DIY Dog Treats for Easter
The Easter bunny doesn’t have to be the only one delivering delicious treats this year. Whip up some DIY dog treats for your four-legged family this holiday.
These colorful, egg-shaped treats are easy to make and feature an ingredient dogs love: peanut butter. Serve the homemade dog treats on their own or add them to a dog Easter basket. You can even hide them for a fun Easter egg hunt.
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 drop all-natural purple food coloring
- 1 drop all-natural blue food coloring
- 1 drop all-natural green food coloring
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Large cutting board
- Rolling pin
- 2 ½” x 3” egg-shaped cookie cutter
- No-stick baking sheet
- Wooden skewer
- Straight-edge cutting knife
Yield: 12 dog treats
Serving size: 1 dog treat
Prep time: 45 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Total time: 95 minutes
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine 1 cup of flour with the eggs and peanut butter in the mixer.
3. Use half of the remaining flour to dust the cutting board.
4. Divide the dough into four even sections on the cutting board.
5. Using your finger, press an indent into three of the sections.
6. Place 1 drop of purple all-natural food coloring into the indent of one of the sections.
7. Repeat step 6 with the two other sections of dough, placing one drop of blue dye into one indent and one drop of green dye in the last indent.
8. Take the section with purple dye and knead the dough to make the color consistent throughout. Roll into a ball.
9. Repeat step 8 for each of the other sections. (For the uncolored dough section, simply roll it into a ball.)
10. Use the remaining flour to dust the cutting board again and the rolling pin.
11. Rip off small pieces of each color of dough and place them onto the cutting board, with the edges overlapping. The goal is to create a marbled pattern.
12. Gently flatten the dough using your hands without over blending the colors.
13. Roll out the dough using the rolling pin, and then fold the dough sheet in half.
14. Roll out the dough one more time, careful to disperse colors for a marbled appearance without over blending.
15. Cut cookies out using the egg-shaped cookie cutter, and place the cookies onto the baking sheet.
16. Use the toothpick, the wooden skewer and/or the straight-edge cutting knife to create a variety of shapes and patterns to decorate your dog treats.
17. Bake the treats for 30 minutes, and then let them cool for 20 minutes (either on the sheet or a cooling rack).
18. Give your one-of-a-kind pup his own one-of-a-kind Easter treat!
Originally from Chicago, Nicole Janiga joined the Chewy team as a marketing intern in January 2017. Since then, Nicole has continued writing and photographing for Chewy as a Content Collaborator while completing her education at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She is majoring in both marketing and corporate innovation, before returning to Chewy as a Marketing Analyst. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, riding her horse or snuggling up with her Pug, @zoetheloaf, and Terrier, Cozmo.