Thursday, 14 December 2017
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter and Carob Christmas Dog Treats

Homemade carob Christmas dog treats with red and green drawstring treat bags and ribbons

"Chocolate" and peanut butter? Doggone irresistible! These treats swap the chocolate for dog-friendly carob as a delicious adaptation of our smooth roll-and-cut peanut butter dog treat recipe. This dough handles well for roll-and-cut treats, but if you're looking for a quick and easy alternative, you can use fork flattened balls or go for our simple no-rolling DIY dog treat method.

Peanut Butter and Carob Christmas Dog Treats 


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup carob powder
1/4 cup room temperature water
Approximately 3/4 to 1 cup brown rice flour, plus additional flour for rolling

🥄 Making the Treats: 

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

Combine peanut butter, egg, carob powder, and water in a mixing bowl.  Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough.  The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed. Rest dough (optional).

Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before serving and storage.

Step-by-step making Christmas dog treats with plunger cookie cutters

To use plunger-style cutters instead of traditional cookie cutters, you need to ensure that you have a nice cohesive dough (see adjustment tips above) that will roll smoothly without cracking, take an impression cleanly, and release from the plunger without difficulty.  Low fat doggy doughs are tricky, but this peanut butter base is easy to work with and has just enough oiliness from the peanut butter for me to use it easily with my plungers.  Thickness is vital for plungers meant to create impression designs - too thick and things get squishy and hard to release cleanly, too thin and the design may not take well. I find it easiest to roll in smaller batches for a uniform thickness to plunger depth, and you can double check the depth by pressing on the back of your lifted cookie (first image above) to ensure that there is no gap between the dough and the plunger.  

🦴 When working with plungers and stamps, any rising/leavening ingredients in the dough are a risk to the design as they can puff during baking. There are lots of human cookie options without leaveners, but I find most of my doggy doughs are either too sticky, too soft, or too textured to be good candidates for detailed plunger designs.  I took a chance since there is egg in this dough, but it worked for me.  There might be some luck at play as well, but no worries either way - the dog's don't mind if their treats look less than perfect!



Tips and Tricks:
  • Peanut butter and molasses can be particularly tricky ingredients to measure perfectly. Don't stress about it - close enough is good enough! There can be big differences in consistency of peanut butters as well. Little variations like that as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing our doggy doughs. 
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • 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.
  • Resting and/or chilling the dough before rolling and/or after cutting your shapes on the pan before baking is optional as this is a low fat dough, but it can help with handling and/or holding shape, just like human cookies.
  • 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!
  • These treats can be 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.

Homemade carob Christmas dog treats with plunger cookie cutters

2 comments:

  1. May I know how many does this yield?

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    1. Hi Venessa! Welcome to the blog. :)

      We don't include yield in any of our recipe posts because it is very dependant on what the maker decides wrt shape, size, and thickness when they're baking.

      To help you with an estimation though, most of our treats are small to medium batch sizes. A recipe like this would typically fill a single standard cookie sheet of roll-and-cut treats similar to the ones shown if closely spaced, and may require a second sheet if spacing wide or using a smaller pan/sheet. Hope that helps!

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