Gingerbread Jiggler Gelatin Dog Treats with Yogurt Frosting

Homemade gingerbread gelatin gummy dog treat recipe

Doggone delicious gingerbread inspired gelatin dog treats with a layered yogurt gummy frosting. Here’s the homemade gingerbread gelatin gummy dog treat recipe and details on how these treats were made. 

Layering Gelatin in Homemade Dog Treats

When creating layered gelatin dog treats, depending on your flavours, volumes, and ingredients, the gelatin base can be made in one batch and split, or prepared in separated batches. If splitting, the base will need to be kept warm enough not to gel before layering. 

Layered gummies are easy to make, but they do require some careful timing. New layers are added when the preceding layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don’t mix, but before it has fully set and cured in order to adhere the layers. Just like making layered jelly for humans. Too soon and they will melt into each other. Too late and they may not hold together in the finished treats. Don’t worry. It all tastes the same in the end, even if you miss the mark on looks.

Dalmatian dog eating a layered gelatin gummy dog treat

Gingerbread Jiggler Molasses and Yogurt Gummy Dog Treat Recipe

Layered Blackstrap Molasses Gingerbread Gummy Dog Treats with Yogurt Frosting

These gummies were made as set-and-slice treats in a pan, but can also be made in moulds as individual shaped treats. The process is the same for either method, other than slicing of course. Scale the quantities up or down to suit your treat making preferences for batch size. See our introduction to making homemade gummy dog treats for handy tips and info, including scaling for moulds and gummy treat storage.

🥄 Treat Ingredients:
 
Gingerbread layer:
 
  • 1 cup cool water
  • 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon and/or ground ginger (optional)

Yogurt frosting layer:

  • 1/2 cup cool water (or alternative dog-friendly liquid)
  • 3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt 

You can use more water and less yogurt if you prefer, just keep the total liquid ratio at 1 cup per 3 tbsp of gelatin. More starter liquid can be easier for blooming. I also like to use a pan instead of a pot, as it’s easier to sprinkle the larger surface area to hydrate and bloom.

Making layered gingerbread and yogurt gelatin gummy dog treats
🥄 Making the Treats: 

Gingerbread layer:
  • Measure the water into a small pan.
  • Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
  • Wait and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom / gel. 
  • Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.   
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Measure your blackstrap molasses and spices (optional) into a suitable container for mixing and pouring. I’ve tried a variety of methods over the years, but nowadays, I like using a coffee milk jug when I make gummies. They’re stain resistant, heat safe, easy pour, and dishwasher-friendly. Awesome!
  • Mix a small spoonful of the prepared liquefied gelatin with the powder to dissolve/mix with minimal lumps and clumps. Once mixed, add in the rest of your gelatin and stir to thoroughly combine.
  • Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
  • Chill to set while you prepare the next layer. It will need to be added when this layer has set to a gentle touch so that the liquids don’t mix, but before it has fully set and cured in order to adhere the layers, as noted above.
Yogurt frosting layer:
 
The yogurt frosting is made the same way as our basic yogurt gelatin gummy dog treats.
 
  • Measure the water into a small pan.
  • Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
  • Wait and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom / gel. 
  • Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.   
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Measure your yogurt into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
  • Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F) to protect your probiotic content (allow to cool a little if needed), then slowly combine the prepared gelatin with the yogurt. Stir as you incrementally dilute the yogurt to avoid lumping or clumping.  Once fully combined, mix thoroughly.
  • Check that the gingerbread layer is ready, and then carefully pour over the existing layer.
  • Chill to set thoroughly before removing from moulds (shapes) or slicing (pans). 
Layered gingerbread and yogurt gelatin gummy dog treats

If your mixture is a bit too warm when layered and/or as time passes, the brown of the gingerbread layer may bleed into the white, but it still looks lovely! Mine ended up with an ombre effect after time, especially since I froze and then thawed these treats for small quantity use. Not that the dogs care about looks. Just that the treats were delicious.

Gummy Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks

  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade gelatin gummy dog treats for additional information about making gummy treats including helpful gummy making tips, troubleshooting, and safe treat storage.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage, although freezing can affect consistency.

Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks

  • In my experience, 3 tbsp of gelatin powder per cup of liquid makes firm gummies. If you prefer, you can use more gelatin for added supplementation or less for a jigglier jelly treat with lower gelatin content. Individual gelatin powders may be a little stronger / weaker. Find a ratio that works for your preferences and, of course, your dog.
  • Remember to go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • If your dog is sensitive to dairy, you can use a milky dog-safe non-dairy ingredient instead of the yogurt. Check out our other gummy recipes for alternative ideas. If it isn’t probiotic, you can alter the method above to simplify prep, if you wish. 
  • Blackstrap molasses is the highly-concentrated, final by-product of the refined sugar manufacturing process. It’s very dark, thick, strong, and actually kind of bitter. It has the highest content of beneficial nutrients of all the molasses.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it’s not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 

🦴 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.

Homemade gingerbread gelatin gummy dog treat recipe

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