DIY Carrot Cake Cookies & Easter Baskets For Fido!


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Happy April Friends! Wow! Mako and I cannot believe this year had just flown by! I mean January lasted forever, and now it’s April!! Next month Mako and I will be aunties and OMG it’s so hard to wrap our heads around! But then again, warmer temps are here and we are freaking out about that!! Because let’s be real, we all know what that means!! Puppy pools, dog parks, lake days, and more! Yes! Makos losing her mind with excitement, heck, the weather got warm, and mako found her voice! She BARKS now. Yeah, literally. My dog who never in her life barked, now barks. I’m amused, my moms amused, were all losing it. It’s great!

Speaking of Spring though, and all these warm temps what’s on your calendar for spring? Any fun plans? Where are we traveling for Easter? Are we traveling with Pups? Do you have your Easter Baskets Ready for Doggo? If not, no worries, because Mako and I have whipped up the perfect cookies to get your Easter Baskets looking right! We also curated our top 3 picks for Easter Goodies this season for your pup!! Lets lived leashed y’all and get this party started, because my kitchen smells OMG Fan Freakin Tastic!!

Carrot Cake Bites (Easter Cookies OMG)

Prep Time 45 minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, etc. is also fine! Definitely up to your discretion, but as you can see I alway use whole wheat, oh and target (market pantry) now sells a huge bag for like $2!)

1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed

1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1 Tbs Cinnamon

1 Cup Shredded Carrots ( I used a Food Processor)

2/3 Cups Pumpkin Puree (off brand is fine, organic can be really juicy so be careful there)

1 Egg

Instructions:

I measured out all of my ingredients first this go round so I could get a feel for what I needed. you don’t have to do this, because I have done that prior and this should be pretty accurate!

  1. Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Flour, Flax Seeds, Coconut, & Oats in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Egg, Carrots, and Pumpkin Puree in smaller Bowl.

    1. Side Note- I made an additional side of pureed carrots, for added wet ingredients. Depending on your dough you may feel as if you need something to hold your dough together, feel free to add more pumpkin puree, or combine, carrots, water, and olive oil to make a small batch of pureed carrots. (not necessary though!)

  4. Combine Wet ingredients and Dry ingredients to Form dough.

  5. Optional: If you have extra flour roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. I bought the cutest Easter cutters at Hobby Lobby for like $2 with a coupon!! Otherwise, roll dough into balls and space two inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork. I would say depending on dogs size and your treat size preference, determine the best size. I didn’t opt for this, because my cutters were large enough to make treats enough treats. However, my two previous DIY recipes, show how its done!

  6. For cookie cutter sized treats Bake for 30 minutes. For larger dough balls as pictured, approximately 40min bake time. Be mindful as you bake. You want them to be cooked all the way through, a little hard is fine!

  7. I also bought some cream cheese ( cause what’s carrot cake with out cream cheese frosting!!) to top the cookies with, I only topped a few, because it doesn't harden… If that makes sense. I also used red & blue food coloring to get a cute Easter purple! Check it out below!

  8. Store in Fridge for up to 7-14 days. Until eaten. Mako ate hers in about 3 weeks in fridge, and they were fine! (I have updated this from our last blog!)


As always I’m gonna give you dog mom and dads the play by play, so you can perfect this carrot cake cookies!! These were pretty awesome to come up with, mostly because the only thing I knew about carrot cake… was carrots. I didn’t even do research on carrot cake. I went with my guts on this one. I went with my taste buds. Or more so my dogs sense of smell. Did you know that a dogs sense of smell is 10,000 times more important than there sense of taste! What?! So if a cookie smells good, a dogs going to actually salivate more for an item over one that doesn't smell good. Basically what I’m saying is a dog is more likely to crave an item over its smell than its taste. So why not make them both! While also making it have added health benefits!!

Measure out all ingredients if you would like. This made it easier for me! I also locally sourced my Cinnamon from Penzey’s! #organic (Not pictured here: 1 Egg)

Measure out all ingredients if you would like. This made it easier for me! I also locally sourced my Cinnamon from Penzey’s! #organic (Not pictured here: 1 Egg)

If you follow the recipe closely, you should get a orangey brown dough. Somewhat sticky. Use extra flour to roll out dough and cut shapes. Or use previous blog instructions to make the fork cookies!

If you follow the recipe closely, you should get a orangey brown dough. Somewhat sticky. Use extra flour to roll out dough and cut shapes. Or use previous blog instructions to make the fork cookies!

As always I like to talk about ingredients chosen! as I mentioned before, I wanted this to be a cookie with a bite to it, and cinnamon smell that popped off the cookie! And let me tell you, this cinnamon did the trick!

Not only is Cinnamon beneficial to catch a dogs attention by there sense of smell, but cinnamon is found to include anti inflammatory properties as well as the ability to stop bacterial growth! It’s also been found to help regulate blood sugar in overweight or diabetic dogs!! Who knew?! Can you say winning?? Hello, add this to all our cookies??

I also chose ingredients like pumpkin, flax seed, coconut, and oats because they’re rich in fiber and great for digestion! Cream cheese, is kind of an added bonus, and isn’t required for this recipe! If you want to make treats with icing, feel free to use cream cheese, if not, go without!

Bare Cookies! Loved how these turned out! You can see the carrots, and the coconut, and I love that they have a bit of orange coloring to them!!

Bare Cookies! Loved how these turned out! You can see the carrots, and the coconut, and I love that they have a bit of orange coloring to them!!

I decided to dye my cream cheese purple, and I think I should have done pink or maybe green or even yellow. This didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but at the end of the day, Mako did not care! haha

I decided to dye my cream cheese purple, and I think I should have done pink or maybe green or even yellow. This didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but at the end of the day, Mako did not care! haha


Easter Basket Perfection!! Iced Cookies Handmade by Mom, Treats Galore, with Bocces & Good Boy inside the Eggs, and Toy to top it off!

Easter Basket Perfection!! Iced Cookies Handmade by Mom, Treats Galore, with Bocces & Good Boy inside the Eggs, and Toy to top it off!

Now that the baking is out of the way, let’s really crack down on Easter! There are literally Three Weeks till the Bunny makes his debut and our pups are ready to get their Easter egg hunting on!! Speaking of Easter Egg Hunts, if you are local to Raleigh Check out the K9SpringFling on May 5th!! It’s gonna be amazing!!! more details to come!

Below, I’m featuring Mako’s mini Easter basket and what I chose to get her all set for the Big Bunnies Arrival! I found all these goods for under $10 and most were under $3 at Target! Love me a good deal!

So I got the basket, the eggs, and the fluff at Target in the Easter Section for under $3 each. I think it was like $6 or $7 for the whole thing.

I then found the bunny toy in the Bark Spring collection at Target! Perfect Addition and only $7.99!! OMG they also have the cutest spring toys, like watermelon, pie, and picnic baskets! In LOVE!

Within the Easter Eggs, I added some local treats I picked up from a brewery, that are made from the leftover beer grains of local breweries in North Carolina! Our favorite Breweries to get these from include, Trophy, Clouds, and Raleigh Brewing! Check them out at Good Boy Dog Treats! However, if you can’t find local treats to add to your basket, try, Bocces! They are one of our favorite companies and they are doing 15% on April Fool’s Day (April 1st Only) with Code BBAprilfools!! Stock Up Friends!!


Heart Beet Delights, a Pawlentine Bite for your Pup!


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Happy Valentine’s Day Fur-iends!! Boy do we wish we could celebrate with all of you! Whether if be at the dog park or snuggled up watching netflix, a puppy pawty Pawlentine’s day would be pretty amazing right now!

However, we know everyones got their own thing going on!! But in the mean time, we wanted to make sure you Dog Mom and Dog Dads were able to spoil you pups the right way!! Whether you decide to stop at the local pet store for treats and cookies or bake something yourself, your pup will love you no matter what! But here’s a easy recipe to get your pups heat Beet-ing for you this Valentine’s day!!

Heart Beet Delights! (Beet and Apple Bites)

Prep Time 30+ minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

3-4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, etc. is also fine! Eyeball this. I started with 2.5, and adjusted as my dough needed. Depending on how big your beets are. Feel free to DM me!)

1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed

1 Tablespoon The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement (Great for Belly Digestion!!)

1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut

2 Cups Rolled Oats (These helped to dry your dough out too, and make it less sticky!!)

2 Small Apples Chopped Finely ( I used a Food Processor)

3 Small Beets Boiled, Peeled, and Pureed ( I used a Food Processor, I used 4 and it was a little much!!, so go with three!)

1 Egg

4 oz Unsweetened Apple Sauce

Instructions:

  1. Pre Heat Oven to 375 Degrees

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Flour, Flax Seeds, Perfect Form, Coconut, Oats, & Apples in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Egg, Apple Sauce, and Pureed Beets in smaller Bowl.

    1. To Puree Beets: Boil with skin on. Ice Bath Beets to Cool. Peel Skin. Puree in Food Processor.

  4. Combine Wet ingredients and Dry ingredients to Form dough. Dough will be Really sticky consistency.

  5. Optional: If you have extra flour roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. I bought the cutest Valentines day cutters at Target for $3.00 in the dollar section!! Otherwise, roll dough into balls and space two inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork. I would say depending on dogs size and your treat size preference, determine the best size. I chose larger size and baked for longer.

  6. For cookie cutter sized treats Bake for 30 minutes. For larger dough balls as pictured, approximately 40min bake time. Be mindful as you bake.

  7. Store in Fridge for up to 7-14 days. Until eaten. Mako ate hers in about 3 weeks in fridge, and they were fine! (I have updated this from our last blog!)


Now for some play by play so you can kinda follow along and make sure you got the steps right. But then again, its a dog cookie, its doesn’t have to be perfect! If they are not picky eaters, they will love these!! Mako is obsessed! And the Color of these is alllll Natural! YAY!!

I used two apples about this size. and I used all 4 of the beets, but would recommend using 3.

I used two apples about this size. and I used all 4 of the beets, but would recommend using 3.

Apples gave me about 3/4 cup chopped in the food processor.

Apples gave me about 3/4 cup chopped in the food processor.

Pureed beets, apple sauce and one egg.

Pureed beets, apple sauce and one egg.


These are seriously the perfect Valentines Day cookie cutters for dogs because they are just the right size for any dog! For mako its Bite size and for smaller dogs, you can break the cookies up! I liked that they were not too big like normal cookies cutters usually are. I also found these in the dollar section at target for like $3.00! A freaking STEAL!!!

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Now at this point because the dough is sticky you might need to roll out onto flour so your dough doesn’t stick! Also the dough is pretty red, so be careful of it dying your hands kinda pink . I didn’t have any issues but I do want to warn you, while your rolling out the dough! If you have issues, you can always make dough balls, and make what i think looks like hamburger meat!


Final Product! This dough color was soooo perfect for VDAY! These baked at about 25 minutes. depending on dough thickness, I think you could bake longer if needed. The dough balls baked the full 30minutes.

Final Product! This dough color was soooo perfect for VDAY! These baked at about 25 minutes. depending on dough thickness, I think you could bake longer if needed. The dough balls baked the full 30minutes.

Plated! Again store in the Fridge for up to 2 weeks! Share with friends cause this dough makes a lot!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Plated! Again store in the Fridge for up to 2 weeks! Share with friends cause this dough makes a lot!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!


Pawliday Cookies! Just in time for Santa Paws.


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Nothing screams Holidays, more than Christmas Cookies!! And OMG do these scream (and smell like) Christmas! From the cranberries to the mint, to the added bonus of flax seed and coconut these cookies for your pups are literally to die for! Santa Paws is going to go beg for more on Christmas Eve!

Now I know from reading recipe blogs myself, you’re not here for the chit chat, you’re here for the recipe and low down! so lets get to it!

Santa Paws Cranberry Delights

Prep Time 30+ minutes

Bake Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour (All Purpose Flour, Coconut Flour, etc. is also fine!)

1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed

1 Tablespoon The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement (Great for Belly Digestion!!)

1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut

1 Cup Rolled Oats

3/4 Cup Diced Whole Cranberries

1.5 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Mint

1 Eggs

3/4 Can Cranberry Sauce (Jellied)


Instructions:

  1. Pre Heat Oven to 375 Degrees

  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Flour, Flax Seeds, Perfect Form, Coconut, Oats, Cranberries, & Mint in a large bowl.

  3. Mix Wet Ingredients: Egg and Cranberry Sauce in smaller Bowl

  4. Combine Wet ingredients and Dry ingredients to Form dough. Dough will be sticky consistency.

  5. Optional: If you have extra flour roll our dough and cut out shapes with cookies cutters. Otherwise, roll dough into balls and space two inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork. I would say depending on dogs size and your treat size preference, determine the best size. I chose larger size and baked for longer.

  6. For cookie cutter sized treats Bake for 30 minutes. For larger dough balls as pictures, approximately 40min bake time. Be mindful

  7. Store in Fridge for up to 7-10 days.


Ok Ok. Now that I have given you the run down on the recipe, let me get into more serious things. No for real. I created a recipe feeding off another recipe that had incredients that promoted all around a better digestive system for our pups! Lets be real holidays can be all around CRAY-ZEE! Mako is already beet bopping from one house to the next between my sisters houses and my moms, to struggling from a possible UTI/Yeast infection (lord help us), and antibiotics are noooo Joke! So lets be honest here anything to counteract those holiday stressors on our belly is a positive in our house!! So we fed off of one of our favorite pineapple and coconut recipes and made it Pawliday friendly! It’s Screaming Red, Green, and White all over! I mean look at all of that snowy coconut and that beautiful fresh mint. And lets not forget those gorgeous cranberries!

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Speaking of digestion though. The ingredients that really build this recipe up, but your dog doesn’t even notice what happening because of all the good good above, are the flax seed, the perfect form, the oats, and the whole wheat flour.

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Flax seed is already a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your dogs skin and coat (WIN WIN for allergy dogs) but did you know know that ground, its an awesome source of fiber!! Perfect Form has been a staple in our house since literally day one!! Mako has always had belly issues, and when mixed with a little pumpkin, its like FREAKING MAGIC!! I’m telling you, save yourself a vet trip and buy yourself this miracle worker. It literally makes your dogs stool the “perfect form,” if you know what I am saying, ok! As for Oats and Whole Wheat flour, hello, they are literally whole grain, which is basically fiber in itself!

Save yourself some stress this week, make these cookies, make your dog happy and your heart happy by having fun making them! I know Mako and I sure did! We even had assistance from a good friend of ours! Oh! And Omg before I forget this yields like wayyy too many cookies for one dog to eat in a week. So bake half the dough! Freeze the other half and bake the rest later! Seriously!! Or if your at home with others, share!! (and DO NOT CONSUME THIS DOUGH, IT IS DOG FRIENDLY ONLY!! I REPEAT, DOG FRIENDLY, NOT PEOPLE FRIENDLY, because of the perfect form, which is a dog supplement not a people supplement.) Stay Stress Free this week Friends! Bake some cookies whether it be dog cookies or people cookies and have a Happy and Safe Holiday! We love each and everyone of you and are so thankful to be able to share our blog with you! Merry Christmas! Cant wait to share more with you all!


Pre-baked bones. I used a mini sized bones. These baked at the full 30 min and turned out great. Flour is kind of annoying and was literally not something I enjoyed cause it doesn’t like bake into the dough, it like just coated the cookie, if that makes sense.

Pre-baked bones. I used a mini sized bones. These baked at the full 30 min and turned out great. Flour is kind of annoying and was literally not something I enjoyed cause it doesn’t like bake into the dough, it like just coated the cookie, if that makes sense.

These are probably about 1.5 inch dough balls. I baked these for the 35-40 min range. Depending on the crunch your dog would like and size treats this is something to thing about.

These are probably about 1.5 inch dough balls. I baked these for the 35-40 min range. Depending on the crunch your dog would like and size treats this is something to thing about.


Final Product! Ready for Santa Paws!! I would Definitely Bake again! Mako is in Love and so are all the cousin dogs! YAYYY!

Final Product! Ready for Santa Paws!! I would Definitely Bake again! Mako is in Love and so are all the cousin dogs! YAYYY!


Pumpkin Puree DIY!


Pumpkin Patch Vibes. Mako had such a blast picking out her pumpkins and mom’s decor!

During October and November, the pumpkin patches are readily available and pumpkins all over your local grocery stores! Save yourself a few dollars on Pumpkin Puree and have some fine while making it yourself!!

Did you know that Pumpkin Puree is full of fiber and makes the perfect additive to any dogs meal when their tummy is upset?? I can tell you from personal experience that Libby’s Canned Pumpkin saved me from many sleepless nights when I first got Mako. Pumpkin, straight up, is a gift of the Gods when it comes to making dogs of all sizes feel better!

Let’s be honest here, we all know as dog parents that the number one and two rules of thumb are as follows:

  1. Is your dog eating normally?

  2. Is your dog using the restroom normally?

If either of these two things are a No, there is trouble in doggy paradise. If they’re eating and being ravenous, but number two is out of the ordinary, there is a quick and inexpensive fix, and canned Pumpkin Puree or homemade can solve your issue!

And a little goes a long way, so be careful, when finding the right dose! Too much and you might get the opposite problem. For Mako, 55lbs, she can usually do two spoonfuls of pumpkin and everything is right as rain the next potty break! I personally like to pour the pumpkin (canned or homemade) into treat molds and freeze them for easy on the go snacking of a healthy and beneficial doggy treat! I always have a can in my pantry for those go to moments! You should too!


You don’t need much, a food processor, pan, utensil, cutting board, knife, and Pumpkin! I got my scooper at Target for 50% off right now! and my processor is from target too! (I’m also certain its on sale in stores only!)

You don’t need much, a food processor, pan, utensil, cutting board, knife, and Pumpkin! I got my scooper at Target for 50% off right now! and my processor is from target too! (I’m also certain its on sale in stores only!)

Below I have included easy go to instructions and pictures to help you make your own with those leftover orange decor pumpkins. (do not consume yourself unless made from Pie Pumpkins or Sugar Pumpkins) Left over Jack-O-Lantern scraps make the perfect puree as well, but not to be consumed by dog mom and dog dad!

Once you have your pumpkin, (we chose a small Sugar Pumpkin from Trader Joe’s) your first step is to remove any stickers and wash your fruit! Pre Heat the Oven to 350 degrees.

After your Pumpkin is washed, Cut in half! This is probably the hardest part so be careful! If you feel more comfortable doing this, by all means it doesn’t change the outcome. Feel free to cut your stem off so you can more easily cut. (It’s way easier, than cutting through the stem!)

Once cut in half, you will see some strings and seeds like any other pumpkin, naturally. Use a pumpkin scrapper, spoon, fork, or whatever to clean your pumpkin as much as you can. Your pumpkin should look like this:

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Place pumpkin halves face down like pictured, and fill your tray with about 1/4inch of water. Bake for one hour! (longest wait time ever so turn on some Netflix and smell that pumpkin aroma!)

Once your pumpkin is baked, it should be a really soft consistency and easily removed from the peel.

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Keep in mind, do not use the peel when blending the puree. You only need the warm yellow orange inside. Remove the inside and place in a food processor or blender. Pumpkin should process to a nice smooth consistency and resemble Libby’s Puree (except way more yellow than orange!)

This next part is completely optional. If like me and can’t use a whole pumpkin of Puree in one day, feel free to freeze in treat molds of easy access when in need! I store my frozen treats in a Stasher Bag (You can also refrigerate and use spoonfuls throughout the week, by keeping it in a air tight container! Your pup is going to love you and their belly will too!! Def give this DIY a shot and let me know if you do! We might even feature your DIY Puree!!


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