Adorable Heart Shaped Cookies for Dogs that are Naturally Sweetened with Honey and made with Carob making this Treat Perfectly Safe for your Pooch!
Grizz-Lee and Chocolate are my world! They know they have their little paws wrapped around my finger. All they need to do is give me one look, that puppy look, and I cave.
Luckily health-wise, Grizz is not motivated by food. He would much rather go out for a walk or played with for hours with one of his many toys; sometimes both. He keeps me busy picking up after him. You’d think I’d have a child at home from the toys spread across the floor. [Note to self: stop buying more toys.] #stillloveitthough
Chocolate, on the other hand, goes nuts when she hears the word, “snack.” Ask her to eat breakfast or dinner, and I get NOTHING. But say the word snack and this little lapdog will come running out of nowhere!
I keep them on a schedule while they also keep me accountable for those moments when time escapes me and I forget to give them their daily snack. All they need to do is give me that same puppy look and pace around the kitchen. My guilt kicks in and no matter what I’m doing or where I am, I stop to give them what they want. Spoiled much?
I must say, I’m pretty lucky they’re not picky eaters. Thank goodness! They LOVE a variety of fruits and veggies but I keep it limited because when I have introduced something new into their diet, including snacks, they sometimes have minor tummy issues for a day or two until they get used to it. So apples, blueberries, strawberries and tomatoes are typically given in rotation. But being that it was Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something different, something special, something that showed LOVE. They deserve it. All dogs do.
Chocolate is the universal confection for this special occasion. As you may know, this ingredient cannot be given to dogs due to their harmful and potentially lethal effects, which is why I pulled out my jar of carob powder!
Carob has a few similarities to chocolate where they’re both dark in color, processed through roasting and then can be ground to a powder form. Both can be used interchangeably in human foods, particularly in baked goods with a 1:1 ratio.
Caffeine is naturally found in cocoa beans whereas carob does not have caffeine which is why it’s okay for dogs to consume carob. Another positive aspect of carob, is that it has more calcium and fiber, lacks theobromine which causes bitterness and is therefore, a bit sweeter than cocoa.
I truly enjoyed making these carob heart shaped cookies for my babies. It was fun watching their excitement when they knew they had a snack that was not their typical fruit or veggie. They indeed enjoyed them and I’m sure yours will too!
If you make them, leave a comment below. I’d love to know how your little one took it.
**Note: All dog foods found on URBAN BAKES has been tested by me (yes, I try it too!) and is ensured all ingredients are dog-safe through credible sources and veterinarians. However, there are several allergies and/or intolerances that can develop over time which may include and is not limited to certain proteins, corn, wheat and soy. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet can consume any of the listed ingredients found in this recipe.**Print
Adorable Heart Shaped Cookies Naturally Sweetened with Honey and made with Carob making this Treat Perfectly Safe for your Pooch!
- 1 cup (117 grams) whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup (33 grams) cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons (24 grams) carob powder
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) water (add more water if needed)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
- 1 large egg (50 grams)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons (27 grams) peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon (5 grams) honey
- 1/2 cup (73 grams) cornstarch
- 1/2 cup (132 grams) low fat plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon (8 grams) pure honey
- CAROB COOKIES: Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius) and line 2 cookie cookie trays with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal and carob together; set aside.
- In a medium bowl mix water, oil, egg, peanut butter, and honey. Combine and mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
- Over a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) thick and cut out shapes with desired cookie cutters.
- Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool in the oven for approximately 10 minutes until the cookies have hardened.
- GLAZE: In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, yogurt and honey until smooth. Using an angled spatula spread a thin layer of glaze over each cookie or use a piping (pastry) bag fitted with a small round tip to pipe glaze over the top of each cookie. Over the surface of a counter, gently shake the cookie side to side to set the glaze evenly. Keep glazed cookies in the fridge to dry for 4 hours or overnight. Best served chilled.
- Cookies should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
- Shelf life is approximately 1 to 2 weeks. After a few days, the glaze on top of the cookies may begin to “crack.” The cookies are still good.
- For large breed dogs, use larger cookie cutter shapes. For small breed dogs or for dogs in training, use smaller shaped cookie cutters.
- **Note: All dog foods found on URBAN BAKES have been tested by me (yes, I try it too!) and is ensured all ingredients are dog-safe through credible sources and veterinarians. However, there are several allergies and/or intolerances that can develop over time which may include and is not limited to certain proteins, corn, wheat and soy. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet can consume any of the listed ingredients found in this recipe.**
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Dog Snacks
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: carob cookies for dogs, dog safe snacks, heart shaped carob cookies
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