It’s tough to be a dog with sensitive teeth: Many treats are made with chewing and chomping in mind, so they’re crunchy and hard. Knowing that older dogs often need something gentler, Jackie Starker of Amelie’s Bark Shop in Philadelphia developed a line of soft-baked treats that can last for weeks. The most popular are these Peanut Butter Bark Pops, inspired by cake pops. Jackie sells them alongside pup-friendly cookies and doggy fashion, including a line of matching human face mask/dog bandana sets sewn by her mom. —Nora Horvath for Food Network Magazine
Reserve 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter for topping. Beat the remaining peanut butter in a large bowl with a mixer until smooth. Add 1/2 cup honey, the flaxseed and oats; mix until well incorporated.
Scoop tablespoonfuls of the peanut butter–oat mixture using a small cookie scoop and roll into balls. Soak the balls in a bowl of water for a couple of minutes, then roll in crushed peanuts, shredded coconut or another topping of your choice.
Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon each peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Use it to glue your dog’s favorite treat on top. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.