Smooches pooches! How to make peanut butter molasses dog treats with carob kisses. They’re pawfect for special Christmas or Valentine’s Day treats, or just because. Any time is a great time for a kiss! Delicious peanut butter with a hint of blackstrap molasses and a droolworthy carob drop “kiss” make these downright irresistible to my boys. Meet me under the mistletoe! Puppy kisses for kisses accepted.
Peanut Butter and Molasses Carob Kiss Dog Treat Recipe
Homemade Peanut Butter and Molasses Dog Treats with Carob Drop Kisses
This recipe was adapted from our peanut butter and molasses Christmas plunger cookie dog treats. Any of these treat dough recipes, or other rolling doughs, can be used to make similar dog treats with carob kisses. You can use our carob drop kiss technique with any favourite dog treat dough that has carob compatible flavours.
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup room temperature water or other dog-friendly liquid
- Approximately 1 to 1 + 1/4 cups of brown rice flour
- Miniature dog friendly carob drops or chips
Making the Treats:
- Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.
- Combine egg, molasses, peanut butter, liquid and any optional ingredients 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 extra liquid, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed.
- Rest dough (optional but recommended).
- Hand roll into small bite-sized balls and place on a prepared baking pan.
- Push a mini carob drop into the top of each ball for the kiss. Skipping the kisses? You can flatten the treats gently with a fork instead.
- 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.
Baked Biscuit Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our introduction to making homemade baked biscuit (cookie) dog treats for additional information on baked dog treats.
- We don’t include yield in our treat recipe posts because it is very dependent on what the maker decides for treat shape, size, and thickness when they’re baking. We like to bake small batch treats (variety is the spice of life!). You can multiply our recipes if you’d like to bake a bigger batch for frozen storage or to share with furfriends.
- Baked treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller. Keep an eye on your time and temperature. The smaller the treat, the shorter the baking time. You won’t be able to break the kisses here though, so make sure they’re small enough for your dog to enjoy.
- Homemade baked dog treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. See our post on baked dog treat shelf life and storage for information and tips.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- Peanut butter and molasses can both be tricky to measure perfectly. You can wet your measuring cup or spoon, or spritz with cooking spray to help measure and release with less mess. Or simply don’t stress about it. Close enough is good enough. Little variations in ingredients, measurements, egg size, temperatures, and other factors are why we work incrementally when mixing dog treat doughs.
- When choosing a peanut butter, take and check labels to avoid artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled as sweetener code 967. I use a no added salt or sugar smooth peanut butter when making treats.
- Carob drops are often sweetened, whether you are buying them from the human baking good section or specially marketed dog treats. Many are a combination of sugars and oils with carob powder, some are unsweetened carob and oil mixtures. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with an occasional special treat, but always read your ingredients to know what you’re buying and eating/sharing.
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You use the category and tag labels to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. 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.