Posted by: Catherine | February 26, 2009

Mama Emma’s Pupparoni Pizza


Emma and Guthrie, making the crust together.

Emma and Guthrie, making the crust together.


Spreading the "tomato" sauce.

Spreading the "tomato" sauce.


Putting on the pupparoni.

Putting on the pupparoni.


Mama Emma's Pupparoni Pizza.

Mama Emma's Pupparoni Pizza.



dscn0356-12Emma’s school has its very own version of the Westinghouse Science Fair, and it’s a big deal for the kids every year. I can attest to the fact that they spend months thinking of an idea (I really wish you could see what some of them come up with!), and many have to do with food. There’s a lot of candy making going on, and I suppose a lot of tasting during the testing. The kids are required to follow detailed guidelines, describe the scientific process they used to develop their inventions, create a three-part display board, and build/make/create the actual invention. Everyone’s a winner, and  Emma felt so proud of her first project—Emma’s Doggie Treats—she stuck to the same general theme, building on the doggie-treat dough. Her Pupparoni Pizza—for guess who?—was fantastic! She called it Mama Emma’s, in keeping with the Italian flavor. (See her main display poster, left.)  When you look over the ingredients, and the combinations, remember this is for dogs, not for you. It’s the tried-and-true dog-biscuit dough, with a tomato sauce made of pureed strawberries, real cheese (Guthrie’s favorite is mozzarella), and dried chicken-flavored discs, available at pet stores, standing in for pepperoni. Guthrie, who is a passionate though not necessarily objective critic, gave a rave review:  a million stars!



Dough (Emma’s Doggie Treats):

1 8 oz. package cream cheese

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup flour, or as needed

1 egg

Stir together all ingredients, form a ball (refrigerate if it’s too soft) and then roll into a pizza round, using extra flour as needed.



1 pint strawberries, put in a blender and mushed so it looks like tomato sauce

Mozzarella, sliced or grated (or your dog’s favorite cheese)

“Pepperoni” pieces (dried saucer-shaped chicken treats from your pet store)

Top dough with “tomato” sauce (pureed strawberries), cheese and “pepperoni.” Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until dough is cooked and cheese is melted.


Guthrie's rave review: a million stars!

Guthrie's rave review: a million stars!



  1. I’m overdue for making Oscar a batch of dog treats – this looks like it would be right up his alley! Guthrie and Emma are adorable! Love her display poster.

  2. pupparoni? that’s an adorable name for a tasty treat! and what a lucky dog. 🙂

  3. oh my gosh this is the most precious post I have ever seen. what a lucky doggie!

    PS: I’ve moved:

  4. Your daughter is too cute, and so is your dog. And I love how you spoil him. I just bought the cutest sweater for my boston terrier the other day.

  5. Biscuit wants to know if you have any left over. Miss you!

  6. For Biscuit…absolutely. Remember how much Emma loved him–every single recess!!!

  7. There’s that beautiful Guthrie again! I’m going to have to try this recipe for my boxer! xo

  8. WOW! I kind of found you in a run-about way. From Pioneer Woman to another Food blog & well, I found you! I fell inlove with your style of cooking right away.Not inly do I love your human recipes……I have a Grand Daughter,Savannah, who looks to be about Emma’s age & I have a precious Dog,who is NOTHINg like your beautiful Guthrie..mine’s a 12 yr. old Pug! I’m sure we can find a few friends to share with my Snubs & I’m very sure that Savannah will LOVE to make a party for them! Thanks, I’ll be saving your blog…oh I’m old,I don’t know all the right lingo……yet… know what I mean, jelly bean?

  9. Well, Emma’s magnificent pupparoni pizza has made me come clean about baking for my own dog – something I said I’d never do. But those big brown eyes have a habit of making liars out of the most resiliant souls!

  10. I just had a quick thought – perhaps Emma should develop the ultimate doggie treat? The Leonburger Burger. Two dog biscuits sandwiched together with a little dog-a-licious pate. I’m sure it would be a big hit!

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