Monday, 24 April 2017
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Homemade "Unicorn Bone" Rainbow Marbled Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats marbled in rainbow colours (unicorn bones)

These pretty rainbow marbled "Unicorn Bone" treats were made for Oli's 11th Barkday Pawty last week. They are deceptively simple to make (and doggone delicious, too!). I promise that no actual unicorns were harmed in the course of our festivities...heheh... Don't let the colours deceive you - these are almost all natural thanks to some tasty healthy add-ins with just a teensy bit of blue food colouring (skip the blue if you'd like them completely natural). Here's how they were made:

🐾 Fun fact: Contrary to what many people believe, dogs are not colour blind, they just see colours differently than people. A dog's vision spectrum is blue-yellow vs. our red-green-blue. That said, dogs don't care what colour their treats are, just how yummy they smell/taste. Colours and shapes are just fun for use humans making and sharing special treats with our pets.

Starting with your choice of  any (yep, any!) roll-and-cut pale neutral dog treat dough that you'd like to bake with (for these, I used the same dough as my valentine puzzle heart treats):

  • Preheat the oven and mix the dough according to your chosen recipe.
  • Divide your dough into smaller portions for tinting.  
  • Tint individually to your preference. I used five colours to create the unicorn bones: neutral/plain, yellow (turmeric powder), pink (beetroot powder), green (wheatgrass powder), and blue (food colouring). You can read more in this special post about tints and natural colourings for dog treats.
Tip: Marbling is easy, but you need to take care not to over mix, which will muddy the colours together. If this is your first attempt at marbling and looks are important to you (the dogs won't care!), you might find it easy to start by experimenting with a simple two colour combination using tints that will blend together nicely if you overdo mixing.  

Making homemade dog treats marbled in rainbow colours (unicorn bones)

  • Separate the dough into small pieces.  You can rip and scatter by hand (I did for the treats shown, and do for most marbled treats) or by separately rolling each colour of dough flat if you want to start with a finer marble blend. Whatever method you choose, ensure a good distribution for variety and don't make the pieces too tiny, else your marbling will be muddy when rolled. 
  • Gather the pieces together and squeeze into a loose ball.
Tip: Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, you can keep some of your starting pieces aside to add back in on a later re-roll to extend the marble-life.  
  • Roll and cut into shapes. I used a basic bone cookie cutter for the treats and a small circle plunger for the little confetti bites.
Tip: Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, cut your larger shapes first and the smaller-pieces from the gaps and any re-rolled dough. Confetti bites work perfectly for this!  
  • Chill if needed for your recipe, and then bake according to recipe. Cool before serving and storage.
Tip: If you want to maximise the impact of your marbled colours, try not to brown your treats during baking. This may require lowering your temperature and/or adjusting the baking time. Cooling in the oven can help make things crisper, if you'd like, or you can pop baked treats into a dehydrator to dry them into a crispy cracker-like treat. 

Homemade dog treats marbled in rainbow colours (unicorn bones)
Dalmatian dog eating a homemade dog treat marbled in rainbow colours (unicorn bone)

🦴 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.


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    1. :) And so doggone delicious too! They're much easier to make than you might think - don't let their pretty looks deceive you. Thanks for the comment. Woofs!


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