Friday, 3 June 2016

How to Make Homemade "Donut" Treats for Dogs

It isn't our usual weekly recipe day, but today is Donut Day!  This isn't so much a recipe for you as it is a how-to, so we're mixing it up a little in our schedule so you can go nuts for donuts. :)  You can easily turn a favourite dog (or human!) treat recipe into a donut treat recipe.  Donuts are often made using special cutters or pans; however, you can easily make a donut-style treat using your favourite rollable dough and basic circle cutters you may already have in your kitchen.  To keep things bite-sized, I use a small round biscuit cutter and a mini circle cutter (shown below); however, anything clean and round will do! Everyday objects, such as glasses, make handy substitutes. Make sure your treats are at room temperature before icing.

Glazing (icing) is optional, but it really does make the donuts look extra special.  M  If you are making these for a party or as gifts, you might enjoy making a variety pack of different toppings.  It isn't significantly more effort (other than extra dishes!) than making them all the same. Here are some ideas:
  • A simple (but fancy-looking) dog-friendly glaze can be made with arrowroot/tapioca flour and water, with optional colouring. See the Valentine's recipe link shared below for a detailed example. If you wish to add grated carob (shown) or another dog-friendly sprinkle such as coconut or nuts, work quickly before the glaze sets.  Colour may bleed slightly into the adjacent dough and/or around toppings, as you can see in some of the images. The glaze will harden, but may flake or scratch a bit when handled roughly - e.g. when treats are bagged/stacked.
  • The basic glaze above is all for looks, not added nutrition or flavor. You can jazz it up a notch by using a little bit of a flavour enhancer, such as carob powder ("chocolate" glaze), a touch of blackstrap molasses, or a very small amount of smooth melted peanut butter. Enhance sparingly or it may affect the setting of the glaze.  Bonus: Add-ins like peanut butter can help create a little residual flex in your glaze once it dries, which can help to reduce crazing and cracking.
  • You can also make an indulgent "chocolate" coating using an approximately 1:1 ratio of carob drops and peanut butter, similar to a candy coating.Microwave on medium for approximately one minute and stir to combine. Return for a little extra zap if the drops don't fully melt when stirred. Mini-drops will take around a minute but large button sized drops may take longer. This rich glaze is very dog-liscious but will significantly up the naughtiness of your tasty treats, so apply and indulge in moderation.
  • Yogurt melts make great a great white "candy" coating style of icing that hardens nicely, and can be easily tinted to any colour you wish.   If you wish, it can be mixed with a little coconut oil for a slightly runnier liquid texture (when warm) to reduce the sweet yogurt melts in the final treat.
  • You can skip the glaze all together and just a tinted egg-wash or just lightly press heat-friendly dog-safe sprinkles directly onto the surface before baking.  Coloured coconut works great!

Want the detailed recipes we used to make and decorate the pictured donut treats? The donuts shown were made using the same dough as our Hot Pink Glazed Valentines Cookies.  The glaze is the basic arrowroot dog-friendly glaze as detailed above, artificially coloured in green and blue; however, the linked recipe post shows an example of how to naturally tint (hot pink!) if you'd like a different approach to colour.

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.


  1. I can't find the recipe for the dog icing that hardens. I see where it says see below but I don't see it. Can you please let me know what the recipe is for dog icing that hardens? I've been looking ALL over. Thank you!

  2. I can't find the recipe for the dog icing that hardens. I see where it says see below but I don't see it. Can you please let me know what the recipe is for dog icing that hardens? I've been looking ALL over. Thank you!

    1. Hi there! There are a few different ways that you can get a glaze or icing that hardens for your dog treats. Here are some ideas:

      For a basic dog icing, water (or other dog-safe liquid) and arrowroot/tapioca/cornstarch mixed together will form a viscous liquid that quickly sets then hardens. Here is the the link to a
      dough and icing (glaze) recipe like we used for the donut treats pictured. This type of icing is very plain, so all looks and no flavour unless you add a little bit of something like molasses, melted peanut butter, carob powder, etc. Just a little though, or it will affect the hardening. Once you've found a mix that works for you, you can start experimenting with add-ins, if you wish. :) I like using a PB and molasses combo for a caramel colour and attractive dogiliscious scent. It also helps to keep a little sheen and flex in the hardened glaze.

      For a very easy alternative, yogurt melts (white and tintable) or carob drops (dog chocolate) can be melted to make an easy buy indulgent candy coating style of icing. You can use peanut butter or coconut oil to thin them if needed. This type of "icing" can be used in small squeeze bottles so it's great for precision decorating as well.

      Hope that helps! :)


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