Easter is almost here! I have been trying to think of an activity to do with my dogs for Easter since I don't have any children and I figured, why not have an Easter egg hunt with them? I looked everywhere and could not find any Easter themed treats that were not packaged in tons of plastic, so I figured I could make them myself. (I'm on a plastic free binge currently, trying to purchase the least amount of single use disposable plastic as possible.) I also see many posts where people are hiding plastic eggs and I just know my dog would crunch them into a million pieces, just not a safe situation. Why not give them an egg they can eat?
This recipe is a peanut butter and carrot soft cookie so it is easy for smaller breeds to eat. It is hard for me to find a variety of cookies soft enough for my little old chi-chi with no teeth to eat. With only 7 basic ingredients, it was pretty easy to put all together from what I had in the kitchen as well.
Mix it all together and you get a dough blob like so.
I am also pretty obsessed with going to Michaels craft store for practically everything. They have an amazing section for cookie cutters and decorative little tools for your cookies.
I made two sizes of cookies since I have a large mutt and an itty-bitty chihuahua. I have to please everybody.
After they baked, my house just smelt like straight up peanut butter. It was wonderful. My husband came home from work and was all excited, yet to his dismay, found out it was for dog cookies. I'll have to bake him something else to make up for it.
Here are my two little spoiled pups. Keanan on the right is a mutt, I've heard all sorts of suggestions on what he could be. He was a stray that a rescue picked up and then I acquired him. Violet on the left is his little partner in crime. She was abandoned in a pet store and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. If you can see from the picture, Keanan is the biggest drooler I've possibly ever met. He literally just sat in the kitchen drooling nonstop until I gave him one of his cookies. I saved the cookies in their cookie jar for Easter, when I will hide them around the yard.
Easter Egg Dog Biscuits
1 cup peanut butter*
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 and 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup oats
1. Preheat oven to 325°F degrees.
2. Mix the peanut butter, milk, egg, and shredded carrot together in a large bowl.
3. Then, mix in the flour and baking powder.
4. Lastly, mix in the oats.
5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, cut out shapes, decorate if you desire, and place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking mat.
6. For larger cookies, I cooked them first for 10 minutes, flipped them and cooked for another 10 minutes. For the smaller cookies, I cooked them for 5 minutes on each side.
*When purchasing peanut butter, read the ingredients list and consider the following:
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets. ALWAYS buy peanut butter without xylitol in it so you never forget to double check when baking for your pet or giving it to them as a treat. If you'd like to read more about this click here.
Palm oil is a common ingredient in peanut butter that is sourced from palm oil plantations which are causing deforestation issues in tropical rain forests. Due to this deforestation issue, it has dramatic effects on the critically endangered orangutan population. If you'd like to read more about making sure your products are palm oil free or made with sustainably harvested palm oil, please read more here.
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