How to Make Frosting for Dog Treats

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Decorate home baked goodies with mouth-watering frosting for your dog's birthday or special occasions.
Decorate home baked goodies with mouth-watering frosting for your dog's birthday or special occasions. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Decorating home baked pupcakes and cookies with healthy, delicious frosting for an occasional special treat is a sweet way to celebrate the bond you have with your best friend. Creamy and bursting with yummy flavors your dog loves, homemade frosting can be whipped up in minutes with wholesome, all-natural ingredients such as peanut butter, low-fat cream cheese, carob powder, carob chips and a touch of wildflower honey.

Things You'll Need

  • Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup low-fat, soft cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic, smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic wildflower liquid honey
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or mixing spoon
  • Frosting knife or spatula
  • Carob Piping
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat, soft cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic wildflower liquid honey
  • Carob powder
  • Carob chips (optional)
  • 1/2 maraschino cherry (optional)
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or mixing spoon
  • Piping bag fitted with thin nozzle

Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Frosting

Combine the cream cheese, peanut butter and honey in the mixing bowl. Whip until the frosting reaches a creamy consistency and all the ingredients are well-incorporated.

Spread the frosting onto the top of the cake or cookie treats with the frosting knife or spatula to a light thickness, just enough to cover the treat.

Place the frosted treats in the refrigerator for two hours to chill the frosting until it hardens and sets. Remove the treats from the refrigerator and finish decorating with the carob frosting, if desired. Store the frosted treats in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Carob Frosting and Carob Chips for Decorative Piping

Add the carob powder to the cream cheese incrementally with a 1/4-teaspoon-measure until it's a light-brown, milk chocolate color. Blend in the honey.

Transfer the frosting to the piping bag. Decorate the treats by piping squiggles, dots and free-form flowers around the edges. Embellish the edge design with strategically placed carob chips.

Draw happy puppy or kitty faces -- complete with whiskers, carob chip eyes and a halved maraschino cherry nose -- with the carob frosting in the center of cakes, cupcakes and cookie treats. Store the frosted and decorated treats in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Tips & Warnings

  • Too many treats can sabotage your dog’s ideal weight, especially if they're frosted; apply frosting sparingly to each treat and feed them only on special occasions to keep your pup healthy, fit and happy.
  • To save calories, yet still give a punch of extra flavor to treats, frost only half the top and skip the piping.
  • For peanut lovers, decorate your frosted treats with **chopped unsalted peanuts** or use crunchy peanut butter, instead of smooth.
  • Add a dash of nutty, crunchy **flaxseed** to your frosting, it's rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial to your dog's skin and helps relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
  • For **dog-friendly blue icing**, omit the peanut butter and add a few fresh, crushed blueberries to the cream cheese.
  • **White chocolate** is not real chocolate and does not contain theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to dogs. It's a mixture of cocoa butter, sugar and milk -- used in moderation, it's safe for dogs. Melt a square or two and drizzle stripes or polka dots onto frosted or unfrosted treats or use in a piping bag to write your dog's name on cakes and other goodies.
  • Sprinkle frosted cupcakes, birthday cakes and cookies with colorful, nutrient-rich, chopped dried fruits; such as **bananas**, **apricots** or **cherries** and your home baked treats are all set for your pup’s birthday party or gift giving.
  • Always avoid using sweet-treat food and decorating ingredients that are known to be poisonous to dogs or may cause allergic reactions:
  • * chocolate
  • * macadamia nuts
  • * raisins
  • * grapes
  • * artificial sweeteners
  • * coffee
  • * tea
  • * cocoa
  • * moldy foods
  • If unsure about using any ingredient in your homemade frosting, consult your vet for her recommendations.

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References

  • Pupcakes; Stephanie Mehanna
  • Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook; Jessica Disbrow Talley and Eric Talley
  • Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats; Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., PhD. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
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