Dog treat recipe – Max’s veggie cookies – From Better Food for Dogs
NB: This recipe is for doggie treats. It should not constitute the primary diet of your dog, and is not suitable for cats.
Max’s Veggie Cookies
Makes about 1 lb (500 g) of cookies
- Preheat oven to 35 F (180 C)
- Nonstick baking sheets – Food processor
- Rolling pin – Pizza cutter
4 cups whole wheat flour 1 L
1 tsp dried basil leaves 5 mL
1 tsp dried cilantro leaves 5 mL
1 tsp dried oregano leaves 5 mL
3/4 cup water 175 mL
2/3 cup chopped carrot 150 mL
1/4 cup cut (1/2 inch/1 cm) green beans, 50 mL
thawed if frozen
2 tbsp each tomato paste 25 mL
2 tbsp canola oil 25 mL
1 clove garlic
- In a large bowl, combine flour, basil, cilantro and oregano. In a food processor, combine water, carrot, green beans, tomato paste, oil and garlic. Puree until smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
- In the bowl and using hands, knead until dough holds together. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to about 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness.
- With a fork, poke holes all over the surface of the dough. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut dough into bite-size rectangles or squares. Place about 1/2 inch (1 cm) apart on baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven, in batches if necessary, for 20 minutes or until firm. Place pans on racks and let cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F (150 C). Bake for 30 minutes longer or until hard. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool completely. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 30 days.
Low-Fat Veggie Cookies: For a lower-fat version of this cookie recipe, replace the canola oil with 2 tbsp (25 mL) of additional water.
Tip: Over the years, one of the lessons we’ve learned is that dogs don’t care about the shape of their cookies. They’re only interested in the taste. We recommend cutting cookies into squares because it’s easy. But if you have cookie cutters, feel free to use them with one word of caution: take care to ensure that the size and shape of the cookie is safe for the size of your dog. For instance, if the cookies are small and round, your dog may not chew them enough and may even swallow them whole, which could lead to choking. Since cookies are hard, shapes with sharp pointy edges, such as stars, may cut your dog’s mouth or become lodged in his/her esophagus.
Excerpted with permission from Better Food for Dogs A complete cookbook and nutrition guide. David Bastin, Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Grant Nixon D.V.M. Published by Robert Rose Inc.