Monday, 31 October 2016

{RECIPE} Yogurt and Coconut Oil Mummy Dog Treats

Happy Howloween!  Today's post is more how-to than recipe and a little bit of Halloween silliness just-for fun before we dive into holiday goodies through to our Christmas blogging break.  You can make these mummy-treats without decorating, with bandages but no colouring, with colouring but no bandages, or whatever suits you and your dogs.  You can find all of our Halloween posts here, including free Halloween printable treat tags, DIY toy, treat recipes, and more.  Have a fun day, and stay safe, furfriends!

To make mummy biscuits, you can start with any rollable/shapable dog treat recipe you'd like. Pre-heat your oven and prep the dough according to your chosen recipe.  Roll out your dough and wipe gently with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Cut circles shapes for the mummy head using a biscuit cutter or similar, and place on a prepared cookie tray.   Press pepitas into place for the eyes* and used a small circle plunger cutter or other small round object to cut a hole for the mouth.  Alternatively, you can make a simpler round cat face without ears using a basic round biscuit/cookie cutter. Chill (optional) and bake according to recipe directions for your chosen dough and circle size. Cool before decorating.

If these were human cookies, it would be easy to make icing mummy bandages, but dog-friendly treats are a little trickier, especially if you want them to be somewhat healthy. For my mummy bandages, I needed a dog-friendly hard-set icing substitute that could be readily applied in strips. Yogurt melts work great, but are still kind of naughty and these mummies needed lots of coverage so I deviated a little (feel free to just stick with the yogurt if you wish) and opted for yogurt drops melted with coconut oil, which means the mummies are firm at cool temperatures (best refrigerated) but aren't quite as decadent. My dogs often get coconut oil in treats and/or as a turmeric supplement.  Liquid coconut oil is very thin, so I included arrowroot/tapioca flour in my mix to support a higher ratio of oil to yogurt for my bandages.  Rough ratios: 3 parts yogurt melts, 2 parts coconut oil, 1 part arrowroot/tapioca flour (or cornstarch if you prefer) and to minimise running/spread it is best applied when it is just warm enough to remain liquid. Individual yogurt drops may vary, so you may need to experiment and adjust if/as may be needed.

To decorate the mummies, I recommend that chilling the biscuits before and during the layered application of bandages to help reduce spread and accelerate setting. Clear room in the fridge before you start, if needed. :)  Work on a portable surface (a cooling rack works great for drippy work!) and cover your working area for easy clean-up. Add stripes of glaze to your mummy faces incrementally, chilling between applications to allow each layer to set before applying the next layer. Repeat until you are happy with the mummy bandage coverage and then chill to set firmly.  To add a bloody mummy mouth, using a small paintbrush or cottonbud wipe the inside of the mouth hole with red food colouring. If you are using a standard water based colouring, this will tint the cookie of the mouth dark red but will only lightly stain areas where it touches the edges (or any mouth drips) or oily glaze. Excellent for a gory blood-stained look.  Let sit to absorb, then carefully  wipe to remove any excess colouring that may remain on oily areas. If you would like to add to the pepitas, you can use a food colouring marker/pen

Tips and Tricks:
  • Our mummies include pepita eyes; however you could use any other dog safe food you'd like.  Mini carob drops would work very well. You can also replace the eyes with small holes.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller.
  • 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.
    Always check your dog treat ingredients for safety to make sure that they don't include anything dogs shouldn't eat or your particular pup may be sensitive to eating. Remember, the artificial sweetener and food additive xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
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 comment:

  1. We had a great question from a reader on Facebook following a later yogurt recipe post about where to find yogurt drops/melts. They can be tricky, unfortunately, and I thought I share my reply here for anyone else having trouble. On the flip, if any readers have favourite sources or brands, feel free to share. :) Thanks!

    Your local bulk goods or specialty food shops may carry them, but many don't. Depending on where you live you can try a big online retailer like or Amazon, and some pet suppliers sell doggie yogurt drops much like doggy carob drops. Don't be too worried if you can't get them though. I only use them very occasionally and sparingly - when I say they're naughty and for occasional indulgence only, I'm not exaggerating. Meltable "yogurt" drops/chips/melts/coatings (both human and doggy) are more like white chocolate or candy than healthy real yogurt, with lots of sugar and oils and very little good stuff. Check the ingredients to make sure there's at least some dairy not just pure candy badness.

    For anyone wondering, yes, many carob drops/chips/melts are also high in oils/fats and sugars. I'm often surprised by what's on the labels. Moderation is key.


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