Spinach & Ricotta St Patricks Day Dog Treats
To offset the added sugar in the glaze, opt for a treat that is high in protein. This Spinach and Ricotta Dog Biscuit recipe adapted from 3mbakery is a low fat, high protein snack is quick an easy to make, and makes a ton of cookies! You can store them in an airtight container in your fridge, or freeze for up to 4 months. Note that these do not contain preservatives, and can spoil just like other food in your fridge!
Spinach & Ricotta Dog Treats
- 3½ cups oat or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup frozen spinach – thawed
- 1 egg
- ½ cup water
- 6 Tbs Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 TBS Powdered Sugar
- Milk (add small amount to get drizzling consistency)
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F and line large cookie tray with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, spinach and milk together, or use a blender to mix and then pour green liquid into bowl. If you want really green cookies, you can add a few drops of food coloring at this stage, which is safe for dogs.
- Add flour and ricotta cheese to bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Turn out on to lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, (around a minute). Roll dough out to about ½ inch thickness, and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place on cookie tray about ⅛ inch apart.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until firm and the edges are golden brown.Remove from oven and place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool.
- While treats are cooling, mix all ingredients for glaze in a small bowl. If leaving treats un-frosted, skip steps 6 and 7 .
- After about 5 minutes, glaze cookies by drizzling and spreading with a spoon. Top with a small amount of sprinkles or other edible decoration if desired.*
Yield about 48 small – medium cookies (depending on size of cutter and dough thickness).
*Word of warning, if you search for dog safe frosting, you wont find a lot on the web. This is specifically due to the fact that, just like with humans, dogs should only eat sugar in moderation. Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to humans, and can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly the onset of diabetes. When treating your dog to a frosted treat, limit them to just one or two in order to keep them fit and healthy!