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Samantha SchwabDIY & Recipes / Pet Parenting

DIY Dog Treats: Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts

Tell your furry friend just how much you adore him with dog-friendly conversation hearts. Decorated with words of love, these DIY dog treats will make your pup’s next Valentine’s Day extra special.

This homemade dog treats recipe features colorful frosting made with fresh fruit, vegetables and spices, so you can feel good about giving these “sweets” to your sweetie. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be stored for later use to keep the good times rolling.

If you want to play cupid and spoil your canine companion with some extra affection this Valentine’s Day (and don’t we all?), try your hand at these DIY dog treats and spread the love.

What you'll need:

Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts
Photo: Chewy Studios

Ingredients

Cookie

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. salt

Frosting

  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. blueberries
  • ½ cup of spinach
  • 1 can of beets
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric

Supplies

  • 1 blender
  • 7 mixing bowls: 5 small, 2 large
  • mixing spoons
  • 1 heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 baking sheet with parchment paper
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 piping bag or plastic bag
  • 1 mortar and pestle (optional)

Prep time: 
15 minutes

Baking time: 
8-10 minutes

Total time: 
55 minutes

Yield: 
24 dog treats

Serving size: 
1 dog treat

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350℉

2

Add flour, salt, eggs and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix until smooth.

Add flour, salt, eggs and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add flour, salt, eggs and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add flour, salt, eggs and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add flour, salt, eggs and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add flour, salt, eggs and peanut butter into a large bowl and mix until smooth.

3

Use hands to shape dough into a ball.

Use hands to shape dough into a ball. Use hands to shape dough into a ball.

4

Flatten dough to about ⅛-inch thick on a floured working area.

Flatten dough to about ⅛-inch thick on a floured working area.

5

Create 24 heart shapes with the cookie cutter.

Create 24 heart shapes with the cookie cutter.

6

Place the hearts about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.

Place the hearts about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.

7

Remove the sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.

Frosting

1

While the cookies are baking, add tapioca starch and yogurt into a large mixing bowl and stir until creamy.

While the cookies are baking, add tapioca starch and yogurt into a large mixing bowl and stir until creamy. While the cookies are baking, add tapioca starch and yogurt into a large mixing bowl and stir until creamy.

2

Add in milk and stir.

Add in milk and stir. Add in milk and stir.

3

Separate the mixture among 5 bowls. Follow steps for each:

1st Bowl: Purple
Put blueberries through a blender or mash with the mortar and pestle. Add the mixture to one bowl of frosting. Mix until blended, adding in tapioca starch to reach desired consistency.

1st Bowl: Purple 1st Bowl: Purple

2nd Bowl: Green
Green Boil spinach and drain. Add spinach and 1 tbsp. of water into the blender. Blend until consistent, and then add the mixture to one bowl of frosting. Mix until blended, adding in tapioca starch to reach desired consistency.

2nd Bowl: Green 2nd Bowl: Green

3rd Bowl: Pink
Add 1 tbsp. of beet juice from the can to a bowl of frosting. Mix until blended, adding in tapioca starch to reach desired consistency.

3rd Bowl: Pink 3rd Bowl: Pink

4th Bowl: Yellow
Add turmeric into a bowl of frosting. Mix until blended, adding in tapioca starch to reach desired consistency.

4th Bowl: Yellow 4th Bowl: Yellow

5th Bowl: White
Simply put the white frosting mixture in the bowl.

4

Freeze the frosting for 10 minutes.

5

Once the cookies are cooled, use a spoon or butter knife to spread 4 of the frostings evenly across each cookie, setting one frosting aside for decorations.

Once the cookies are cooled, use a spoon or butter knife to spread 4 of the frostings evenly across each cookie, setting one frosting aside for decorations.

6

Put the cookies in the freezer for another 10 minutes.

7

Add the color frosting you’d like to use for the decorations into your piping bag or a plastic bag with a small corner cut off. Decorate the cookies with different words and designs. Some suggestions include paw prints, hearts, “Love” and “Luv U.”

Add the color frosting you’d like to use for the decorations into your piping bag

8

Serve to your furry valentine or put it in the fridge for later.

By: Samantha Schwab
Pet Central Junior Editor

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