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!!


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!


October 17, 2015

Three years. Three years ago, October 17th, I made one of the best decisions I have ever made. I adopted the most wonderful, smart, beautiful, and insane pup, my now CFO (Cheif Fido Officer) of The Leashed Life, Mako! Three very fast past, wild, yet very much enjoyable years. Three years of learning about dogs and what it means to be a Great Dog Parent. Three years of adventures, I can’t wait to share with all of you!

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