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{RECIPE} Gingerbread Jiggler Dog Treats with Yogurt Frosting

Bowl of homemade two-layer molasses and yogurt gelatin gummy dog treats

Gingerbread Jiggler Dog Treats with Yogurt Frosting


Gingerbread Layer:
1 cup cold water
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)

Frosting Layer:
1/2 cup* cold water
3 tbsp plain gelatin powder
1/2 cup low fat yogurt

*Note: You can use more water and less yogurt if you prefer, just keep the total liquid ratio at 1 cup per 3 tbsp of gelatin. More starter liquid can be easier for blooming.  I also like to use a pan instead of a pot, as it's easier to sprinkle the larger surface area to hydrate and bloom.

Gingerbread Layer: Measure water into a small saucepan.Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin.   Add molasses and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone molds (shaped gummies). If you get little air bubbles on the surface from pouring into the pan, you can pop them before chilling. Chill to set while you prepare the frosting layer, which will need to be added when the the gingerbread layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don't mix, but before it has fully set and cured to adhere the layers - just like making layered jelly for humans.

Frosting Layer:  The frosting layer is mixed in two steps to help preserve the healthy probiotics in the yogurt. Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom/gel.  Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat, as this can reduce the setting strength of your gelatin.   Remove from heat. Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F), then add the yogurt and stir to thoroughly combine. Pour gently over your gingerbread layer. Chill to set fully before slicing into small treats or removing from molds. 

Step-by-step making molasses and yogurt gelatin gummy dog treats
 
Tips and Tricks:
  • Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.  If you are using a thick-style yogurt, you may find it helpful to water it down for easier mixing. I also find measuring the yogurt and letting it sit to warm a bit while I prep the rest of the gummy base can be handy for smoother blending than straight cold yogurt.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • These are firm gummies, since I like to supplement my dogs with gelatin, especially my senior.  If you prefer, you can use less gelatin for a jigglier jelly treat. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger/weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.  Freezing causes gelatin to separate which tends to bleed out some liquid content in addition to condensation factors.  If thawed dry (and upright) this can also help reduce leaching/staining into the white from the brown...not that the dogs will care! :)
  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage.  

Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, explore from our DIY Dog Treat Recipes navigation page 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.

Bowl of homemade two-layer molasses and yogurt gelatin gummy dog treats

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