Monday, 25 July 2016
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How to Make Gold Medal Dog Treats (or Human Cookies!)

Homemade dog treats shaped like gold medals

Hungry for gold?  Yes indeed!  Continuing our Olympic-inspired fun, this week's treat post shows you how to create your own edible gold medal dog treats (or human cookies if you wish!) without any special tools, stamps, etc - just basic items you may already have on hand in the kitchen. Any rollable dog treat (or human cookie) dough works for this DIY medal method. Consider something like a peanut butter, molasses, or turmeric biscuit for a natural golden colour. For easy working, avoid anything chunky in the mix - a rice flour dough is always a smooth favourite, although I couldn't resist adding a little ground flax to these for added goodness.

Step-by-step making homemade dog treats shaped like gold medals

To keep things on the smaller size, I use a small round biscuit cutter to cut each medal and a mini circle cutter (very inexpensive and my new favoutite training treat tool) to make a hole; however, anything clean and round will do! Everyday objects, such as glasses, make handy substitutes for circle and the hole can be omitted be added by pressing through with a small point instead of cutting.  A curved line was pressed into the edges using the back (blunt) edge of a butter knife to form the stems for the laurel leaves. Small indentations were added for leaves using tip of a teaspoon handle. The "1" was pressed into the middle by again using the butter knife. Done!  Chilling before baking is optional, but can help the biscuits to better hold shape when cooking, especially if you are using this recipe for human cookies, which will have more fat and sugars than dog treats.

Dalmatian dog begging for homemade dog treat shaped like gold medal
Dalmatian dog eating homemade dog treat shaped like gold medal

Although I did stage a few quick snaps with my ever obliging (and very obedient) taste tester and pro poser, Oli (above) receiving and nipping his well-deserved medal from the ribbon used to stage the photos for this post, I do strongly recommend presenting the treats without ribbons for your dogs for safety (and good manners!). :) For humans, you can, of course, use your discretion based upon age and safety considerations.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Stay tuned for more Olympic-inspired treats and toys still to come, and don't forget that dog-lympians need plenty of fun, play, exercise, and training as part of their quest for the podium. Be a bit silly and get fitter whilst having fun together!

Homemade dog treats shaped like gold medals

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