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Bone appétit: Gourmet dog treats for your fur friend

Celebrate International Dog Day with these gourmet dog treats In celebration of International Dog Day on Friday, August 26, Le Cordon Bleu Australia has created a paw-lickin' recipe for gourmet dog treats. Chef and lecturer Iris Jezierski, who trains hundreds of students per year at Le Cordon Bleu's Sydney campus, says these preservative-free biscuits are perfect for fur babies who enjoy the finer things in life.

“The greatest thing about making your own dog treats is that you know exactly what goes into them,” she says.

“With homemade snacks there are no added sugars, colours or preservatives, plus ingredients can be varied to the tastebuds of your dog and your budget.”

When Iris isn’t working in commercial kitchens, you can find her spending time with her rescue dogs, Milly and Griff.

She says when making treats for pets, it is important to avoid ingredients that can upset their tummies.

“Big no-nos include onions, chocolate, grapes, raisins and caffeine to name a few, and always consult your veterinarian if unsure on particular food items.”

Have you got a pup you love to spoil?

We’d love to see your take on Iris’s recipe below. Pop on your chef’s hat, create your own goodies and share a photo of your fur-friend enjoying them, along with the hashtag #lecordonbleuaustralia

Homemade dog treats are great for a preservative-free option
Pictured right: Long haired miniature Dachshund Frankie (@funwithfrankie_) enjoying his preservative-free dog bisuits.

Iris's homemade dog treats recipe


  • 200g low-fat beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 20g fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ½ banana
  • 120g oats (gluten free)
  • 40g coconut oil


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
    2. Combine all ingredients well. Add more oats if mixture is too wet. Wrap and cool for ½ hour.
    3. Roll out to 1cm thickness on baking paper to prevent mixture sticking on the workbench.
    4. Cut to desired shape. Place on baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes.
    5. After baking, leave overnight in cooling down oven with door slightly open to dry out the cookies.

    Storage tips

    Dog treats with meat should be stored in a container in the fridge for only a few days and should be used very quickly, as these cookies do not contain preservatives. Otherwise layer the cookies with baking paper in a container and freeze. Defrost the cookies in the fridge as required.


    Please research any ingredients you choose to use in dog treats to ensure they are suitable for dogs to consume. If you are unsure of any of the ingredients being suitable for your dog, please consult your veterinarian.

    Frankie enjoying Iris's gourmet dog treats