These mummies and mummy bones are a fun way to decorate a special batch of Halloween dog treats. Stamping is one of my favourite ways to dress up a treat, and it doesn’t get much easier than making simple mummy bandage lines. Of course, I couldn’t resist taking it to the next level with (optional) mummy monster eyes and some doggone delicious carob antiquing. Here are all the DIY mummy dog treat details.
Stamping Homemade Dog Treats
Stamping vs. Icing
They look fancy, but stamped designs can be deceptively easy to make and also rather fun for the bakers and decorators. Stamping designs on rolled dog treats is 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. Stamped treats also hold up well during handling compared to iced treats, which makes them great for gifting to your favourite furfriends. Doggy bag anyone?
Choosing a Base Dough
Stamped dog treats can be made using any roll-and-cut dog treat dough, but you’ll get better impressions on a smooth cohesive dough that can take an impression cleanly. For mummies like these, you’ll want a light white or beige dough, especially if you’re tinting dough for optional eyes. See our post on decorating homemade dog treats for more information and helpful tips. You can use the same technique for making human mummy cookies, too. Just make sure your chosen recipes and flavours are human-friendly. Hehehe…
Of course, the dogs care about tasty treats and not how they look. But that shouldn’t stop us from baking and sharing cute goodies, like these mummy dog treats. Pick a base dough recipe from here or elsewhere that your dogs enjoy and have some fun. My mummy munching defenders were more than happy to save me from these little monsters!
Making Mummy Dog Treats
Mummy Bandage Dog Treat Dough Options
As noted above, mummy dog treats can be made with any dog-friendly rolling treat dough that you and your dog enjoy. For mummies like these, you’ll want a light dough, especially if you’re tinting dough for optional eyes.
If you want a white bandaged mummy, you can try a very light dough base, such as a recipe using sour cream, cream cheese, etc. Aiming for white when baking treats is tricky, though. 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. If you don’t mind things a little browner, there are tons of different options. Using a carob wash to antique the bandages (optional, as shown) means it doesn’t really matter anyway. Yay!
Making the Mummy and Mummy Bone Dog Treats
- Roll-and-cut dog treat dough ingredients for your chosen recipe
- Carob and water for the wash (optional)
- Tinting ingredients for eyes (optional)
I used turmeric powder and wheatgrass powder to tint dough for the eyes on the mummy treats. There are lots of other tinting options for monster eyes, though. You can read more about tinting treats in our post on using natural food colourings for dog treats.
Making the Treats:
Preparing and cutting the dough:
- Preheat the oven and mix the dough according to your chosen recipe.
- Optional: Reserve a small portion of dough for eyes. I simply kept the last of my offcuts after making the shapes as below.
- Roll the remaining dough, then cut to shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. I used a bone shape cookie cutter and a small round biscuit cutter.
Creating the mummy bandage designs:
- Using a knife, cut to indent lines into the tops of the treats to create bandages. Just shallow cuts to stamp a pattern – not too deep or the treats will be fragile.
Antiquing the bandages (optional):
The mummy dog treats look great plain, but I took things a little further with a carob wash to give the bandages an aged look and really accentuate the bandage lines.
- To create the optional antiquing, prepare a highly diluted mixture of carob powder and water. Make it nice and watery. We don’t want to paint the tops, we want it to just run into the cracks.
- Brush lightly over the surfaces and try to avoid any pooling on the tops of your treats.
Adding eyes to the treats (optional):
- Take the reserved dough and tint to a suitable colour using dog-safe food colouring or natural add-in tints. I split my dough and used turmeric and wheatgrass powders. You can read more about tinting treats in our post on using natural food colourings for dog treats.
- Roll small balls, position on your treats, and press with a toothpick or similar to indent the centres. Ensure they are well-pressed into the treat so that they stay fixed after baking.
- Have leftovers? If you’d like, you can use any extra eyeball dough to make mini-eyeballs as shown using slightly bigger balls of dough, pressed lightly to flatten before indenting.
Finishing and baking the treats:
- 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 use the category and tag labels 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.