Gloriously Golden and Doggone Delicious Treats
Oli’s 12th birthday treats all had a gloriously golden theme, but since our house is for sale, the busy baking kitchen still needed to smell moderately acceptable (unfortunately) to humans who might be sprung upon us at short notice for property viewings. For these stamped birthday treats, I adapted our favourite basic roll and cut peanut butter dog treat dough recipe to look glorious golden.
Custom Stamping Homemade Dog Treats
Choosing a Base Dough Recipe
Stamped dog treats can be made using any roll-and-cut dog treat dough. For small stamps and stencils to make the clearest impression (whether on human cookies or doggy treats) and stay clear after baking, you need a smooth roll-and-cut dough with low spread and low rise. See our post on decorating homemade dog treats for more information and helpful tips.
Using Alphabet Stamps for Custom Treats
Stamped treats can be made using any clean and safe object that you’d like to try as a stamping tool. I’m using a set of inexpensive for but versatile stamps to make the words on these special birthday treats. See our stamped peanut butter bone dog treats for more details on our alphabet stamps and using them for treats.
With this style of stamp, remember that your letters must be positioned in reverse order as well as backwards individually in order for the stamped work to come out correctly. If you are stamping different words, stamping all of each word before switching saves effort swapping letters around.
Golden Oldie Peanut Butter and Turmeric Dog Treats
This golden birthday treat recipe is a simple adaptation on our smooth roll and cut peanut butter dog treat recipe. Stamping is, of course, optional.
🥄 Treat Ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup room temperature reduced fat coconut milk or other dog-friendly liquid
- Optional: 1 tsp turmeric powder for added colour (and scent/flavour)
- Approximately 1 cup of brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling
You can use more or less turmeric in these treats depending on your and your dog’s preferences. Peanut butter treats are already kind of golden, so it didn’t take much to push by dough from golden brown to full gold. The treats still smelled fabulous, with the combination of peanut butter and coconut milk, too. Yum!
🥄 Making the Treats:
- Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.
- Combine peanut butter, egg, coconut milk, and turmeric in a mixing bowl.
- Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough. The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of extra liquid, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed.
- Rest dough (optional).
- Roll, cut into desired shapes, and place on a prepared baking pan.
- Stamp (optional) with custom designs or words.
- Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven. Optional: For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator.
- Cool before serving and storage.
Baked Biscuit Dog Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- See our introduction to making homemade baked biscuit (cookie) dog treats for additional information on baked dog treats.
- We don’t include yield in our treat recipe posts because it is very dependent on what the maker decides for treat shape, size, and thickness when they’re baking. We like to bake small batch treats though (variety is the spice of life!) and you can multiply our recipes if you’d like to big batch bake for frozen storage or to share with furfriends.
- Homemade baked dog treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. See our post on baked dog treat shelf life and storage for information and tips.
Recipe and Ingredient Tips and Tricks
- When using ingredients like peanut butter for dogs, take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labelled under as sweetener code 967. I typically use a no added salt/sugar smooth peanut butter.
- Peanut butter can be tricky to measure perfectly. You can spritz your measuring cup or spoon with cooking spray to help measure with less mess. Or simply don’t stress about it. Close enough is good enough. There can be big differences in consistency of different peanut butters as well.
- Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options and substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient and ambient temperatures, etc. are all part of why we work incrementally when mixing.
🦴 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.