How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

If you’re looking for a way to cut down on your dog’s expenses without sacrificing their health in the process, you can always try making your own dog treats, and these Manuka honey cream cheese dog biscuits are a great place to start! Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s also a relatively healthy treat compared to some of the things you find in the store these days. If you think this recipe is the one for you—and your canine friend—then let’s get started!

Ingredients for Manuka Honey Cream Cheese Dog Treats

  • 3 and 1/3 cups of flour, whole wheat
  • 7 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of water or chicken stock
  • 8 and 2/3 tablespoons of Manuka honey
  • 3 and 1/3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (can upset some dogs’ stomachs—consult vet)

Directions for Manuka Honey Cream Cheese Dog Treats

  1. To begin, you need to combine all of your ingredients. Using a large enough bowl, combine the flour, the cream cheese, the water or chicken stock, the Manuka honey, the vegetable oil, the egg, and the optional vanilla extract.
  2. Once in the same bowl, mix your ingredients together using a hand mixer, standing mixer, or just your hands until everything has combined and form the dough. This is also a good time to start preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit on the Bake setting.
  3. Roll out your dough to a thickness you prefer before cutting as many treats out as possible, making sure you don’t waste an inch of your dough. Medium to larger-sized dogs will likely prefer thicker, larger biscuits to give them more of a crunch to their treats whereas a smaller-sized canine should have smaller ones to ensure their jaws can fit around the biscuits.
  4. Now, grease one or more baking sheets, depending on their size, using a small amount of butter. Set the treats onto the trays and place them in your oven between 10 and 15 minutes or until the treats have developed a golden-brown color to them.
  5. Once you have removed the biscuits from your oven, give them some time to cool before handing them out, placing them onto some wax paper or a plate until they have cooled down to room temperature.
  6. From there, you may serve the biscuits at your discretion, but remember that these treats should not act as a substitute for your dog’s regular food. Also, you can store these biscuits in a sealable Tupperware container for up to two weeks.

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This cream cheese dog treat frosting recipe is a nice addition to any of your homemade dog treats, dog cakes, or dog cookies.

This is a great recipe to use tint or food coloring since the dog treat icing is primarily white. Match the colors with your dog party theme or other fun decorating needs.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (low or fat free)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. plain yogurt (low or fat free)
  • flour (see note)

Note: You will need approximately 3 Tbsp. of flour. You can use any type of flour for this recipe. Keep in mind that if you use wheat flour (or another type of flour with specs of color) it may affect the end color of the icing.

Instructions:

  1. Mix first three ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Mix in one tablespoon of flour at a time until you have a good consistency for spreading.

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1. Peanut Butter (no xylitol) – can be frozen for longer lasting fun
2. Yogurt – preferably pot set or Greek yogurt
3. Minced meat (raw or microwaved for 30-40 seconds to get juices out)
4. Juice from BBQ chicken
5. Sardine (push in with back of a spoon)
6. Cream Cheese
7. Honey
8. Vegemite
9. Crushed dog food (wet the LickiMat and sprinkle on)
10. Pureed vegetables (pumpkin, carrot)
11. Canned Tuna

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How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Bone-Shaped Dog Biscuits With Cream Cheese Frosting

Make these healthy and delicious dog treats for your favorite four-legged friend. Your pup is sure to love the tasty cream cheese frosting.

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Ingredients

For the biscuits:
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1-1/4 cups cornmeal
1-1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 large egg

For the frosting:
12 ounces nonfat cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 teaspoons of cinnamon

Directions

For the biscuits:
Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 2 large baking sheets.

Pulse flours, cornmeal, oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with pea-size butter lumps. Add 1 cup water and pulse until a coarse, dense dough forms.

Turn dough onto a lightly-floured surface and knead in parsley and mint until well distributed. Gather, then halve dough with a scraper. Form into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk.

Roll out 1 disk of dough into a round (1/3 inch thick) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, wrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many biscuits as possible and arrange about 1/4 inch apart on a baking sheet.
Gather scraps and reroll, then cut out more biscuits. Repeat with remaining dough.

Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush biscuits with egg wash and bake. Turn sheets after about 15 minutes. Bake until tops are golden brown, about 35 minutes total. Turn off oven and dry biscuits in oven overnight.

For the frosting:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Frost cookies with a spatula or fill a pastry bag fitted with a fine tip and pipe onto cookies. Add food coloring, if desired.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Our recipes

  • Christmas tree treats
  • Snowball pupcakes
  • Festive gingerbread owners
  • Christmas candy canes
  • Wintery berry bones

Your dog may love these delicious Christmas treats, but it’s important to remember to only give them occasionally as part of a well-balanced diet. Some of these recipes may not be suitable for dogs with nut allergies or other special dietary needs.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Christmas tree treats

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Snowball pupcakes

Makes six pupcakes or you can double the recipe to make 12.

If you have a small dog, you may want to divide the mix into 12 cupcake cases to make smaller treats. Just remember that if you’re making smaller pupcakes these will need less time in the oven (around ten minutes).

Once baked, these treats can be frozen before you add the ‘snowy’ topping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 75 g peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • 1 egg
  • 35g honey
  • 50 g wholemeal flour
  • 35g rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • 60ml water

For the snowy topping (optional)

  • One tsp of cream cheese or Greek yogurt per pupcake

Method:
Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4

  1. Mash the banana.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter, egg and honey.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients (flour, oats and baking powder) and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Mix in the water, adding a splash at a time.
  5. Divide the mix between six cupcake cases, and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool thoroughly and remove the pupcakes from their cases.
  7. Coat the top of each pupcake with a teaspoon of cream cheese or Greek yogurt.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Festive gingerbread owners

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Christmas candy canes

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Wintery berry bones

Things to consider when making homemade treats for your dog

The snacks we’ve listed above should only be given as an occasional treat and must be given in moderation. Giving too much food in one go can be dangerous to dogs and could cause life threatening bloat, particularly if they’ve eaten immediately before or after exercise. Large amounts of certain foods, especially fatty foods, can also cause a painful and potentially severe condition known as pancreatitis. If you ever suspect your dog has bloat or pancreatitis, then always contact your vet immediately.

It’s easy to give your dog extra food throughout the day, especially around Christmas, but doing so regularly can be damaging to their health and can make them less happy in the long run. It’s vital that you take care of what food you give to your dog. Maintaining good feeding habits will allow your dog to live the healthiest and happiest life possible.

Some of the recipes above use peanut butter. Do not use these recipes if your dog has a nut allergy.

Although dogs love peanut butter, and it’s a great source of protein, you must be careful which type you use. Always avoid feeding dogs peanut butter that is high in salt and sugar and it should never contain artificial sweeteners.

Xylitol, also known as birch sugar or E967, is an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs and can cause an otherwise healthy dog’s blood sugar level to drop to dangerous levels or could cause liver failure. If your dog ever eats xylitol then contact your vet immediately.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

It doesn’t have to be your dog’s birthday to celebrate them with a cake!

They’ll love any opportunity to receive a tasty treat dedicated to them (and will love sharing in the excitement with you, regardless of the reason why).

Since dogs have certain food intolerances (and some ingredients can be toxic/dangerous for them to eat), cakes need to be made with specific ingredients that are dog safe.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

We’ve gone ahead and found three of the best dog friendly cake recipes.

If your dog has an intolerance to certain ingredients (dairy/lactose intolerant, for example, you can just substitute with another ingredient like water).

DOG SAFE CAKE RECIPE 1:

Carrot Cake with Fluffy Frosting

This recipe is a dog friendly, moist sponge cake with an icing that looks like buttercream (but is actually healthy, yummy and safe for dogs to eat)!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup milk or water
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 ½ cups shredded carrot (this makes it soft, but you can use zucchini or sweet potato instead)
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour (has better nutrients for your dog than white flour)
  • 2 ½ tsp baking soda

Dog Safe Cake Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180° degrees Celsius or 160° fan forced.
2. Grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm/8″ cake pans.
3. Whisk together eggs, peanut butter, oil, honey and milk (little peanut butter lumps are ok).
4. Stir in carrots, then add flour and baking soda. Stir until just combined (don’t over mix or the cake will get hard).
5. Pour batter evenly between the two cake pans, spread and smooth surface.
6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer in centre comes out clean.
7. Remove from oven and cool on racks until ready to frost as below:

Dog Safe Icing/Frosting:

  • 650 g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt (or can use water)

Icing Method:

1. Boil, steam or microwave potato until very soft
2. Whip potato and yoghurt together with an electric beater until fluffy and as smooth as possible
3. Add water as needed to loosen frosting to soft spreadable consistency
4. Use right away and spread 1/4 frosting on one cake. Top with the other cake. Frost tops and sides with remaining frosting, reserving some to pipe decorations if desired (3/4 cup frosting).

DOG FRIENDLY CAKE RECIPE 2:

Coconut Berry Healthy Dog Cake

This recipe is ideal if your dog has a sweet tooth. It uses blueberries and strawberries to add natural flavour and sweetness (plus, a little healthy vitamin and antioxidant boost too)!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Dog Safe Cake Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180° degrees Celsius or 160° fan forced.
2. Mix together honey, eggs and melted coconut oil. Then stir in flour and blueberries.
3. Grease one 10-12cm/4” springform pan with coconut oil.
4. Fill with batter and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the centre is firm.
5. Remove from oven and cool on racks until ready to frost as below:

Dog Safe Icing/Frosting:

• ¾ cup plain yoghurt
• 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
• Natural food colouring (optional)
• Strawberries and blueberries (used as a topping)

Icing Method:

1. Mix together yogurt, honey and food colouring for the cake topping.
2. Ice the cake and top with berries! You can arrange in any shape you want – around the ages, or create your dog’s age in numbers or a message in the centre!

DELICIOUS DOG CAKE RECIPE 3:

Marvellous Meat Treat Dog Safe Cake

For dogs that prefer their treat to be meat, this is the cake answer!

It’s easy to prepare, and any leftover slices will stay fresh in the fridge for a few days.

Of all our shared cake recipes, this cake is the most similar to dog food (thanks to the meat element), so it’s a pretty safe bet your dog will love it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 300-350 grams of lean minced beef
  • 1 cup of wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • ½ cup of canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup grated carrot to make it a little softer and moister
  • Cream cheese for frosting

Dog Safe Cake Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180° degrees Celsius or 160° fan forced.
2. Grease and flour a cake tin.
3. Puree the beef in a food processor, with the eggs and oil.
4. Finely grate carrot and to the meat mixture and mix together.
5. Add flour, oatmeal and baking powder to your mixing bowl.
6. Make a dip in the middle of the flour mixture and slowly stir in the meat and veg mix.
7. Pour into the cake tin (greased) and cook for approx. 60 minutes.
8. Let the cake cool for around 30 minutes and cover the top of the cake with cream cheese frosting.

Want to mix and match a cake to your dog’s preferences?

Some great dog safe ingredients for the cake include:
Seedless apples
Blueberries
Carrots
Pears
Potatoes
Pumpkin

For the icing , dog friendly cake frosting ingredients include:
Natural yoghurt
Applesauce
Bananas
Mashed potatoes
Peanut butter
Coconut oil
A little honey as a natural sweetener!

Remember, you can add dog birthday cake decorations of your choice – treats, vegetables or fruit.

Recommended serving size: since cakes are a “special occasion” food and not a daily treat, the serving size will depend on the size of your dog. Generally, a slice that is 1/8th of the cake or a little less (bigger dogs may eat a little more)!

A Final Note: everyone knows one piece of cake never feels like enough (for human or dog), so why not make it a party and invite some of doggie friends over to help finish the rest?!

We hope your dog enjoys these dog friendly cake options!

Does your dog have a birthday celebration coming up? Maybe there’s a human birthday party coming up and you want to include your dog in the celebration?

Our good friend Kirby the Dorkie, as he prepares for the highly anticipated release of his dog recipe cookbook, is excited to bring you these delicious dog frosting recipes that can be used for any special occasion! They’re easy recipes that come with a variety of delicious flavors, including yogurt, maple and more!

The ingredients in these recipes are also human-friendly, so you might find yourself licking the spoon to give it a little taste for yourself!

Read the recipes below, and then be sure to follow Kirby the Dorkie on Facebook and check out KirbyTheDorkie.com for more great recipes!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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Yogurt Frosting for Dogs

Yields: Makes 1 Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting dries hard

Ingredients:

Ѕ cup plain Greek yogurt

Ѕ cup tapioca starch

2 – 3 teaspoons low fat or 2% milk

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place yogurt and tapioca starch in a small bowl and thoroughly combine.
  2. Mix in milk a teaspoon at a time until consistency of frosting.
  3. Decorate or dip the dog treats. Place on wax paper and let dry.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Yields: Makes Ѕ Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting stays soft.

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package low fat cream cheese

3 teaspoons pure pumpkin

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature and blend in the pumpkin until smooth and creamy. You can microwave a few seconds if it’s difficult to mix.
  2. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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Maple Frosting for Dogs

Yields: Makes Ѕ Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting dries hard.

Ingredients:

1 cup tapioca starch

ѕ cup maple syrup

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place ingredients in a small bowl and thoroughly combine.
  2. Chill to thicken before frosting cooled treats.
  3. Decorate or dip the dog treats. Place on wax paper and let dry.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Carob, Peanut Butter, or Yogurt Chips for Dogs

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Yields: Makes Ѕ Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting dries hard.

Ingredients:

Ѕ cup chosen chips

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir.
  2. Microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir again until smooth.
  3. Decorate or simply dip the dog treats. Place on wax paper and let dry.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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Cream Cheese Frosting for Dogs

Yields: Makes Ѕ Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting stays soft.

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package low fat cream cheese

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature.
  2. Whip with honey until fluffy.
  3. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

Make it a pretty color using one drop natural food coloring or ј teaspoon dried powder.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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Banana Carob Frosting

Yields: Makes 1 Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting stays soft.

Ingredients:

2 medium bananas

3 tablespoons whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients and chill in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes.
  2. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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Mashed Potato Frosting

Yields: Makes Ѕ Cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Note: This frosting stays soft.

Ingredients:

3 peeled and cubed Yukon Gold potatoes

ј cup low fat or 2% milk

2 tablespoons real unsalted butter

2 tablespoons dried parsley

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Boil the potatoes, drain and mash.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

I often cheat using 100% real mashed potato flakes to make this. You can also make this with sweet potatoes.

Did you make any of these recipes? Snap a photo of your creation and share it in the comments below! If you altered the recipe, tell us what you did and how that worked out for you. Don’t forget to share your photo on Instagram and tag @EntirelyPets!

This recipe has been carefully researched and tested by Kirby the Dorkie and his furiends. It is essential to seek the advice of your Veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet or adding any ingredients to your dog’s food especially if your dog has any underlying health issues.

Debby, pawrent to Kirby the Dorkie, creates and develops recipes for dog treats and dog meals. You can find more recipes and nutritional information from “The Canine Chef Cookbook” and like Kirby the Dorkie on Facebook for more doggie fun.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Do you like making your own dog treats at home like I do? The one thing I always seemed to get stuck on is finding dog friendly frosting recipes that still taste yummy.

Today we’re keeping it short and sweet (baking joke) with 2 easy frosting recipes your dog will love!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Hard Icing Recipe

This simple recipe comes from the Cake Decorist and is perfect for dog cookies and cakes.

I like using hard frosting the most because it creates a nice smooth finish for presentation. To make, you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, rice or potato flour
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Dog Friendly food coloring (optional)

Simply mix the ingredients into a bowl using a whisk, and you have a sweet hard icing recipe for all your pup’s cakes!

Keep in mind if you want different colors, you should divide the batter and use different food coloring for each bowl.

Since this is hard icing, you’ll want to use it directly after making it for the best results.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Cream Cheese Frosting

This easy 2-ingredient recipe is the perfect soft frosting to whip up and put on pupcakes and other goodies.

I used this recipe when I made pupcakes for Archie & Cali’s birthday party last year. They loved it! This recipe calls for:

  • 1 (4 oz.) package low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey,pumpkin, or maple syrup
  • Dog Friendly food coloring (optional)

Let the cream cheese sit until it reaches room temperature, then mix in the honey/pumpkin/syrup.

Bam! You have a simple tasty frosting in less than 5 minutes.

I like to use a piping bag to get a professional look when decorating, but a spoon will work just fine!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Conclusion

I hope you found these dog-friendly frosting recipes helpful and that you get to use them in your next baking project!

Even if you’re not the best cake decorator, your dog is guaranteed to love anything you make for them no matter what it looks like.

If you’re looking for some baking inspiration, you can check out my post on my 10 favorite dog treat recipes.

If you want to go all out, you can check out my Dog Treat ebook on Etsy for a variety of different treats! (From beef jerky treats to doggy donuts!)

We all love a cake on our birthday, so why not indulge your dog with a little treat on hers? Banana and honey cakes (baked individually so your dog doesn’t over-do it and can share with her canine friends) are a delectable treat when topped with delicious cream cheese and peanut butter frosting. Go to town with sprinkled carob chips to make your dog’s day extra special.

What You’ll Need (makes six muffin-sized cakes)

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 ¾ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Toppings for One Cake

  • 1 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • carob chips* (optional)
  • mini dog treats (optional)

*Carob is safe for dogs; chocolate is not. Never give your dog chocolate or chocolate chips; chocolate is poisonous to dogs!

Doggie Birthday Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350° (180° C).
  2. Mash the bananas and mix together with the oil, egg, yogurt, and honey in a large bowl until everything is well combined.
  3. Stir in the flour and baking soda, then spoon the batter into a six-cup muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
  4. Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter together and then swirl, pipe, or spoon the frosting onto the top of the muffin.
  5. Adorn with carob chips or a mini dog treat or two and wish your dog a very happy birthday!

*For more delish, dog-approved recipes like this one, along with all sorts of cool, crafty projects, check out DIY For Your Dog: 30 Toys, Treats, and Treasures to Make by Rachelle Blondel. From how to’s for super-cute braided fetch toys and bow ties to counter-top-worthy treat jars, this book has us itching to make like Martha! Inspiration via adorable aesthetics + easy to follow instructions? Two very enthusiastic paws up. If you love dogs and love making stuff, this book is for you!

Picture this scenario: You’re making your grandmother’s cheesecake recipe, and your heart and home are filled with memories. Here comes your beloved pup, dashing into the kitchen, wanting to share this special moment with you. He walks on your toes, looks up, and sees the spoon you’re holding covered in cream cheese. His eyes meet yours. He starts to pant, begging you for a taste! You stop and wonder, “Can I feed my dog cream cheese?” Before this story becomes your reality, let’s do the research, shall we?

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Can dogs eat cream cheese?

The verdict: Yes! It is safe for dogs to eat cream cheese but only in small portions. According to the American Kennel Club, cheese in general can be beneficial for dogs as it contains protein, calcium, essential fatty acids, and vitamin A and B complex vitamins. Cream cheese also has no poisonous or toxic effects on dogs.

How much cream cheese can my dog have?

As cream cheese is not a natural food or essential to your dog’s health, it should only be given occasionally as a treat and in small portions. Too much cream cheese can lead to digestive problems, obesity and in some cases pancreatitis in your pet.

Concerns about cream cheese

Like other dairy products, the greatest concern about dogs eating cream cheese is many dogs are lactose intolerant. If your furry friend cannot properly digest lactose, stay away from cream cheese!

If your dog has never had cream cheese or any cheese before, start out with very small amounts and see how he reacts before feeding him any more. If diarrhea or any other perceived problems occur, stop feeding the cream cheese to your dog and consult your veterinarian.

Low-fat cheeses are preferable to feed pets, but cream cheese is very high in fat and sugar. This food should only be given as a treat, never a meal replacement. The fat only harms your pup’s waistline and overall health, while the sugar is not great for his teeth. Again, small amounts are best.

How to safely feed your dog cream cheese

You can give your dog straight cream cheese in very small amounts or use it as an ingredient in other foods that are safe for your dog. Some pet owners use this creamy snack as part of the frosting on doggie birthday cakes or to top dog treats with a bit of cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese is also helpful for hiding medicine. For stubborn dogs, medicine can be lightly coated with cream cheese to help get needed medication into their system. Just be careful to use the “cream cheese trick” sparingly. If done too often, it can result in bad habits forming. Your dog may eventually refuse to take his medicine without the cream cheese, or want cream cheese even when medication is no longer needed.

Conclusion

Like other dairy products, cream cheese contains some vitamins but overall has no nutritional value for your pet and should be given sparingly. If your dog is lactose intolerant, avoid cream cheese all together. If he can digest lactose without issue, again, cream cheese should be given in small amount and only as a treat or an occasional aid with medication.

Can your pup lick the cream cheese off your baking spoon? Sure. Just make sure not to go overboard (and of course, finish your baking with a clean spoon for the human folk).

Would you like to learn more about the foods your pup can and cannot eat? Learn about how to properly prepare turkey for you dog and then scroll through this article about adding cauliflower into your dog’s diet.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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Easy Dog Friendly Pupcakes for your Furry Friends with Banana and Peanut Butter, and a Cream Cheese topping!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

So recently my beautiful Golden Retriever fur child Rolo turned three years old, and I am still fully and utterly obsessed with how cute he is. We got him as an 8 week old ball of golden fluff, and he is still just as gorgeous now, even if he is a lot bigger.

For his first two birthdays I wanted to make him dog friendly cupcakes (puppy + cupcakes = pupcakes), and I either haven’t had time, or have got him some other treats… but this year I was determined to actually make them. And I am so glad I did, because they are 100% his favourite treat ever.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Some people may have read this post and thought “why on earth are you giving your dog human food” or “I thought these would be dog themed cupcakes but for humans” but no… they are in fact perfectly edible cupcakes, but pupcakes.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think dogs should be given much ‘human’ food at all, but every now and again (and in the correct form) it doesn’t hurt. Most dog food or treats have flour or other ingredients in to make them actually what they are anyway!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

I feed Rolo Royal Canin Golden Retriever food and we always have done since we got him – we weigh it out each day, and he is a healthy and happy boy. His mostly eaten treats are in fact vegetables or fruit. We would be perfectly happy with giving him the ‘Raw’ diet, but the cost factor of it and storage of the food is what put us off!

Rolo adores carrots, cucumber, banana and such like. Don’t worry, he doesn’t eat loads of each, but they’re much better than actual dog treats! Occasionally he’ll have bonios, or gravy bones, but he bloody loves a piece of cucumber.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

So, because we are quite strict, we thought that some Pupcakes couldn’t hurt – and he is OBSESSED with them! Honestly, if my hand goes anywhere near the tub with them in, his eyes light up and he looks like a puppy again! Those begging eyes are irresistible.

The actual pupcake mixture itself only has eight ingredients, which may sound like a lot.. but when you break it down, the ingredients are actually perfectly fine! These could be eaten by humans as there is nothing in there that we wouldn’t eat either!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Banana, Peanut Butter, Wholemeal Flour, Oats, Egg, Honey, Water and Baking Powder. Nothing sinister in there! They are essentially just a very healthy banana bread recipe, which is good! They’re so easy to make as well, as it’s basically just mushing everything together in a bowl and baking!

I chose to top mine with a small dash of cream cheese, and this may be a shock to some people – but the tiniest amount of cream cheese is fine for the dog. It’s mainly just there to make it look a bit more cupcake like, and be able to stick a biscuit down on!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

As with any type of food that isn’t a common thing for a dog to eat, they should only be eaten in small quantities, and that’s why Rolo would only eat one in the day (and maybe two if he’s been really very very good) and I am happy with that.

One thing I must point out however, and many of you dog owners will already know that with Peanut Butter you must make sure it does NOT contain Xylitol as it’s very dangerous for our furry friends – this only tends to be in cheaper and not as nice peanut butters anyway – and I tend to buy peanut butters that are 100% peanut! You also need to make sure there is no added salt. For you UK people, I use the Meridian brand!

I was inspired by the recipe from Primrose Bakery Christmas book, but altered them to be larger (as I found them to bake much better this way), and also a few more, so Rolos furry friends could have them too! You can easily half the recipe to only make 6! I hope your furry friends enjoy! x

If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients used, please consult with your veterinarian.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

If you read my blog regularly, surely you know who Jude is.

If you’ve never visited my blog before, meet my little (big) man. A 115lb rescue Rottweiler/German Shepherd from a small town in Colorado. His previous owners left him and his sister to die in a deserted house. Kevin adopted him from Second Chance Animal Rescue.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Professional SBA employee, part grizzly bear, cuddle monster, mailman hater, cookie sniffer, and peanut butter lover. He lays with me when I’m sick, he jumps on the bed when we’re not home, and he still thinks he’s a small puppy.

Everyday Jude watches me bake up a storm in our tiny apartment. He sits and waits.

“Just one taste, please?”

Then I run around from my computer, to the kitchen, to the camera, and back again all day. He follows my every move. Staring at me with his big brown eyes and never able to taste a single treat.

It’s time my little best friend gets the spotlight. A homemade treat with his very favorite ingredients. Made with love, just for Jude.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Jude’s favorite flavor is peanut butter. He gets it from his mom. After doing a lot of research on homemade dog treats, I confirmed with our vet that the combination of whole wheat flour, egg, milk, baking powder, oats, and peanut butter is perfectly healthy for a pup.

I added chopped bacon because it completely drives him nuts.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Combine the simple ingredients together in a large bowl. Yep, this is a one bowl recipe. The dough will be extremely thick and hard to form, so use your hands for ease. Roll it out into 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to make shapes. I used cookie cutters in the shape of a bone, a large heart, and a little bite-sized heart. Clearly your dog won’t care about the shapes. The cute shapes are really just for the humans. 🙂

The size of the treats should be based on the size of your dog. Jude is the size of a bear, so the big treats are perfect. We still break them up for him.

Arrange the shaped dough onto your baking sheet. The dog treats won’t spread in the oven, they just puff up very slightly. The treats can be close together on your baking sheet.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Bake one side for 18-20 minutes. Until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven and flip. Bake for 10-12 additional minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely before sharing with your furry bud. Jude was going NUTS from the way our apartment smelled. Pure doggie heaven.

Go ahead. Spoil your pup with a batch of homemade treats. Their unconditional love totally deserves it. ♥

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Before beginning, please check with your vet about any allergies your dog may have. If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients I used, please consult with your vet.

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How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Homemade Peanut Butter & Bacon Dog Treats

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 15 4-inch treats 1 x
  • Category: Dog Treats
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Because your pup deserves some home baked goodies too! If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients used, please consult with your veterinarian.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ( 255g ) natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
  • 1 large egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups ( 244g ) whole wheat flour* (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup ( 30g ) oats*
  • 2 – 3 strips cooked bacon, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
  3. Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using a 3-inch (or smaller/larger, cookie cutter size does not matter) cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Cover and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Since the pups can’t eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Jude loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.
  2. Flour: Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat was more highly recommended by our vet because of its added health benefits. Again, please consult with your vet about any allergies your dog may have.
  3. Oats: Either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine.
  4. Adapted from Pet Guide.

Keywords: peanut butter bacon dog treats, homemade dog treats

Bonus: licking the spoon. 🙂

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Try them in gingerbread men shapes for the holidays!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Here are a few more homemade dog treat recipes for your pup:

  • Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats from Whole Foods Recipes
  • Homemade Peanut Butter Bacon Carrot Dog Treats from The Comfort of Cooking
  • Homemade Pumpkin Flaxseed Dog Treats from White on Rice Couple
  • Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats from Use Real Butter
  • Breakfast Dog Biscuits from Honestly Yum
  • The Great Pumpkin Dog Treat from Pet Guide
  • Homemade Dog Treats with Chicken/Beef Broth from Add a Pinch

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How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

This post was originally published on March 23, 2018 and was updated on March 23, 2021. Pupcakes with peanut butter frosting are a delicious dessert to bake for your four-legged friend! Made with whole-grain flour, pumpkin puree, and the natural sweetness of bananas and honey they are a true delight for the dog in your life!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

I know I’m not the only one who loves to make homemade treats for my dog. I also know I’m not the only one who takes pride in providing healthy, good-for-you food to my canine companion.

Here’s everything you’ll need to make homemade dog cupcakes

  • Quick Cooking Oats – oats are a wonderful source of fiber for dogs (and people too)!
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda – standard baking leaveners.
  • Pumpkin Puree – loaded with vitamins and fiber, pumpkin is great in a dog’s diet.
  • Banana – to add a little natural sweetness as well as necessary vitamins.
  • Egg – for protein! And to bind the dough just like with a regular cupcake recipe.
  • Honey – not too much, again, just to add a touch of sweetness.
  • Coconut Oil – A little bit of healthy fat for fido.
  • Water – to add moisture to the batter without any extra calories or hard-to-digest ingredients for your dog!
  • Cream Cheese – a little bit of cream cheese is A-OK for your dog! Just remember, it’s high in fat so as with any other ingredient that is high in fat, it should be used sparingly.
  • Peanut Butter – another great source of protein, healthy fats, and vitamins!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the oat flour. By pulsing the oats in a food processor until smooth. Then pulse in the baking powder and baking soda to combine. Pour the contents into a large glass bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients together. Just put everything in a large measuring cup and give it a good stir.
  3. Mix the batter. By adding the wet ingredients into the dry.
  4. Portion and bake. In a cupcake pan coated with baking spray.
  5. Make the frosting. While the cupcakes cool. It’s just softened cream cheese and peanut butter, how easy!
  6. Frost the cupcakes. And garnish with a little dog treat if you’re feeling fancy!
  • How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogMake the oat flour in a food processor.
  • How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogMix the wet ingredients.
  • How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogStir the wet ingredients into the dry.
  • How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogPortion the batter into prepared pan and bake.
  • How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogMake the two-ingredient frosting.
  • How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogFrost the pupcakes and serve.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Whole wheat flour can be substituted for the homemade oat flour, if desired.

Organic, unsweetened applesauce can be used in place of the mashed banana (use ⅔ cup of the applesauce) and/or honey.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Whole milk Greek yogurt can be mixed with the peanut butter in place of the cream cheese, if desired. Simply stir together the peanut butter with 1 cup of the plain yogurt. This will, however, create more of a “glaze” than a frosting, but your dog will still adore it!

This recipe can be baked in a 9×9 square pan for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Then cool and frost the cake as you would a normal cake.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Storing leftovers

The pupcakes are best served the day they are made, but obviously your dog doesn’t need 12 treats! Leftovers are best kept stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Unfrosted pupcakes can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen in zip-close bags for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator before frosting and serving.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Peanut Butter Pupcakes – your pup deserves a treat! Dog-friendly peanut butter carrot cupcakes with a peanut butter frosting and a bone on top!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

In case you didn’t know, I’m kind of a crazy dog lady.

Sometimes I look at my Instagram and think, “Omg, I’ve got to post some food or some mountains or SOMETHING before all my people unfollow me because of all the dog photos!”

But anyway, Clementine turned 4 on Sunday which is CRAZY to me. How has 4 years passed already?!

We got her right after we moved to Colorado – I made my husband drive up to Black Forest to put a deposit on her before we even had a house! And I’d had her name picked out for literally years.

So for her birthday I made her some Peanut Butter Pupcakes because what pup doesn’t like homemade, dog-friendly cake for their birthday?

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

🧁 Ingredients To Make Pupcakes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 small dog bones

👩🏼‍🍳 Instructions

  • Make batter. Whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat peanut butter and vegetable oil with an electric mixer until smooth. Add carrots, honey, and egg; beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Divide the batter into 6 muffin cups lined with paper liners.
  • Bake pupcakes. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
  • Make frosting. Beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Top the pupcakes with a large mound of frosting. Decorate with dog bones.

🥜What Kind of Peanut Butter Can Dogs Have?

Peanut butter is a great source of healthy fat and protein for your dog (not to mention a treat that all dogs love!) but you do have to look out for one ingredient.

Don’t buy peanut butter that has xylitol anywhere in the ingredient list! It is used as a sweetener in some peanut butters but you definitely want to avoid if it you’re sharing with your dog. It could really do a lot of harm to your pup.

I tend to just play it safe and only buy peanut butter that is made with just peanuts (meaning peanuts is the only ingredient in the ingredients list). I figure it’s best for the humans and dogs in my house.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

⏲ How Long Are Pupcakes Good For?

These pupcakes are good for up to 4 days if stored in an airtight container. I love muffin tins that come with an airtight lid because you can bake the pupcakes in it, let them cool, and then pop the lid on.

❄ Can You Freeze Pupcakes?

You can freeze pupcakes for up to 3 months. I would freeze just the pupcakes without the frosting though, as cream cheese sometimes changes it’s texture once frozen and defrosted.

Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then put them in a freezer ziploc bag, making sure to squeeze out as much air as possible.

To defrost, just let them sit at room temperature overnight.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

🐩 More Homemade Dog Treats Recipes

  • Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream
  • Homemade Chicken Jerky for Dogs
  • Homemade Dog Breath Fresheners
  • Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
  • Carrot, Peanut Butter, and Oats Dog Treats

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They call them the dog days of summer for a reason. Heat and humidity are no fun for any of our furry friends, and chances are that on the worst of those 90-degrees-or-higher afternoons, your dog will be sprawled on the coolest tile floor in the house.

Do your pooch a favor and find him or her the ideal dog treat to beat the summer heat. Whatever kind of snack your dog loves, there’s probably a frozen form of it. If you’re looking for a few recipes that won’t cause your dog to gain weight or exhaust your pet, but just give them a simple, cooling pick-me-up, consider these two options.

Dog-friendly fruity ice cubes.

Ingredients: Fruit, cream cheese, water, Dixie cups.

Directions: This one’s extremely simple. Take a Dixie cup – or for smaller dogs consider an ice cube tray – and fill it with sliced dog-friendly fruit like bananas or melon. Add a dollop of cream cheese and place it in the freezer. Once frozen, unwrap the wax paper from around the cube of ice and give it to your dog to enjoy. Some dogs might even enjoy a simple frozen banana!

Banana and peanut butter frozen dog treat popsicles.

Ingredients: 32 ounces of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, ⅓ cup of water, 1 large banana, dog biscuits, dixie cups

Directions: This one’s so good that any human may want to try it. Take yogurt, peanut butter, honey, water and the banana (chopped) and place them in a blender or food processor. Purée ingredients together then pour into Dixie cups. Stand dog biscuits in the cups of purée like you would a popsicle stick and then place them in the freezer. Your dog will love you for your culinary creations. They make the perfect after-walk snack or dessert before bed. If you’ve got kids, they might enjoy setting up a lemonade stand variation near the sidewalk for all those thirsty dog-walkers and overheated pooches!

Frosty & Frozen Tuna Cubes.

Ingredients: One six ounce can of tuna fish packed in water, 8 ounces of plain yogurt.

Directions: This one is very simple to make. All you need to do is mix the yogurt and the tuna in a bowl. Whisk until you get a nice fluffy “batter.” Place into an ice tray and freeze for four hours.

Even better, each of these treats is easily adjusted and improved to your dog’s tastes. Just remember that a number of human foods are bad for dogs, so always double and triple check before including what seems like a harmless ingredient in a treat. For more “do it yourself” treat ideas take a look at our DIY Pet Ideas board on Pinterest!

Does your pup have a favorite frozen treat for those hot summer days?

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My dog eats almost anything! It is not that I am complaining, I should be happy he is not a picky eater. But sometimes, I would worry if he eats something that it is not good for his health. One time, I brought a cream cheese pie and left it on the table. The next thing I know, the box is already broken, the pie was gone!

I know you would fret about discipline; My dog is quite umm…a handful! Well anyways, can dogs eat cream cheese? Do you think his tummy will be fine? How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Can Dogs Eat Cream Cheese? Is cream cheese bad for dogs?

The short answer to this question is YES. However, cream cheese definitely isn’t the healthiest option to give to your pup.

In reality, something as unnatural and heavily processed as cream cheese should be extremely limited in your dog’s diet if you want to really look after their health.

Why should we not feed our dogs with cream cheese?

As I searched, some other dairy products, boast in calcium and proteins but for cream cheese, it is not really a food that we can call healthy for our dogs. It significantly is very low in nutrients to be able to support our dog’s needs. Below are the reasons why we should stop feeding them cream cheese and divert to other nutritious food.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

  • Cream Cheese’s high level of fats can be a big health problem.

Feeding your dog too much fat can make him a high-risk of developing pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. Although this disease is very easy to treat when acted upon at an early stage, this will cost your dog permanent organ or brain damage when neglected.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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  • Cream Cheese can cause obesity to your dog.

If your dog is one of that lucky pup who can tolerate lactose, it is highly advised that cream cheese has a high level of fat and calories. Feeding your dog with this can result in overweight or obesity. If your dog is overweight, he is at risk of a lot of health problems and will greatly reduce his lifespan. Here are the diseases associated with dog obesity:

Arthritis
High blood pressure

Heart and kidney diseases Some cancers

Is it strange? The truth is, we humans are the only mammal that can drink milk until adulthood. The rest, as the study says, almost all of them has a certain level of lactose intolerance. Dogs and other mammals tend to lose their ability to digest lactose from the time they stopped drinking milk. This enzyme called lactase helps to break down lactose in our body nut, unfortunately, as mammals go old, the production of the said enzyme becomes lesser and lesser.

So when your dog ate the whole lot of cream cheese, expect that he will start to show discomfort and pain due to bloating, stomach pain and diarrhea associated with vomiting. There after, you would know the level of lactose intolerance of your pet.

What is lactose?

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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Lactose is sugar molecules in milk linked together chemically so that it could be digested. It needs to be separated or split apart into its several components. The enzyme lactase is the one responsible for breaking so when your dog does not have enough lactase, he is lactose intolerant.

If Cream Cheese is not a good choice, is there a substitute?

If your dog is really fond of cheese, you can give him an alternative to cream cheese. Cottage cheese is the closest substitute I can find. However, it has a low amount of fat and calories, high in protein content and helps in digestion. How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dogCompared to cream cheese, it’s a light diet and healthier. Just in case your dog has eaten too much, there is no need to worry, cream cheese is not poisonous. Observe your dog, and offer some remedy when it upset its tummy.

If eating it directly is a poor choice, how about recipes that contains cream cheese?

Certainly, eating cream cheese directly is not healthy at all but there are a lot of food that contains cream cheese as one of the ingredients but is completely perfect for your dog’s meal. For example, this Cream Cheese and Honey Treats for a Dog Recipe is created to suit a dog’s diet. You can let your dog dig in! >> Or homemade cream cheese recipes for dogs:

Cottage cheese Tips:

+ Before feeding your dogs with different kind of foods (especially human food), try to weigh down the advantage and advantages, then you can decide after.

+ Before giving any food, check the level of lactose in any food that you give your dog. The lesser, the better, or none at all!

+ Dogs have a different level of lactose intolerance. It would be lucky for your if yours can handle and eat more food with dairy compared to others. Observe your dog’s limit.

+ Monitor your dog’s weight. If you have been constantly feeding him with cream cheese, you might as well give him exercise more than the usual frequency to prevent obesity.

Start a healthy diet for your dog, you can withdraw cream cheese in taking gradually from his favorite list of food and replace it with nutritious ones!

Here is a video showing us some healthy food alternatives for our dogs!

So, can dogs eat cream cheese? Well, we have noted the above situations and the risks of giving them cream cheese. Maybe I can give my dog a little bit of his favorite cream cheese once in a while and I will just be alert for any signs of those risks mentioned earlier. It could be let’s say, considered as a dog treat when he won’t steal food anymore! But seriously, really, let us face the facts guys, cream cheese is not healthy for our fur baby. How about just forget about it and look for a more nutritious treat?

Well, the decision is your friends, your answer may be a YES, a NO or a little of both! I hope this article have given you information that you need. If you have friends who have the same question, you can share!

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Sarah McCready’s pupcakes

Masterchef’s Sarah McCready shares her recipe for dog friendly Pupcakes with us…

Ingredients

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

165g self-raising flour

165g finely grated carrot

To decorate

280g cream cheese to decorate

Small dog treats

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 170°C (325°F)/Gas Mark 3, and spray a mini muffin tray with non-stick baking spray (or use paper cases)
  2. Beat together all the pupcake ingredients until well mixed
  3. Place a teaspoon of mixture into each muffin cup and once full, tap the tin a couple of times gently on the work surface to level out the mixture
  4. Bake for 25 mins then leave to cool completely before removing from the tin
  5. Whip the cream cheese until smooth and then spread or pipe onto the cupcakes
  6. Decorate with a tasty doggie treat if you like

Pupcake recipe and more

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This holiday season, treat your pet by giving them healthy, homemade treats for them to enjoy! Know that your pets care is in your hands and made with love by you!

You can fill their stocking to the top with these delicious edibles that are made with common ingredients, found at your local grocery store. You can know the ingredients your pet is consuming and don’t have to worry about if that ingredient you can’t pronounce, on the back of the treat box, is really good for them.

Organic Frosted Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

These delicious, holiday cookies for your dogs are not only delicious, but packed with power and health. With all organic, gluten free ingredients, you know that your dogs treats are helping to promote a healthy life for them. My dog Pumpkin, has been a great taste tester and hasn’t turned one down yet! Honey, builds immunity; and almond flour is packed with protein. If you choose to top it with my delicious, yet healthy frosting, your dog is certain to love these!

2 1⁄2 cups organic whole wheat (note: I tried to substitute with coconut flour and didn’t get the right consistency…I will try some day again however)

  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup organic, peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and egg. Add water, honey and peanut butter, and stir until the dough becomes stiff and sticky. Use a spoon to “knead” the dough or a paddle attachment on your mixer, if you have one (you may need to add more flour to get the desired consistency).
  3. Lay a piece of parchment paper securely, across your work surface, and lightly flour it. Roll the dough to approximately 1⁄2” thick. Use fun, holiday cookie cutters to make your favorite shapes. These treats rise very little so expect them to look much like they did when they went in, only harder.
  4. Apply the frosting. It’s important to apply this BEFORE baking, to preserve the freshness of the frosting.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the treats are a golden color.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Frosting for Cookies

For this recipe, you create a tasty frosting for your peanut butter cookies, or other homemade treat recipes! You can add food coloring to decorate your cookies for the holidays and give them as gifts to friends!

  1. 8 oz. organic cream cheese (low or fat free)
  2. 2 Tbsp. raw, unfiltered honey
  3. 2 Tbsp. plain, organic yogurt (low or fat free)
  4. 3 Tbsp. Organic Whole Wheat Flour

Directions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, honey and yogurt.
  2. Slowly add in 1 tablespoon of the flour at a time. Make sure you have a good consistency to spreading on the cookie. Add more or less flour, if necessary.

Organic, Gluten Free, Cat Treats

Spoil your cat. this holiday season, with these amazing, organic treats. They are certain to devour them! Ingredients such as tuna, flaxseed and almond flour provide your feline with healthy proteins! The coconut oil is great for your cats’ skin and hair, and is a natural antiseptic. I haven’t found a cat that doesn’t love this recipe, and you can even coax the most elusive of cats, onto your lap, to try one of these!

  • 6 oz. tuna (unsalted, in water) or organic canned cat food
  • 1⁄4 cup organic cornmeal
  • 1⁄4 cup ground flaxseed or almond meal
  • 1/2 – 1 1/2 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine tuna, cornmeal, almond flour, flaxseed, egg, and coconut oil, and mix with a fork. Add more flour if it is too sticky, I ended up using between 1 & 1 1/2 cups of flour. Roll it into a ball and place it on your cookie sheet.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface, and roll the dough to approximately 1/8”. The tuna makes it very sticky, so make sure to use plenty of flour, on your roller. Use Cookie cutters to make your favorite holiday shapes. These treats rise very little so expect them to look much like they did when they went in, only harder.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then check and add a few more minutes if necessary. The bottom of your cookies should be starting to golden.
  6. Let treats cool, and seal in an air tight container.

Watch your pets face light up when you give them one of these tasty, delicious treats. However, if you use the frosting, refrain from giving your dog these treats often and save them for special occasions! Since these are made out of everyday ingredients, feel free to take a bite yourself and see exactly why your furry friend loves these treats (although, we can’t guarantee you will enjoy them the same)!

Treat your furry friends to a special treat on their special day! This Dog Friendly Carrot Cake is made with a few simple, dog-friendly ingredients your pup is sure to love!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Our little Layla turned 6 YEARS OLD over the weekend, HOW. It feels like just yesterday we that we picked up our 7-pound, 7-week-old pup to bring her into our family. We have been completely in love with this girl from the day she came into our lives. She is the most loyal, loving dog and now the best big puppy sister to Wyatt 🙂

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Watching these two together makes my heart happy. If you’ve met Layla you know she has A LOT of energy and can approach others with, lets just call it, an overwhelming amount of love! But she is the sweetest, gentlest, big sister to Wyatt and he absolutely adores her! When she walks into the room, he immediately turns to her with a smile. She tolerates his, not so gentle “pets” and tail tugs and he gladly shares his meals and snacks with her in exchange for her wet, sloppy kisses!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Even at 6-years-old everywhere we go Layla is mistaken for a puppy. Just the other day I brought her to get her nails trimmed and the staff mistook her as being 6-months-old rather than 6-years! She gets so many compliments from strangers about how beautiful she is, we joke that it must be nice to get that kind of confidence boost every time you leave the house, ha!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

To celebrate 6-years-young I made her this 2-layer dog friendly carrot cake with cream cheese frosting that she would have easily devoured in one sitting if we had let her (don’t worry we didn’t!).

This dog friendly carrot cake can be mixed up in your food processor and bakes in under 20-minutes thanks to the thin layers. Topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting this cake will have your dogs howling for more!

Medicating dogs can be precarious, because you can’t reason with us about why we need to take a pill. I’m a food driven 150lb St Bernard, so I’ll happily take any pill as long as it smells like food. My 165lb St Bernard brother, Masa is another story. His mouth is as wide as a teenage crocodile, but he somehow manages to pick through the pill and spits it out despite creative camouflage. Medicating him is war, and in case your dog is as dramatic as Masa, here are a few tips to administer medication to dogs of all pill detection capabilities.

Level 1:

Non discerning, trusting dogs like me will take any pill so long as it smells like food. Pill Pockets are a great invention, because it’s a strongly scented, soft product that allows you to mold the pill into the product. Most dogs will happily take medication in this format, but in a pinch, here are some substitutes that works just as well:

  • Sliced american cheese: The cheap stuff, not the fancy locally crafted aged cheese. American cheese is pliable like play dough, and it allows you to wrap the medication with ease to conceal any suspicious scents.
  • Peanut butter: For dogs that love peanut butter, the strong scent masks any medicinal aroma, and the viscosity is a perfect glue to hide the pill.
  • Cream cheese: Make a little cream cheese ball and hide the pill in the center. It’s like mid-century cooking!
  • Meat chunks: Cut a hole in the center to conceal the pill. Most dogs are too motivated by the high value treat, their pill detection capacity is totally off.

Level 2:

Some dogs are just not food driven, or you’re in a rush and need to get the pill down your dog’s throat in a hurry. This method does not work for large pills. Use this method only for small pills that will easily go down the esophagus.

  • Open your dog’s mouth with your hand, and hold his muzzle steady to keep his jaw open. Place the pill on the back of his tongue. The further back and closer to the throat, the better. This process must be planned and swift so that the dog does not realize what happened to him.
  • Expeditiously wrap your hands around the dog’s mouth to close it, and gently blow on his nose. This will compel him to swallow.
  • Rub his throat to allow the pill to drop, and offer some water, or a small amount of milk or broth to encourage him to drink. Don’t give him too much milk as it can cause diarrhea.

Level 3 (Also effective for cats!):

This final method is for dogs like Masa who adamantly refuses to take medication. He’s like my stubborn and independent 92 year old Aunt in Japan who thinks she’s invincible. This method is akin to making compound medicine for children by crushing and liquefying the medication.

  • Place the pill on a piece of paper. Fold paper over the pill, and crush it with a meat tenderizer or a heavy jar.
  • If it’s a capsule, open the capsule and pour the contents into a little bowl.
  • Mix the pulverized medication with a SUPER high value, paste like food item such as vanilla ice cream, liver baby food, or honey and let the dog lick the bowl.
  • If your dog has the tenacity to refuse this method (which Masa does after two weeks of antibiotics), kick it up a notch. Use liquids that are palatable for dogs, such as milk, melted ice cream, beef broth, and mix the crushed medication. Use a syringe to suck the contents, and expeditiously shoot it in the back of his mouth by holding his jaw and muzzle steady! This method must be done quickly, or your efforts will be splattered all over your dog’s nose or on the floor. By the way, this method is most appropriate for cats.

The most important thing to remember is that dogs should receive medication with food (unless specified otherwise by your vet). A round of antibiotics can cause upset stomachs, and over time, your dog will lose his appetite, making the process of administering medication even harder. Adding probiotics to your dog’s diet is essential in keeping the good bacteria alive during a course of antibiotics, but don’t administer antibiotics and probiotics at the same time as the efficacy of antibiotics can be cancelled by the probiotics. Be creative with their meals during the period that your dog is on medication to encourage their appetite. If your dog’s regular kibble is not inspiring him to eat, add palatable additions such as meat, canned pumpkin (which also prevents runny stools caused by antibiotics) eggs, or cottage cheese. Better yet, home cooking always compels Masa to eat when he is feeling lousy. Check out my homemade dog stew recipe here!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

When we think of Valentine’s day, we think of a day of love that is filled with chocolate and flowers. And there is no reason not to include your canine companion with these dog treats for Valentine’s Day. After all, they have a piece of your heart too.

Remember to always keep your dogs away from candy, but making them there own special dog-friendly treats is a great way to include them. Check out these easy to make recipes for your dog this year!

Heart Shapped Pup-cakes

  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter (xylitol free)
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots or chopped broccoli
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • Cream cheese as frosting
  • Strawberry (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease your cupcake pan with butter or vegetable oil
  2. Mix the flour and baking powder in a small bowl
  3. Add the oil, peanut butter, and honey to the flour mixture
  4. Add the buttermilk in a small amount at a time and mix
  5. Add in the carrots or broccoli
  6. Place the mixture into the cupcake pan and bake until a toothpick can be cleanly removed from the cupcake
  7. Let the cupcakes cool for 20 minutes and remove them from the pan
  8. After the cupcakes are cooled mix up your frosting
  1. Apply softened cream cheese to ice the cupcake
  2. Optional: cut up strawberries and mix them into the cream cheese
  3. Spread the strawberry cream cheese on the cupcakes

No- Bake Peanut Butter Balls

  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt (make sure there are no dog toxic ingredients like artificial sweeteners)
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (dog safe)
  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  1. Mix the yogurt and peanut butter to make a paste
  2. Add oats 1/4 a cup at a time and fully mix all the oats with the wet ingredients
  3. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions of the mixture and roll it into balls
  4. Place the balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and cool in the fridge for one hour

These treats can be stored for 7-9 days if kept in the refrigerator.

It’s true that many Valentine’s Day presents are chocolaty hazards to your dog. But, these delicious homemade treats are the perfect way to share the sweetness with your dog.

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How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Your dog is going to LOVE you for making this 3 Ingredient Dog Ice Cream!! (I’m sure your dog already loves you but you get the point ?).

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Today I’m sharing with you an OLD recipe from the blog that I’m revamping a bit with an updated recipe (took the honey out of the recipe because it wasn’t really necessary), updating the photos, AND adding a video for how to make it!

The heat index in Nashville this week is getting up above 100 degrees and for my 2 long haired pups, that’s just a bit too hot! I mean, for everyone that is a bit too hot but I imagine wearing a winter coat in the summer is not exactly fun. As a result, they don’t spend too much time outside during the worst of the heat. AND, I sneak them a few extra Dog Ice Cream treats when Stephen isn’t looking 😀

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Before making these, I suggest that you do a little bit of research to make sure that you are comfortable with your dogs consuming each of these 3 ingredients or maybe if there’s a special kind of yogurt you prefer. I’m happy with my dogs having all of these ingredients (just a little every once in a while) but everyone is different and has varying opinions on the matter. Okay? Let’s do this.

How to Make Ice Cream for Dogs

This is ridiculously easy! Add all three of the ingredients (banana, yogurt, and peanut butter) to a blender and blend until creamy. You can also do this in a big bowl with a hand mixer or simply by hand if you’re ready to put a little muscle into it.

The mixture is then poured into whatever mold you have on hand. I used THIS paw print mold from Amazon BUT I’ve also done this using ice cube trays and mini tupperware containers. They all work great and I promise your dogs won’t care either way. I’ll link a few other options at the bottom of the post too!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

I spent a WHOLE HOUR trying to get cute photos of my dogs eating this ice cream and as a result, gave them WAY too much. AND, these are the best that I was able to get ??

Oh well. You won’t hear them complaining at all.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

PLEASE please let me know if you make this dog ice cream AND massive bonus points if you send me a pic on Instagram of your dog eating it ??

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

More Dog treats to try:

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How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Have you been wondering “Is human food bad for dogs?” Although we humans try to keep our dogs on their canine diets, we sometimes just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel. If you’ve been wondering what human food is safe for dogs, you certainly do not want to miss this article.

Let’s Explore the Best Human Food for Dogs That Are Safe and Healthy for Our Canine Friends

Peanut butter

The first on our list of best human food for dogs is peanut butter. As a favorite treat for many canines, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. For a stimulating activity that will keep your dog busy for hours, consider stuffing peanut butter into a Kong dog toy. Be sure to choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.

Note: Be absolutely sure that you’re not using sugar-free or “lite” peanut butter with artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, as these substances are incredibly toxic to dogs.

Cooked chicken

As one of the most common ingredients in pet food, cooked chicken is another human food good for dogs. Cooked chicken may be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add extra protein and a touch of spice. In addition to being a savory treat, cooked chicken also makes a healthy meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.

Cheese

Cheese makes a fantastic treat for your dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage of dogs are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction after feeding her small amounts of cheese. Opt for low- or reduced-fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheese types can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice for dogs.

Baby carrots

The fourth-best human food for dogs on our list is baby carrots. Baby carrots are a low-calorie treat that’s great for your dog’s teeth. Additionally, carrots are high in fiber, beta carotene and vitamin A. Carrots may be eaten raw or cooked. You may also feed your dog regular carrots, but be sure to slice them into small bite-size pieces to help prevent your dog from choking.

Yogurt

Another safe human food for dogs is yogurt. Yogurt is high in calcium and protein, making it a great treat for canines. Furthermore, yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s dog’s digestive system.

Keep in mind that you should choose only yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Greek yogurt is typically the best choice for dogs, as it has less lactose than regular yogurt. You may also feed your dog kefir as long as it’s plain and unflavored.

Salmon

A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, salmon helps keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny as well as supports your dog’s immune system. There are multiple ways to add salmon to your dog’s diet. Consider adding cooked salmon to your dog’s dish, pouring salmon oil on her food bowl, or slipping him some of your unwanted fish skins.

Pumpkin

The seventh-most-healthy human food for dogs is pumpkin. A member of the squash family, pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber, beta carotene, and vitamin A. Moreover, pumpkin can help keep the GI tract moving as well as aid with digestive issues. Both fresh pumpkin and canned pumpkin make excellent dog treats as long as it’s plain with no added sweeteners.

Eggs

Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to give her diet a protein boost. In addition to being high in protein, eggs are also a fantastic source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium. To avoid the risk of salmonella, be sure to thoroughly cook eggs. Alternatives to scrambling eggs are boiling and poaching. Just make sure to avoid adding seasoning.

Green beans

Another healthy human food for dogs is green beans. Green beans are a source of protein, calcium, vitamin K and iron. Raw green beans and cooked green beans make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Keep in mind to serve only beans that have no added salt or seasoning.

Apple slices

Sliced apples are high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C, making them a fantastic treat for your pup. Additionally, apple slices are known to help clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which, in turn, helps freshen her breath. Before feeding your dog apple slices, make sure to take out the seeds and the core, as these can be choking hazards.

Oatmeal

The last best human food for dogs is oatmeal. Because cooked oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber, it is especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a fabulous alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog and select only oatmeal that has no added sugar or flavor additives.

This is just a shortlist of human food for dogs that are healthy and safe. Remember to feed these foods in small amounts when you first introduce them to your dog’s diet. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian.

Before giving your dog any human food, do some research to make sure it’s safe. Never feed your dog toxic human items such as chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol, or coffee. Consult your veterinarian with any questions you might have on what human food is safe and what is harmful.

What is your dog’s favorite food? Share it with us in the comments.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Tasty treats stuff into your Kong with, great to keep your dog amused

MARMITE

Kong or similar toyHow to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Ingredients

Marmite (or vegemite, bovril, vitamite)

Your dog’s normal food

Kong biscuit or similar to block the large kong hole

How to stuff it

Using your finger or the back of a teaspoon, smear a small amount of marmite around the inside of the kong. Then fill with your dog’s food and block the hole with the biscuit.

Philadephia & apple

Ingredients

Half a tub of cream cheese, lower fat is best but has added sugar so go for the lowest fat sugar combination

Half an apple, diced up

How to stuff it

Mix together cream cheese and apple, smear around inside of kong

Banana, Peanut better & honey

Ingredients

Half a ripe banana mushed, keep other half to fill hole

2tbsp Peanut butter, take care in case of allergies

How to stuff it

Mash banana with honey and peanut butter

Stuff banana half in the hole

Smear in the banana mush mixture

Easy one, No need to explain this one ! Pate, choose a low fat & salt choice and smear away

Meaty treat

Ingredients

How to stuff it

Mix a small handful of dried dog food with wet dog food, until its quite stiff then stuff your kong

Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting – a delicious cupcake recipe, made from scratch, with local wild flower honey. Created by our contributor, Lauren Kapeluck of EllenJay Events.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Hello friends. It’s Lauren from EllenJay Events. I want to start off first by thanking Carrie for asking me to be a part of her amazingly gorgeous and always inspiring cake blog! I am honored to be a new contributor on The Cake Blog and look forward to sharing many great cupcake recipes and photos with you monthly! Today I am sharing my first cupcake creation to kick off summer, Honey Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

The star ingredient is fresh local honey that I picked up at our local farmer’s market a few weeks ago. While my husband and I were scoping out all the vendors we were quickly persuaded to sample some fresh honey. After one taste of a sweet wild flower honey I was sold and quickly purchased a mason jar full! Honey is an ingredient I always keep on hand (usually in the shape of the honey bear) to add some sweetness to smoothies, corn bread, a bowl of oatmeal, homemade granola bars or even dog biscuits for my black lab. Everything tastes better with a little honey right? All it took was one spoonful of honey and I was inspired to create a honey cupcake that I hope you are going to love!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

HOW TO MAKE HONEY CUPCAKES WITH HONEY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Before we jump right to the recipe, I wanted to share with you some basic tools I use all the time when making cupcakes. I find that using a standard size ice cream scoop with a release mechanism is very helpful when filling the cupcake liners and making uniform sized cupcakes. I picked up my scoop at a grocery store a few years ago for just a few dollars and it is one of my absolute favorite kitchen gadgets! When it comes time to decorating cupcakes I absolutely love using a large round piping tip to create a tall swirly design like on these cupcakes! Don’t have a piping tip, just scoop your icing into a large zip lock bag, snip off one bottom corner and start swirling away!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Just looking at these cupcakes makes me happy! These little cakes are extra special because you get a double pop of honey in both the cake and frosting! Add some sugar sprinkles on top and you’ve got a vibrant sweet that is perfect for those bright summery days! Honey Cupcakes would be the perfect addition to a summer picnic or family reunion. You could even add some fresh lemon juice or zest for an extra punch of flavor! Don’t let summer pass you by without giving this recipe a try!

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with Honey is rich, creamy and made with only 3 easy ingredients. It’s perfect with your favorite fruit as a snack or party dip.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

This has to be the easiest fruit dip EVER! It takes less than 1 minute to make and goes with all kinds of fruit. Cream cheese, honey and vanilla – this is a fruit dip you just have to try.

Talk about simple – this recipe is a twist on a healthy dessert my Mom made when I was a kid. She’d blend together cottage cheese, honey and vanilla for the most delicious pudding-like dessert that tasted just like cheesecake filling. I substituted cream cheese and viola – an amazing fruit dip!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THIS RECIPE

  • Cream Cheese – regular or light cream cheese are both fine for this recipe.
  • Honey – a natural sweetener that adds unique flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract

HOW TO MAKE CREAM CHEESE FRUIT DIP

This is definitely the easiest fruit dip you can make. It’s so basic and delicious it literally will go with any kind of fruit you choose. Here’s how to make it.

  1. Place ingredients in a medium bowl. Use an electric hand mixer to whip until creamy and smooth. Serve and enjoy. That’s it.

I like to serve fruit dip with a variety of fruits, like berries, grapes, and apple slices so there’s something for everyone.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

There’s no limit to the extra flavor you can add to customize this simple dip. Add peanut butter, chocolate chips, cinnamon, sprinkles or anything else you love to make it your own.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

This tasty dip isn’t limited to just adding sweet flavor to your fruit tray. Try it as an amazing spread on toast, waffles and graham crackers. Use this dip instead of plain cream cheese and your bagels may never be the same again!

published on November 20, 2013 · last updated on November 13, 2019

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Celebrate your dog with homemade dog treats. Made with whole food ingredients like sweet potatoes, applesauce, honey and rolled oats, these Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes are sure to become your pup’s favorite snack!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

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My dog might be the most spoiled dog in the world, and the worst part about this is she doesn’t even know it. She just expects lots of things from us and rightfully so.

She’s been conditioned for this, of course, and after what her life was like for the first seven months, I think she deserves all the attention and treats in the world to make up for that rough patch.

However, as she grows older, her list of demands seems to grow.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Case in point: I baked Lucy pupcakes for her birthday yesterday.

OK, so pupcakes weren’t a demand made by Lu, but they should clearly illustrate that my pup is spoiled. (It should also prove that I’m the kind of dog mama who wants her furbaby to have a good birthday… even if it makes me sound a little nutty.)

Pupcakes aren’t something that are made at our home on a regular basis, so they are pretty special. In fact, when Lu learned the baked goods were for her, her excitement was indescribable.

It’s pretty fantastic to witness, and I love seeing the moment when the realization dawns on her that yes, this was made specifically for her.

Lucy didn’t know these were her birthday treat until I was actually photographing the first image in this post. Yes, the one with the lit candles. No, my dog was not harmed in the documenting of this recipe. And no, she wasn’t in danger at any time.

Fear not: Lucy and I have attended several training classes over the years. Even though she has many opinions and doesn’t like to listen to me all the time, she knows that to get a treat, she needs to be good. Being good requires sitting quietly.

So I asked her to sit, told her to stay, lit the candles, held down my shutter, snapping as many angles as possible in a short amount of time, then proceeded to blow out the candles, remove them from the pupcake and slid the treat across the surface to Lucy.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

She looked up at me with wide eyes, wondering if this was a test. When I encouraged her to give it a try, she took an experimental lick before diving right in, slurping off the icing before grabbing the cake between her front teeth and attempting to swallow it whole.

Note: If you make full-sized pupcakes, PLEASE cut them up. Lu was fine, but she scared me for a moment.

And ever since I baked these, Lucy now believes everything that comes out of the oven is for her… and she sat patiently next to a tester batch of cookies cooling on the island last night, sneaking glances every once in a while to see if I noticed she was being good.

Because, you know, being “good” definitely means you deserve a treat. Even if the treat you think belongs to you doesn’t.

My sweet girl may be spoiled, but she’s earned it. She’s brought so much joy into our home over the last five years, and I don’t know what I would have done without her through some of the rougher times.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes Essentials

  • Muffin tin. (Or these super cute Dog Bone Baking Molds!)
  • A food processor to puree the sweet potato.
  • 2 tablespoon cookie scoop (for scooping the batter into the muffin tin/mold.)
  • Glass bowls.
  • Measuring spoons.
  • Hand mixer.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

So if you’re like me and want to shower your dog with affection and good eats on their birthday, here’s how you make this recipe:

Homemade dog treat icing and frosting recipes are fairly easy to create. Just be sure to check all the ingredient labels prior to purchasing, you want to be sure you are using dog safe products.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese is a very quick and easy product to use to decorate a doggy birthday cake. Simply let the cream cheese warm up to room temperature and mix in any human grade food color. Be sure to refrigerate your cake afterwards, you can freeze any leftovers for future treats. Non fat cream cheese is a good choice for the healthiest option.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

A great way to firm up your cream cheese to pipe letters or decorations on top of your dog’s birthday cake is to add a tablespoon or two of all natural peanut butter to the room temperature cream cheese and stir. Be sure to double check the peanut butter ingredients and make sure it does not contain the ingredient xylitol.

Refrigerate your finished cake for up to 3 days and freeze leftovers

Yogurt Honey Peanut Butter Frosting

Non fat, sugar free yogurt also works well as a frosting. To stiffen it up add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter (remember no xylitol).

Be sure to refrigerate this for up to 3 days and freeze any leftovers for future treats.

Tapioca Yogurt Dog Frosting that Hardens

Our favorite yogurt and tapioca dog frosting is Pastries 4 Pets Grain Free Frosting it comes premixed as a powder and all you need is a tablespoon of water and food coloring. It looks just like royal icing and can be piped as a cupcake swirl.

Either human grade food color or all natural dog safe food color powder can be used.

The best part? It dries firm and needs no refrigeration. When I want to ship a dog birthday cake I use Pastries 4 Pets Rockin Hard Frosting it stays hard and looks beautiful when it arrives. No refrigeration needed and it doesn’t melt!

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I make dog treats year round. For special occasions I like to frost them. I’m sure Kirby appreciates the extra steps to take a simple dog treat to a barkworthy dog treat. A Pup Party, Barkday, or just a play date are perfect events to show off your pretty dog treats and share the bounty. A special meal screams for Mashed Potato Frosting!

I haven’t listed the calories or fat from calories because it would depend on the number of dog treats involved. Remember these are for treats so feed sparingly.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

Yogurt Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons low fat or 2% milk

Directions

  1. Place yogurt and tapioca starch in a small bowl and thoroughly combine.
  2. Mix in milk a teaspoon at a time until consistency of frosting.
  3. Decorate or simply dip the dog treats. Place on wax paper and let dry.
    This frosting will harden as it dries. Kirby doesn’t care for the bland flavor so I like to sweeten and color it with a very small amount of pureed fruit: strawberries, pineapple, or cherries.

Maple Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in a food processor and thoroughly combine.
  2. Chill slightly before frosting cooled treats.
  3. Decorate or simply dip the dog treats. Place on wax paper and let dry.
    This thick frosting will harden and be shiny like a glaze.

Carob, Peanut Butter, or Yogurt chips

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chosen chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions

  1. Place chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir.
  2. Microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir again until smooth.
  3. Decorate or simply dip the dog treats. Place on wax paper and let cool.
    These frostings will harden.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 oz) package low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

Directions

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature.
  2. Whip with honey or maple syrup until fluffy.
  3. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.
    Make it a pretty color using one drop natural food coloring or ¼ teaspoon dried powder.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 oz) package low fat cream cheese
  • 3 teaspoons pure pumpkin

Directions

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature and blend in the pumpkin until smooth and creamy. You can microwave a few seconds if it’s difficult to mix.
  2. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

Bacon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 (4 oz) package low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits

Directions

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature and blend in the maple syrup. You can microwave a few seconds if it’s difficult to mix.
  2. Stir in the bacon bits.
  3. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

Banana Carob Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons carob powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients and chill in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes.
  2. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

Carob Avocado Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions

  1. Mix together the ingredients to desired consistency.
  2. Refrigerate if it needs to firm up. Add a little water if it’s too thick.
  3. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

Mashed Potato Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3 peeled and cubed Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/4 cup low fat or 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons real butter
  • 2 tablespoons parsley

Directions

  1. Boil the potatoes, drain and mash.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Decorate using a piping bag or spatula.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

We have a working relationship with Entirely Pets so we were compensated for this recipe which was originally shared on their website.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

It’s no secret that dogs need enrichment.

Daily play, including both mental and physical stimulation, is what keeps our puppies happy… Not to mention, keep them out of mischief.

A great way to give your dog enrichment is through their daily food allowance–especially if they wolf down their food within seconds of your putting it down!

One of my favourite ways to do that with Hugo is to use his Lickimat.

In this guide, I’ll share exactly what Lickimats are, and the toppings you can use to make your playtime even more delicious!

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What are Lickimats?

Before we dive in with our Lickimat toppings, let’s iron-out what Lickimats actually are.

Lickimats are pieces of plastic with holes, dents, and grooves that you place your dog’s food (or treats!) on top of.

Your pup then licks around the mat to grab their food using their tongue.

Lickimats come in all shapes and sizes, but the best part is that they’re one of the cheapest dog enrichment toys you could get. You can purchase lick mats off Amazon for as little as £3, and the Lickimat toppings we’ll discuss can be picked up on your weekly food shop.

Lickimats are also a great way to help your puppy get used to their new crate.

Simply pop one of our delicious toppings on top, and leave it in your dog’s crate for five minutes while you leave the room.

Doing this will help your new puppy see their crate as a fun and exciting place, while also making them less likely to howl, cry, or bark for attention that brings you back in the room.

What to put on a Lickimat

Ordered your first Lickimat? You’ll want to top your plastic plate with a selection of delicious toppings that will encourage your dog to use the mat.

Here are some recipe ideas for your dog’s Lickimat:

Click the links above to jump to a specific topping, or continue scrolling to read all of our best Lickimat recipes.

1. Peanut butter 🥜

If you’re looking to give your pup a nutty snack, rub a teaspoon of peanut butter into his Lickimat.

Peanut butter is safe for most dogs to eat. In fact, it’s a great healthy treat–peanut butter can be a superb source of healthy fats, vitamins, and well-needed protein for dogs of all ages.

However, it’s important to make sure your dog doesn’t overdo it with the peanut butter. It’s best to choose an organic, homemade, unsalted, or dog-specific mixture.

Just like humans can become unhealthy if they eat too much, giving your dog a large serving of peanut butter can result in health problems like diabetes or pancreatitis. Try to limit their intake by treating your dog to a peanut butter-filled Lickimat once a week.

2. Cream cheese 🧀

Dogs are allowed low-fat cheeses, including cream cheese, which also makes a rare treat for your puppy’s Lickimat time.

Simply grab a dollop of cheese, spread it across your mat, and allow your pup to get to work!

Following on from the cheese theme, you could top your Lickimat with Kong squirty cheese. This mixture is specifically made for dogs, and although it should also only be given in small quantities, it’s a great cheese alternative for puppies with sensitive tummies.

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

3. Banana 🍌

Bananas make fantastic treats for dogs.

Not only are they high in vitamins B6 and C, but bananas also contain potassium–which is why some vets specifically recommend this fruit as a healthy dog treat.

I add bananas to Hugo’s Lickimat by taking 3-5 slices and squishing them into each hole.

…But just like any other Lickimat topping we’ve shared here, be sure that your puppy only has access to bananas every so often. Bananas contain lots of sugar, so feeding your dog too many bananas could do more harm than good.

4. Sweet potato 🥔

Are you cooking a batch of sweet potatoes to have with your dinner? Take a few out of your pan and use them to top your dog’s Lickimat with.

Dogs can eat cooked sweet potatoes, as nutritionist Kathleen Standafer Lopez explains:

“Because sweet potatoes are a whole food, they are less likely to cause an immune response or damage to the digestive tract. This is why they are a popular source of carbohydrate in commercial dog foods.”

If you’re introducing your puppy to sweet potato for the first time, start by spreading a small amount (maybe 2-3 cubes) onto their Lickimat. You want to make sure they like the flavour before coating their mat in potato!

5. Honey 🍯

Honey has lots of great benefits for dogs.

It’s been reported to contain antimicrobial and antifungal properties, reduce inflammation, soothe stomach ulcers and sore throats.

Plus, some experts argue that introducing small amounts of honey into your dog’s diet can help build up their tolerance to pollen–which could make them less prone to allergies as an adult dog.

But because honey is mainly sugar, be strict with how many times you use this Lickimat idea. You don’t want your dog’s teeth to rot or decay because they’re eating too much!

How to make cream cheese and honey treats for your dog

6. Natural yoghurt 🍦

Dogs that aren’t lactose intolerant can have small amounts of natural yoghurt spread over their Lickimat.

Natural yoghurts are high in protein and calcium, while also being full to the brim with probiotics that boost your dog’s immune system and help support digestion.

Plus, they make a long-lasting treat if they’re frozen. It takes your pup much longer to lick it up.

The best part? You can pick up this topping in your local food shop.

7. Frozen vegetables 🥕

You might already feed your dog vegetables as part of their diet.

Why not take their daily allowance and add some frozen veg into their Lickimat for them to enjoy biting out? Some ideas include:

  • Sweetcorn
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin

(When Hugo was younger, I’d get bags of frozen vegetables and freeze them into ice cubes. It’s a great, versatile thing to have in your freezer whatever puppy you have!)

How to clean your dog’s Lickimat

Has your dog left a few bits of your Lickimat topping in the mat itself? If you accidentally leave it too long before cleaning, it’ll go hard.

You can clean your Lickimat by soaking it in warm water (without washing up liquid). Then, after about 10 minutes, take an old toothbrush and start to scrub the mat.

The old food will come off easily, and your Lickimat will look as good as new!

Which of these Lickimat recipes is your dog’s favourite?

There you have it!

These are the Lickimat recipes that my pup, Hugo, enjoys to eat the most–but I’d love to find out which topping goes down well for your dog.

Drop a comment below to let me know!

Sprocker Team

Sprocker Lovers is run by me, Elise–a first-time dog mum to my Sprocker puppy, Hugo. We also run the @SprockerLovers Instagram 🐶