Did someone say cheese! I absolutely love cheese any kind of cheese, hard cheese, soft cheese any kind cheese, expect perhaps blue, or real strong cheese. I also like to consider myself a dog wagging connoisseur of cheese and I know what I like. Our cheese dog treat recipe is sure to please even the most discriminating cheese loving dog, due to we pack it with a lot of tasty cheese! For this recipe in honor of Switzerland we have been using a cheese made in Switzerland called Tilsiter.
A light yellow semi-hard smear-ripened cheese, created in the mid-19th century by Prussian-Swiss settlers, the Westphal family, from the Emmental valley. Tilsiter has a medium-firm texture with irregular holes or cracks. Commercially produced Tilsiter is made from pasteurized cow‘s milk. It has been manufactured in Switzerland since 1893. Swiss Tilsiter is mainly produced in 3 varieties. A mild version (green label) is made from pasteurized milk, a more strongly flavoured one from fresh, unpasteurized milk (red label), and the yellow-labeled “Rahm-Tilsiter” is produced from pasteurized milk with added cream. We use the green label! It’s really tasty and you might want a little on some hearty brown bread.
However the best part about the recipe is that you can use a number of different type of cheeses that makes your dog howl! Also if your dog is lactose intolerant you can choose a lactose free cheese or a tofu or soy cheese.
Okay let’s bake some Cheese dog treats
- 310 ml (1 cup and 1/4) of whole wheat flour
- 250 ml (1 cup) of Tilsiter cheese (or your dog’s favorite cheese)
- 1 egg
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) of un-sweeten apple sauce
- 30 ml (2 tbl.) olive oil
- a pinch of cinnamon (about 1/4 tsp.)
- Preheat oven to 200º (400º F)
- Grab a large bowl and add grated cheese and flour and mix
- In a small bowl whisk the egg
- Stir in apple sauce and oil to whisked egg
- Make a well in the flour and cheese mixture
- Add egg mixture and stir
- Get your paws in and make a nice dough
- Grab your cookie sheet and either lightly spray or use wax paper to line.
- Roll out treat size treats and place on cookie sheet. They can be close together, due to they do not expand.
- Bake for 30 minutes or a little longer if you made big treats for big dogs.
- Turn oven off and let biscuits cool in the oven.
- Once cooled, call your dog (however they will probably already be in the kitchen due to the treats smell amazing while cooking.) and give them a homemade cheese dog treat.
notes: makes about 28 5cm (2 inch) biscuits. You can freeze the dough and the biscuits last about 2 weeks in the fridge or freeze them for longer.