Tuesday, 17 January 2017
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{RECIPE} Pink and White Puzzle Heart Valentine Dog Treats

DIY heart puzzle homemade dog treats (pink and white)

These fun Valentine's Day dog treats were made using naturally tinted beetroot dough and our new puzzle heart cookie cutter (a Christmas gift from Santa's "pet chef" stocking stuffers), aren't they cute?

DIY heart puzzle homemade dog treats (pink and white), step-by-step how to make

Naturally-Coloured Pink and White Valentine's Day Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1/4 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock (see tips below)
1/4 cup low fat milk powder
1 egg
Approximately 1 cup brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling 
1/2 tsp beetroot powder (see tips below)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

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.  Rest dough (optional).

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 10-15 minutes. Baking time will depend on shape, size, and thickness. 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 roll-and-cut dog treat dough as a base. Lighter coloured dough will work best for tinting.

DIY heart puzzle homemade dog treats (pink and white)
Tips and Tricks:
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth from preparing homemade dog 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.
  • In addition to richness and nutrition, milk powder can help enhance dough consistency and I find it creates a slightly firmer/crisper baked result. 
  • 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. 
  • Homemade treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Dalmatian dogs eating heart puzzle homemade dog treats (pink and white)


  1. How long can these be stored at room temperature?

    1. Hi there! Very sorry for the slow reply - we've been offline during a move. Our homemade dog treats don't contain any preservatives, so they are best treated like homemade human cookies and stored briefly in a sealed container at room temperate and/or frozen for longer storage.

      I like to freeze my treats for fresh defrosting in small quantities.

      Hot or humid ambient conditions will shorten shelf life. Similarly, drier treats will typically last a little longer at room temperature, so dehydrating a little in the oven or in a dehydrator can not only help make thing a little crispier, but extend shelf life a bit as well.

      Hope that helps!


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