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DIY Dog Treat: Valentine’s Day Macarons for Dogs

Valentine’s Day is a time to let your favorite friends and family members know just how much they mean to you. And there’s no excuse to leave your dog out of the fun! This year, you can upgrade your pup’s Valentine’s Day with a DIY dog treat imitating French macarons.

Not to be confused with coconut macaroons, French macarons are the delicate and delicious dessert that sandwiches a filling between two fluffy meringue cookies. They’ve had a resurgence of popularity in recent years, and now your dog can get in on the trend with this DIY dog treat version. We’ve swapped out unhealthy ingredients, like powdered sugar, and replaced them with dog-friendly chicken broth and peanut butter.

Note: Make sure that the peanut butter you use does not contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs.

You already know that the way to your dog’s heart is through their stomach. So, this Valentine’s Day, say it with dog treats. Here’s how to whip up a batch of homemade French macaron treats for your pup.

What you'll need:

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup flour + 2 tbsp optional to thicken the peanut butter filling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp beet juice
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter*

*Note: Make sure your peanut butter does not include xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.

Supplies

  • 1 bowl
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Whisk
  • Plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper or nonstick baking mat (macaron mat optional)
  • Spatula
  • Table knife

Yield:
8 macarons

Serving size:
One treat per pup

Prep time:
15 minutes

Bake time:
5 minutes

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, add egg and chicken broth. Whisk.

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Add flour in two additions, whisking after each, until the mixture reaches a cake batter consistency.

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3

Whisk in the beet juice.

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4

Pour the batter into a plastic bag.

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5

Snip off one corner of the bag with scissors.

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6

Cover a baking sheet with parchment or baking mat. Pipe 16 circles of batter measuring about 1.5 inches in diameter onto the prepared baking sheet.

You can use a macaron mat to guide you when you pipe the batter.

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7

Bake for 5 minutes, until the cookies are dry and shiny. Allow to cool.

Cookies must be completely cool before continuing.

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8

Spread about ½ tsp peanut butter on the flat side of one biscuit, then sandwich it together with the flat side of another biscuit. Repeat with the rest of the biscuits.

Some natural peanut butters can have a liquid consistency. If necessary, mix a few tsp of flour into the peanut butter to stiffen. (We used 2 tsp.)

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9

Serve to your pup with a side of love!

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This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet is sensitive to fats, has any other health issues, or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

By: Ciara LaVelle
Ciara LaVelle is a writer, editor and mama to two tiny humans, rescue pup Zeno, super cat Manny, too many fish to name, and a garden full of succulents. She lives and writes in South Florida.

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