Frozen Peanut Butter-Yogurt Dog Treats [Happy 8th Birthday, Einstein!]
I absolutely, positively cannot believe that Einstein turns EIGHT years old today… how is that even possible?!
While he is much more calm and a little more lazy than he was a handful of years ago, he’s still loving life. He and Duke have been running around like crazy outside now that there’s some snow on the ground, and Einstein loves to gallop into our family room with toy rings or a tennis ball in his mouth, ready to play.
I couldn’t let a birthday slip by without making him a special treat, and these frozen goodies were a home run with both him and Duke.
We’ve kept dog treats in the freezer before, so now anytime my Chief Culinary Consultant or I go in there for something, there are two Golden Retrievers that come running, hoping we’re going to pull out a treat. So, making treats that were meant for the freezer was a no-brainer. These yogurt-peanut butter treats are super easy to make and include one of Einstein’s most favorite foods – peanut butter!
I used a cookie scoop to make these, and then filled a bone-shaped cookie cutter with the mixture for an extra-special treat for him to enjoy with his birthday candle :)
Einstein stopped being amused less than 5 minutes after we started taking photos, but he will do absolutely anything and sit perfectly still if he thinks there will be some type of food in it for him when he’s done!
Naturally, Duke helped Einstein partake in celebratory treats… in true little brother form :)
I’m so grateful every day that Einstein continues to be a happy, healthy dog who loves life with us.
(For more of Einstein’s birthday treats, check out the archives: 1st Birthday, 3rd Birthday, 4th Birthday, 5th Birthday, 6th Birthday, and 7th Birthday)
One year ago: My Mom’s Legendary Italian Salad Dressing
Two years ago: Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats
Four years ago: Apple & Cheddar Cupcakes
Five years ago: Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Frozen Peanut Butter-Yogurt Dog Treats
- 1 cup (258 g) creamy peanut butter, melted
- 32 ounces (907.19 ml) plain yogurt
- Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted peanut butter and yogurt until combined and smooth.
- Using a medium cookie scoop (or 2 tablespoonfuls), drop mounds of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Place in the freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour. Transfer the treats to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Did you make this recipe?
Leave a review below, then snap a picture and tag @thebrowneyedbaker on Instagram so I can see it!
I cut the recipe in half just in case my lab didn’t like these; well she loves them! But even half the recipe makes a lot. Just sayin 😆
In this great pattern of things you’ll receive an A+ just for effort. Where you lost everybody was first on your particulars. As they say, details make or break the argument.. And that could not be more accurate here. Having said that, let me reveal to you what exactly did deliver the results. Your article (parts of it) is certainly really powerful which is possibly the reason why I am making the effort to opine. I do not really make it a regular habit of doing that. Second, whilst I can see the leaps in logic you come up with, I am not necessarily convinced of how you appear to unite the ideas which inturn make the final result. For the moment I will subscribe to your position however trust in the future you connect the facts much better.
Verline Kilgo, please record yourself and play it over and over as you are probably the only person who enjoys your opinion.
In more simple terms-shut up.
I am definitely going to give this a shot! My fur baby loves peanut butter, however I did not ever give her yogurt. But this sounds very delicious, perhaps I should “taste-test fist. Haha
My dogs (all 3) love these. I give them to them right out of the freezer. My husband likes to just use 1/2 cup of peanut butter to lower the calories.
Anyone making this recipe or others with peanut butter, please make sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol!
‘Xylitol, a sweetener used in many foods, including peanut butter, yogurt, toothpaste and chewing gum, is safe for humans but potentially deadly for dogs. If ingested, it can cause seizures, liver failure and death, warned one animal hospital, which called xylitol “extremely toxic” to dogs’
What kind of yogurt are you using to make these?
I just used generic plain yogurt.
What’s the best peanut butter to use?
I always use Jif or Skippy.
These are great! I spread the mixture 1\4″ thin in a long pan and then froze and broke into pieces . My dogs loved the yummy frozen treats!
Made these as directed. But when I gave them to my dog she turned away from them not wanting any part of them. Besides, how do you prevent a dog making a mess With a defrosting frozen yoghurt peanut butter concoction.
Cookies were easy to make but what a mess they made when my dog tried to eat one. Melted yoghurt/peanut butter all over the carpet and kitchen floor.
Yes they will definitely melt if it takes the dog awhile to eat it, so if your dog is a slow eater it’s probably best as an outside treat.
An absolute brilliant idea.
Thank you for sharing, my dog loves them.
They don’t last long enough to make a mess on the kitchen floor, I find it hard to believe that some people just seem to love to complain. Mess is part of being a dog owner 😊
I make these and I use Justin’s peanut butter I add a little organic honey to the mix. I stick in a dried banana as a Popsicle stick and sprinkle shredded coconut as additional bonuses for the fur kids.
Happy Birthday sweet boy!
Your Mom rules for making you and your bro superpawstars!
Oh cool, just two ingredients. Looks like I’ll be making this in April for my 8 year olds as well! Durr, oh boy!
My 8 month old golden adores anything frozen. The sound of the freezer opening sends him running into his crate, as that’s usually where he’ll get his treats. If you want more than half an hour’s worth of peace and quiet you can stuff a kong toy with yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, plain applesauce (homemade is best, no spices or sugar etc) little pieces of apple or boiled carrot, even pumpkin puree (again, no added stuff), doggie treats etc, and freeze it. Westley goes bananas for his frozen kong!
My dog has her 8th birthday this month, too! These treats look like a super treat — Thanks!
Just wondering if you give these to the dogs completely frozen or let them thaw.? I have a little chihuahua, and with such small teeth, I am wondering if she could eat these frozen.
Hi Penny, I do give them the treats frozen, but you could certainly let them sit out for a few minutes first.
I love your dogs! Our golden just turned 10 and he sleeps a lot more now, but he still loves to play and comes running if he hears me say “Uh, oh!” when I’m in the kitchen. :)
Happy 8th Birthday Einstein!
Love your updates on your pups!
Best wishes on you upcoming baby:)
Happy birthday Einstein! Today is also my pups first birthday. :)
Any baby news??
Hi Lisa, Not yet! Still waiting!
Happy 8th Birthday Einstein!! My Golden-Madison- just turned 9. It seems like just yesterday that we brought her home. It goes by too fast!
Happy Birthday, Einstein! Kisses
Happy Birthday Einstein!
Great pictures…he is so patient! And such a beautiful dog! My dog, Dolly, turned 8 last month…
time goes by so quickly! I think she deserves some of these treats too! Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures!
Happy, Happy Birthday Einstein.
Happy Birthday, Einstein!
I love when you post about your pups :)
How funny is it that TODAY is my puppy’s first birthday???!!! I was thinking of making him a special treat, opened my email and by some strange cosmic coincidence, here is your post with a recipe for Einstein’s birthday treat!! Awesome!
Aww that’s awesome! Happy birthday to your pup! :)
Happy Birthday Einstein! Love this idea!
One of my pups has pancreatitis (diet controlled, thankfully), so I always watch her fat intake. I will be making these with Trader Joe’s “Better than Peanut Butter” (smells just like the real deal) and low fat yogurt for a safe treat even for her!
Happy Birthday Einstein. He’s so adorable. Great treat.
Happy Birthday, sweet Einstein! A big hug for you on your special day!
I can’t not believe it’s been a year already! Happy birthday, Einstein! He’s looking very handsome and dapper for a young man of 8! I love your little birthday celebrations for your fur babies! And I can see that Duke is happy it’s Einstein’s birthday, too!
Happy birthday to your beautiful Einstein from our Magnum (11 year old Golden) and Bullitt (10 month old Golden). Most every night my husband has a bowl of ice cream, so when they hear the freezer door open and the spoons rattling, they come running. They each get a little scoop of whatever flavor is being served (unless it’s chocolate of course). I am so going to make this for them – healthier than the ice cream and they’ll just love it.
Sorry, MICHELLE, for some reason my sister-in-law was on my mind. :)
Haha no problem, and thank you! :)
What a good boy (and great photos)! Happy Birthday, Einstein and family! Our cat, Rose, just turned 11 on January 8th…. Unbelievable!! Jennifer, praying for your safe delivery
Happy Birthday, Einstein!!! You are so handsome! Our dog, Buddy, is now 10 years old and so wonderful! Have a great day!
Happy Birthday Einstein!!
Thanks for sharing the news and recipe.
Hugs to Einstein and Duke. Love your dogs!
Happy birthday Einstein! I can’t wait to make these for my dog!!!
My dogs will be 7 and 8 in April. Thank you for the easy recipe for their surprise birthday treat. Give Einstein a big hug for his birthday from his fans Gidget and Kalee. I always show them the pictures of your puppies. Thanks for a great blog.
Happy Birthday to a sweet big brother
Happy birthday Einstein!