Chinese New Year Dog Treats: Cranberry Biscuits

Friday, 16th, 2018

February is a big month for Ollie. It’s his birthday month and he turned 3 years old this year. But this year February is a big deal for all dogs out there, because it’s Chinese New Year, the year of the dog. What does that mean?

The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle and there are 12 animals in the zodiac. Just like astrology, different elements are associated with the animals. This year is the first time we’re in the year of an Earth Dog since 1958. People born in an Earth Dog year are said to be serious, hard-working and individuals who stick to their principles. Not bad traits for all of us to practice this year. (Except maybe the seriousness part).

So in celebration of Ollie’s birthday and the Year of the Dog, I made dog biscuits with cranberries because red is the core celebration color of Chinese New Year’s. Here’s how to make them:

Half cup of room temperature water
Half cup of dried cranberries
3 tablespoons of coconut flour
1 and a half cups of almond flour
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Add dry ingredients besides coconut flour (cranberries, almond flour and coconut oil) into a bowl and mix
On the side, beat two eggs in a separate bowl
Combine the ingredients and mix them together with your hands
If the dough is crumbly, slowly add in small portions of room temp water until sticky
Slowly add a tablespoon of coconut flour at a time to lessen the stickiness of the dough
Roll dough into a ball
Spread out on a flat surface pre-sprinkled with coconut oil
Roll out and use a cookie cutter. I used these dog bone shaped ones.
Bake for 18 – 25 minutes

Happy Chinese New Year!

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