It’s right next to the Biljac frozen dog food that I always buy for my dog.
One out of every 5 consumers is buying human foods to feed his/her pets in order to offer healthier alternatives to what’s in the pet food aisle. Source
I’ve considered buying Freshpet refrigerated dog food and serving it up in small doses as special treats for my dog — just like I do with the Biljac. (I often give premium brands of dog food as “treats” to my dog.) It would also make great filler for Kong toys that my dog enjoys so much.
Ready to Bake Cookies for dogs are the newest item added to the all-natural pet food line-up at Freshpet.
The folks at Freshpet invited me to try their new dog treats, and I jumped at the chance.
Are you kidding? I’ve heard great things about the company and their all natural dog food products. So yeah, I’d love to introduce Freshpet “homemade” dog cookies to my dog and see what he thinks!
And personally, (as long as they’re priced low enough) I would love to keep ready-bake dog treats like this on hand for special occasions and fun treats.
For starters, I can’t believe how awesome the packaging was for these Ready to Bake Cookies for dogs.
Freshpet included a super high-quality apron and a fun zippered cooler — that perfectly fit 2 boxes of Ready to Bake Cookies and 2 ice packs to keep them cold during shipping.
I got a box of Peanut Butter & Oatmeal cookies and a box of Oatmeal & Cranberry cookies.
When the box arrived via UPS, I was in the middle of a big project. But I dropped everything so I could make my first batch of “homemade” dog cookies right away. (My dog pretty much insisted. He knew something in that box smelled delicious!)
I started by making a half batch (half the box) of the Peanut Butter & Oatmeal cookies.
The folks at Freshpet couldn’t have made the experience of making dog treats any easier…
For one, they did all the hard work of gathering the ingredients, mixing up the ingredients, and forming the dough into little cookies.
Each box of Ready to Bake Dog Cookies includes 18 perfectly round little patties… ready for baking!
Move over Betty Crocker, Freshpet now offers fresh, ready to bake cookies — for dogs! New Ready to Bake Cookies, available int he pet food aisle refrigerator, gives dog lovers everywhere a run way to make delicious, homemade cookies for their four legged family members. Just like human cookies made from scratch, they are 100% all natural, contain no preservatives, and are made of simple ingredients like crunchy peanut butter, whole oats, and dried cranberries. But there’s no need to measure and mix; simply take the pre-shaped dough out of the refrigerator, place on a baking sheet in the oven, and in minutes you’ll be ready to treat your dog to freshly baked cookies. They look and smell so good dogs won’t be the only ones drooling in the kitchen. —Freshpet
The package directions say to flatten each cookie patty prior to baking.
Instead of using the palm of my hand, as they suggest, I used the smooth bottom of a metal measuring cup.
TIP: Unless you spray it first with some vegetable oil, the cookie patties will stick to the measuring cup. And a broken cookie patty won’t go back into a perfect circle.
And because I always like to take things a step further by adding my own ideas, I had some fun by making each of the Ready to Bake Cookies unique and different:
I like how the ones with the chunky dog kibble in the center look like Hershey Kisses cookies that my mother-in law makes for us each Christmas.
The others also look like regular homemade cookies… for people! (For the record, I baked them just over 10 minutes. They were crunchy on the outside, and softer on the inside.)
These are some of the ideas I plan to try when baking future batches of Freshpet Ready to Bake Cookies:
Heck yeah — he loved them! Seriously.
It was the cutest thing…
When I opened the box, it was as if he sensed that what was in this box was for him. His Drool-o-Meter kicked into high gear moments after I opened the box.
Then, as I was preparing the cookies prior to baking (remember, there’s really no preparation necessary — just put ’em on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes — but I chose to spend a couple extra minutes jazzing them up just because), he sat quietly on the rug next to the table… just waiting… patiently. However, his jowls sprung a leak! Drool started dripping at high speed from the corners of his mouth.
As the cookies were baking, I figured I had 10 minutes to finish that project I was working on upstairs. My dog follows me everywhere — even upstairs. But he didn’t budge! He remained on the rug in the kitchen with his eyes glued to the oven. He knew there would soon be some heavenly goodness coming from there!
When I took the cookies out of the oven, he couldn’t believe it when I didn’t start serving them up. And I couldn’t believe how much they looked and smelled just like regular, peanut butter cookies — for people! They smelled identical to the real thing.
Finally, after the cookies had cooled, I gave him his first taste. “To die for!” was the look he gave me.
Now the truth…
My dog is a very picky eater. He won’t eat most treats that other dogs would gobble up in a heartbeat — like Milk Bone dog treats, among others. And he won’t touch most people food. (That’s because he’s never had it. We’ve only given him peanut butter, cottage cheese, pumpkin, and cheddar cheese. The rest is completely foreign and unappetizing to him.)
But when he finds something he likes, he’s all over it. These Ready To Bake Cookies from Freshpet apparently fit the bill! He went on to gobble up 2 more cookies right away.
Of course, peanut butter is his flavor of choice. So the fact that the smell of fresh-baked peanut butter cookies filled the room didn’t hurt. I can’t wait to see how he likes the Oatmeal & Cranberry ones.
I will definitely be buying the Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Ready to Bake Cookies, and I look forward to trying some of the Freshpet dog food products, as well. I plan to include them, along with other fun ingredients, in my dog’s Kong toys. (I like to constantly vary the ingredients in my dog’s treats — because variety is the spice of life. Right?)
I absolutely love how quick and easy it was to make these “homemade” dog treats. “No preparation necessary” is a pretty good deal. And so is the price! At $4.99 for a box of 18 Ready to Bake Cookies (Peanut Butter & Oatmeal), you don’t feel like you have to splurge to give your dog a special treat. (It’s $6.99 for the Oatmeal & Cranberry.)
Personally, I like giving my dog extra-special homemade treats like this only on rare occasions. So the 2 boxes of 18 cookies per flavor will last us a long time.
I’d like these dog cookies even better if they were just a tad smaller. Straight out of the box and baked as directed, they’re average-sized — like human cookies.
For most people, the Ready to Bake cookie sizes will be perfect. For me, I cut them in half because my dog already gets a lot of treats in a day. (Every time he comes on command — like after he’s been playing outdoors — which is several times each day. And any time he does anything else “on command”. Yeah, he’s always “in school”.) Therefore, smaller portions are better for us… and make it possible to spread out the goodness over more days!
From here on, I plan to make only 2 or 3 cookies at a time, and then re-freeze the remaining uncooked cookies each time. To make it even easier, with no time spent waiting to pre-heat the oven, I’ll just stick a couple of the cookies on a cookie sheet immediately after I’ve used the oven to cook a meal for hubby and I. That way, it’s conserving energy a bit too.
Most of all, I love the fact that these “homemade” dog treats are made with all-natural ingredients. And they’re super-fresh the moment you open the box. Because fresh is best!
Currently, Freshpet is the only brand of fresh, refrigerated pet food in the market.
All Freshpet foods are made with fresh, natural ingredients, and provide nutritionally balanced meals – and pets love them. Give your pet the fresh food experience. —Freshpet
Some interesting things I’ve learned about Freshpet dog food and treats:
We know a lot of pet owners love to pamper their dogs, and some already make cookies for them from scratch on special occasions, just as they would for other family members. We wanted to give them an easy and healthy way to do something special any day of the week. It’s an indulgent treat they can really feel good about feeding. —Freshpet
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