No More Cutting! Making 500 Non-Crumbly Dog Treats From a Mold

Best dog treat hack ever! Here’s how to make batches of more than 500 small treats at a time without having to cut them up.

  1. Buy a silicone cooking mat for low-fat cooking. One brand available by mail order is called the Pyramid Pan. It has 556 little protrusions. The idea is that you can roast a piece of meat on there and the fat can run out. K-Mart also has one.
  2. “Pyramid” silicone mold

    Turn it upside down. Now you have a mold with 556 small cavities.

  3. Mix up your favorite treat recipe, but adapt it in the following ways:
    1. If there is anything coarse in the recipe, put the batter through a food processor. It needs to be smooth.
    2. Adjust the liquid so that it is more like a batter than a dough.
  4. Put the silicone mold, cavity side up, on a large cookie sheet or baking pan. 
  5. Mold turned upside down and filled with treat batter

    Spread the batter around so that it fills all the little holes. This can take a while (but not as long as cutting them all up!). You can use a spatula, egg turner, or even a table knife. As you finish this process, scrape the top so that the boundaries between the holes are fairly batter-free.

  6. Bake it for about half to two-thirds the time you normally would (see my recipe below).
  7. Take it out of the oven, and when it’s cool enough to handle, dump the treats out into a container.
  8. Smile because you don’t have to spend the next 20 minutes cutting up treats and cleaning up crumbs.

I don’t normally measure ingredients when I make treats, but getting the consistency right is important for this recipe. So here is one I tested that came out well.

Simple Baked Chicken Treats 

1 10-oz can chicken including liquid
2 eggs
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 tablespoon oil

  1. Blend the chicken, its liquid, and 2 eggs in a food processor.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the flours and oil. (You can adjust the ratio of tapioca to regular flour if you like. See my post about making treats with tapioca flour.) The batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter but still pourable. 
  3. Spread half the batter onto the silicone mold on a cookie sheet as described above. Take the time to get the batter into the holes. Scrape it off the dividers.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. 
  5. Remove from the oven.
  6. When the silicone sheet is cool enough to handle, turn it over and dump the treats out. This is the best part!
  7. Bag them up and refrigerate or freeze.

This recipe yields two molds full, or about 1,100 treats.

Comments

  1. These treats are small. In most cases, I would give my dogs at least two. 
  2. Their little corners are sharp. They are fine when soft, but I wouldn’t want to bake them too long and get them crisp.
  3. You can spend forever getting batter into the rows on the outer edges of the mold. After I made my first batch (pictured above) I didn’t bother anymore. I dolloped some batter in the middle of the mold and spread it as far as it naturally went. The beauty of this method is that it saves you the time and hassle of cutting the treats up. It doesn’t make sense to me to spend that time getting perfect edges instead. 
  4. Also in the interest of efficiency, I experimented with not cleaning the dividers of the mold very carefully. I thought I wouldn’t mind if some of the treats were attached to each other. But the places where the batter had baked on top of the mold were very dry. I’ll go back to doing it neatly.
  5. I never greased the mold in any of the recipes I tried. I  never had trouble getting the treats out. 
  6. Finally, I made a batch using an adaptation of a peanut butter/pumpkin treat recipe I make a lot. They turned out great but took forever to spread into the mold because the batter was stickier. I may be able to tweak the recipe so that it works better, but for now, I will probably stick with a meat-based recipe.

Peanut butter pumpkin treats

Addendum

Bonus hack: these treats work marvelously in a Manners Minder remote control treat dispenser!  The treats are the right size for the insert that has 3/4-inch holes. Because they are soft they don’t jam the mechanism. And because treats with tapioca flour hold together well there are few crumbs.

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Thank you to Alanna Lowry for passing along this great hack. She got it from her friend Suzie Greentree, who got the idea from another friend. We are not sure who came up with it first. 

Copyright 2017 Eileen Anderson

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28 Responses to No More Cutting! Making 500 Non-Crumbly Dog Treats From a Mold

  1. Christina says:

    This is perfect! Last month I experimented making treats with tapioca flour and they worked great. I made one with canned pumpkin, a little vanilla yogurt, an egg, coconut oil, and they smelled good and the dogs loved them. I ended up using a frosting bag to pipe little dots, but this would be even easier! I had to make it quite thin so I could pipe the tiny dots, so it would definitely work for this!

  2. batwrangler says:

    You could also look for silicon mini candy molds to get treats with smooth edges, though you probably wouldn’t get quite so many in one mold. Thanks!

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      That’s my next experiment. I have some since I do melt and pour soap. (And we can be sure that they are nice and clean!) Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hillary says:

    Think you could use fish oil as the oil? I’ve got one of these mats on the way, so excited to try it!

  4. Blanche Axton says:

    For any Canadian readers (besides me) Canadian Tire carries them for just under $15. I’m going to get one tomorrow and test it out.

  5. Lindsay says:

    These look Matilda-friendly, I always have a tough time finding treats that are small enough for us to train for a while, and with ingredients that I approve of. I can’t wait to try this!

  6. I have finally been liberated from knives and pizza cutters! Great, because, as a dog trainer, I make a LOT of treats! Thanks for a great hack.

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      They are small, Anne, but I’m sure they will work for some of your clients’ dogs and maybe yours. My 45-lb dog likes them very much, even one at a time.

  7. melanie wallett says:

    does anyone have a link to buy themould please ?

  8. Sandy says:

    What is TB oil

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      1 TB oil means 1 Tablespoon of oil

      Sorry! Americans and our silly measurements! I’ll spell it out in the recipe.

  9. Lee Hartfield says:

    I also found these on Amazon, they are for ice cubes but are silicon and good to 450 degrees. You get 160 treats out of one and they are probably a little bigger but still on the small side https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01MF6AVK9/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A2Y9FM6H8X000X&psc=1

  10. Brenda says:

    This looks interesting. Will definitely try this out over the weekend for my pet. I wonder if its okey to add milk.

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      Brenda,

      Milk works fine but you might still probably need an egg in the recipe as a binder. Possibly not if you use tapioca flour.

  11. Tonna says:

    I tried this out and it worked great! I used tuna, palm oil, turmeric, an egg, and tapioca & wheat flour. Even the cat comes running for them so I guess the smell is strong enough. 😊

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