Monday, 10 October 2016

{RECIPE} Black Cat Cookies | Halloween Dog Treats



Meow!  These black cat cookies are a fun little Halloween treat for doggies who happen to cross their paths.  Bad luck?  Perhaps for the cats...hehe...  We've shared an easy biscuit dog option below, but these can easily be made using your favourite roll/cut favourite dog treat recipe or adapted as human cookies.


To shape cats like the treats pictured in this post, you will need a cat cookie cutter, a knife, a skewer or toothpick, and a small circle plunger cutter or other small round object.  Alternatively, you can make a simpler round cat face without ears using a basic round biscuit/cookie cutter. To make your own:
  • Roll your dough and brush lightly with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour.
  • Cut cat head shapes and place a prepared cookie tray. 
  • Press with the tip of a skewer or toothpick to create indents for the eyes. 
  • Press with the edge of a knife to create indents in the ears.
  • Press with the edge of a knife to create whiskers. Tip: I like to do this first so that my edges are pressed into the nose, but if you're not comfortable eyeballing the gap for the nose, you can do it after or create a very light impression first as a gauge.
  • Press with a small circle cutter to create indents for the nose.


Our cats were made using this dough, inspired by Halloween molasses candies along with tasty carob for flavour and natural colour, amped up with a teeny little bit of black food colouring to blacken up the naturally dark brown dough.

Black Cat Cookies | Halloween Dog Treats

1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
4 tbsp (1/4 cup) carob powder
3/4 cup rice flour
Black food colouring (optional)

Option: You can include a small amount of black food colouring to further darken/blacken the dough, which will naturally be dark brown. Colouring can be added before the flour for easiest blending or after mixing. 

Preheat over to 180C. Combine yogurt, molasses, peanut butter, and carob in a bowl. O  Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency.  Flour quantity will depending on the liquid in your yogurt, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water to adjust.  Shape as above. Place the pan of cookies into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to chill (optional). Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size, so keep an eye on the oven. You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing if you would like a crunchier cookie.  Cool before serving and storage.
Tips and Tricks:
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt and peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • 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.
  • Chilling the dough before rolling and/or after cutting your shapes on the pan before baking is optional as this is a low fat dough, but it can help with handling and/or holding shape, just like human cookies.
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.

2 comments:

  1. My Kairi is sensitive to carob and throws up whenever she eats it, is there another way to get the black coloring other then adding a ton of black food coloring?

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    1. Poor sweetie! Such a shame. :( My boys are carob fanatics. With PB and molasses alone, these will be a medium brown and we have plenty of other shape/roll doggy dough ideas in our archives for a different style of cat.

      I use a lot of natural food dyes and natural colours (beet, tumeric, etc) but black is tricky. There are some natural black food dyes (like squid ink) or black gel food colourings which pack a lot of colour into a very small quantity. I do know that some dog treats (and humans) use food grade activated charcoal, but I haven't baked with that personally.

      For a sensitive pup, it might be better to go for a flavour that your dog enjoys and tolerates well, and just ignore the colour. Beige cats? Brown cats? Orange cats? :) Your dog won't care what colour the cats are as long as they are tasty and easy on the tummy.

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