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Homemade Christmas Dog Treat Biscuit Bars and DIY Wrappers

DIY segmented bar dog treats with homemade Christmas wrappers

Happy almost howlidays, furfriends! Today's post shows how to bake a segmented bar of homemade dog biscuit/cookie style treats as well as a fun option for wrapping little DIY dog treat gift bars for presents.

This will be out final post of 2019 before our Christmas/New Year's blog break, but we'll be popping up from time to time on our social media, so please join us if you're not already following the fun. Thank you for all the love you've shown to Oli and Humphrey this year, your kind words of condolence when our elderly cat, Tiger, passed away, and the support you've given to us and our Dalmatian DIY blog, especially when we took the leap of transitioning to our own domain. Happy holiday wishes and may your 2020 be filled with health and happiness. ~Laura, Oli, and Humphrey 

Segmented bars are a great way to make cute and convenient homemade treats that don't require rolling and cutting. Cutting a pan of treat dough is a quick and simple option for making bite-sized dog treats, and these bars are a slightly cuter take on the same concept. Like a candy bar, the scoring lines on our treat bars are only partial thickness so the treat bars stay whole until broken apart for easy bit sized serving. They can be frozen and defrosted for personal use or are easily gifted as they don't require jars, containers, or bags.  

Preparing the Homemade Dog Treat Dough


Almost any favourite biscuit/cookie style dog treat dough can be used to make bars, but for the best results, choose a recipe that has a thick and firm handing consistency, bakes firm, and doesn't have any large chunky add-ins that may make shaping or segmenting difficult. For the pictured treats, I used a fruit and yogurt dough that included both gelatin and flax for a thick, fudgey dough. I also included finely shredded dry cooked chicken to make things extra irresistible.  

Step-by-step making homemade dog treat dough

Shaping the Dog Treat Dough into Segmented Bars


Once the dough is ready for shaping, the dough can be divided into bar sized portions (in whatever bar size you'd like to make) and hand formed into rectangles on a non-stick matt or bakers paper for easy movement to the baking pan. Keep the bars reasonably thick to reduce the risk of breakage and/or cracking.  I used the side of a butter knife to help with flattening/squaring my edges, and the flat back to indent score lines in the top of the bars.

Step-by-step shaping homemade dog treats into segmented bars

Baking and Storing the Dog Treat Bars


The prepared treats can be baked according to your chosen recipes, noting that cooking time will vary depending on size/thickness. As with most of my treats, I like to bake lightly (usually around 15 minutes at 180C, depending on shape/size) and then dehydrate my baked treats. Toptally optional, of course. You can read more about making and baking treats in our FAQs, Tips, and Tricks post about homemade baked biscuit (cookie) dog treats

Baking and dehydrating homamde dog treats

Once prepared and fully cooled, the treats can be wrapped for gifting or stored for later use. Shelf life depends on the treat recipe, how it was made (including whether it was dehydrated), and the storage conditions. Since homemade treats don't use preservatives, much like human baked goods, they're typically best consumed within a few days of baking, carefully stored, and/or frozen for longer-term storage.  You can read more in our FAQs, Tips, and Tricks post about homemade baked dog treat shelf-life and storage

Wrapping Dog Treat Bars as Holiday Gifts


As a fun option for gifting, bar shaped treats can be wrapped like candy bars. Depending on your chosen materials, this can help with self-life/storage as well as handling, and it's also quick, cute, and inexpensive. You can buy (or make) specialised bar wrappers, including custom printed wrappers, but you can also use some readily available household supplies to DIY a cute wrap and size it to suit your treats.

Dalmatian dog sniffing a homemade chocolate bar shaped dog treat with Christmas wrapper

I used plain aluminium foil (reusable or recyclable in some areas, if clean) as my inner wrapper, but you can also buy special foil sheets through candy making suppliers or on line. These are a little easier to fold into prefect pretty shapes, but most are paper baked (not recyclable). The foil inner gives a classic candy bar look, but also seals the treat bar for better storage/handling. My outer wrapper is holiday patterned paper (I used a scrapbook sheet, but not too thick so it's easy to wrap/fold) cut to size and secured at the back with tape or glue. As an added touch, I used the offcuts with some of my paper punches to create matching tags and secured these with gold ribbon. Easy, portable, and cute.  Prefer a printed tag? Check our archives for freebies, including mix-and-match labels and tags for dog treats and other presents.

Step-by-step making homemade dog treats with DIY Christmas bar wrappers

As lower waste options, the inner layer could be swapped for paper (similar look, but not as sealed), the inner layer can be omitted and the bar simple gift wrapped (in a recyclable paper), or you can swap the wrapping with a reusable food wrap.  Alternatively, you could tuck a bar (or several) into a gift bag, gift box, treat jar, treat bag, or other wrapping instead of individually wrapping like candy bars. As much as my dogs love ripping up paper wrapping and boxes, we wouldn't let them straight at a wrapped treat anyways, lest they try to bit right in wrapper included, or east the entire giant treat instead of a moderated portion. Eyes on the prize!

Dalmatian dog begging for a homemade chocolate bar shaped dog treat

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