Wednesday, 20 December 2017
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DIY Christmas Ornament Dog Treats without a Plunger Cutter

Homemade Christmas dog treats shaped like patterned tree ornaments

We've been sharing lots of different holiday treats in our barkmas bonanza this year, including cute Christmas plunger cookie cutters (affiliate link) for treats like our gingerbread dog treats, carob and peanut butter dog treats, and spicy apple dog treats, but we though we'd throw in a bonus post hot on the heels of our last plunger treat post of the year for those of you who'd love to make a patterned treat but can't get your hands on a set of Christmas plunger cookie cutters.

Stamping the patterns into your treats, whether with a patterned plunger cutter or by hand, is an easy way to dress up special treats. The finished treats look fancy but are still "plain" enough to be freezer-friendly and perfect for pressie packaging or pocket portability for treats on the go. Since you can use any roll-and-cut dough with no extra toppings, it's also a great way to make a fancy treat for a dog with allergies or special dietary sensitivities using your favourite safe recipe. There's no icing set/dry time and much less mess, which is great if the kids are helping out. You can also use these techniques to make human cookies, if you'd like! 

Patterned plunger cutters are easy and fast; however, one big advantage (other than not needing special cutters) to stamping/stencilling your own designs is that you don't need to be quite so fussy about the treat dough consistency or rolling thickness as you do with stamping plungers since there is no pattern release to worry about.  Yay!

Prepare your treat dough and preheat the oven according to your chosen recipe. Any roll-and-cut treat that your dog enjoys will do, but a smooth dough without any textured add-ins (like coconut, flax, etc) is recommended for the nicest impressions.  Roll the dough, then cut to shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. Stamp with decorative patterns.  Bake according to your recipe and allow to cool thoroughly before serving and storage.

Step-by-step making Christmas dog treats shaped like patterned tree ornaments

These Christmas ornaments shown in this post were created with simple round biscuit cutters and decorated by stamping/pressing patterns onto the surface using other readily available items from my kitchen, like we did with our fun and fancy Easter Egg dog treats.  For the ornaments, I used a pasta/pastry wheel for the wiggly lines, toothpicks for the dots (point end small, blunt end large), and added a few extra shapes with other cookie/fondant plungers from my baking stash. Similar simple stamping techniques would also be very cute with Christmas tree treats.  For a little extra pizzaz on the ornaments (and added flavour) I reserved a bit of the dough when cutting the ornament shapes and mixed in some carob powder to create the brown toppers. 

Looking for more ideas? A different type of decoration style? Check out our post on different techniques for decorating homemade baked dog treats.

Homemade Christmas dog treats shaped like patterned tree ornaments

Since you are not restricted to a ready-made stamping plunger cutter for size and thickness, hand stamped treats are also easier to custom size to suit you and your pets. I usually break my treats into smaller pieces (blog pics not withstanding) no matter what size I bake so that my spotty piglets can get the perception of more individual treats for the same calorie intake. Everyone's definition of bite sized is different after all...just ask Oli! :)

Dalmatian dog eating homemade Christmas dog treat

🦴 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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