Posts Tagged ‘dog treats’

Now we’re not entirely sure why this recipe is called Apple Brown Bunnies, since they’re not even bunny shaped in the original recipe, nor are they made of rabbit, but we’ll roll with it.

This is another homemade dog treat recipe we found on Pinterest and gave a try. While dogs do like it, it isn’t one they go crazy for.


1/3 cup of all natural applesauce (unsweetened)

1/3 cup of water

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups of unbleached white flour


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix all wet ingredients in medium sized bowl.

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix well.

Batter will be a pizza dough like consistency.

Batter spread out in pan.

Batter spread out in pan.

Spread batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan.

If desired, sprinkle addition cheese on top. (As pictured.)

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cool and cut into bars. (We think it would be easier to cut the bars before it goes in the oven.)

Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

Finished product.

Finished product.



Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with the ones we love, and that includes our fuzziest and loyalist companions! Our pets are there for us year round, providing an unconditional kind of love that can brighten our spirits on the gloomiest of days. If you’re stumped on ideas for your pets, or even on what to get a significant other that loves animals, we might just have some ideas you’d like. 🙂

How cute are these "bichon bars" from Three Dog Bakery

How cute are these “bichon bars” from Three Dog Bakery?

Three Dog Bakery's "Boxer Brownies" look good enough for people to eat!

Three Dog Bakery’s “Boxer Brownies” look good enough for people to eat!

Check out this "pet-it-four" they make as well.

Check out this “pet-it-four” they make as well.

Bakeries all over the place are going to the dogs, literally! Bakeries catering specifically to our four-legged friends are sprouting up everywhere, making freshly baked doggy-friendly cupcakes, cookies, and more. Even some regular bakeries are getting in on the action, like Cupcake Station in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their adorable “pup-cakes”! Three Dog Bakery in the Partridge Creek Mall of Clinton Township, Michigan is the kind of place you can find such delectable treats as “Boston Terrier Cream Pies”, “Boxer Brownies”, “Pupcakes”, and “Bulldog Bars”.

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Stumped on what to get your significant other this year? A wonderful type of gift that has been gaining in popularity are donations. This Valentine’s Day why not make a donation to a rescue or shelter in your special someone’s name? Roses wilt, cards often get discarded or lost, and chocolates (while delicious) are soon gobbled up and gone; a donation that goes toward helping save animals is one that will have a lasting impact. There are plenty of places out there that could put your donation to good use, but one specifically is the Michigan Humane Society. Thursday, February 13th is the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Valentine’s Telethon. Donations are tax-deductible and help the good people at the humane society continue to provide the much-needed care to homeless, abused, and neglected animals in need. You can find more information on how to donate right on the Michigan Humane Society’s web page, here:

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Have a heart, and be a Rescue-Dog or Rescue-Cat’s Valentine! Please just remember that if you plan on getting a pet for someone for Valentine’s Day, to make 100% sure that they are ready for the commitment that comes along with it. Sometimes the best intentions just aren’t enough to make something work, and no one wants to see a pet come so close to having their forever home, only to have it taken away from them. It just isn’t fair to the animal involved. So make sure the person is on board fully, find out for sure if the place they live even allows pets (and if they do, that there are no restrictions that would apply to the critter you’re adopting), and please adopt. There are already so many animals out there in need of love, and they could truly use a good home.


Most importantly, the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give your pet, is the same one you give them everyday: Your love. We are our pets best friends, and there is nothing you could buy them that could ever measure up to your time. Whether you’re just snuggling on the couch, scratching that one spot that makes their back leg go crazy, or playing a game of tug-of-war or fetch, it will mean the world to your pet. They may not be able to go out and buy you flowers or write you any love poems, but who needs that when you’ve got a dog happily wagging his tail, or a cat purring in your lap?

We tried this recipe from a couple of months ago and we have yet to have ANY dog reject them. We found that the dough was really great to work with and it made the apartment smell fantastic while it was baking.

100% of our test subjects (Ozzy, BeeBee, Brutis, and multiple friends’ dogs) adore these treats and recommend them to your furry friends!

Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats.

Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats.



(makes about 25 small cookies)

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy. we used creamy this time.)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh — not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup non-dairy milk (We used almond.)


Preheat the oven to 375 F and place  a rack in the center of the oven. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In another bowl combine the  peanut butter, pumpkin, and non-dairy milk. Add the flour mixture, in small batches and mix well.

Knead the dough two to three times on a lightly floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out about 1/4 inch in thickness and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. I used the rim of a shot glass.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy! We’re off to try another recipe!

So it would seem that since the dog treat recalls we’ve been baking practically non-stop. Friends and family have been asking for recipes or for us to bake the snacks for them so that they do not (or can reduce the amount) that they buy commercially made dog treats. We’re happy to oblige and thankfully people are willing to pay for them.

(By the way, here is a link to the list of recalls. )

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Treats


1 cup flour

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 almond milk

1 dash cinnamon (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients.

Knead into ball.

Roll dough out and cut into shapes.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

We tested 3 dogs at the time of this posting. They all loved them!

Recipe found on Pinterest.

Recipe found on Pinterest.

We have decided to try our hands at baking homemade dog and cat treats from recipes we found on the interwebz. We’ll share the results, good or bad, so that you don’t have to do the dirty work yourself.

Tonight’s recipe:



2 ½ cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

1 ¼ cup canned pumpkin (only use pure pumpkin puree, not the pie filling)

¼ cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

½ teaspoonful ground cinnamon

¼ cup water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place all ingredients in a bowl.

3. Stir until thoroughly combined.

4. Add water as need to combine the ingredients.

5. Roll out dough to 1/4” thickness and cut with dog cookie cutters

6. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet.

7. Bake for 20 minutes (if you want a really hard cookie, bake for 5-10 minutes longer).

8. Leave in the oven to cool overnight. Or, cool completely on a wire rack before serving.


Less than one week in a dog treat jar, 3 weeks in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.

Please note that we did not have any cookie cutters handy. These are the raw treats all ready to go into the oven.

Please note that we did not have any cookie cutters handy. These are the raw treats all ready to go into the oven.


This recipe made a lot more treats than we had anticipated, but it all depends on how big you cut them as well.

This recipe made a lot more treats than we had anticipated, but it all depends on how big you cut them as well.


We had 3 very willing taste testers, not to mention that we also tried them ourselves. (Very bland to humans.)

However, all 3 dogs went crazy for this recipe! Even one very picky pug was absolutely delighted with them.

Ozzy enjoying one of the scrumptious treats.

Ozzy enjoying one of the scrumptious treats.

This is just one of many recipes Ashleigh found online and we’re looking forward to trying them out and letting you guys know the results.