Monday, March 5, 2012

Freshpet: Dog Joy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Ready to Bake Cookies

Freshpet has recently asked me to write a review on their new line of ready to bake cookies. They sent me one box of each kind, and today I will talk about the Dog Joy Ready to Bake Cookies.

They came with a cute little apron and were packed in a nifty lunchbox with some ice packs to keep them cool, as well as some literature on their products.

Box of cookie dough
Peanut Butter, Oats, Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Oil, Eggs, Water, Baking Soda.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min): 10.0%
Crude Fat (min): 25.0%
Crude Fiber (max): 1.5%
Moisture (max): 15.0%
Calorie Content (calculated): 4,800 kcal ME per kg / 82 kcal per baked cookie.

I'm a bit skeptical about the cane juice and palm oil, but since this is not a "food" and is instead a treat, I will not worry about them.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place cookies 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten each cookie with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely on baking rack before serving. Store baked cookies in an air tight container for up to 14 days.

Unbaked cookies
The box comes with 18 cookies, about 12 ounces and costs around $5 per box. (Freshpet gave me a handy price guide! No more guessing how much stuff costs.)

The cookies smell good (to me, not others in my family) and have a peanut buttery scent to them. Not surprising, since the first ingredient is peanut butter.
The dogs seemed to know the cookies were for them, and waited patiently (except Conker) for them to bake and cool. Once ready, each dog got to try one cookie and all three greatly enjoyed them.  Conker tried to steal the Girls' cookies but that is expected, he always does that. But even Juneau tried to steal, which is rare for her. These must be pretty good if Juneau is turning to crime to get another bite.

Baked cookies
The cookies are a bit big for Conker, so he will only get one half, or one whole if he eats less of his normal food to compensate for the cookie. For dogs smaller than Conker (under 25 pounds) you might want to quarter the cookies before baking (to avoid crumbling) or only give your dog one cookie every couple days, or reduce their overall food intake to make up for the large cookie.

I like these cookies, and if I can find them, will probably buy some in the future as a fun snack for the dogs.  They are priced like other "cookies" that are similar in type and weight. The only differences are that these need to be baked, and they are rather large.

I recommend these for dogs who aren't on a grain-free diet, and to owners who want to try something a bit different than what is normally available as treats, and to owners who would like to try baking for their dogs without having to actually make the dough.

That's Part 1 of the Ready to Bake cookie review!  Here is Part 2.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, peanut butter cookies. That would be the reason I didn't think they smelled as good as you did! I only do peanut butter on bread, with jelly. :)