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Marbled Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Dog Treats

Homemade green and gold St. Patrick's Day dog treats shaped like shamrocks, clover, and bones

These homemade St. Patrick's Day dog treats are made using one batch of dough that has been split, naturally tinted in shades of green and gold, and then marbled together before cutting into treats for baking. Check out the details below on how to make you own special treats for lucky furfriends.

🐾 Fun fact: Contrary to what many people believe, dogs are not colour blind, they just see colours differently than people. A dog's vision spectrum is blue-yellow vs. our red-green-blue. That said, dogs don't care what colour their treats are, just how yummy they smell/taste. Colours and shapes are just fun for use humans making and sharing special treats with our pets.

Dalmatian dog begging for a marbled white green and gold four leaf clover St. Patrick's Day dog treat

Instead of using different doughs for marbling, these treats were made using one batch of a pale treat dough, making it simple (despite the pretty looks) and well-suited for small batch baking. It's also easily adapted to different colour combinations for other holidays, occasions, events, or simply just because you feel like having a little fun with your baking. Check out our original marbling treat post on making unicorn bone dog treats for a rainbow example.

🥄 You can use this technique to marble dough for human cookies too, although you'll probably want to use different tinting add-ins to suit your cookie recipe flavour(s), of course! Hehehe...

These treats use a pale white-ish dough and two tints: yellow (turmeric powder) and green (spirulina powder). Aiming for white when baking treats is tricky as many of our favourite doughs are naturally coloured by their base ingredients. For those that aren't, very few white (or whitish) binders will stay white when baked.  Embrace a little beige - it will make your life easier and your dogs won't care!

Step-by-step how to make marbled green and gold St. Patrick's Day baked dog treats

Making Marbled Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Dog Treats

Preparing and Tinting the Treat Dough 

As noted above, similar treat can be made with your choice of  any roll-and-cut pale/neutral dog treat dough that you'd like to bake with and your pups enjoy. If using powdered tints, it can sometimes be helpful to keep your dough slightly wetter than usual to assist with mixing in the tints. You can read more in this special post about tints and natural colourings for dog treats. A moist dough can also be helpful for getting a good connection in the dough when marbling to reduce the risk of cracking/separation in the finished treats.

  • Preheat the oven and gather your baking supplies and equipment.
  • Mix the dough according to your chosen recipe.
  • Divide your dough into smaller portions for tinting.  
  • Tint individually to your preference. To make the pictured treats, I used yellow (turmeric powder) and green (spirulina powder).  
Tip: If you are making a simple coloured dough, it's easiest to tint first; however, if your splitting dough for multiple colours I find it helps spread the colour and save your hands somewhat if you use a divet-fill-fold to start the blending process. 

Marbling the Dough

Marbling is easy, but you need to take care not to over mix, which will muddy the colours together. A luck (whoot whoot!) would have it though, white, green, and gold are very complimentary shades as they blend so this is an easy colour combination to experiment with if you're new to marbling.

  • Separate the dough into small pieces.  
  • Gather the pieces together and squeeze into a loose ball.
Tip: Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, you can keep some of your starting pieces aside to add back in on a later re-roll to extend the marble-life.  

Making and Baking Marbled Treats

Once your dough has been prepped, split, tinted, and recombined as above, you can carry on with shaping and baking treats like you normally would.  To maintain a whiter white and/or maximise the vibrancy of your colours, try not to brown your treats during baking. This may require lowering your temperature and/or adjusting the baking time. Cooling in the oven can help make things crisper, if you'd like, or you can pop baked treats into a dehydrator to dry them into a crispy cracker-like treat.  Check out our post on decorating homemade dog treats for more info and other helpful tips and tricks.

  • Roll the dough to desired thickness.
  • Cut into shapes. 
  • Repeat the steps of rolling and cutting if/as required.
Tip: Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, cut your larger shapes first and the smaller-pieces from the gaps and any re-rolled dough. If you've kepts some of your starting pieces asides, as noted in the tips above, you can add these back in as you reform and re-roll to help with colour.
  • Bake according to recipe. 
  • Cool before serving and storage.

Marbling looks extra special in roll-and-cut treats, but it's also pretty in simpler treats if you'd rather skip the muss and fuss. Prep the dough as above, then switch to your chosen method to shape and bake. Basic ball-and-flatten style treats are very easy to make. I make mini balls and use a fork to flatten, just like I would if making a human peanut butter cookie. I've also become smitten with making segmented dog treat bars. They're very easy to make, great for packing into frozen storage, and are super easy to carry/crack/share.

Dalmatian dogs with green and gold St. Patrick's Day dog treats

🦴 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.

Homemade marbled green and gold St. Patrick's Day baked dog treats

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