Monday, 27 January 2020
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Hand Stamped Valentine's Day Jigsaw Puzzle Dog Treats

Stamped Valentine's Day jigsaw puzzle piece homemade dog treats

With Valentine's Day coming up and Puzzle Day later this week ( I love these crazy days), today's post is a cute DIY decorating idea for homemade dog treats. Stamping is one of my favourite ways to dress up a treat, and it's an easy way to make cute treats without adding icings or glazes that require extra time/ingredients and may affect the portability, storage, and/or shelf life of the treats. They look fancy, but stamped designs can be deceptively easy to make (and fun).

With all the crazy treats we create and share, you might be surprised to read that we do remakes/bakes of existing recipes. Sometimes this is because it's a simple go-to favourite (like beef jerky or broth gummies), sometimes I'm testing with different ingredients or substitutions, and sometimes it's just because the mood strikes.  With our transition to the new Dalmatian DIY domain, one of the long-term very slow tasks on my to-do list is going back through our recipe archives to recheck old recipe details and make adjustments for accuracy/clarity if needed. To keep it fun for my crazy creative self, these rebakes are a great opportunity to have a little fun with the shape and style of the treats and occasionally you'll see them pop up here on the blog as DIY decorating ideas that you can use with you own favourite dog treat (or human cookie) recipes from here or elsewhere. If you have suggestions or special requests, drop us a comment. No promises, but you never know! :)

Dalmatian dogs staring at a heart-shaped Valentine dog treat

To make true puzzle treats, you will need some form of puzzle shaped cookie cutter (I used a standard puzzle piece and a two-piece puzzle heart); however, any shape of cookie/biscuit cutter can be used with a patterned dough for a puzzle-inspired look. It's the irregular mosaic stamping on the dough that really gives these treats their jigsaw look. I used a combination of smaller cutters as my stamps, but dough can be stamped with any clean food-safe items.

Dough can also be rolled with a patterned rolling pin or by placing a textured food safe sheet (e.g. lace) over the partially rolled dough before rolling over the top to create an impression prior to cutting. I've used this technique to create and cut patterned clay. This type of regular pattern is less puzzle-like, but also cute.

Step-by-step how to make patterned jigsaw puzzle dog treats

Any roll-and-cut dog treat dough that you and your dogs enjoy can be used to make similar treats; however, a smooth dough that will take a tidy impression and cut cleanly without chunky/lumpy add-ins can be helpful.  You can read more about stamping treats in our dog treat decoration post.

If using words or large shapes in the pattern, extra attention to cutter placement and orientation can be helpful to optimise the cut shapes. For example, I cut the puzzle hearts first (large cuts, taken together as a matched set). Puzzle pieces (unmatched) were taken if/as suited, and then puzzle bones before re-rolling and stamping a new mosaic.

Depending on your cutter(s), puzzle pieces can be carefully cut to fit together if you're keen to try; however, any misalignment in cutting, small variations during cutting and positioning on the pan, and/or changes during baking can affect the fit. Not that the dogs will care about assembling. My boys are keener on disassembling! Hehehe...

Two Dalmatian dogs sharing a heart-shaped Valentine dog treat

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