Monday, 10 April 2017

Fun and Fancy (So Easy!) Easter Egg Dog Treats

As promised in last week's post on how to make hard-set "royal icing" for dogs, here is an alternative way to make fancy Easter treats. Stamping the patterns into your treats is an easy way to dress up special treats. The finished treats look fancy but are still "plain" enough to be freezer-friendly and perfect for pressie packaging or pocket portability for treats on the go. Since you can use any roll-and-cut dough with no extra toppings, it's also a great way to make a fancy treat for a dog with allergies or special dietary sensitivities using your favourite safe recipe. There's no icing set/dry time and much less mess, which is great if the kids are helping out. You can also use these techniques to make human cookies, if you'd like! :)

Prepare your treat dough and preheat the oven according to your chosen recipe. Any roll-and-cut treat that your dog enjoys will do, but a smooth dough without any textured add-ins (like coconut, flax, etc) is recommended for the nicest impressions.  Roll the dough, then cut to shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. For Easter eggs, you'll need a basic egg shaped cookie cutter. 

Stamp with decorative patterns - your imagination is the limit! I have to say, it's pretty fun!  The impressions can be made using any clean and safe object that you'd like to try as a stamping tool  I used a chopstick (large impressions), toothpick (small solo indentations), knife (straight lines), mini heart plunger, all of which I had on hand in the kitchen. The awesomest of all were my fondant tools, which were a great way to quickly stamp a repeating pattern with lots of little dotty dents into the treats, but you can totally make fancy patterns without any special tools at all. I probably should have been a little slower and more careful patterning mine up to be truly fancy, but was having too much fun...and they are dog treats after dogs definitely didn't care about a few boo-boos in the patterns on their yummy treats. Hehe. Bake according to your recipe and allow to cool thoroughly before serving and storage.

We'll be back on Thursday (a day earlier than our usual Friday share) with a dog-friendly Easter recap and round-up of inspirations before the holiday weekend.   You can find all of our Easter-themed posts here if you're looking for more ideas, and we also have an Easter board on Pinterest.

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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

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