Wednesday, 27 January 2016
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{RECIPE} Chinese New Year Dog Fortune Cookie

Dog-friendly homemade fortune cookie treats

This upcoming Chinese New Year celebration may mark the Year of the Goat transitioning to the Year of the Monkey, but EVERY year around here is the Year of the Dog! :) Fortune cookies typically include more sugar and fat than we like to have in our dog treats, so we set out to create an alternative, just for fun!  Since these are the very ingredients that make fortune cookies crispy, we made a few compromises but came up with two different dog-liscious options. These fortune cookie treats won't be snappily crisp like a real fortune cookie, but they're pretty darn cute and a whole lot healthier for your pup.   

Dalmatian dog eating homemade fortune cookie treats with chopsticks

Sugar-Free Baked Crepe Dog Fortune Cookies (Small Batch)


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg white
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup rice (or alternative) flour
Optional: a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (or other dog-suitable seasoning for added smell/flavour)
Low-sodium stock or water to dilute to a thin batter

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 200C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. Note that for these treats, you need a frying pan and a muffin tin instead of a standard baking sheet.

Heat a non-stick frying pan (or a standard frying pan with a light spritz of oil) over medium heat. Whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy, mix in the oil, flour, and cinnamon, then incrementally add stock/water to dilute into a thin spreadable crepe-like batter.

Spoon a small amount of batter into the pan and spread into a circle.  Cook very briefly to lightly golden, lift with spatula, flip, and cook the other side to lightly golden. Remove to a plate, fold the warm mini-crepe in half (insert a fortune in the middle if you wish), push the folded edge over the rim of a glass to bend into a crescent shape, and place into a lightly greased muffin tin.  If you've never shaped a fortune cookie and this makes no sense at all, head to Google and find a video - there are many. Around 10cm diameter circle for your crepe works well for a standard muffin tin, or go tinier for a mini-muffin tin. Repeat for each cookie.

If these were real fortune cookies, they would become hard and crisp as the fats and sugars set, but our cookie needs a little extra TLC (not that the dogs would object either way!). So we're going to bake the shaped cookies in the muffin tin to help firm them up.   Pop your muffin tin of cookies into the oven and bake until golden. You can cool in the oven with the door ajar for a little more crunch in the crepe cookie, just don't burn them. :)  Remove from the pan when cool, and don't forget to remove the fortune (if used) before feeding to your dog.

How to make DIY fortune cookie dog treats


Simple Baked Chicken Dog Fortune Cookie Bites


Don't want to make crepes? Cheat a little and create a pseudo-cookie in minutes using a round slice of luncheon/sandwich meat. Get low-salt and unseasoned if possible. We used chicken....the dogs were already excited just from the bag coming through the door into the house, let along the smell of it in the oven.  Drool drool... Simply fold as above, place in a lightly greased muffin tin, and bake until crispy on the edges (longer if you wish). Cool and indulge your waiting pup!  They're not quite as pretty or cookie-like, but the dogs felt very fortunate indeed. Put to the test, I'm sure both our boys would recommend chicken over cookies. Haha!

Dog-friendly homemade fortune cookie treats made from chicken

If you prefer something a little more traditional, I am sure that your dog would be happy with any dog-safe feasting shares or treats, or you can gift you pup a little red envelope of treat money.  We made the envelopes used for styling the photos in this post after getting inspired by the red envelope DIY at One Dog Woof (not a dog blog, just a fortuitous coincidence!). I used a little bit of scrap textured red cardstock and, following the example linked from One Dog Woof, folded my envelopes into shape.  I rounded all of the flap corners, used a textured punch on one to add a little fair on the back seam and on the other I added pawprint punch embellishment backed with a scrap of golden yellow paper. Since my dogs cant be trusted with sweet delicious money, I gave them each an IOU.

Making a dog paw red envelope for Chinese New Year pet gifts

🦴 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.

2 comments:

  1. Oh wow, you're doing an amazing job with the camera! Your pics are staged and shot beautifully. You've inspired me to do better with my own.

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    1. Thanks so much, Scott! Have fun working on your photos but go easy on yourself - I've had plenty of time playing with my photography to get to this point and am honestly always learning more and evolving. I have to say that trying to take a picture of the dog eating from the chopsticks while wrangling the chopsticks in one hand and the camera in the other was pretty darn tricky - could have used an extra set of hands for sure! On the flip side, our two dogs really enjoy posing and having their picture taken thanks to lots of reinforcement through praise, fun, and (of course) treats and toys over the years. :)

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