Wednesday, 21 October 2015

{RECIPE} Candy Corn Halloween Dog Treats

These candy-corn inspired dog treats get their fun colours from natural ingredients and are doggone delicious. Making a whole batch of little candy corn treats would take the patience of a saint, so we mixed and matched tiny uni-colour balls and marbled dough pressed patties to make an easier coloured mixture. Your dog will not mind the shortcut. :)

Easy Pumpkin Halloween (Howl-oween!) Dog Treats (Small Batch)

Ingredients are mixed separately in part quantities - read instructions below before mixing.
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup mashed/pureed cooked pumpkin 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Approximately 1/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • Approximately 1/2 cup of yellow corn flour (not cornstarch) and/or rice flour
  • Additional flour/water if/as needed to adjust consistency

Preheat oven to 180C. Using three separate small mixing bowls, mix three separate soft sticky doughs as follows:
  • White: 1 egg white mixed with approximately 1/4 cup rice flour
  • Yellow: 1 egg yolk mixed with approximately 1/4 cup corn/rice flour
  • Orange: 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin mixed with 1/2 tsp tumeric and approximately 1/4 cup corn/rice flour

The amount of flour required may vary slightly with your ingredients, especially in such a small batch of dough. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  Hand form a small amount of each colour (slightly more orange, less yellow, and a small amount of white) into a classic candy corn triangle (or other shape as noted above) and place on a prepared lined baking tray.  Bake for approximately 8 minutes. Cool before serving or storing.  

Alternative methods:  If you have your heart set on an entire batch of candy corn triangles, you can try the following method instead of hand forming.  The same cooking instructions apply in either case.  The dogs won't notice all of your hard work, but they will be pretty!
  • Cookie method (large batch): Line a small pan with cling film, pat the dough in place in layers, and chill overnight.  Remove from the pan, cut into long teeny slices, then further cut those slices into small triangles.
  • Cookie method (small batch): Line a small tray with cling film, pat the dough into a length of  narrow side-by-side strips, and chill overnight.  Remove from the tray, cut into small  triangles/wedges.  
Layering methods work well for human cookies, but not so well for low-fat doggy dough, so be patient and accept a few imperfections.  Since half of your candy corns will be upside down in a basic slice+cut method you may wish to increase your white dough for more coverage as the recipe above makes less white than colours for hand shaping. 

Tips and Tricks:
  • The ingredients chosen for this recipe have natural colouring (shown), but you can boost the natural treat colouring with food colouring if you wish, especially if using substitute ingredients. If you prefer not to use corn flour or can't find it in your local shops, rice flour alone is fine - just a little less natural colour for your layers. The egg yolk (yellow) and pumpkin/turmeric (orange) are the key natural colourants.
  • As an easy and healthy timesaver, we like to cube and roast a whole pumpkin/squash and then freeze for easy use in smaller quantities (for both human food and the pets!). If you prefer, you can substitute a pumpkin/squash baby food (always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion to be dog-safe) or canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling). As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.

Looking for more spooktacular dog-friendly Halloween ideas?  You can find all of our Halloween/Howloween posts here.  Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.  Stay tuned for new treat ideas every week!

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