Showing posts with label roll-and-cut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label roll-and-cut. Show all posts
Monday, 9 December 2019
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{RECIPE} Spirulina Sour Cream Christmas Dog Treats


O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how yummy are thy branches... These tasty dog treats get the naturally deep green colour from spirulina powder. I used my Christmas tree plunger cutter to make the decorated trees, but a normal Christmas tree cookie cutter (or other shape of your preference) would work great with this green dough as well.

Monday, 25 November 2019
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Banana and Carob Christmas Treats

One month until Christmas, furfriends! In prepping our holiday posts this year, I couldn't resist experimenting with a few plunger cookie cutter recipes so I could play with my Christmas plungers, but this dough works well with standard cutters or as a simple ball-and-flatten treat. This dense fudgey dough worked great for cutting, and the dogs loved the irresistible combination of banana, peanut butter, and carob. Drool!

Homemade carob Christmas dog treats with plunger cookie cutters

Monday, 7 October 2019
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog (Trick or) Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for homemade Halloween dog treats in a small orange treat bag, with bone shaped treats stamped "TRICK" and "TREAT"

Mmmm....pumpkin! Harvest is here for our northern furfriends and with it the silly season of all things pumpkin (and pumpkin spice), but here in New Zealand we like to enjoy pumpkin all year round. Pumpkin is delicious and nutritious, and we like to keep some cooked cubed pumpkin on hand in the freezer for quick and convenient use in baking/cooking for both humans and dogs.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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Decorating Homemade Dog Treats

Stamped and shaped homemade dog treats on a black polka dot table cloth

Our current FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting mini-series is all about DIY dog treats and today we're talking about decorating homemade dog treats. Baked biscuits can be made and decorated in such a wide variety of styles that we split this treat type into three separate posts: our introduction to making homemade baked biscuit (cookie) style dog treats, today's decorating details, and tomorrow's shelf-life and storage post closing out the mini-series.

Friday, 23 August 2019
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{RECIPE} Fish Bone Dog Treats (Made with Fresh Fish)

Homemade bone shaped dog treats and party hats at dog birthday party.

When I make fish treats, I usually use a water-packed tinned fish for dough and fresh fish for special treats like jerky, but since I already had a fishy food processor to clean and more fish than was needed for the surf layer of the Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake, I decided to experiment. When I use meat/fish in baked treats, it's also usually already in ready to serve form, whether tinned or precooked and chopped, so I adjusted my baking methods somewhat for these treats to cook a little longer and slower than my usual quick bake and (optional) dehydrate. 

Monday, 25 February 2019
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{RECIPE} Cream Cheese Chicken Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog staring at a bone shaped green dog treat

These treats combine the irresistible flavours of grilled chicken and tangy cream cheese with tasty herbs, and use healthy add-ins to make a naturally green treat - just because! They are perfectly yummy au natural, but cream cheese dough is great for tinting and I felt like playing. As we were pre-prepping our St. Patrick's Day posts at the time, I went for green, but this dough would also make a great base for other tints. I may try a pretty pink beetroot powder adaptation next time!
Monday, 21 January 2019
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{RECIPE} Naturally Pink Strawberry Cheesecake Dog Treats

Pink heart and bone shaped Valentine's Day dog treats on a polka dot background

We're back from our holiday blogging break and hopping straight into the goodies with our Valentine's Day post line up, and it's a berry-based treat for my berry-loving boys. May we all be as lucky to find a Valentine who looks at us with as much love and desire as Oli eyeing up a strawberry (or strawberry treat)! Haha! Look at this face:

Monday, 17 December 2018
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Carob Christmas Spice Dog Treats

Christmas dog treats shaped like bones, trees, gingerbread men, and snowmen

In confession, I simply couldn't resist pulling out the plunger cookie cutters to make a few final holiday treats.  My go-to carob powder smells a lot like cocoa powder to my underpowdered human nose, but in flavour  it's subtly sweet, a little nutty, and sort of reminds me of gingerbread. (I've tried it in human baking....not taste-testing dog treats, although I've been tempted! Hehe...) With spice and all things nice on the brain, I adapted our strawberry carob recipe to make a treat spiced up with a hint of cinnamon, ginger, and the rich scent of blackstrap molasses. Cue the drool! 

Monday, 10 December 2018
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{RECIPE} Berry Bacon Barkmas Bone Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for a pink bone shaped dog treat  

Berry bacon barkmas bones...say that 10 times fast! :) These treats combine yummy strawberry (a dog favourite around here) with the irresistible scent/taste of bacon. Strawberries are in season during our Christmas holidays; however, frozen berries are fine for baking treats any time of year.  Any treat that gets crazy googly eyes from our beloved old Oli makes all the baking effort worthwhile! 

Monday, 3 December 2018
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{RECIPE} Merry Fishmas! Naturally Green Sardine Dog Treats

Green dog treats shaped like bones and Christmas trees on red and black polka dot napkins

It's beginning to smell a lot like Fishmas, everywhere you go... Oh my!  Super stinky and delicious, fishy treats are particularly irresistible to our boys. These are delicious and nutritious, with an all-natural green tint for an extra festive touch.  Pawfect for very good boys (or girls)! Woofs!

Monday, 17 September 2018
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{RECIPE} Pumpkin and Herb Puppy Paw Print Dog Treats

Pumpkin dog treats stamped with a paw print design

These pawesome paw print dog treats combine the yummy tastes of pumpkin with healthy herbs and irresistible cheese.  The dough works well for roll-and-cut treats, but you can also make simple flattened balls or use our shortcut for making "cut" dog treats en masse. Easy peasy!

Monday, 9 July 2018
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{RECIPE} Carob and Pumpkin Stamped Dog Treats


This pumpkin-based treat dough is simple, yummy, and easy to work with for roll-and-cut treats.  If you're not keen on cutting shapes, you can also use it to make simple flattened balls.

Thursday, 26 April 2018
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{RECIPE} Golden Oldie Birthday Bone Stamped Dog Treats

Bone shaped homemade dog treats stamped with party words

Oli's Golden Oldie 12th birthday treats all had a gloriously golden theme, but 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 dough recipe to smell even better (although the basic recipe smells pretty great as is) and look glorious golden.

Friday, 23 March 2018
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{RECIPE} Bacon Bunny and Bones Easter Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog eating a bunny shaped dog treat

Mmmm...bacon bunnies! These treats combine the doggone irresistible scent/taste of bacon with yummy peanut butter and blackstrap molasses to make a naturally brown treat.  The Easter treat tags and labels you see in the pictures will be shared here on Monday as our final pre-Easter post this year. Woofs!

Monday, 19 February 2018
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{RECIPE} Doggone Delicious "Chocolate Lab" Dog Treats

Brown dog treats shaped like dogs, bones, and small circles

A wee nibble of "Chocolate Lab" anyone???  I couldn't resist sharing these dog shaped treats as our first recipe post of the Year of the Dog Any roll-and cut recipe (ideally, smooth if you're going to make a design on the treats as shown) can be used with the techniques below to make dog shaped treats or human cookies, but I couldn't get chocolate labs out of my brain when I was walking home with my newly purchased "had to have it" cookie cutter. I'm sure I'll make some speckled Dalmatians in the future. Hehehe. Dalmatians aren't such a common high-demand breed but they share a very similar body type so Labrador Retriever will do just fine for my Dalis.  I paid waaaaay more for it than I should have (shhhh...don't tell hubby) but I also got the instant gratification of putting it straight to use with no wait for delivery (can be quite a wait down here!).  If you prowl online you can find tons of fun doggy shapes.

Thursday, 7 December 2017
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter and Molasses Christmas Dog Treats

Homemade Christmas dog treats shaped like gingerbread men and dog houses

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas, and these treats smell almost good enough to temp a few human taste-testers. A little splash of blackstrap molasses and sprinkle of spice jazzes up our smooth roll-and-cut peanut butter dog treat recipe with a gingerbread-inspired holiday boost of scent and flavour. That dough works so well for simulating a cookie-dough texture that I wanted to play with it for my new Christmas plunger-cutters (I couldn't resist buying them...) and it worked very nicely! Since we were making gingerbread treats, I used only the gingerbread person plunger from the set and creating some matching gingerbread houses.  Here's how they were made. 

Monday, 6 November 2017
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{RECIPE} Smooth Roll-and-Cut Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Homemade peanut butter dog treats shaped bones on a geometric blue background with ribbon, gift tag, and scissors

Did you know that November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Oh yeah...we LOVE our peanut butter! In honour of peanut butter lovers everywhere and in preparation for some fun variations on this base recipe used in our upcoming holiday posts, we're sharing our smooth roll-and-cut peanut butter dog treat dough. Yummy!

Monday, 9 October 2017
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Mummy Bone Homemade Halloween Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats shaped like mummy faces and mummified bones

These mummies are a fun way to decorate a special batch of  Halloween dog treats. You can use the same technique for human cookies too...just make sure your chosen recipes and flavours are human-friendly. Since these treats are decorated without doggy icing, the finished treats look fancy but are still "plain" enough to be freezer-friendly and/or hold up well during handling, which makes them great for gifting to your favourite furfriends.  Doggy bag anyone?  My mummy munching defenders were more than happy to save me from these little monsters:

Monday, 2 October 2017
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{RECIPE} Pumpkin (Puppy Pupkin) Spice Dog Treats

Homemade pumpkin dog treats shaped like autumn leaves on a plaid table with drawstring treat bag, leaves, and spices

It is springtime here, but our social media is all a-flutter with our northern pals and their pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. We're big pumpkin fans in any season, and I have to say that these tasty treats smell downright divine.  In honour of our Canadian fur-friends who will be celebrating Thanksgiving next weekend and autumn-loving pups everywhere, here's how we made these all-natural dog-friendly pumpkin (puptastic pupkin!) spice leaf treats.