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{RECIPE} Cookie Cups for Puppy Pie Dog Treats Any Time!

Cookie cups for dogs? Oh yes we did!  Edible dog-friendly cookie cups are a pawesome way to make a special little treat for your dog and a batch can be frozen for use in any number of tasty mini treats.  My favourite way to use them is like mini pie shells, and I'll share some easy filling ideas.

Homemade bite-sized cookie cups for making dog treats

The cookie cups pictured were made using the recipe below, which reminds me a bit of human graham/cheesecake style crust...just a little more dog friendly! You can use the same technique with any treat dough you'd like; however; make sure that it's a nice solid one that will bake into sturdy mini cups, lest things droop during baking, crumble apart when you try to remove them from the pan, or fall apart when you fill them for treats.

Dog-Friendly Cookie Cups

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg 
1/2 cup yogurt (go natural or check the label to ensure it does not contain xylitol or sweetener E967)
2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp ground flax (optional) 
1/2 cup fine desiccated coconut
Approximately 1 cup brown rice flour 

🥄 Making the Treats: 

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

Combine egg, yogurt, and molasses in a mixing bowl.  Stir through the desiccated coconut and flax/LSA, then incrementally add rice flour to reach a workable consistency. Flour quantity will depend on the yogurt and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/yogurt to adjust. 

Lightly oil a mini muffin pan. Roll the dough into small balls, place the ball a muffin hole, and then gently press the center to create and indentation and push the dough against the sides to form a cup. If you're not sure how much dough to use per cup, try test ball for fit in the pan before you prep them all.  I find that roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the volume of the pan's muffin holes generally does it, depending on how thick you'd like the cup. 

Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing if you would like a slightly crunchier cookie cup or dehydrate after baking. Cool before serving and storage.

Ideas for Puppy Pie Fillings

Your imagination is the limit!  What fillings would you use to make the ultimate puppy pie?  The cookie cups can be baked and then frozen empty, which is how I like to use them. Since our favourite fillings are best added fresh, it's easy to grab a cookie cup from the freezer and make a special puppy pie...although I have to say my dogs would be happy to eat these plain or with just about any filling!  Here are some easy examples of dogified human favourites:

Homemade pie dog treats (apple, banana cream, coconut, and pumpkin) made with cookie cups

Blueberry Pie - A few berries, whole or smashed, popped into the cookie cup.  Ditto any dog-friendly fruit!
Apple Pie - Grated fresh apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Banana Cream Pie - A slice of banana with a little squizz of whipped cream.
Coconut Cream Pie - A dollop of yogurt sprinkled with toasted desiccated coconut.
Pumpkin Pie - Mashed cooked pumpkin with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Cheesecake - A dollop of spreadable cream cheese with or without a dog-friendly topper.

Dalmatian dogs eating homemade pie dog treats made with cookie cups

🦴 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.

Homemade banana cream pie dog treats made with dog-friendly bite-sized cookie cups

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