I was going to upload something other than a recipe but I just couldn’t wait to share this exciting one with you! The final product was utterly adorable and Blizzard loved them. They were fun to make and are a great decadent treat for your dog. This is the type of treat for the rare and super special occasion. They looked so good at the end in fact that I’m now thinking of how best to turn this recipe into something for human consumption! I think it would be delicious! My husband has his doubts….
A few notes before we get into the recipe. You might be looking at the title and be saying, “But I thought chocolate was bad for dogs!?” And you’d be right. Chocolate IS something you should never, ever under any circumstances give your dog. Theobromine is the ingredient found naturally in cocoa beans that hurts your dog. Depending on the type of chocolate, this occurs in higher or lower doses. A Hershey bar has this but in slightly lower (although not any less lethal) doses than say pure baking chocolate. White chocolate isn’t chocolate at all and contains no cocoa in it’s pure form. It does contain coco butter which does have Theobromine present, just in very small amounts. So small in fact that your dog would have to eat A LOT of white chocolate to actually get sick. In fact a 20lb dog would need to eat 250lbs of white chocolate to show any signs of chocolate poisoning. Likewise a 40lbs dog would need to eat 500lbs!!! The offshoot of this is that white chocolate is probably not something you want to feed your dog regularly but as an occasional decadent treat they will enjoy this “forbidden” specialty!
- 1 1/2 c. Brown Rice Flour
- 1 1/2 c. Oat Flour
- 1/2 c. Dried Cranberries*
- 1/2 – 1 c. Water**
- 1 egg
- White chocolate (can be chips or chunks)
*I had a VERY hard time finding dried cranberries that were not sweetened. You can purchase two varieties of sweetened cranberries; ones with sugar and ones that are juice sweetened. NEITHER should really be used. You’re already adding white chocolate which has plenty of sugar. I did finally find freeze dried cranberries at my local Whole Foods store. The product “Just Cranberries” is just that…only cranberries. I recommend these unless you can find another source for your dried cranberries. If you do, please let me know!
** Your water is variable depending on the type of cranberries you use. Freeze dried cranberries will suck up the water and other moisture in your recipe so you’ll need to add more water if using this brand.
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cut your cranberries into quarters. You want them small enough to be in bite size shapes but not so small that they turn to power (especially if you’re using freeze dried).
3. Mix water, egg and cranberries together. Mix for awhile until the cranberries appear soft.
4. Add oat flour and brown rice flour alternately until dough starts to form.
Your dough may come out broken. You will want to simply knead it back together on your counter.
5. Roll out your dough and cut into shapes. For this particular recipe I HIGHLY suggest using an ice cream cone cookie cutter because of the end result. However you are free to use whatever you want!
6. Place parchment paper on your baking sheets and put the cookies on the paper. You can pack these as close as possible because like all previous recipes they will not expand.
7. Cook approximately 20 minutes until cripsy.
8. Cool on wire racks.
9. As the cookies are cooling, prepare your double broiler.
10. Once cookies are cool enough to touch you want to melt the white chocolate in the double broiler.
11. Using a high temperature spatula or cake frosting knife spread the melted while chocolate onto the cookies. If you use the ice cream cone shape you’ll put the white chocolate on the “ice cream” part only.
12. Optional step: Put some of your cranberries into your food processor and run until they are a fine powder. This only works if you are using the freeze dried cranberries. Use the powder to sprinkle on the white chocolate while still warm.
13. Let dry over night on wire racks.
14. These treats can be stored in the fridge or in an airtight container at room temperature.
Some folks may ask me why I chose a white chocolate over something like a yogurt topping. Yogurt toppings ARE much healthier in general but there are a few drawbacks. First, you have to store anything that has a yogurt base topping in the fridge. Second, it never hardens so you always have a soft frosted treat. While there is nothing wrong with this I wanted a treat I could store in the treat jar at home or safely ship to friends and family. So long as these decadent treats are fed on special occasions and not as a treat staple there should be no issues with giving your dog this fun and yummy treat!