I love to bake and I found a recipe by Heather Baird at Etsy Journal for a DIY Conversation Hearts Dog Treats recipe that is pawfect to give your dog for Valentine’s Day! Your dog will sure ruff you! I do not take credit for making up this recipe, but I did tweak the instructions for how I made them. The ingredients are very simple and easy to make. I bought all of my ingredients/tools at Giant Eagle and Pat Catan’s. Grab another dog owning friend and make treats for all your dogs! This recipe does make a lot of treats! You can also reduce the portions if needed. The cookie cutter can also be any size that you prefer for your dogs. Since I have larger dogs, I made larger sized hearts for them. Check out this cool recipe for your furry Valentine:
DIY Conversation Hearts Dog Treats
– 3 cups of brown rice flour
– 3 4-oz jars of apple baby food
– 2-4 tablespoons of water
– Food coloring or gel food coloring*
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Combine the brown rice flour and applesauce in a large mixing bowl. Mix together on medium speed until a crumbly dough forms.
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture clumps together and forms soft, non-sticky dough. You may not have to use all of the water. If the dough is sticky, add extra flour as needed.
- Divide the dough into five equal portions.
- Return one portion of dough to the mixing bowl and add blue food color a little at a time until a pastel color is achieved.
- Repeat the process with the remaining portions of dough and the pink, yellow, green, blue and violet gel food color.
- Roll each piece of dough between two sheets of parchment paper; use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes from the dough.
- Transfer the dough cut outs to the prepared baking sheets with a small spatula. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are firm and their surfaces appear dry. Let the cookies cool completely.
- On a small plate, place a small portion of red gel food color and add 1 or 2 drops of water to thin it slightly. Use the artists’ brush to paint red conversation messages onto the treats.
- Let them stand for 30 minutes, or until the lettering is completely dry and let your dog(s) enjoy!! Store the treats in an airtight container.
*Ingredients can be altered based on dietary needs. ASPCA assures that food colorings approved for human consumption are also safe to be used in foods for pets. However, if you are not inclined to use food color, you may omit it completely. Alternatively, vegetable powders such as carrot powder and beet powder can be added to the recipe to obtain color naturally. Please treat your dog responsibly.