Coconuts Favorite Italian Dog Cookies
I hope you didn’t think I was leaving out our beloved family dogs this seasons. Coconut AKA our family dog, loves a good cookie! A few years ago I searched for a dog cookies recipe that would please Coconuts Palate. After trying several online recipes, that she turned her nose up to, I decided to create my own, and included some of Coconut’s most favorite foods and flavors, Cheese, Chicken, and Italian seasonings. She absolutely loves them and I have to quickly slip them into her airtight cookie jar to stop her from begging for more….I swear she is human…like us one cookie at a time is never enough! If you have a beloved pet in your home or family I highly recommend this recipe.
Italian Dog Cookies
2 cups flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup brewers yeast or natural yeast ( can be purchased at Common Crow in Gloucester)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon garlic finely minced (****optional, can be omitted from recipe)
1 cup store-bought chicken broth plus 1/4 cup for basting
1 combine oil, chicken broth and garlic in mixing bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment; mix on low speed 30 seconds
2 sift flour into large mixing bowl; add wheat germ brewers yeast, kosher salt, Italian seasoning and freshly grated Parmesan cheese; mix my hand
3 working in small batches add dry ingredients to oil mixture; mix on medium/low speed until dough ball forms
4 cut dough ball in half; roll one half ¼ inch thick on lightly floured work surface
5 using dog bone shaped cookie cutters cut several cookies; transfer cut treats onto parchment lined cookie sheet; repeat with remaining dough
6 bake 10 minutes in preheated 400 degree oven; brush each cookie with chicken broth
7 return cookie sheet to oven; bake 10 additional minutes until golden; cool 1 hour before serving
Stack and wrap 3-4 cookies using decorative ribbon
To make Dog Cookie Ornaments~ make a small opening at one end of cookie before baking ( I use a metal pastry tip)
Coconut and I made a special Boxwood Tree adorned with her favorite Italian Dog Cookies for her Groomer Julie at K-9Cuts.
Coconut Woof’s You all A very Happy Holiday!