Spritz cookies for dogs are fun to make, and it is a great choice for making dog treats with children who are ten or older.
The recipe is quick and easy, and it uses ingredients that dogs love, like cheese and bacon (or soy bacon bits).
Using the cookie press gives you dog treats that are the perfect size for small or medium size dogs.
And making dog cookies this way is a time saver, as the cookies are all ready for the oven, in just minutes.
Our miniature schnauzer, Skipper just loves these cookie press dog cookies!
They are one of her very favorite treats.
And I give them to her with confidence—knowing that they are made from healthy, natural ingredients and she won’t gain weight because of taking in too many calories.
Practice Makes Perfect with Cookie Press Dog Cookies
When I created this recipe I wanted to be able to just shoot out the cookies quickly, but I also wanted them to be uniform and a nice shape. Using the cookie press allowed me to do this.
If you are starting a pet bakery, consider making some of your dog cookies this way. It’s easy and you can make a lot of dog cookies quickly. You’ll have many different shapes to choose from, and they look great!
It did take a little practice to get the dog cookies to be uniform in shape and size with a cookie press. But, I have to admit that I love to use my cookie press! It’s fun—almost like making Christmas cookies for the family!
Cheese gives the spritz cookies a distinctive flavor, and the bacon bits give them that little extra taste enhancement that makes them so interesting to dogs. Turmeric gives these cookies their rich yellow color.
I think your dog will love this easy recipe for dog treats too!
Ingredients for Spritz Cookies for Dogs
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 2 T. real bacon bits or soy imitation bacon bits
- 2 T. cheddar cheese powder
- 1 T. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter (If using coconut oil, make sure you keep the dough chilled.)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- Position an oven rack in the upper third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter, margarine, or coconut oil until it is very fluffy.
- Add the egg and milk and beat well.
- Mix the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until it forms a smooth dough. If the dough is not the consistency of thick toothpaste, you may need to add more milk. Or, if it seems too soft, add 1-2 T. flour.
- Cover and chill the dough for 30-40 minutes, until it is slightly stiff, but not hard.
- If you are not sure that you have the right consistency, put a small amount in your press and squeeze out a couple of cookies. If the dough does not come out cleanly (doesn’t stick), chill the dough for another 20-30 minutes.
- Load your spritz cookie press and “shoot” the cookies onto a greased cookie sheet. Space them so that they are 1″ apart on the cookie sheet. Keep the unused dough in the refrigerator while you’re working.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-12 minutes, until the cookies are slightly brown at the edges.
- Turn off the oven and let the cookies continue to dry overnight so that they get hard and crisp. If you have a dehydrator, this is a great way to get them thoroughly dry.
If you haven’t made spritz cookies before, you may want to practice a bit, as the cookies will vary in shape and size, based on how much dough you extract (“shoot out”) at a time, and how hard you squeeze the “press”.
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll have lots of fun with this recipe.
To make this recipe for dog treats, you need a spritz cookie press.