Between life and moving into a new apartment, baking Kia homemade dog treats has not exactly been top of mind for me. And ya know, sometimes it’s just easier to pick some up at the store!
That said, Kia has been in my face in the kitchen as much as ever, so I started to get the hint…
Story of my life right there.
So on to making dog treats I went!
As per usual, I like to take ingredients that I need to use up when I make Kia some homemade treats and this time around I had some chicken stock and cream cheese that was going to go bad if I didn’t use it soon. That, combined with some good ol’ peanut butter, a fire hydrant cookie cutter, and a lot of red food coloring, came to be a plate full of peanut butter snaps!
When I was making the red icing, I actually started to count the number of red food coloring drops I was adding to the cream cheese to accurately write the recipe. Welp — turns out you need basically the whole bottle of red food coloring to actually get that fire-hydrant-red, so there’s that. Also, originally I was going to take some leftover cream cheese and yogurt to line the snaps with a white outline to make the fire hydrants even cuter than they already were, but that was an epic fail. I wasn’t getting the right consistency for the “icing,” and it was so time consuming! It just wasn’t going to happen, not that day anyway…
That little mishap aside, the thin, crisp snaps came out perfectly baked and the peanut butter aroma that filled the kitchen was amazing. The cream cheese frosting added a great pop of color and, I suspect, a little sweetness to the sugar-free snap.
Kia loved them! I kept them in an air-tight container in the fridge and they lasted for a few weeks, so it was definitely worth the effort!
Here’s the recipe for you to make for the pup in your life.