Monday, 16 April 2018
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DIY Stamped Dog Treats (Plus Peanut Butter Bacon Bones!)

Bone shaped dog treats stamped with names and words

Santa Paws brought all sorts of interesting little goodies for crafting and baking (clearly the elves had read our post with Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Lovers) including a set of DIY alphabet cookie stamps. I have a number of cute cookie stamps and presses in my baking stash, including a set of larger letters, but these mini letters are perfect for using on smaller treats and are just the right size for my favourite bone-shaped cookie cutter.



For small stamps and stencils to make the clearest impression (whether on human cookies or doggy treats) and stay clear after baking, you need a smooth roll-and-cut dough with low spread and low rise.  To test out my stamps, I opted for a variation on our go-to smooth roll-and-cut peanut butter dog treat dough including some very finely chopped bacon. The bacon is a little chunky, so not as neat as plain peanut butter, but extra doggone delicious! We happened to have some cooked bacon on hand (these test treats were baked back during the holidays...blog dogs are always ahead of the times!) and I thought it would be a great opportunity to make some extra yummy treats as well as test the new stamps in a slightly textured dough.  Not bad at all!  Since you are likely to see these stamps in action at Oli's upcoming 12 barkday pawty, I thought I should share the intro post first. 

Dalmatian dog eating a bone shaped treat stamped with the word "pawesome"

Stamped Peanut Butter Bacon Bone Dog Treats


🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup of very finely chopped bacon (pre-cooked and cooled)
1/4 cup of low-sodium stock or alternative dog-friendly liquid
Approximately 1 cup rice flour (or equivalent substitute flour)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine egg, peanut butter, and bacon in a mixing bowl.  Stir in stock.  Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough.  The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed. Rest dough (optional).

Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan (see notes below on stamping). Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before serving and storage.

Step-by-step making homemade custom stamped dog treats

If you are stamping your treats, you will need to make sure that your chose cutter and stamps are a compatible size. Remember that your letters must be positioned in reverse order as well as backwards individually in order for the stamped work to come out correctly. If you are stamping different words, stamping all of each word before switching saves effort swapping letters around. My alphabet stamps are very basic (and cheap) but versatile, and I'm happy with their use and outcome. In order to separate the letters for initial use, you will need a pair of sharp utility scissors as the slide-in holder won't cooperate if you don't snip the letter base cleanly from the plastic tabs.  They can be tricky to clean (washing in a colander is a great way to avoid losing any) and I keep the separated letters and a base in a jar for easy consolidated storage

Bone shaped dog treats stamped with names and words

Tips and Tricks:
  • Peanut butter can be particularly tricky to measure perfectly. Don't stress about it - close enough is good enough! There can be big differences in consistency of peanut butters as well. Little variations like that as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing our doggy doughs. 
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • The finer you chop the bacon, the smoother and easier to cut/stamp your dough will be. I processed mine into a very fine bacon meal in a food processor. This can be tricky if your bacon isn't dry.  If you are having trouble getting your bacon to process, adding some of your liquid ingredients can help to free things up and puree as a smoothie-style slurry instead. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.  
  • Resting the dough is optional, but it can help with handling and/or holding shape.
  • 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 a 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!
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 

Dalmatian dog eating bone shaped dog treat with his name (Humphrey) stamped on it

🦴 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.

2 comments:

  1. I am assuming the bacon is precooked? I have never made dog treats before, so this is new to me. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Chelsea!

      Welcome! Yes - definitely precooked (I'll tweak the working of the post for clarity). Well cooked crispy bacon, patted dry, and fully cooled will crumble best. I like run mine through a mini food processor (you can freeze extra for future treats if you'd like too!). The finer the crumble, the easier it is to distribute through the dough as well as cut the treat - chunky bits always make cutting a tad messy though.

      If this is you first treat baking experiment, check the notes in the recipe instructions about working the flour in incrementally and tweaking the consistency, if needed, as well as our tips/tricks at the end of the post. Good luck and have fun!

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