Our family holds a massive Easter egg hunt every year. The two eldest in the family spend a good hour hiding little plastic eggs in every crevice and cranny in the backyard. Then, the kids (and more than a few adults) are let loose for a frenzy of searching that never seems to take more than a few minutes. It’s fun for the whole family. Except the dogs. The chocolate- or sugar-filled candies we usually hunt are too dangerous to share with our pets, and so they usually relax on the porch, head on their paws, watching the excitement with bored confusion.
I really hate to see them left out. So, this year, we’ve cooked up an Easter egg treat that’s just for dogs. With this simple recipe, you can make some egg-shaped treats that your dog will race the kids for.
1 jar of carrot baby food (or two snap-packs)
2 cups flour
1 cup yogurt chips
Food dye (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix the eggs and the baby food together in a bowl.
3. Slowly add the flour, mixing as you go, until the dough becomes the consistency of cookie dough.
4. Turn it onto a floured surface and continue kneading in dough. The dough is ready when it can be formed into a nice, neat ball.
5. Roll out the dough to an even thickness.
6. Start cutting! You can use an Easter egg cookie cutter or, if you have a small dog like mine, you can hand-cut the shapes.
7. Place your treats onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
8. Put the treats in the oven for about 15 minutes.
9. While the treats are cooking, start the icing by pouring the yogurt chips into a microwave-safe bowl. If you will be dying these chips different colors, use separate bowls and split the chips evenly into each bowl.
10. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for a little less than a minute.
11. The chips may still look like chips when they come out. Stir them up to form a fine paste.
12. If you are dying your Easter egg treats, add some food dye now. The more drops you add, the darker it will become.
13. By now your cookies should be about done. Pull them out of the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes.
14. Frost the cookies with a spatula. You can try decorating them with fancy designs, or just coat one side with the frosting.
Now you’re ready for an Easter egg hunt! If your hunting grounds are in the house, be sure to wait until the yogurt frosting hardens — remember, food dye stains. You can put the eggs in the refrigerator for a couple hours to speed up the process. Or, if your dog is going to hunt for his treats outside, start right away. Think up a few good hiding spots, and a couple not-so-hidden spots for morale, and let that puppy loose!
This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack and should only be a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.