You know what they say. The way to a man’s—er, dog’s—heart is through his stomach. This Valentine’s Day, we’re showing our dogs just how much we love them by whipping up some homemade dog treats. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes, including one we made at home with our trusty test taster, Bea the Boston mix.
This is how you nail Valentine’s Day, folks.
The name alone is so adorable that you can’t not make them!
- 24-Cup Silicone Mini Muffin Pans ($13.99 for two)
- 2 Baking Sheets
- 1 Pastry Bag
- Open Star or French Tip for Piping (we chose this 9-piece starter set for $7.99)
- Food Processor
You can do without any of this equipment; if you use a full-size muffin tin, your baking time will be a little longer. You can also grate the beets using the finest grater you have, but if the pieces are too big, they may not release enough juice to color your batter.
- 1 1/2 Cups Flour (any type or mix of types)
- 1/2 Cup Oatmeal (We used Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Hot Cereal)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 Cups Finely Shredded Raw Beets (peel if you choose)
- 1/4 Cup Strawberries (optional)
- 1/2 Cup Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 2 Eggs
- 3 Tbsp Yogurt (We used non-fat)
- 1 tsp Cornstarch
- 1/4 Cup Strawberries (We used frozen)
- 1 Block Neufchatel Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
Pretty in Pink
Take your everyday dog treats to the next, more love-y level by giving them a quick coat of pink icing. It’s basically the easiest thing ever, and there’s no baking required (win!) All you need is:
• natural food coloring, like beet or raspberry juice
…and voila! Ho-hum bones become pretty pink V-Day treats in literally seconds. Just stir and spread.
Tastes Like Chicken
Some like it sweet, some like it savory. If your dog has a taste for the latter, chicken dog valentine biscuits are the way to go—especially when you can make them in the shape of tiny hearts! This recipe only requires five ingredients, and can be baked or frozen:
• rice flour
Mix and mash, spoon into a heart-shaped silicone mold, then bake or freeze to your heart’s content. Yum!
We’re not going to lie. These treats look so delicious and easy, we’re seriously considering making them for ourselves. Mix together Greek yogurt, a banana, peanut butter, and honey, pour into a festive mold (hearts!), freeze, and boom. You have a DIY dog valentine you can enjoy, too.
Flea You Later
Dog Valentine cookies are pretty darn good on their own, but when they’re also combatting fleas? Hold up! These ingredients help keep those pesky little guys at bay while serving as a tasty treat for your pup. Here’s what you’ll need:
• beef bouillon
• brewers’ yeast
• garlic powder
• egg yolks
Mix, cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, pop in the oven for 20 minutes, let cool and show your dog how much you really love him.
Do you have a go-to dog treat recipe that can be Valentine’s Day–ified? We’d love to hear about it.