Simple Shortcuts for Making Baked Dog Treats in Any Size

Dalmatian dog sniffing small homemade dog training treat

Simple shortcuts for making baked dog treats in any size you wish. Quick and easy ways to cut and bake homemade dog treats with less muss, less fuss. Almost any roll and cut type of dog treat dough can be converted into quick treats with these shortcuts, whether as a small batch or in bulk. Easy peasy!

Time for Treats

I’d love to bake my dog homemade treats, but I just don’t have the time… Sound familiar? As much as I love experimenting with recipes, playing with shapes, and creating pretty treats, I know it’s not for everyone. Sometimes even I’m hurried in the kitchen and need a shortcut or two. 

Fast Treats

If you’re squeezed for time, baking isn’t the only option. Homemade gummy dog treats and frozen pupsicle dog treats are some of the quickest options for dog treats in terms of hands on prep time. They’re not very pocket-friendly, though! Many dehydrated dog treats are relatively quick prep as well, followed hands-off dry time. 

Faster Treats

Baked treats can be fast as well, especially with a few tricks up your sleeve. This post shares some of our shortcut ideas and tips for those of you who want to bake dog treats but can’t be bothered with cutting shapes. Hand forming the dough into bite-sized balls and flattening (like a mini peanut butter cookie) is always an alternative, but that also takes time and may be a bigger or bulkier treat than you’d like to create.  Not to worry! These shortcuts have you covered.

🦴 New to treat baking? Check out our introduction to making homemade baked biscuit (cookie) style dog treats from the DIY dog treat FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting mini-series.

Dalmatian dog sniffing a small homemade dog treat

Bulk Cutting Small Dog Training Treats for Baking

For all of the shortcuts below, preheat the oven and prepare your treat dough according to your chosen recipe. Most types of roll and cut dog treat dough will work. Some non-rolling doughs may also work, but beware that they may be crumbly or have chunky add ins that may affect cutting and/or cause crumbling in the baked treats. 

Rolling and Cutting Homemade Dog Treat Dough into Tiny Treats

In this method, the treat dough is rolled on parchment or a reusable baking mat (take care not to nick you mat when cutting), transferred to a baking pan, and deeply scored. You can do this with a knife, but a rolling pasta or pizza cutter makes this quick and tidy work.  Rolling the dough before cutting takes only a tiny bit of effort (minimal mess as it’s just one big roll), but I think it’s worth it for the uniform results. See below for a no-roll alternative.

Cutting homemade dog treat dough into small training treats in bulk

Once baked, the treats can be cracked or re-cut along the score lines into smaller pieces. If you like to dehydrate your treats after baking and before storage, you can break the large sheet of treats into smaller portions and transfer them to the dehydrator.  If making treats this way, I like to keep them in blocks. They are super easy to stack and store (I freeze our treats), and remove as block for small quantity defrosting and use. Pawfact!

Using a pasta cutter to make small dog training treats in bulk

No Rolling? No Problem! Pressing and Cutting Dog Treat Dough into Tiny Treats

In this method, we’re ditching all the tools. No rolling pin or cutting wheel, just hands and dough and general kitchen tools. If I’m shortcutting, I’ll roll as above (or ball and flatten), but the end results of the press and cut method are very similar to rolling. Just not quite as uniform.

In a prepared baking dish, break apart the dough and gently pat into big flat pancake. If your pan is larger than your desired thickness for volume of dough, simply pat the outside into a roughly even edge. Use a knife (or pizza cutter, pasta cutter, etc.) to cut lines into the dough to form small pieces. Note how the drag of the knife if pulled through the dough distorts the shape of the pieces compared to the wheel above (or more careful knife work).

Shortcut for making small dog treats without rolling dough or cutting shapes

Bake the treats, the remove from the oven, cool slightly and break or cut apart. The scoring lines make it easy to break apart the baked treats into even pieces.  Treats baked in a big sheet may hold more moisture during baking.  You can return the treats to the oven if you’d like to bake the pieces a little more or transfer them to a dehydrator. 

Bite sized homemade dog treats

Getting Creative with Homemade Dog Treat Cutting

Homemade Dog Treat Bars

Sitting somewhere between the two methods above is one of my favourite shortcuts. If I’m making roll and cut dog treats, when I get to the end of the dough, I’ll often either ball and flatten the last of the dough or form it into a little bar. These look a lot like the broken segments of the rolled and cut treats shown above, just without the cut edges. I’ll shape the last of the dough into a rectangle, transfer the block to my baking sheet, and score it into small blocks.

Homemade dog treat bars

See our homemade Christmas dog treat bars for details on shaping, as well as an example of using this technique to create super cute little homemade gift bars.

Mini Plunger Cutter Dog Treats

This last tip for quickly cutting small dog treats in bulk is to use a miniature plunger cutter. This requires rolling the dough and individually cutting each treat, but the plunger makes it incredibly fast to cut and transfer tiny treats to the baking pan. Normal cookie cutters can be fiddly, especially tiny ones. The plunger does the work of popping out the treat dough as fast as you can cut it. 

Using a mini circle plunger cookie cutter to make tiny dog treats in bulk

There may be a little extra effort involved compared to the straight bulk cuts above, but the tiny dots are more than just cute (although we do have a thing for dots…). I have several different shapes of small plunger cutters, but the circles are my favourite for pocket-friendly treats. Round treats, like these, are less vulnerable to cracking and crumbs when carried in pocket treat bags or training pouches. They don’t have any sharp corners to catch or crumble.

🦴 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.

Quick easy shortcuts to cut and bake homemade dog treats

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