It’s coming up to football season, you have your Football Jersey for your Dog, he’s dressed in your favorite NFL Team Colors and you’re preparing for kickoff ……
But wait, no treats for the biggest fan of all who’ll be dressed for the part but nothing to nibble on with you. Disaster!!
Ok, so maybe you don’t USUALLY make homemade dog treats for your dog because he just eats yummy dog food, but, why not splash out and do something for the occasion. Give your dog a treat for the Big Day!!
I thought that I would follow Rosanna Pansino’s (Ro’s) recipe and make some homemade treats based on foods that I know my pal, Coco, loves. They are really quick and simple recipes to follow and your biggest fan will love you for them.
So the first thing that we’re gonna be making are homemade peanut butter dog biscuits!
Now, I do like to use all organic products not only for “people products” but also for my dog!
It’s also a good side note that if your dog has any food allergies, you can substitute the ingredient. For example, if they are allergic to wheat, a good substitute is rice flour or coconut flour.
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Let’s get going… first up is to make these peanut butter dog biscuits. The ingredients you will need are:
- 2-1/2 cups of whole wheat flour,
- 1 cup of water,
- 1 cup of peanut butter,
- 2 tablespoons of honey,
- 1 egg, and
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
The tools you will need are:
- A baking sheet,
- mixing bowl,
- hand mixer,
- rolling pin,
- some cute Wilton pet cookie cutters! I will be using the bone shaped cookie cutter
- and a fork.
- Combine our flour, egg and baking powder into the mixing bowl.
- Give it a quick mix.
- Add our water, peanut butter and honey to the bowl.
- Next, mix together until everything is well combined.
Now our dough is ready, and it’s ready to roll out.
A really good thing to know about this recipe is that it’s not gonna rise very much because we’ve only added one egg, so when you’re rolling it out you’ll want to roll it to the thickness that it will be at the end. I like to shoot for about a 1/2 an inch.
So take a little flour, sprinkle it over your working surface so that the dough doesn’t stick to it as you roll it out.
Then, take your dough, press ‘em down which by now is smellin’ so good! Just like peanut butter!
Then just roll it out – remember, this will be to about 1/2 an inch thick.
Take your bone shaped cookie cutter (so cute!) and just cut out a bunch of our little peanut butter biscuits!
Remove the excess dough around your cookies and transfer them to your baking sheet.
Totally optional – adding detail to our dog biscuits! Press the fork in at different angles so it has that signature peanut butter cookie look.
Now they’re ready to bake – place them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, just keep your eye on ‘em!
Mmmm! Fresh out of the oven, they’re all done, and they smell really good!
The good news is that these are also people safe – real good party trick – take one out of the “dog cookie jar” and take a bite. It tastes like peanut butter, it’s a little bit drier biscuit, but they’re not sweet at all. Without the sugar added, they’re not like a “people-cookie”.
Watch your friends’ reaction when they see you bite into a “dog-biscuit”. Such a hoot!!!
Definitely yummy for dog treats though!
Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones.
I don’t know about your dog, but my dog cookie loves ice cubes! It’s also such fun watching her chase a cube across the floor.
The things you’ll need to make these Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones will be:
- A bone mold (the Wilton Dog Cookie Cutters are so cute),
- organic chicken broth and
- some boiled chicken breast.
This recipe is simple and it’s super easy to make, and Coco absolutely loves it!
Starting with 2 pieces of organic chicken, boil them until they are fully cooked and then what we’re gonna do with them is to just shred them, and add them to each little bone mold.
After you’ve filled the tray with a bunch of shredded chicken, add the chicken broth on top. To make it a little bit easier, pour it into a measuring cup with a pour spigot (really good if you’re messy – like me!)
Once you’ve filled the tray with the chicken broth, pop them in the freezer for a few hours until they have completely frozen.
Football Celebration Cake
Lastly, we are going to make a doggie birthday cake! Okay, so it’s not really a birthday cake THIS TIME – it’s a Football Celebration Cake. Try and ignore the candle etc. and focus on TASTE (erm – for your dog that is!)
Coco gets so excited because it’s a meat based cake, with a peanut butter banana frosting!
The things you will need for this football celebration cake are:
- A mixing bowl,
- a hand mixer,
- two 4-inch cooking pans (spring form pans are super easy to use),
- Cooking spray,
- 1 pound of organic ground beef,
- 1/4 a cup of rolled oats,
- 1/4 a cup of shredded cheese, I’m using cheddar,
- 1 egg,
- 1 cup of peanut butter,
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and
- 1 ripe banana!
Using your mixing bowl, combine our beef, egg, oats, and cheese, and just mix it together – super easy and fun using your hands.
Now split this evenly between our two pans, – just eyeball it 🙂 Let’s not be too precise here.
Pop these in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until the meat is cooked all the way through.
While our doggie cakes are baking in the oven, we can make some frosting using peanut butter and mashed banana!
Once again, in a mixing bowl, add our peanut butter, our banana (just break it up into little pieces), and our vanilla extract.
Now mix them together until they are well combined.
Done – our peanut butter banana frosting is ready.
This part is totally optional, by putting the majority of the frosting into a decorating bag, with no tip, you will find that it makes it a lot easier to apply to the cake.
Then, in the second bag, we’ll use a number 21 tip, which has a little star, for a little bit of design prettiness on the cake.
Once our doggie cakes are out of the oven and have had a little bit of time to cool, they can still be warm, this is just fine, we are going to level them by cutting off the top. This will make them easier to stack.
Now is a good time to pick whatever plate you want to serve your little doggie cake on – Cokie is gonna love it!
Take the bottom layer of your cake and put a layer of frosting on top so that the patties will stick together.
Now put on our second layer, stick it right on top.
Now let’s frost the entire cake. Start on the top, just pipe our frosting all along the top, and then use the spatula to flatten it out and press it all the way around the sides of the cake.
And then, for a little bit of fun, you can add a little bit of confetti.
Here are the DIY Dog treats that we made today!
We made, Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, Organic Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones, and a Doggie Football Cake (it’s basically a meatloaf with frosting made of mashed bananas and peanut butter)!
And NOW we are game ready.
Football Jersey for Dog – check!
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits – check!
Organic Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones – check!
Doggie Football Cake – check!
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Chicken Flavored Ice Cube Bones
Doggie Football Cake
Do you have a favorite dog treat recipe that you can share? Perhaps you have a few ideas of your own? Please feel free to share your treats with us. We’d love to try them out too. Leave your comments, questions or ideas in the comments below.