These fun Valentine's Day dog treats were made using our new puzzle heart cookie cutter (a Christmas gift from Santa's "pet chef" stocking stuffers), aren't they cute?
Naturally-Coloured Pink and White Valentine's Day Dog Treats
1/4 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock (see tips below)
1/4 cup low fat milk powder
1 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp beetroot powder (see tips below)
Preheat oven to 180C. Combine broth and milk powder in a bowl to dissolve, then stir in the egg. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity may vary slightly, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of water or additional stock to adjust. Divide the dough into halves. Work the beetroot powder into one of the halves to add a natural pink colour as well as a little extra nutritional boost. You can use food colouring instead, if you prefer. On a lightly floured surface, roll your two doughs separately and cut into desired shapes. If you're using a puzzle heart cookie cutter like the treats shown and want a consistent left/right colour combination, use one side of the cutter for each dough. Extra dough can be cut into other shapes, like my go-to mini circle plunger, or simply rolled into balls and gently flattened with a fork. Place on a prepared cookie tray and lightly brush the surface with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. Cool before serving and storage.
If you are making a larger batch of treats (or want an all-pink dough), it's easiest to mix the beetroot powder (or colouring) with the liquids before adding the flour. If your dog is lactose sensitive or you'd simply prefer a different recipe/flavour, you can make a similar heart puzzle cookie for dogs using any light rollable dog treat dough as a base. Lighter coloured dough will work best for tinting.
Tips and Tricks:
- My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock. For this particular recipe, I reduced approximately 1 cup of stock into a concentrated quarter cup so that I could make a more flavoursome treat dough mixture.
- If you are making a larger batch of treats (or want an all-pink dough), it's easiest to mix the beetroot powder with the liquids before adding the flour.
- The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
- These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use.
- Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out. These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit. Totally optional, of course!
Hungry for more tasty treats? See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.