Christmas Dog Bark

by Ally Harding, 5:00 AM
The holiday season has got me in the baking mood including treats for Pixie! I've never made homemade dog treats before, mainly because they seemed very tedious and time consuming. When I found this Christmas Dog Bark recipe and it only had 4 ingredients I knew to had to give it a try.

This recipe calls for 5 strips of bacon, 2 cups of carob chips, 2 slices of cheddar cheese, and 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter.

I had vaguely heard of carob chips before this recipe. They taste like chocolate but let me assure they are not chocolate. Carob comes from evergreen trees that originate from the Mediterranean. They taste very similar to chocolate but have more of a mild, earthy taste. Carob is also less calories so feel free to use it instead of chocolate for other things. I found it at Earthfare but I'm sure Whole Foods and Trader Joe's would sell it. It cost $6.50 a bag.

As you can see we didn't have tons of bacon left and our pieces are pretty big so I used 3 pieces instead of 5. Cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain on paper towels and coarsely chop.

I couldn't find cute little dog bone cookie cutters to make the cheese in the shape of a bone so I used a tree shape one I found at Wal Mart.

Using the cookie cutter, make 10-15 shapes out of the cheese. Set aside.

Place the carob chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds in the microwave. Take out and stir. Place the bowl back in the microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir in peanut butter.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray. Spread the carob/ peanut butter mixture onto foil, about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese and press them lightly into carob mixture.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes until set.

Remove from foil and break into 18 or so pieces. I found the bark broke very easily so I ended up with a lot of random shapes and sizes.

They last up to 5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. 

To say my girl liked them was an understatement. I have to say I tried them too and chocolate tasting carob and peanut butter with bacon and cheese does taste really good. I made sure to only give her one piece a day because although it isn't bad for her, it's extra calories and I don't want to upset her tummy from the cheese. 

You can check out this recipe and a lot of other great dog Christmas treat recipes at DogVacay.
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  1. Oh my gosh! I so want to make this for Ollie! Such a great post!

  2. We're obviously vibing on our bark posts today :) My dog would love this version!

  3. If I had a dog I would totally make my own treats!!

  4. I've never seen a bark recipe for pups, how cute?! I think I might have to try this for Ruby!!

  5. Girl I am going to try this for my golden. That is such a cute recipe!! And try Etsy for dog cookie cutters. I bought several last year when I had a dog party for C.

  6. AAAAAH how awesome is this! I want to make it for Amelia and all of her pup friends!
    Thanks for sharing, boo!

  7. So adorable, and the perfect gift for sharing! Love this.

  8. Love this!! Deedee will go ape sh*t over these treats - thanks for the great idea! :))

  9. OMG Finn would love these! Anything cheese related he is all about!

  10. Scout would love these!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  11. Um, I don't have a dog, but I do have a boyfriend who loves chocolate (not so much carob), cheese, and bacon, so....hahaha

    jess | Quaintrelle

  12. I should make some treats for Gracie for Christmas. Those turned out so cute! I love that you tasted them too :)

  13. My dog would go crazy for these!! Thanks for sharing the recipe


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