Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to show your pooch just how much you love them!
So how does one express their love to their four legged friends? Well, there are afternoon walks, quite time on the couch, and perhaps even a trip to the beach! While these are all great ways to show your pup that you love them, I think that we can all agree that the best way to a dog’s heart is through their bellies! So why not make homemade dog treats for your pooch this year? I have a great little recipe that I want to share with you so you can make your pooch these adorable dog treats.
How To make Dog Treats From Scratch
I made the heart shaped dog treats to the right from scratch. I baked and then decorated each dog treat by hand. I have come across a few websites that are selling “semi” homemade dog treats; meaning they purchase pre-made dog biscuits and then just decorate them by hand. I do not have a problem with this it all. In fact, it probably saves a lot of time. If you are creative and you can come up with nice designs, this might be the way to go. You’ll just have to make sure that you know exactly what the dog treats are made out with you plan on selling them. If you are saying that your treats are organic dog treats, then they better be organic!
This is why I like making dog treats from scratch. I never have to worry about what’s in them because I made them myself! Having said that, I am now going to show you how to make healthy dog treats for Valentine’s Day!
One Of My Favorite Dog Treat Recipes
I know that a lot of you want to know how to make dog treats with peanut butter, but this particular recipe doesn’t use peanut butter. I am going to show you how to make my famous Milk Bone Doggie Treats. This is one of my favorite dog treat recipes because once the dough is made, you can cut the treats into just about shape that you would like. I used heart and martini glass cookie cutters for the Valentine dog treats above, but you can use any type of cookie cutter that you would like. Using this recipe really makes learning how to make dog treats easy. And it’s fun too! You can experiment with all sorts of different treats. Just think, if there is an occasion… you can make dog treas for it:)
Milk Bone Doggies Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 packet powdered milk
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour and powdered milk in a large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, egg, and butter. Mix until dough forms. Roll dough on floured surface into 1/4″ thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
**Tip** How To Make Dog Treats With a Dehydrator
Because of the ingredients used, the dog treats above, as well as many other types of treats, have a high water content. The high water content means that they will not last very long and will start to get moldy soon after making them. However, you can use a food dehydrator to lower the water content which will extend the shelf life of your dog treat.
How To Make Dog Treats With Icing
One of the biggest problems new dog bakery owners face is figuring out ingredients to use for their dog treats.I remember when I first started out I couldn’t figure out what to use when it came to icing my dog treats. I knew that chocolate was a no-no and I found out that carob is a great substitute for chocolate. However, I wanted to know what I could use to make colorful decorations on my treats.
I know that there are a lot of recipes for homemade dog treat icing, but I don’t use it. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I just prefer using yogurt chips instead. After melting down carob and peanut butter chips to decorate my homemade dog treats, I quickly figured out that I could use yogurt chips as well. Yogurt chips come in a variety of colors and they are low in sugar, which is a good thing too:)
So how do you do this?
You can use a double boiler to melt the yogurt chips down, but there really is no need. I use microwave safe cups that I bought at Michaels and I melt them in the microwave. This is much faster and a lot less messy! Just be sure to use a low heat setting and check your chips after about 20 second or so. Otherwise they can burn and then that’s just a disaster.
Once the chips are melted you can then fill piping bags and tips to decorate your dog treats. The yogurt chips harden when they are cool so you don’t have to worry about anything smearing. This is a great way to make your dog treats look very “gourmet.”