After discovering how to make my own dog treats from scratch, I thought it was time to try something new. With these Harry Potter treats for dogs, you can celebrate the release of the New Fantastic Beast’s movie as I did.
When I first began crafting these treats, I didn’t even have in mind what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I wanted to bring the joy of Harry Potter to my dog. It wasn’t until I narrowed down that I wanted to do something with the Hogwarts houses that I decided on these designs. They are simple and yet, get the job done.
In order to craft these designs, it required a three-step process: the base, the letter and the frosting. The letters and the base of the cookies were made individually and put together during the second phase of frosting. I will say this, the base itself was the easy part. Cutting out the letters without them breaking apart in the process was a different matter. Let me tell you, it was a pain in the ass, but not as much as frosting them was. However, with the right cookie cutters, it wasn’t too bad.
The ingredients used for these biscuits are the same as the simple homemade dog treats I made a few days ago. They primarily consisted:
- A protein based flour that has the same binding properties as regular flour. You can use Garbanzo flour if you can’t find Chickpea flour. You can typically purchase chickpea flour from specialty health food stores or online as I did.
2. 1 egg
- It tends to be healthier for dogs than regular peanut butter
4. 1 mashed Banana
- Contains essential vitamins and nutrients your dog needs to thrive
After mixing them, the dough was slightly clumpy but came together well once I began kneading it on a flat surface.
To cut out the shapes I used one cookie cutter in the shape of the Harry Potter letters, H and P. I managed to snag these from JB Cookie Cutters for about $5. For the base, I simply used the top side of a small drinking glass. If you use the same method, make sure the letters will fit easily on the base, so be sure to use the appropriately sized glass. I stuck with 4 biscuits though the dough could definitely make up to 5 or 6 for one batch, depending on the size of the bases and letters.
Once the letters and bases were cut, I baked all of them on the same wax paper lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. However, keep in mind, the letters will bake faster so they should be removed at around 15 to 20 minutes or else they will brown too much, as was the case for me. After letting them cool, it was time to frost.
For the frosting, I used 5, ¼ cup portions of Pastries4Pets Grain Free Icing. The icing itself is typically white after you add water. To get the colors for the necessary houses, I added Pastries4Pets dog safe food coloring in the colors fire engine red (they don’t have a bright enough red for the Gryffindor coloring), forest green, clear water blue (they don’t have a dark enough blue for true Ravenclaw colors), gold and black. For the silver for Slytherin, I ended up adding white food coloring into the black coloring to lighten it to the right color of silver.
I frosted the bases first, in the primary backdrop of colors from the four individual houses. To be honest, that was the easy part. Frosting the HP letters was trickier. Trying to frost them as I did the bases proved to be difficult, so I ended up diluting the frosting until it was almost watery and dipped the tops of the letters into it. I then set the bases and letters aside to rest for 30 minutes or until the frosting hardened. Then I spread a tiny bit of frosting onto the back of the letters and pressed them onto the bases.
While there are a few things I wished I did differently with these biscuits, I love the way they came out and even my dog loved them. She gobbled them up the Harry Potter treats in two days! These are perfect to make if you want to start experimenting with using dog safe icing or whenever you want to celebrate the wonderful world of Harry Potter with your best friend!
If you try making these treats for yourself, leave me a comment down below telling me about your progress. I would love to hear from you!