DIY Christmas Ornament Dog Treats without a Plunger Cutter

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. Here’s a bonus post 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. How to make homemade Christmas ornament dog treats without using special cookie cutters, plungers, or stamps.  Woofs!

Stamping Treats

The Advantages of Stamping

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 freezer-friendly and suitable for gift packaging or pocket portability for treats on the go. There are no extra ingredients required, no icing set/dry time, and much less mess, which is great if the kids are helping out. 

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. You can also use these techniques to make human cookies, if you’d like!

Choosing a Base Dough

Stamped dog treats can be made using any roll-and-cut dog treat dough. You’ll get better impressions on a smooth cohesive dough and it’s best to avoid chunky or speckled ingredients that may also be a distraction from the stamped patterns. See our post on decorating homemade dog treats for more information and helpful tips.

Stamping Tools

Dough can be stamped with any clean food-safe items. Your imagination is the limit! Patterned plunger cutters are easy and fast; however, one big advantage (other than not needing special cutters) to stamping or 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!

Shapes and Sizes

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. That way, my spotty piglets can get the perception of more individual treats for the same calorie intake. Everyone’s definition of bite sized is different. Just ask Oli! 

Making Hand Stamped Christmas Ornament Dog Treats

To Make Simple Stamped Ornament Treats

To make ornaments, you can use a biscuit cutter (round or fluted) to make circles, ornament cutters if you have them, or any round food safe object. Drinking glasses make an easy substitution.

🥄 Making the Treats:

  • Preheat the oven and mix the dough according to your chosen recipe.
  • Roll the dough, then cut to shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. 
  • Stamp with decorative patterns – your imagination is the limit. I have to say, it’s pretty fun! 
  • Chill if needed for your chosen recipe, and then bake according to recipe.
  • Cool before serving and storage.

Techniques and Tools Used Making the Pictured Treats

These Christmas ornaments shown in this post were created with simple round biscuit cutters and decorated by stamping and 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. To decorate 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. I mixed in some carob powder to create the brown toppers. Totally Optional, of course! You could make a small hole, if you wish, like we did for our gold medal dog treats, but I wouldn’t recommend hanging treats on your tree. I can only imagine the tree crashing chaos that would cause. Oh my… My boys were wild enough about the inaccessible mantle when we had our DIY dog treat wreath.

🦴  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 or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or 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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