Easy Dog Treats for Shark Week
Make waves with these easy and jawsome treats
Happy Shark Week, everyone! When we decided to throw Dave a shark-themed birthday party—he’s obsessed with his shark toy—I knew that I wanted to try my hand at making some on-theme dog treats.
We whipped up a batch of these easy frosted biscuits in an afternoon, and they were a huge hit with both of our pups.
The recipe took a little fin-agling (Get it?? Okay, I’ll stop!) since I don’t like to use artificial food coloring when I’m cooking for the dogs. That said, there are lots of natural food coloring options you can buy online or at specialty food stores these days. I made my own using this crazy hack from Bon Appetit. (Cabbage, who knew?) The only downside was the house definitely smelled like soup for three days.
You’ll have to plan ahead a bit to make these 1) to lock down a shark cookie cutter (unless you just happen to have one!) and 2) to order a bag of the Magifrost mix that we used as a frosting shortcut. If you’re less worried about mess, you can also swap out the Magifrost for some plain greek yogurt. It’ll be a little trickier to store the treats and they’ll get soggy sooner, but if you’re planning to feed them to your pup ASAP you can get the same overall effect.
Scroll down for more pics and the recipe. And happy Shark Week!
RECIPE: DIY SHARK WEEK FROSTED DOG BISCUITS
Try this easy recipe for a jawsome treat. Makes 12-15 biscuits.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes. | Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Proportions are based on this cookie cutter. If you use a larger or smaller size, you may need to adjust the cook time.
1 cup of plain pumpkin puree
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup of corn meal
1/4 cup of natural peanut butter (check that it doesn’t contain xylitol)
1 Bag 10 ounce bag of K9 Cakery Magifrost Dog Treat Icing
Natural food coloring concentrate—I make mine using this recipe
1) Preheat oven to 350
2) In a large mixing bowl, stir together pumpkin puree, whole wheat flour, corn meal, and peanut butter until smooth
3) Use whole wheat flour to light flour a surface. Remove dough from bowl and roll out on prepared surface until it is roughly 1/4 inch thick.
4) Use your cookie cutter to punch out cookies and lay on cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper.
5) Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until edges of treats begin to look golden brown.
6) While the cookies are baking, follow instructions on Magifrost Icing to create a smooth frosting coat for your treats. Before you dye the frosting blue, set aside a small amount of white icing (1-2 tbsp.) to use for the sharks’ eyeballs.
7) Add blue food coloring to the remaining frosting and mix until color is even.
8) When cookies are cool, frost with blue icing. Add white eyeballs using the frosting you’ve set aside, and dot eyeballs with concentrated blue food coloring.
9) Allow to set for 1-2 hours so frosting will harden, and then allow your pup to enjoy!
Happy Shark Week!
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