Grab some letters and a few heart cookie cutters in a variety of sizes to make these fun and healthy Valentine dog treats.
Ah, chocolate! Dogs don’t know what they’re missing, do they? Luckily, Nature has an alternative: carob.
Carob is made from the seed pods of the carob tree, an eastern Mediterranean evergreen. The dried seeds are ground into a powder or made into carob chips, like the chocolate chips we use in cookies. Carob is full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and smells so close to chocolate you might not be able to tell the difference.
Carob is safe for dogs because it doesn’t contain the highly toxic compound theobromine. Nor does it have other dangerous substances chocolate does: caffeine, fromamide, or phenylthlamine.
Carob Valentine Conversation Hearts
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and rest for 5 minutes.
- Roll dough out into ¼” thickness.
- Using cookie cutter, cut shapes and place on lined cookie sheet.
- Press letters/words into shapes.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until they look dry. For softer treats, bake for less time.
- Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely.