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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

{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

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

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 like the ones shown, although treats can be made larger/smaller to suit your preferences and pet.
 
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?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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