Believe it or not, you have the power to give your beloved pooch a sweet Valentine’s Day treat that will go straight from your oven to his heart—and belly, of course. (And, let’s lay out all our cards here: Most of us could definitely amp up the February 14 charm after all those years of scolding Fido about sniffing the tempting 2-pound boxes of chocolates that litter our homes this time of year). You don’t have to be a Julia Child to churn out a batch of heart-shaped puppy biscuits that will make your dog’s mouth water. So, preheat the stove and take a peek at the following directions for a do-it-yourself Tails special that is certain to please everyone from your Collie to Cupid!
Keeping in mind that we all have varying levels of culinary ability, my humble advice (as more a nuke-it than cook-it type of chef) is to go with the recipe for dog cookies that makes you most comfortable. For some yummy heart-shaped love on a cookie sheet, set aside the items listed below:
Be sure to grab two mixing bowls, measuring spoons, a measuring cup, a mixing spoon, an eggbeater, one or two baking sheets (preferably large), a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a spatula, and a butter knife. If you have little people around, grab them, too! This is a great DIY activity for you to try out with your kids. One final and extremely important note that should be heeded before you tie on your apron: Be wary of creative substitutions when it comes to ingredients. Certain foods and spices can be toxic to pets. (For more nutrition tips for your pets, check out Tails Guide to Everything Pet at TailsInc.com). There are varying schools of thought on minimal amounts of salt, which the original recipe at Cooks.com called for. As my family isn’t big on salt to begin with, however, I omitted it from my cookies and can attest that my pups didn’t seem to mind. In any case, once you have taken the appropriate cooking precautions, roll up your sleeves and get down to business!