Easter Bunny Biscuits for Dogs

Easter Bunny Dog Treats | Pretty Little Pastimes

 

Before everyone found the last egg in the hunt, I wanted to share with you a recipe that is sure to please that hopping, four-legged, bushy tailed animal that is enjoying Easter right along with you. And, no, I don’t mean the Easter Bunny!

Whenever I celebrate a holiday where I plan to indulge a little, I try to whip up something for my two pups to enjoy right along with me. They share my life each and every day, so why not include them in the joy of holiday festivities? With a quick and simple recipe like my Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Dog Treats (here, with a couple of changes) your dogs will be just as excited to see the Easter Bunny … and not just because they want to chase him around the yard.

Beef & Cheddar Dog Treats

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter *
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/4 plain yogurt (optional, for bunny tail decoration)

*Be sure to not use peanut butter containing xylitol. The ingredient is not harmful to humans, but is toxic for dogs.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, olive oil and beef broth. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, oats, and cheddar. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture until combined. If your dough is too dry add more beef broth one tablespoon at a time.

Easter Bunny Dog Treats | Pretty Little Pastimes

Transfer the dough to a flour dusted surface and roll the dough to about 3/8″ thick. Use a cookie cutter (I used a bunny shape) and cut out your treats. Combine the scraps and keep rolling to get as many treats as you can out of the dough; I ended up with 26. Place the unbaked treats onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Using a small pipping bag, place a small dollop of plain yogurt as a “bunny tail” on each treat. Place the treats directly into the refrigerator until the yogurt is hardened, about 30-45 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature (yogurt will remain hardened).

Easter Bunny Dog Treats | Pretty Little Pastimes

My pups love it when the Easter Bunny leaves them some homemade treats in their baskets and I am sure yours will too! Happy Hoppy Easter, everyone!

Easter Bunny Dog Treats | Pretty Little Pastimes

 

 

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Summertime Pupsicles

Chicken and Carrot Pupsicles I Pretty Little Pastimes

Now that the weather is officially in sun-blazing summer-mode, I am spending more and more time outside. Beach days, hikes, and long walks with the pups are topping my list so far. Since I am on a new coast this year, it has been an exciting season of firsts. And while I am trying my hand at some new dishes in the kitchen for the two-legged members of the family, I never want to leave Maggie and Bogart out. This past weekend I decided to finally use the popsicle molds that have been sitting in a drawer to freeze a cold treat for those dog days of summer.

 Chicken & Carrot Pupsicles

  • 3 cups chicken broth (I used low-sodium, organic)
  • 2 small carrots, sliced
  • 4 thin rawhide chews (for the pupsicle sticks)

Start by pouring the chicken broth into each of the popsicle molds. Chop the carrots into thin slices. I made two small angular cuts at the top of the carrots to form the heart shape on my carrot coins. Place the carrots into the broth (they will sink to the bottom).

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Next, place the rawhide chew in the middle of each mold to act as the popsicle stick. I knew they would not stay in place with out a little help, so I used 4 strips of clear tape to anchor them. Place the molds into the freezer until hardened. Once frozen, remove the tape from the molds and gently pop the pupsicles out. Tempting as it is, avoid prying them out by the stick, so it does not break. If they are being stubborn, run a little warm water over the mold until they loosen.

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This was a tough one to snap photos of, since my dogs wanted to carry them off to the grass to eat. But I loved this shot of Maggie’s paws and one of the heart carrots that had fallen (it was gobbled up seconds later). They made them look so good, it might be time for me experiment a little with some fruity popsicles for myself! Stay cool everyone!

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