Lemon-Dill Cookies

Lemon and dill is a popular flavor combination for humans, but I wasn’t sure if dogs would enjoy it quite as much. After experimenting with this recipe, 3 of my 4 doggie taste-testers gave it an enthusiastic two paws up.

Believe it or not, fresh dill is considered a natural remedy for doggie breath. Since it’s naturally antibacterial, dill can actually help reduce bacterial growth in your dog’s mouth and even help prevent the early onset of gingivitis.

Lemons have surprising health benefits, as well. Lemons contain a high level of vitamin C, which is great for a dog’s heart, eyes, liver, teeth and bones, and immune system. Lemons are also thought to help relieve arthritis pain, and incorporating lemon into your dogs’ diet early in their lives may help prevent or delay the development of arthritis as they age.

Lemon-Dill Cookies

Makes about 22 cookies

 

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup water

1 egg

1/4 cup chopped (fresh) dill

1 cup oat flour

1 cup brown rice flour

 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine the lemon juice, water, egg, and dill in a bowl.

3. Stir the oat and rice flours into the wet ingredients. Knead or stir until the mixture forms a smooth, homogenous dough.

4. Roll the dough into balls about 1-inch in diameter. (I used a tablespoon to portion the dough into scoops to roll into balls).

5. Arrange the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use the heel of your hand to gently flatten each ball into a cookie shape. The cookies can be close together on the baking sheet, because they will not spread during baking.

6. Bake for 9 minutes, flip each cookie over, and return to the oven. Continue baking until the cookies are firm to the touch, about 9 minutes. Turn the oven off, and crack the oven door, and leave the cookies to dry out for about 2 hours.

 

These cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature but will last longer in the refrigerator.

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