Milkbone Apple Pupcakes

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Treat your pup this Valentine’s Day by making a Milkbone Apple Pupcakes! Easy to put together and easier for your pooch to eat, this recipe is well-loved! 

Pupcake on plate with red hearts

For those of y’all who have been reading this blog for a little while, you should know I have a dog. (And this blog is named after her… kind of.)

She’s been my girl for six and a half years, and I love her so very much. So many things have changed since she first came into my life. We’ve moved several times; she’s adopted a father, who she adores, even if she wasn’t a fan of him at first; and she’s going to become a Big Puppy Sister in just a few short weeks.

Despite all the change, she has remained constant.

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    Other dog treats your pup might like: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pupcakes / Sweet Potato and Apple Pupcakes / Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

    Learn more about my Lucy: For the pupSunday Snippets: The Pup-iversary Edition 

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    Our lives would be so different without Lucy, and we do our best to make her feel special and loved as often as possible, especially since we think her early months were challenging.

    Case in point? I’ve been known to bake for her on occasion.

    Today is one of those days.

    Over head view of milkbone apple pupcakes in cupcake pan

    In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do something sweet for Lu.

    Enter these delightful Milkbone Apple Pupcakes.

    Dog treats in grocery store aisle

    What dog doesn’t enjoy Milkbones? I headed over to Walmart to peruse their selection, and I found Mini’s Biscuits, which are stupidly cute and absolutely perfect for these pupcakes!

    I also grabbed some Pup-peroni for my sweet girl while there because she loves those, too. As we prepare for our baby’s arrival, I know we’re going to keep a stash of puppy treats by the front door so visitors can give Lu a little something before they enter our home and meet Lady Baby.

    So the Pup-peroni and the (leftover) Mini’s Biscuits will be getting good use. I’m hoping they’ll make Lucy more happy to welcome household visitors, too.

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    This recipe is so easy to whip up, and since it makes a small batch of pupcakes, you won’t have a ton of leftovers sitting around.

    These pupcakes are extremely soft, so they’re something that is easy for your pup to eat, too! You won’t have to worry about them attempting to eat the entire thing in one bite and having a bit of trouble getting it down.

    Here’s how you can treat your pup this Valentine’s Day:

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    Overhead view of three milkbones on top of a pupcake

    Milkbone Apple Pupcakes

    Erin Parker Skinner, The Speckled Palate
    Treat your pup this Valentine's Day by making a Milkbone Apple Pupcakes! Easy to put together and easier for your pooch to eat, this recipe is well-loved.
    5 from 2 votes
    Servings 5 individual pupcakes
    Calories 37 kcal
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 35 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes


    • 1 egg beaten
    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 apple shredded (about ¾ cup)
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • Milkbone Mini's for decoration

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    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a small muffin tin, and set aside.
    • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the egg, applesauce, apple and baking powder, mixing until just combined.
    • Pour the batter into the muffin tins (this should make about 5 regular-sized muffins). Place the Milkbone Mini's on top of the pupcakes for decoration.
    • Bake the pupcakes for 35-40 minutes, or until the tops are browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
    • Cool for 30 minutes, then let your dog enjoy!


    Recipe adapted from Spoonful of Sugar Free.


    Serving: 1gCalories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5g
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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    1. Lucy is such a pretty dog! I really enjoyed reading this post … the recipe looks easy, and I know my little dog Abby would love some of these.

    2. Lucy is one beautiful and lucky dog to have such loving parents! Our dog Bailey, aka our first born, is 7 years old. I’m an event planner and have always wanted to throw a dog party! While I’ve never baked for Bailey, I will be pinning this recipe to try one day soon for him!

    3. What a sweet idea! I may make a dog-friendly dessert for our German shepherd for Valentine’s Day. BTW, she’s a beautiful dog!

    4. Oh my gosh these photos of your fur baby made me smile so much!! What a cutie pie 🙂 My pup would LOVE these!

    5. Lu!! OMG what a sweet little face, I love her!! What a nice little treat for your first child! 🙂 I can’t wait to make these for Vader when we get home from our vacation!! I can use them as a bribe so he knows we still love him even though we went without him 😉

    6. Lucy is such a pretty dog! I really enjoyed reading this post … the recipe looks easy, and I know my little dog Abby would love some of these.

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