Monday, 25 July 2016

How to Make Gold Medal Dog Treats (or Human Cookies!)

Hungry for gold?  Yes indeed!  Continuing our Olympic-inspired fun, this week's treat post shows you how to create your own edible gold medal dog treats (or human cookies if you wish!) without any special tools, stamps, etc - just basic items you may already have on hand in the kitchen. Any rollable dog treat (or human cookie) dough works for this DIY medal method. Consider something like a peanut buttermolasses, or turmeric biscuit for a natural golden colour. For easy working, avoid anything chunky in the mix - a rice flour dough is always a smooth favourite, although I couldn't resist adding a little ground flax to these for added goodness. :)

To keep things on the smaller size, I use a small round biscuit cutter to cut each medal and a mini circle cutter (very inexpensive and my new favoutite training treat tool) to make a hole; however, anything clean and round will do! Everyday objects, such as glasses, make handy substitutes for circle and the hole can be omitted be added by pressing through with a small point instead of cutting.  A curved line was pressed into the edges using the back (blunt) edge of a butter knife to form the stems for the laurel leaves. Small indentations were added for leaves using tip of a teaspoon handle. The "1" was pressed into the middle by again using the butter knife. Done!  Chilling before baking is optional, but can help the biscuits to better hold shape when cooking, especially if you are using this recipe for human cookies, which will have more fat and sugars than dog treats.

Although I did stage a few quick snaps with my ever obliging (and very obedient) taste tester and pro poser, Oli (above) receiving and nipping his well-deserved medal from the ribbon used to stage the photos for this post, I do strongly recommend presenting the treats without ribbons for your dogs for safety (and good manners!). :) For humans, you can, of course, use your discretion based upon age and safety considerations.

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.

Stay tuned for more Olympic-inspired treats and toys still to come, and don't forget that dog-lympians need plenty of fun, play, exercise, and training as part of their quest for the podium. Be a bit silly and get fitter whilst having fun together!

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