Monday, February 14, 2011

Doggie Treats for Valentine's Day

It's very easy to forget that your pets need a little love on Valentine's Day. 

A while ago my sister, knowing my domestic tendencies, gave me a doggie treat cookbook as a joke. The gist of it was if I went as far to make doggie treats then I was a die hard. 

I fought the urge to make the dog treats.  I mean everyone has limits right? When you work a full time job and try to bake and cook and keep your house straight there are only so many things you can fit into a 48 hour on the weekends.

Then I caved...

I was in the kitchen waiting on my Pink Grapefruit Marmalade to reach it's setting point and I saw the cookbook. I thought dog treats for Valentine's day would be the perfect little gift for my dogs and my friends and their dogs.

The recipe makes about two jelly roll baking sheets of dog treats. Quantities will vary on the cookie cutters or feel free to roll the dough into a log and cut into circles. The recipe is an Italian themed recipe with tomato paste, cheese and Italian seasoning...The dogs loved them and their friends did too.

Mambo Italiano Dog Treats
1 1/2 cups Oat Flour
1 1/2 cups Brown Rice flour
6 oz tomato paste
1/2 cup grated mozzarella (I use get the finely grated kind in the cheese aisle)
1/2 cup parmesean cheese
1 large egg
3/4 cup water

Mix the ingredients together in a large both and knead with your hands to make sure it incorporates together into a dough. Roll out will a little of the flour (to prevent from sticking) and use dog themed (or any theme) cookie cutters to cut out shapes. If you don't have cookie cutters just roll into a log and cut circles out. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Let cook on a wire rack.


  1. What a great idea to treat your pup with these! My mom used to do this when we had our family dog around Christmas time. Thanks for bringing back memories for me!

  2. Thank You!!
    My four dogs will love these.
    **Happy V-Day**

  3. Awesome treats. :) The shapes are just adorable.

  4. I think they are adorable and those dogs are the absolute cutest, happy vday to them!

  5. cute! Don't be ashamed! Our pups need lots of love too on this holiday! Happy Valentines Day to you and your pup!

  6. very cool! i love finding new recipes for my dog - thank you!

  7. What acute idea! You're right pets need a Valentines treat too!

  8. If I had a puppy I would totally make some of these to give to them :) they are so cute! Plus seeing as dogs are a constant companion who does nothing but give you unconditional love all year, they deserve a treat on the love day too :D

  9. that is a great treat. I will start making some for my dog as well. has taken him off dog food and so trying to find healthy treats for him.

  10. I think this is a wonderful idea.There is a gal here in town who makes something like this to sell at our local Saturday market. It always looks like she is doing well.I hope you had a great Valentines Day. Blessings...Mary

  11. These are the most original sounding dog treats I've seen in a while -- parmesan and tomato? I think my dog would be in for a couple! theresa

  12. What a great recipe, I'm adding it to my facebook page right now. Woof!


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