Friday, 11 December 2015

FREE Printable Christmas Dog Tags (Plus Treats!)


We have a little present for you (and your dog friends): a free set of pup-tastic printable label/tag elements (fold over tags, traditional tags, and accent pieces) to mix, match, and combine as you wish. For added fun and inspiration, we have combined it with a simple but festive "matching" treat recipe that you can make for holiday gifting.  Of course we have heaps of other treat recipes ideas for you too if these don't tickle your fancy. :)

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Note: This freebie has been uploaded for sharing via Dropbox as a high resolution jpeg file (300ppi A4) to make it easy to use if/as you wish. As a jpeg, you can easily resize, crop, and/or print multiples of the items that you want. Only print what you want to use, and please remember to recycle any extra bits or offcuts when you're finished.

These printables are free for your personal / non-commercial use as a little present from us to you.  It's absolutely not required, but it would be awesome and greatly appreciated if you followed us on Bloglovin' and/or social media, if you're not already following the fun.  We welcome social media shares and linking with love, but please link to this post, not the download direct. Thanks! :) 


Colourful Christmas Cookies for Dogs

  • 2 single-serve jars of baby food in complementary flavours (see notes below)
  • Approximately 1 + 1/2 cups of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • Red and green food colouring
  • Warm water if/as needed
We made this recipe a naturally orangeish beef and veggie and a naturally greenish veggie food, then boosted the colours.  You can achieve a similar look with a neutral base and splitting the doughbefore adding colouring or go for a natural tint with something like a beetroot base for red and pea/spinach for green (savory) or perhaps a berry base for red and kiwi or melon base for green (fruity).  Preheat oven to 180C.  In two separate mixing bowls, combine a jar of baby food with approximately 3/4 cup of flour per bowl, incrementally adding the flour to mix a firm pliable dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Add a touch of green colouring to one bowl and mix to combine.Add a touch of red to the other and mix to combine.  Roll one colour dough into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently with your hand.  Place a small ball of the contrasting colour on top of your flattened cookie, and press flat (we used two perpendicular fork presses for a nice look and texture). Mix and match for colourful variety. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion. For this simple dough recipe, you can choose any dog-safe food flavour that you think your pup would enjoy. 
  • Alternatively, you can substitute an equivalent amount of dog-safe cooked pureed fruit and/or veggies.  We like to make and freeze batches of cooked veggies to have on hand for easy dog (and human!) use.  :)
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Rice flour is a solid starchy baker's option. If your chosen baby food is gluten-free, then so are these treats. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.

2 comments:

  1. These were so easy to make but looked fancy. I used one jar and split it for coloring to have a little batch of treats for my dog and some of our friends. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My daughter and I love your dogs!

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    1. Thanks ever so much! :) So glad to hear that you (and your dog/friends dogs) enjoyed the recipe and I will pass along some virtual pats to Oliver and Humphrey from you and your daughter.

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