Thursday, 4 May 2017
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No Rolling? No Problem! Simple Shortcut for Baked Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for homemade training treat

Make it in May!  I'd love to bake my dog homemade treats, but I just don't have the time... Sound familiar? Today's easy share is not a specific treat recipe, but a shortcut for those of you who want to make dog treats but can't be bothered with the muss and fuss of rolling dough and cutting shapes. Hand forming the dough into bite-sized balls and flattening (like a mini peanut butter cookie) is always an alternative, but that also takes time and may be a bigger or bulkier treat than you'd like to create.  Not to worry! Almost any roll-and-cut style treat dough can be converted with this simple shortcut for making baked dog treats en masse in any size you wish.  Easy peasy!

🧩 New to treat baking? Check out our introduction to making homemade baked biscuit/cookie dog treats from the DIY dog treat FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting mini-series.  

To take the shortcut to quick and simple bite-sized baked dog treats, preheat the oven and prepare your treat dough according to your chosen recipe recipe. The pictured treats were made with our pumpkin and salmon dog treat recipe.  It's an easy healthy dough, and the treats are stinkily delicious, which makes them high value for the dogs, and even our very pick cat will occasional slink over for a nibble or two - see below. 

Making small homemade dog training treats without rolling or cutting, step-by-step how to make

In a prepared baking dish, break apart the dough and gently pat into big flat pancake. If your pan is larger than your desired thickness for volume of dough, simply pat the outside into a roughly even edge.   Use a knife (or pizza cutter, pasta cutter, etc) to cut lines into the dough to form small squares.

Depending on your dough, these may not hold as cuts in the unbaked dough, but will become scoring lines that make it easy to break apart the baked treats into even pieces. You can - of course - cut or free-form break after baking if you prefer.    Bake the treats, the remove from the oven, cool slightly and break or cut apart.

As an option, you can return the treats to the oven if you'd like to bake the pieces a little more or dehydrate them. I find that treats baked in a big sheet home more moisture during baking so I pop mine into the oven and let it cool down with the treats inside. Whichever method you choose, cool the treats before serving and storage.

Dalmatian dogs (and a cat!) eating homemade dog training treats

Personally, I still prefer my little fondant/cookie plunger cutters for quickly making lots of little treats, but that technique requires rolling out the dough.  This is definitely a very quick option if you're time poor or just not feeling like taking on the extra effort - your dogs will be all about the tasty treats and not their actual shape! Woofs!

Glass jars with small homemade dog training treats

🦴 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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