DIY Icing for Natural Dog Treats

by Lori Lapierre, Demand Media
    Doggie frosting can be used on homemade or store-bought dog treats.

    Doggie frosting can be used on homemade or store-bought dog treats.

    Making doggie "icing" for treats and biscuits is a snap. Since you need to avoid giving your dog sugary foods, a basic topping that lacks processed sugar provides a healthy flavoring. With just a few ingredients, you can easily create different types of icing, accommodating dogs with discriminating tastes.

    Items you will need

    • 4 ounces of cream cheese, flavored or plain
    • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
    • Mixing bowl
    • Electric mixer
    • Spatula
    • Knife (optional)
    • Storage container

    Step 1

    Allow 4 ounces of cream cheese to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes to soften before making the icing.

    Step 2

    Place the unwrapped cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat it for one to two minutes to give it a creamy texture.

    Step 3

    Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Mix thoroughly with the electric mixer, using a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl. Refrigerate the mixture for up to half an hour if the icing is not as thick as you like.

    Step 4

    Frost doggie treats with a knife or dip them into the icing; store leftover topping in the refrigerator and use it within three days. Store dog treats topped with this icing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    Tips

    • You can use lowfat cream cheese.
    • Substitute carob powder or peanut butter for the oil in this recipe if you wish; or substitute mashed bananas or plain yogurt for the cream cheese.

    Warning

    • Do not use chocolate in your homemade frosting; it is toxic to dogs.

    About the Author

    Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."

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