happy, because I know they’re way healthier for him, and they are the easiest things EVER to make. Really. Mix, cut, bake, done. If you have furry babies that you want to make a special treat for, then these are a cinch, and they’ll love them. And who says this isn’t still a Thanksgiving post? Our puppies gotta have their holiday treats, too (see? they’re Autumn shaped and everything)! Enjoy!

Cheddar Cheesy Dog Biscuits [Printable Recipe]
Makes 4 to 5 dozen (depending on size and thickness)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (240 grams) brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups (135 grams) oat flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cups shredded parmesan, or similar, cheese
1 egg
1 cup (250 ml) water or chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir in the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined. Roll out small batches of the dough to about 3/8 of an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Place cookies about a 1/2-inch apart (they will not spread very much) on a a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat mats. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until firm and the edges are golden brown.

Recipe by Darla

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shannon November 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

Oh my goodness, that is possibly the cutest dog I have ever seen. What a sweety! Makes me miss my puppy.

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2 Lori November 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

Loki is so cute! I have three puppies who will love these treats! The main reason I get Rachael Ray’s magazine each month is for the dog recipe! Love your blog!

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3 Kay W November 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

Cutest. Dog. Ever! And the treats look like something my cat would’ve loved too. In smaller bites, of course.

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4 Mego November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the recipe, I think my doggies will love these! I think i’ll look for any fun shaped pan, that sounds easier than rolling and cutting (for me atleast, I have a tiny kitchen!) Oh, and very cute doggie ya got there :)

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5 Pam November 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

Happy Birthday Loki! Thanks for the recipe – will make these for the foster dogs in our rescue and some more to sell at our Holiday Market fundraiser.

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6 Tina@flourtrader November 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That dog is so adorable! Our dog is a vital part of our family too, so we always try to include him in our travels and he has his variety of treats also. I am sure adding these to that variety would make him happy. Thanks for sharing.

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7 Tracey November 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Great recipe, will have to make these for my boy (yes my dog is my ‘son’ and my daughter calls him her brother too )
Loki is adorable

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8 nicole {sweet peony} November 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

happy birthday loki! he is so cute & sweet!!! i love that you have birthday celebrations for him cuz we totally do the same thing for our doggie. he’s our “fur baby” haha. i’ve never made homemade treats for him but i definitely want to now! maybe i’ll try to find that bone pan you have since it’s so dang cute! :)

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9 Bonnie November 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

LOVE this idea! I don’t have any pets but my sister does and she is going to FLIP when I make these for her! :)

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10 Laurie November 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

my “son”, taco, just turned 14 a few weeks ago. he’s the love of my life…my boyfriend knows it, and unfortunately for him, i don’t really care if that makes him jealous…..taco goes bananas when i make him treats…petrified chicken wieners….the only thing he got out of obedience school!!! just cut up the wieners to the size of treat you want, put them on a piece of paper towel, and cover w/ another, then microwave for approx 4 minutes (depending on the size)….it cooks out the fat, and leaves a tasty little treat!!!!!…i will try your cookies!!! i’m sure he’ll love them.

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11 misty k November 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

My favorite post, so far. Happy Birthday, Loki! I can’t wait to try this recipe for my “kids”. (*Btw, there were some serious health issues in Canada for dogs who were given Chicken Jerky treats made in China. I noticed the Waggin’ Train bag in the photo.) Thanks for all the great recipes : )

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12 Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice November 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

How positively cute! I so wish we had a little fuzzy running around our house, so I could bake up some treats for him/her. Thanksgiving can totally wait when an important event like this comes up :)

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13 Francesca November 18, 2011 at 7:30 am

I most definitely will be making these… my puppy is 20 weeks old – he would love these cookies. Thank you so much for the recipe. Any idea where I could purchase the Wilton bone cookie pan from? Thank you. Francesca

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14 Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! November 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I’ve been wanting to make some homemade biscuits for my brother’s baby Gabby. She’s allergic to corn. If she even licks a bowl that has had dog food made of corn, all of her hair falls out. It’s pitiful! I can’t wait to try this!

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15 Lior November 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Loki is soooooooooo cute!!
great celebration!

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16 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes November 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Happy Birthday, Loki!

From one puppy-spoiler to another, I totally feel you on this post. Plus, my puppy totes thinks he human too, so I feel it’s just my obligation to keep the dream alive.

Anyway, a little early, but Happy Thanksgiving, lady!! :)

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17 shutterbug November 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

awww… Loki is so cute! I just want to cuddle him!

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18 Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip November 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Loki is ADORABLE. And he looks just like my sis’ bison-friche. What breed is he? Also, when you said his name was Loki it instantly made me think of Mickey Rourke’s chihuahua of the same name!

Maria xx
http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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19 jaimee October 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

i hope your not still feeding your dog the waggin train jerky?? Its been know to cause liver failure in dogs. Its made in china and there have been many reports of dogs getting ill after eating these. Go to http://www.dogaware.com it has all the recalls on pet supplies on their website. My friend fed her dog some of this stuff and her dog got sick….but thankfully is better now. dont buy any dog treats made from china!! check your labels people!! But on a side note the recipe looks like a good one…. i will have to try it out:)

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20 Leanne June 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I had to tell you that I made these today and my dog adores them! I am giving these away as part of a fundraiser (trying to raise money for a friend whose dog incurred major vet bills) and I cannot wait to hear what other dogs think of the treats… through their owners, of course!

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21 Karin February 5, 2014 at 5:12 am

So funny, I got that same bone pan on clearance a couple years ago and was just looking for recipes to make in it! I’ll be trying this recipe for sure now! Thanks!

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