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Topic: has anyone ever made decorated dog cookies?
stephilde 06/10/2010 4:49 PM

This may be a little off topic for these boards but I thought I would try I have an opportunity to make dog cookies decorated to look like people cookies I am trying to figure out the best icing to use. I have read that royal icing and fondant are not harmful but I would rather make it from yogurt or carrob. I am trying to figure out a yogurt recipe or something that will dry and set up like royal icing. Anyone have any ideas? I was also thinking about taking cornstarch and subbing that for most of the powdered sugar in royal icing- do you think that would work?

thanks!

mmumsie 06/10/2010 5:03 PM
Never tried it, but here is a recipe I found for dogs.

White Carob Icing

3 cups white carob chips**
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Food coloring or 1 tablespoon vegetable powder for coloring (see below)

Directions: Melt carob chips in double boiler or microwave and add vegetable oil and coloring. Treats can be dipped in icing or icing can be piped or applied with a pastry brush. Place on waxed paper to cool.

For natural coloring, use:
Turmeric for yellow icing
Beet powder for pink icing
Spinach powder for green icing


**White carob chips have been found in health food stores but lately, I've been getting emails from people who just can't seem to find them anywhere. I looked around and I couldn't find any online either but I did find a suggestion that may work--someone on a message board suggested a substitution of Vitakraft Yogurt Drops for Dogs. You can find them here and probably at a lot of pet stores: Vitakraft Healthy Snack Drops, Yogurt
coloradogirl 06/10/2010 5:03 PM
I would go with a recipe made just for dogs. I found this one by googling 'dog treat icing'

White Carob Icing

3 cups white carob chips**
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Food coloring or 1 tablespoon vegetable powder for coloring (see below)

Directions: Melt carob chips in double boiler or microwave and add vegetable oil and coloring. Treats can be dipped in icing or icing can be piped or applied with a pastry brush. Place on waxed paper to cool.

For natural coloring, use:
Turmeric for yellow icing
Beet powder for pink icing
Spinach powder for green icing


Here is the website where I found it.

http://www.doggiebistro.com/Free_Homemade_Dog_Treat_Recipes.html#icing

I haven't made it but it sounds like it would work for you. By the way, if you are looking for a cookie recipe my dogs loved the gingerbread cookies I made for them at Christmas time. Even my mom's very picky dogs loved them. I tried one to and it tasted just like a regular gingerbread cookie. Sorry, but I don't remember where I got the recipe.
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coloradogirl 06/10/2010 5:04 PM
Hahaha I guess mmumsie and I where on the same page.
stephilde 06/11/2010 7:30 AM
ya, i went to whole foods and found carrob powder and carrob chips but not white carrob. So I was trying to figure out a white icing. From what I have read yogurt is the way to go, but i cant figure out how to make a yogurt icing that dries up hard and or is non perishable (if any yogurt icings at all). I found one recipe that said it was a yogurt candy coating but it turned out kind of a wierd consistency and after 2 days still isnt completely dry. thats why i was trying to see if i culd come up with some sort of royal icing alternative by subbing out ingredients. I found yogurt powder online and was thinking maybe i could use that instead of powdered sugar. I dont know. I guess i need to mess with it and test it out. but i would hate to spend $15 on a bag of yogurt powder and it not work.

Thanks for the ideas! I am gonna keep looking for white carrob too
KipWaltonson 12/18/2010 7:47 PM
I found that you really need to use products designed for dogs. Carob chips are loaded with sugar and fat and not healthy for dogs. I use natural yogurt icing that I found at www.k9cakery.com. It dries hard and works great!
*SweetBee* 12/19/2010 1:46 AM
White chocolate is safe for dogs, or so I've read online. You may want to do a little research yourself though just to be sure. I found information on this site

http://www.k9magazinefree.com/k9_perspective/iss1p24.shtml

Hope that helps!
BlackWidowNor 12/19/2010 4:10 PM
The ingredient in Chocolate that is bad for dogs is the actual cocoa. White "chocolate" isn't really chocolate by definition as it has no cocoa.
cutedoggie 12/19/2010 6:32 PM
The following is a list of foods that you shouldn't feed your pet. It was published in Parade Magazine several years ago. The list is from one of the American Veterinarian's professional associations.

I clipped it out and keep it on my fridge for when I have a pet sitter while I travel.

NEVER feed your pet ...

1. Alcohol
2. Apple Cores
3. Avocado
4. Bones
5. Caffeine
6. Cheese
7. Chocolate
8. Dough
9. Fat
10. Garlic
11. Grapes
12. Ham
13. Liver
14. Milk
15. Moldy Foods
16. Mushrooms
17. Onions
18. Potato Peels
19. Raisins
20. Tuna