Happy Easter everyone! Despite everything that’s going on in the world, there’s no need to skip good ‘ole family time! Easter not only marks the beginning of Spring, it also gives families a chance to enjoy fun, pretty colors and flowers, competitive egg hunts, family picnics, and delicious candy and treats.
But your Easter family fun time shouldn’t have to exclude your pet family! Your pups would love to celebrate as much as the next guy.
We’ve put together some delicious AND healthy human-grade dog treats that’ll get your dogs in the Easter spirit! (Don’t worry, you can have some too 😉)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place steel cut oats in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder until they are almost at a powder/flour consistency.
- Combine peanut butter, hot chicken broth, olive oil, and honey. Stir until dissolved.
- Stir in ground oatmeal and flour until well combined. (You can use your hands to make sure everything is completely mixed.)
- Place dough on a powdered surface and roll out to a 1/4” thickness.
- Cut out shapes with egg, bunny, or carrot-shaped cookie cutters.
- Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Ice cookies if desired (instructions below) place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes.
- 4 tbsp Flour
- 2 tbsp Water
- Natural Food Coloring (Optional)
- Mix flour and water until smooth.
- Divide “icing” into snack size sandwich bags.
- Add 1-2 drops of food coloring, massage bag until thoroughly mixed.
- Snip a tiny corner of the bag.
- Squeeze all mixture to that corner of the bag.
- For creating details like lines and polka dots- squeeze gently as you go, drawing on your cookies.
- Or simply ice the entire top surface with a butter knife.
Is your family vegan? Don’t worry! We didn’t forget our veggie friends!
Here is another yummy recipe your plant-based pups will love this Easter!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients except food color in the bowl of an electric mixer. Blend to form a dough that will hold together in a ball. If your dough is too moist, add more flour. Too dry? Try adding more applesauce. The dough is very forgiving.
- Roll the dough to about 1/4″. They will puff up when baked.
- Cut into shapes using miniature Easter shaped cookie cutters. These are about 1-1/2″ cutters. You can get these on Amazon.com or at most craft stores that carry baking supplies.
- You can also get the bags there as well.
- Arrange cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5-6 minutes until they are just set and move easily on the cookie sheet. Do not let them brown.
- Reduce the heat of the oven and once it’s at the lowest setting (175 degrees), continue to bake until completely dry. We are basically dehydrating the cooking removing all of the moisture so they are crunchy and have some shelf-stability. Any moisture that remains could cause them to mold after a few days. If you are unsure, take one of the thickest cookies and snap it in half to test. I usually turn the oven off at this point and let them cool in the dry residual oven heat overnight.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely before giving to your pup!
These festive dog treats are baked low and slow to give them a crunch that dogs love and to help preserve them. They are guaranteed to last for months if baked until they’re completely dry and are kept in a dry, airtight environment!
Hope your pups enjoy these scrumptious DIY treats!