Pet-Appreciation Week is all about your pet. You work so hard to take care of your four-legged friend. You bathe them, feed them, walk them, and even pick up their poop. They are our best friends, confidants, and exercise buddies. To celebrate Pet-Appreciation Week, it is important to show them we care, but you should also give yourself a pat on the back for all you do. Your dog’s loves treats and as do we, so why not make up some tasty treats to honor them? These pet inspired desserts will be the hit of your celebration week for you and your family.
Kitty Litter Cake
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
- 3 drops green food coloring
- 1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls
- Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
- Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
- Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
- When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won't need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
- Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
- Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
- Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.
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Dog Food Party Mix
- 1 (14 ounce) package light caramels
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup nuts, finely chopped
- 1 (6 ounce) package chocolate chips
- Preheat oven 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour 13 x 9 inch pan.
- Combine first 2 ingredients. Cook over low heat until caramels are melted. Keep warm.
- Combine cake mix, butter and nuts. Press 1/2 mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 6 minutes.
- Sprinkle chips over crust. Spread caramel mix next, then crumble dough over top.
- Bake 15-20 minutes.
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Cream Cheese Penguins
- 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 18 small black olives
- 1 carrot
- Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.
- Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.
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- 4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1/3 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 24 silver dragees decorating candy
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 12 (2 inch) pieces long red vine licorice
- Melt the chocolate, and combine with sour cream. Stir in 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
- Roll by level tablespoonfuls into balls. Mold to a slight point at one end (the nose).
- Roll dough in confectioners sugar (for white mice), and in chocolate cookie crumbs (for dark mice). On each mouse, place dragees in appropriate spot for eyes, almond slices for ears, and a licorice string for the tail.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours, until firm.
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Prince Froggy Cupcakes
- Batch of baked cupcakes
- Wooden spoon
- Green food coloring
- Buttercream frosting
- Butter knife
- Green jelly fruit slices
- Large green gumdrops
- Kitchen scissors
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate chips
- Small kitchen knife
- Yellow Starburst candies
- Stir drops of food coloring into the frosting until you have the desired shade of green.
- Spread a dollop of frosting on the center of each cupcake.
- To create each frog, press a jelly fruit slice down into the frosting. For eyes, slice a gumdrop in half. Then snip a mini marshmallow in two and press the halves against the cut surfaces of the gumdrop. Press a chocolate chip into the center of each marshmallow half. Place the eyes on the cupcake just behind the jelly fruit slice.
- For the frog's crown, cut two small V-shaped notches in the top of a yellow Starburst candy (a parent's job). Use your fingers to curl the outer points outward a bit. Insert the tip of a toothpick into the bottom of the candy crown and then push the opposite end down into the cupcake behind the frog's eyes.
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- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Microwavable bowl
- Wooden spoon
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1/3 cup dry chow mein noodles
- Rubber spatula
- Waxed paper
- Pretzel sticks
- Tic Tac candies
- Microwave the white chocolate chips for ten second intervals until they soften enough to stir into a frosting. Add the tablespoon of hot water and stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Immediately add the chow mein noodles to the bowl and use a rubber spatula to gently fold them into the melted white chocolate.
- Scrape the mixture from the bowl onto a sheet of waxed paper and separate the mound into five equal-size piles.
- Working with clean hands, loosely shape each pile into a nest by using your thumbs to create a shallow depression in the center.
- Before the white chocolate sets up, place each nest atop a pair of pretzel sticks arranged to resemble a small forked branch.
- Finally, fill each nest with two Tic Tac eggs
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Imitation is the best form of flattery. There is no better way than cooking up a cupcake with the face of your pooch on it. Remember that we want to protect your precious pet. Many of these recipes contain chocolate and sugar. These items could hurt your pet if you give it to them. These recipes are intended for only human ingestion. If you have any recipes to share, comment below or put it on our Facebook page.