Everyone’s an Irish Setter on St. Patrick’s Day!

Just because our dogs aren’t allowed to partake of the green beer, that doesn’t mean that they should miss out on all the St. Patty’s Day fun. These green, spinach-flavored biscuits are really festive, especially when cut out with a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, and they are also rich in antioxidants, iron, and fiber.

Some people (erroneously) think that spinach is toxic to dogs, because it contains a substance called oxalic acid. It is true that in extremely large amounts oxalic acid can cause health problems; however, according to veterinarian Marie Haynes, “the amount that a dog would have to eat in order to cause toxicity is so high that it probably couldn’t be done.” So, spinach is A-okay for dogs to eat in moderation, and it makes a beautiful, natural green food coloring for dog biscuits.

I hope you and your dog have a happy and healthy St. Patrick’s Day! In celebration of all things Irish, I’ll leave you with a few canine-centric Irish proverbs:

-A little dog can start a hare, but it takes a big dog to catch one.

-A live dog is better than a dead lion.

-The dog that’s always on the go is better than the one that is always curled up.

-The cat is always dignified . . . until the dog comes by.

Shamrock Biscuits

Makes about 26 (2 1/2-inch by 2 1/2-inch) shamrocks


2 cups organic spinach leaves, tightly packed

1 egg

1/2 cup water

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed for dusting


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Place the spinach leaves in a food processor or blender, and process to a puree.

3. Transfer the spinach puree to a bowl, add the egg and water, and stir to combine.

4. Add the flour, and stir to combine. Use your hands to squeeze and knead the mixture into a smooth dough.

5. Lightly dust the countertop with flour, and roll the dough out into a sheet about 1/4-inch thick.

6. Use a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter to cut the dough into pieces. Arrange the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.

7. Bake until the biscuits are firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.


Note: I used all-purpose flour in this recipe to keep the green color as vibrant as possible, but you can substitute whole wheat flour if you’d like.


These treats are best stored in the refrigerator.


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  1. Pingback: 17 Homemade Dog Treats Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day | Victoria Stilwell Positively

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