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Dog Biscuit Treat Decorating Ideas

Once you bake your doggie some special treats it is fun to decorate them as well. This page lists a variety of ideas specifically for decorating dog biscuits and treats.

Article by: Barbara Bowman


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Icing In A Tube -A simple method of decoration is to use purchased icing in a tube.  These icings typically contain sugar so use sparingly.  Tubes are easy for children to work with.

 

Decorated Dog Treats 


Flavored White Chocolate Disks - Wilton Industries makes a line of white chocolate disks which come in a variety of colors including like red, green, pink, brown, and white.

The chips can be heated in the microwave or in the top of a double boiler on the cook top. We found using the double boiler more flexible than the microwave. You can add a teaspoon or so vegetable oil to make the mixture flow on more easily. Frosting can be spread or put into a pastry bag.
Doggie toothpaste - this is a suggestion we found on the web, we have not tried it.

White Chocolate
- You may notice that white chocolate is a typical ingredient in many treat icing recipes. While chocolate is dangerous for dogs, white chocolate is safe.  The reason being, most all the caffeine substance in white chocolate has been removed. White chocolate is primarily cocoa fat, sugar, milk solids, lecithin and vanilla with next to no "chocolate liquor" the substance hazardous to dogs.  You may wish to read more about this in an article by K9 Magazine.

Perishable Frostings

These can be used for doggie cakes or cookies and should be refrigerated.

Banana Carob
From Three Dog Bakery

2 cup mashed banana
1 tablespoon butter
6 tablespoon carob flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoon unbleached flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend thoroughly and spread on cool cake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. The frosting contains carob, which is a safe chocolate-like flavor substitute for chocolate.

Cream Cheese Frosting
12 ounces nonfat cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons honey

Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Frost cookies with a spatula or fill a pastry bag fitted with a fine tip and pipe onto cookies.

Cinnamon Vanilla variation
: To the above recipe, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon

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Kerry Waltonson

1/25/2010
I have looked for a lot of different ways to decorate dog treats.  The problem is that I want to avoid sugar.  I see many recipes and ideas online, even here, that show sugar crystal decorations being used or other sugar icing.  I know some people say to use mashed potatoes or peanut butter or cream cheese and these all work okay.  But I wanted to use what the bakeries use.  Thye use yogurt and carob which are both okay for dogs.  The best product I found was a powdered yogurt based mix that was easy to use.  It comes from K9Cakery.com and I love it.  I also bought colored sesame seeds there to use as sprinkles.  So I was able to bake natural dog treats, coat them with yogurt and decorate with colored sesame seeds and my dog loved them. I wish somebody had told me about this sooner.  I would have saved myself a lot of trouble and my dog was getting tired of being a food taster for my previously failed attempts.

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Our thanks to PoochBarkery.com for use of their dog treat images.  Located in Ayer, Massachusetts the treat bakery sells a variety of dog treats and special occasion pet cakes and confections.  All of the PoochBarkey.com products are available online as well.