Homemade Dog Treats

Silhouette of woman feeding a dog oa treat.

It’s National Dog Biscuit Day! Our fur babies love homemade treats just a much as we do. Show your precious pooch some TLC with this quick and simple recipe to make your very own dog treats at home.

Picture of mass produced store bought dogs treats

Over 160 years ago, dog treats started to be produced on a large scale by a man from Ohio named James Spratt. Spratt traveled to England and started to produced these biscuits. Not until the early 1900’s did these dog delicacies show up in the shape of a bone.

Making homemade treats for your best friend can ensure you know what goes into them- making them healthier and BONUS you save so moolah! Your K-9 will love this recipe made with pumpkin puree and peanut butter.

Dog treats made right in my own kitchen
Dog treats made right in my own kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
    • Eggs are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and fatty acids. They are a great source of nutrition.
  • 2/3 C canned pumpkin puree
    • Pumpkin is a super food for dogs and contains essential micronutrients and fiber. I use organic natural pumpkin puree. You don’t want any spices, sugar, or additives in the canned puree you use. It will irritate a dogs stomach.
  • 1/4 C peanut butter
    • ***Make sure the peanut butter does not contain Xylitol. It is toxic to dogs.
  • 2 1/2 C whole wheat flour

Let’s chat about flour power

You want to make sure you measure flour properly. To do this, use a whisk or fork and fluff the flour. Then, spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level the top with a knife. Humidity plays a huge role in baking. You may need to adjust the flour measurement depending on the weather or altitude where you live.

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Combine eggs, pumpkin, & peanut butter together and mix until well combined.
3. Slowly add whole wheat flour and keep mixing. You may not have to add all of the flour. While mixing, monitor your dough. It should not be sticky. If your dough is still sticky after adding 2 1/2 C, add 1 TBS at a time until it does not stick to touch.
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
5. Use fun cutters to cut shapes.
6. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 19-22 minutes. You want to bake out the moisture. The edges of the cookie should be lightly browned.
8. Let completely cool and then reward your doggo.

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How about some other flavors to get your 4 legged friend’s tail wagging?

Here are some more recipes I found for you:

Wild About You Cookie Set

A fiercely fun set of cookies perfect for a wild party or Valentine’s Day.

Giraffe Print, Zebra Print, & Cheetah Print Cookies
Giraffe Print, Zebra Print, & Cheetah Print Cookies

Pinks, reds, white, glitter, roses… It’s time to think outside the box for Valentine’s Day this year. Getting dressed one morning I said to myself, “Self, you have a lot of cheetah print going on,” and since my brain is always logging away ideas on how to translate my life into my art…this “Wild About You” cookie set was born.

I decided on a scalloped heart cookie cutter giving it a rustic “lace trim” to tie in some traditional Valentine’s elements and jazzing it up with the heart decorated in animal prints.

This set was so much fun to make because it’s not as intricate in details and uses wet on wet technique which makes production time faster. The only part that needs to crust over or dry first is the lace boarder. It’s a super simple process.

Cutter Used:

This cutter is pretty old. I am not sure the maker, but any 3″ or bigger cutter would do the trick. Shop here for a Scalloped Heart Cookie Cutter.

Giraffe Print Scalloped Heart Cookie
Close up, Giraffe Print Scalloped Heart Cookie

Part 1 – Giraffe Print

Mixed in different levels to create the colors I wanted.

Process:

Start by creating the lace border by outlining the scalloped edges in a dark brown medium peak icing and dragging the icing inward with a paint brush. As, you can see I didn’t pull in the scalloped edges completely. I wanted a rustic, safari like visual.

Let dry 1-2 hours

Using a golden brown flood icing, outline and flood a heart shape that touches the edges of the lace created previously.

While golden brown is still wet, create organic shapes with a medium brown and allow them to sink into the golden brown. Use a scribe gently to help the spots settle and give the cookie a little jiggle.

Allow the cookie to dry 10-12 hours before it is fully set.

Watch the video now:

Process of making the giraffe print scalloped heart cookie

As you probably saw, I didn’t include the step to make the lace boarder. Oops! BUT!!! I did include it in the next video of me making the cheetah print cookie. (See video below)

Cheetah Print Scalloped Heart Cookie
Close up, Cheetah Print Scalloped Heart Cookie

Part 2 – Cheetah Print

Colors Used:

Mixed in different levels to create the colors I wanted. I achieved the tan by slowly adding small amounts (I mean like dipped a toothpick in the color and dipped it in the icing, small amounts) of Buckeye Brown until I achieved a color I was satisfied with.

Process:

Same as the giraffe print, start by creating the lace border by outlining the scalloped edges in a white medium peak icing and dragging the icing inward with a paint brush. Again, not fully pulling in the outline so it covers the cookie, let the cookie peek through.

Let dry 1-2 hours

Using a tan flood icing, outline and flood a heart shape that touches the edges of the lace created previously.

While tan icing is still wet, create organic shapes (think wiggly bean shape) with a dark brown-allow them to sink into the tan icing. Use a scribe gently to help the spots settle and give the cookie a little jiggle.

Still while all icing is wet, create thick organic lines around the dark brown spots with a black icing. See the picture – some of the spots have a “C” shape in black and some of them are just outlined on a couple edges -allow the black outlines to sink into the tan icing. Use a scribe gently to help the spots settle and give the cookie a little jiggle.

Add some more spots – Using a #1 piping tip, I created little organic shapes like the step above, but this time there is no spot to outline. I used “C” shapes, comma like shapes, and some lines in the shape of an oval that don’t touch. Let those shapes settle in the wet icing.

Allow the cookie to dry 10-12 hours before it is fully set.

Watch the video now:

Process of making the cheetah print scalloped heart cookie

There…I feel better. I did show the process of creating the lace scallop. Now, are you ready to do it again with the zebra print?

Zebra Print Scalloped Heart Cookie
Close up, Zebra Print Scalloped Heart Cookie

Part 2 – Zebra Print

Colors Used:

Process:

Start by creating the lace border by outlining the scalloped edges in black medium peak icing and dragging the icing inward with a paint brush. Remember don’t fully pulling in the outline so it covers the cookie, let the cookie show through.

Let dry 1-2 hours

Using white flood icing, outline and flood a heart shape that touches the edges of the lace created previously.

While white is still wet, create organic lines (think curvy lightening like lines) with super black and and allow them to sink into the white flood. You can see in the picture that some of the lines branch from one another and some are on their own. Fit your lines together like a puzzle and leave room for the negative (white) space. Give the cookie a little jiggle to help settling.

Allow the cookie to dry 10-12 hours before it is fully set.

Watch me make it:

Process of making the zebra print scalloped heart cookie

This video is a bit slowed down from the previous two. I need to remember to upload slow versions for you to see the process in more detail. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll do that from now on. 🙂

Conclusion:

These cute cookies are pretty simple to make. I would say a beginning level decorator can do these prints. The process isn’t very time consuming, thin flood icing is mostly used, and the organic jiggly shapes are great for a newb to get the knack of a piping bag.

Wild About You Cookie Set

Have you made these prints before? Show me! I love to see other cookiers work.

Have questions? I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment.

Remember to feed yourself. – Karen

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Have a chocoholic or a red velvet lover around? These sweet cookies are a twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie giving it a punch of color, but oh so soft and melty with that choco-licious flavor.

These are perfect for Valentine’s Day or Christmas, but who am I kidding? They’re good anytime of year.

I’m not much for the full blogs that give a lifetime account before getting to the recipe. So, here’s my no fluff go to for red velvet chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (16 TBS) room temp butter
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs vanilla
  • 2 TBS buttermilk
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 3 C unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (reserve 1 C)

Recipe:

Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy

Add eggs and vanilla – mix until just combined

Add buttermilk and red food coloring – mix until just combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.

Turn on mixer and add dry ingredients to red mixture, a few heaping tablespoons at a time. Scraping down the sides of the bowl and paddle as needed.

When combined, add chocolate chips. Make sure you reserved 1 C for after baking.

Bake at 350 for 8-9 mins.

Once removed from oven and still hot use the reserved chocolate chips to push 3-4 in the tops of each cookie to make them bakery pretty.

Let cool and store in airtight container.

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“Box of Chocolates”

What’s better then having a giant cookie? Opening it up to find more cookies inside!

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to create a “box” made out of cookies that could be opened and closed with more cookies that looked like chocolates hidden inside. This way the mini cookies are the gift and the present box is an added bonus!

If I create this again, I would make chocolate sugar cookies. Yum!

Part #1 – Making the gift box

Part #2 – Making the treats

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Baking & Decorating Supply Round Up

I often get asked what certain products are and where to buy them. I am a stickler for organization and created a supply roundup as a reference for my bakery supplies.

I am not affiliated with any brand or have paid partnerships. I receive no compensation for any purchases.

Are you an Amazon shopper like I am? Shop this list of the products I buy and suggestions.

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Rolling Pin
  • Evendough Bands Rolling Pin Rings
  • Silicone Spatulas
  • Cooling Racks
  • Silicone Baking Mats
  • 11″ x 15″ x 2″ Aluminum Baking Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Sifter
  • BRP Box Shop
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michaels
  • ClearBags
  • 7″ x 5″ Clear Flat Cello Bags
  • 3″ x 5″ Clear Flat Cello Bags
  • Bubble Wrap (shipping)
  • Cookies Boxes Sizes:
    • 12″ x 5″ x 1.5″(holds approx. four 3″ cookies)
    • 6″ x 6″ x 3″ Cookie Boxes (holds approx. four 3″ cookies)
    • 7” x 4.375” x 1.25” (holds approx. two 4″ cookies, good for large cookie pair)
    • 10″ x 10″x 2.5″ (“pie box” good for cookie platter)
    • 5″ x 12″ x 3.5″ (“slipper box” holds approx. 1 doz. 3-4″ cookies standing on end)
    • 19″ x 14″ (“cake box” holds approx. 50 3″ cookies)
  • Bags:
    • 2.25″ x 9.75″ treat bags (good approx. for 5 minis)
    • Stand Up Pouches (good for sets of minis)
    • Gift Bag Plastic Wrapping (good for wrapping cookies on plates, in baskets, and mugs.)
  • Cookie dunkers packaging:
    • 12 oz. Clear Plastic Parfait Cups with Insert
    • Coffee mugs
  • Sweet SugarBelle Scribe
  • 00L Piping Tip
  • 0 Piping Tip
  • #1 Piping Tip
  • #2 Piping Tip
  • #16 Piping Tip
  • #18 Piping Tip
  • Disposable Pastry Bags
  • Reusable Pastry Bag Ties
  • Sprinkles
  • Icing Sheets
  • Fondant
  • Food Grade Paintbrushes
  • Edible Metallic Paint
  • Edible Glitter
  • Plastic Standard Couplers
  • Edible Color Markers
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