Monday, 24 April 2017

Homemade "Unicorn Bone" Rainbow Marbled Dog Treats


These pretty rainbow marbled "Unicorn Bone" treats were made for Oli's 11th Barkday Pawty last week. They are deceptively simple to make (and doggone delicious, too!). I promise that no actual unicorns were harmed in the course of our festivities...heheh... Don't let the colours deceive you - these are almost all natural thanks to some tasty healthy add-ins with just a teensy bit of blue food colouring. Here's how they were made:

Starting with your favourite roll-and-cut pale neutral dog treat dough (I used the same starting dough as my valentine puzzle heart treats), preheat the oven and mix the dough according to your chosen recipe. Divide your dough into smaller portions for tinting.  Tint individually to your preference.  Tip: Marbling is easy, but you need to take care not to over mix which will muddy the colours together. If this is your first attempt at marbling and looks are important to you (the dogs won't care!), you might find it easy to experiment with a simple two colour mix first in tints that will blend together well if you overmix.  I used five colours to create the unicorn bones: neutral/plain, yellow (turmeric powder), pink (beetroot powder), green (wheatgrass powder), and blue (food colouring).


Separate the dough into small pieces.  You can rip and scatter by hand (I did for the treats shown) or by separately rolling each colour of dough flat, placing loosely into a pile, and ripping apart (like these) which is a great way to make a finer marble blend. Either way, ensure a good distribution for variety and don't make the pieces too tiny, else your marbling will be muddy when rolled. Gather the pieces together and squeeze into a loose ball. Roll and cut into shapes. I used a basic bone cookie cutter for the treats and a small circle plunger for the little confetti bites.  Tip: Since repeat reforming and rolling will muddy the marbling, cut your larger shapes first and the smaller-pieces from the gaps and any re-rolled dough. Confetti bites work perfectly for this!   Chill if needed for your recipe, and then bake according to recipe, taking care not to brown your treats. This may require lowering your temperature and/or shortening baking time. Cooling in the oven can help make things crisper, if needed. Cool before serving and storage.


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.

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    1. :) And so doggone delicious too! They're much easier to make than you might think - don't let their pretty looks deceive you. Thanks for the comment. Woofs!

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