Woohoo! We love to create and share posts for special days and furfriends around the globe. These DIY stamped American flag dog treat are a simple way to embellish homemade dog treats for the Fourth of July (and other puptriotic occasions) without using dyes, tints, or icing. They are fabulously cute, but also easy to make. This decoration technique can be used for human cookies, too.
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Fun with Stamps
Since you can use any roll-and-cut dough with no extra toppings, stamping is a great way to make a fancy treat for a dog with allergies or special dietary sensitivities using your favourite safe recipe. Unlike many treats with icings and coatings, stamped treats pack and travel well, too. Stamping is a pawesome way to decorate for goodie bags (check out our free printable red white and blue treat tags and labels), popping in your picnic basket, or holiday road trips. Plus, there’s nothing to worry about melting in sizzling summer weather. Yay!
Making Stamped American Flag Dog Treats
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 that can take an impression cleanly. Avoid using chunky ingredients that will be difficult to stamp. Dough colour variations and speckling may also be a distraction from the stamped pattern. See our post on decorating homemade dog treats for more information and helpful tips.
The impressions can be made using any clean and safe object that you’d like to try as a stamping tool. The pictured treats were made using a simple star-shaped biscuit cutter and then hand embellished using a star plunger mini-cutter and knife. Easy peasy! You can use other cutters for the primary shape instead for a star if you’d like, and a small clean star star-shaped stamp or similar could be substituted for the cutter to create a similar look if you don’t have a plunger cutter and don’t want to buy one.
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.
- Carefully press lines into the treats for the stripes (I used a knife edge), keeping the left point of the star-shape plain for the addition of mini stars. Press with a star plunger mini-cutter to create star impressions in the blank are on your left point. Press deep enough to stamp a clear star outline, but not so deep as to cut through or pull-out the dough.
- Chill if needed for your chosen recipe, and then bake according to recipe.
- Cool before serving and storage.
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can also use use the category and tag labels above/ below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. 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.