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 marbled St. Patrick’s Day treats for lucky furfriends. Or people, if you prefer!
Fun with Treats
Dogs and Colour
Contrary to what many people believe, dogs are not colour blind. They just see colours (and more) quite differently than people. Check out our post on dog vision vs. human vision for details and side-by-side photo examples. They don’t really care about colourful or pretty treats, though. They care about delicious scents and flavours. But we humans can have a little fun when making and sharing treats. Fun shapes and colours for me, doggone delicious for them. Win win!
Easy Single Dough Marbled Treats
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, of course! Hehehe…
Making Marbled Green and Gold St. Patrick's Day Dog Treats
Choosing a Base Dough
Marbled dog treats using tints can be made using any roll-and-cut pale neutral coloured dog treat dough. The lighter the dough, the easier it will be to tint true colours.
Choosing Tinting Colours and Ingredients
Any dog-friendly tints can be used to make coloured dough for marbling. Don’t forget about the important elements of flavours and smells when choosing and mixing colours. Treats are for eating, not just for looking pretty. You can read more about tinting treats in our post on using natural food colourings for dog treats.
Our St. Patrick’s Day Green and Gold Combination
These treats use a pale white-ish dough and two tints: yellow (turmeric powder) and green (spirulina powder). In addition to looking great and fabulously festive for St. Patrick’s Day, the green, gold, and white combination blends beautifully. Some colour combinations just get murky looking after re-rolling.
Aiming for white when baking treats is tricky. 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 baking options easier and the dogs won’t care.
Making the Marbled Green and Gold Treats
I used a four leaf clover, shamrock, and bone cookie cutters to make these treats. The tiny stem of the clover drives me crazy when baking, but I couldn’t resist for St. Patrick’s Day cuteness. Marbling looks extra special in roll-and-cut treats, but it’s pretty in simple treats, too. Basic ball-and-flatten treats are very easy to make. I make mini balls and use a fork to flatten, just like making a human peanut butter cookie. I’ve also become smitten with making segmented dog treat bars. They’re great for packing into frozen storage, and super easy to carry, crack, and share.
Making the Treats:
Preparing the dough:
As noted above, similar treats can be made with your choice of any pale roll-and-cut 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 or separation in the finished marbled 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).
If you are making a simple coloured dough, it’s easiest to tint before adding the dry ingredients. However, if you’re 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 blend the colours together. As 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. 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.
Cutting and baking the 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.
- Roll the dough to desired thickness.
- Cut into shapes. 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.
- Repeat the steps of rolling and cutting if/as required. If you’ve kept 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.
If you want to maximise the impact of your marbled 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.
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! 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.