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St. Patrick’s Day Dog Cookies (with & without Trader Joe’s Mix)

If you have a Trader Joe’s location near you, you get it. They always have new things. That’s why I was excited to see their Canine Creations Dog Biscuit Mix in my local store. I used their biscuit mix to bake my latest kitchen project for St. Patrick’s Day.

Fear not. If you don’t have a location near you or they don’t have it in stock, I have a DIY version of this recipe too. The Trader Joe’s mix just makes it faster.

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What’s in the Trader Joe’s Dog Biscuit Mix?

Trader Joe’s Dog Biscuit Mix includes things you would normally find in dog treats:

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Rolled Oats
  • Dried Skim Milk
  • Cane Sugar
  • Cane Molasses
  • Salt
  • Dried Eggs
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Monocalcium Phosphate (reacts with the baking soda to make dough rise)
  • Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (another leavening agent)

I was a little surprised at the amount of sugar in these. But, they do taste good. (Of course I tasted them, I always do)

Trader Joe’s promotes that the mix can be customized by adding applesauce, chicken, peanut butter or cheese. But I wanted to make some green treats for St. Patrick’s day. So that’s the direction I went.

Customize Trader Joe’s Dog Biscuit

For the St. Patrick’s Day treats, I of course first thought of spinach. But having none in the freezer and being super lazy, I grabbed a bag of green beans.

Some of the recipes I saw online use mint. Having none, I peered out my kitchen window to the potted herbs. I knew parsley was safe, but also had basil. A quick check online revealed that was fine for them to eat.

While at Trader Joe’s I also picked up a bag of freeze dried apple slices to go along with the biscuit mix. I thought they would add a nice crunch to the finished product.

I really try for intuitive cooking for my dog treats. I think about the various dog treat recipes I’ve seen, check Pinterest for inspiration, and check my cupboards. So far, it’s worked out. After all, even if they aren’t perfect looking, my dogs love everything I’ve made so far!

Here’s the recipe using the Trader Joe’s Mix.

St Patrick’s Day Dog Treats (with Trader Joe’s Dog Biscuit Mix)

This recipe uses a pre-made mix from Trader Joe's, plus customization for a green dough.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Doggo

Equipment

  • Small blender
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Trader Joe's Dog Biscuit Mix (See other recipe for scratch-made version)
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Green Beans
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Basil or Mint
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 package Trader Joe's Freeze-Dried Apple Slices

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350* and line baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Assemble your ingredients.
    ingredients
  • Pour Trader Joe's dog biscuit mix into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In a small blender, combine 1/2 of the chicken broth, green beans, parsley and basil and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the green bean mixture and the remaining chicken broth into the biscuit mix and stir to combine. Mixture will be crumbly.
  • Add coconut oil and combine using your hands to press the dough together.
  • Crush freeze-dried apple sliced and fold them into the dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut dough to desired shape.
  • Place cut-out biscuits on your prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Then turn the biscuits over and bake an additional 20 minutes. The biscuits are done when they are lightly brown, crispy and dry.
  • Store biscuits in the refrigerator or freezer.
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Now, my dogs absolutely loved these. Here’s Tammy getting a taste.

And Doug loved them too!

st patrick's day cookies for dogs

One big downside for me. I put a lot of green ingredients in these cookies. The dough was green. But when I cooked them, they turned brown! A little bit of a bummer, since I made them for a St. Patrick’s Day event.

To get a deep green color dog treat: Spinach would have been a better choice for this project. If you substitute spinach for green beans, you may need to add some additional flour, due to the high water content in spinach.

DIY Dog Treats – Trader Joe’s Dog Biscuit Copycat Recipe

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, or the mix is out of stock, here’s an alternative recipe. The basic recipe can be customized to your liking by mixing in your dog’s favorite treats.

Trader Joe’s Copycat Dog Biscuit Mix

Here's a good basic dog biscuit recipe that's easy to make and versatile.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Doggo

Equipment

  • Small blender
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Oat Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

Customizations….

  • 3/4 cup Green Beans (or 1/4 cup Frozen Chopped Spinach)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Basil or Mint
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Apples

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350* Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine oat flour, wheat flour and baking soda in a large bowl. (To make oat flour, pulse oats in a small blender to make a coarse powder.)
  • Add egg, chicken broth and honey to make a crumbly mixture.
  • **If adding customizations: pulse spinach or green beans with herbs and 1/2 the chicken broth until smooth. Add to mixture. Then add chopped apples during the next step.
  • Add coconut oil and combine with your hands to form a smooth dough.
  • Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then turn over the biscuits and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Biscuits are done when they are light brown. They will be crunchy.
Keyword diy dog treats, dog biscuits, dog cookies, healthy dog treats, homemade dog treats

Does this recipe sound familiar? Last year I made an original recipe Gluten-Free Spinach and Chicken Treats for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve modified the recipe here to more closely mimic the Trader Joe’s mix, above.

Houston Dog Mom is a Houston-based dog lover and shelter volunteer. Doggos "Doug" and "Tammy" also help out with the writing.

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