Wednesday, 28 June 2017
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How to Make Stamped American Flag Dog Treats

Star shaped dog treats stamped like the American Flag on a table with red and blue drawstring treat bags

Woohoo!  We love to create and share (we take requests too!) posts for special days around the globe.  These DIY dog treat are a simple way to embellish homemade dog treats for the Fourth of July (and other puptriotic occasions) without using dyes, tints, or icing. They are fabulously cute, but also easy to make. Unlike treats with icings and coatings, these will pack/travel well so its a pawesome way to decorate for goodie bags (free printable tags and labels tomorrow!), popping in your picnic basket, holiday road trips, etc. plus there's nothing to worry about melting in sizzling summer weather. This decoration technique can be used for human cookies too if you'd like to try. 

You can use any smooth roll-and-cut treat dough recipe that your dog enjoys with this decoration method. It's totally up to you! See the tips and tricks below. The pictured treats were made using a simple star-shaped biscuit cutter and then hand embellished using a star plunger mini-cutter and knife. Easy peasy! You can use other cutters for the primary shape instead for a star if you'd like, and a small clean star star-shaped stamp or similar could be substituted for the cutter to create a similar look if you don't have a plunger cutter and don't want to buy one. Here's how the pictured treats were made:

DIY American flag stamped homemade dog treats, step-by-step how to make

Prepare your treat dough and preheat the oven according to your chosen recipe. Roll the dough, then cut to shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. Carefully press lines into the stars (I used a knife edge), keeping the left point of the star plain. Press with a star plunger mini-cutter to create star impressions in the blank are on your left point. Press deep enough to stamp a clear star outline but not so deep as to cut through or pull-out the dough. Optional: chill before baking if your recipe calls for it, or if you prefer this method to better hold shape.  Bake according to directions for your chosen recipe. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • A smooth dough without any rough or textured add-ins (like coconut, flax, etc) is recommended for the nicest impressions. I also recommend that you not use a dough that has a lot of rise or spread, as they can loose shape as the treats bake and lessen the look of your embellishments.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!

🦴 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.

Star shaped dog treats stamped like the American Flag on a table with red and blue drawstring treat bags

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