Wednesday, 17 June 2015
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{RECIPE} Tuna Shortbread Doggy Treats

Firstly, let me say these are not really shortbread cookies - I wouldn't make our dogs that kind of buttery sugary human treat (we are so bad, aren't we?), but these little biscuits are dead-ringers for old-fashioned shortbread cookies...except for their...ummm..stinky tuna smell. :) The dogs were beside themselves wanting a taste test, sharking around the counter with thieving intent while the treats cooled and then sitting intently staring at where the container had been placed. A definite hit!

Tuna Shortbread Doggy Treats
1 small can of water-packed tuna
2 eggs
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup corn flour (not corn starch)
water for consistency if/as needed
Preheat over to 180C. Mix together the tuna (don't drain) and eggs. Add the wheat germ and cornflour, stirring into a firm sticky dough. Add water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed (will depend on your egg sizes as well as the water content of your tuna). Roll into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet, and flatten gently (I use a fork - just like Mom's shortbread cookies!).  Bake for approximately 15 minutes. These volumes will make approximately a dozen crispy crunchy (smelly!) biscuit sized dog cookies.
Tips and Tricks:
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes in the oven with the door ajar for a crispier cookie, then take then out and onto a rack to finish cooling.
  • This dough can be pre-made and frozen if you prefer to make a larger/smaller batch of treats. 
  • These treats freeze well if you would like to freeze extras or make a large batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.
  • While we opt to use corn flour (our preferred varieties are rice, coconut, or wholemeal) for this recipe as an adaptation on shortbread cookies,  it can be substituted with an alternative.  You may need to tweak the quantities, so work incrementally.

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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