Remember the fun you had as a kid, making Pillsbury cookies by slicing the roll of dough and then decorating the sugar cookies with stencils and colored sugar? Even if you’ve long since graduated to making cookies from scratch, with boutique-class decorations straight from Martha Stewart Living (or straight from the local bakery) — you have to admit, that was pretty fun.
That memory came bouncing right back to me when Freshpet® sent me two packages of their new ready-to-bake dog cookies. The cookies contain only natural ingredients such as oatmeal, eggs, crunchy peanut butter, and cranberries. Like Freshpet’s lines of fresh dog foods, they contain no preservatives and need to be stored in the fridge until you bake them.
Nobody does an evaluation package quite like Freshpet. The packages of cookies arrived, amid a number of ice packs, in this fabulous little cooler-cum-lunchbox…
…along with a folder of information on the new product and a coordinating emerald-green apron embroidered with the Freshpet logo. If I hadn’t been at home alone while I was baking, I’d have put my hair up and had my picture taken while sporting the apron and my pair of emerald-green oven mitts… Just Because. You’ll just have to imagine it.
We received samples of the Dog Joy™ Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Recipe cookies and the Dog Nation™ Oatmeal & Cranberry Recipe cookies. Each package contains 18 cookies. The beauty of this approach is that you can remove just one cookie (or a few) at a time and return the package to the fridge. (Just make sure you cook them all within a week after opening.) If you only have a toaster oven, or if you have only one small dog, you won’t have to bake up the entire lot at once, clean up all the mess, and then try to keep the cookies fresh. The cookies do keep for 14 days in an airtight container, if you can keep them that long at all. Unopened packages will keep in the fridge for several months — just check the expiration date on the box.
Here’s the Before picture of what the Dog Nation Oatmeal & Cranberry cookies looked like on the cookie sheet (yes, I took them outside for better light).
And here’s the After picture 14 minutes and 350° F later…
While they were baking, the cookies filled the kitchen with a wonderful aroma that both humans and dogs appreciated. Old Charlie even came in from his important excavation project outdoors to drink in the smell. — or maybe to witness the spectacle of me actually cooking something in the kitchen for a change.
Here’s what we ended up with once both batches were done…
As expected, the Gang of Four approved heartily of both formulas, and would be delighted to approve any additional samples at any time. Greg tried one of the cookies and pronounced them a bit bland for human taste buds. “All the more for us, sucker!” thought the dogs. It’s a safe bet that we won’t have to worry about keeping these treats past 2 weeks.
You can find Freshpet Ready-to-Bake cookies wherever you find Freshpet fresh dog foods. The Dog Joy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal cookies are available in grocery and mass-market stores. The DogNation Oatmeal & Cranberry cookies can be found in pet specialty stores. MSRP is $4.99 – $6.99.