Dog pizza home-made dog treats are cute and delicious, and they make a great gift or dog birthday party treat for your favorite birthday dog!
The crust is colored with beet powder to give it a pinkish tone. The yogurt coating is colored yellow with healthy turmeric, to look like cheese and the topping is bacon bits.
Natural healthy dog treat ingredients make this recipe for dog treats good for your dog–as well as temptingly attractive!
Help your dog be a part of the party!
Puppy Pizzas are very popular with the canine crew. Not only do they look good, but they also must smell and taste good, too–based on the reaction that they get! And that reaction is partly due to the wonderful smell and taste of anise seeds.
The recipe does use a small amount of sugar. Mostly, it just feeds the yeast and helps the homemade dog cookies to rise. In general, dogs are not as sensitive to sugar (nor are their teeth) as we are.
That having been said, if you are concerned that there is sugar in the recipe, you can just leave the sugar out of the recipe.
This cute dog pizza almost looks like a people pizza.
Individual Dog Pizzas
Depending on whether you have a small dog or a large dog, you can vary the size of the pizzas by using different size circle cookie cutters. A nice size for almost all dogs is 1 1/2” to 2” in diameter.
I have a 2” circle cookie cutter that I use for these dog treats. If you don’t have one, you can just use a plastic (or glass) drinking glass with a fairly sharp edge.
Dip the edge of the glass or cookie cutter in a bowl of flour in between cuts, so that the dough doesn’t stick to it.
Making a Large Dog Pizza
If you’d like to make a large pizza like the one in the photo above, roll your dough to ¼” and cut (free-hand, using a knife or pizza cutter) a large circle.
Transfer the circle to your baking sheet. Cut the pie shaped wedges before you bake the treat. The rest of the directions are the same.
Ingredients for Dog Pizza Treats
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 2 T. wheat bran
- 1 1/2 tsp. dry baking yeast
- 2 T. beet powder or 1 tsp. red gel food coloring
- 1 T. anise seed
- ½ cup yellow dog treat icing
- 2 tablespoons soy bacon bits or real bacon bits
- Put all the ingredients (except the icing and bacon bits) into your bread maker in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
- Set the bread maker for the dough cycle.
- When the dough is ready, remove it and divide it into 3 or 4 equal balls.
- Roll each ball into a sheet that is about 1/4” thick.
- Using a circle cookie cutter or a drinking glass, cut your circles and place them on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Cover the pizza crusts with a clean dish towel and let them rise in a warm place, away from drafts, for an hour.
- Bake the pizza crusts for 45-60 minutes at 300 degrees F. Check them after 30 minutes to make sure that they don’t get too dark.
- Turn off the oven and let the pizza crusts finish drying in the oven overnight. They will be dry and crisp when they are completely dry.
- If you make the icing yourself, you can color it yellow (like cheese) with tumeric. Add a little at a time until you get the color that you want.
- Sprinkle soy bacon bits on top for the pizza topping. If you prefer, you can use real bacon bits instead.
Pets and Tomatoes
At times, I have made Puppy Pizzas gourmet dog treats using tomato paste for the sauce and real mozzarella cheese for the cheese.
If you do this, make sure that you refrigerate or freeze the pizzas, as they will start to get moldy in a few days if stored at room temperature. This is true for any gourmet dog treats that are semi-moist and do not have preservatives!
One additional reminder. Never, ever give tomato products to a cat or kitten! While tomatoes are just fine for a dog in smaller quantities, they can be deadly for a cat.
This gourmet dog treat recipe for Puppy Pizzas takes a little more time than most of my recipes, but the little pizzas end up being so cute that I think you will find them to be worth the effort.
Have fun with the recipe…