You don’t even need a special occasion to do something special for your dog, but why not whip up a batch of colored icing for special days like St. Patrick’s Day or Easter! These recipes are easy enough to make any time. You can make them exactly as is or add some of your dog’s favorite ingredients. And if your dog has a wheat allergy, rice flour can be substituted in any of these recipes.
So, just in time for St. Patrick's Day here is an easy cookie recipe, complete with green icing!
Easy Dog Cookies
2 cups wheat flour 1 cup peanut butter (natural, unsalted is best)
1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup skim milk
Stir together flour and baking powder and set aside. Mix peanut butter and milk and gradually add the flour mixture until well blended. Turn mixture onto a lightly floured cutting board and knead until smooth. Roll out to about ¼ inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. For a sweeter treat you can add a little bit of honey. You can also substitute applesauce or plain yogurt for all or part of the skim milk.
For extra fun, try icing the cookies with this simple recipe. Add a little food coloring for special occasions.
Dog Treat Icing
8 oz. cream cheese 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey Approximately 3 tablespoons flour
Mix first 3 ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it is a good spreading consistency. Experiment with food coloring for different tints to suit the occasion.
And, if your dog prefers cake, try this:
Doggie Birthday Cake
1 egg 1/3 cup honey (optional)
¼ cup peanut butter 1 cup shredded carrots
¼ cup oil 1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 6 cup pan. Combine first 5 ingredients and blend well. Stir in carrots and mix well. Mix together the flour and baking soda in a small bowl and then fold into the peanut butter mixture. Spoon into pan and bake for about 40 minutes. Cool, remove from pan and serve. If desired you can make a peanut butter icing by mixing some peanut butter with a little water or milk.