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How to Freeze Dough (for Dogs!):

Let’s be honest: Frozen cookie dough in our freezer means warm, fresh-baked treats when the need strikes! The same is true for Dog Treats: frozen dog treat dough is available and ready when you are, and trust me, your dog will thank you for the on demand, fresh-from-the-oven treats, ready when they are!

Here is a quick tutorial on "How to Freeze your Doggie Dough," because in my opinion, frozen dough makes your life easier (& dogs happier!)




Why Freeze Dough for Dogs?

  • It’s super-convenient & easy. Especially when you are super busy with just 'life-stuff!' It’s always helpful to have pre-made doggie dough ready and waiting in your freezer. You can use what you want and then freeze the extras for later to keep the goodness going and going!

  • It’s great for small-batch baking & portion control. With individually frozen doggie dough balls, it’s easy to bake just a few treats at a time. It’s super helpful for portion control if your dog has weight/dietary restrictions because you can serve a few freshly baked treats at a time. It keeps the treats fresher for a longer period of time, too.

  • It makes a PAWesome gift. People (and dogs!) love receiving Doggie Dough as a gift (frozen, thawed or baked!) Bring some to a friend's house as a hostess gift which is always very happily and eagerly received. Frozen doggie dough is also a really lovely gift to bring to someone who just got a puppy, or who is celebrating their dog’s birthday PAWty! It’s a simple gift that always seems to bring a smile to people’s faces, especially when they get to bake up a batch of warm treats from the comfort of their own home whenever they would like to spoil their fur-babies. It also provides peace-of-mind that you're serving your dogs very healthy and fresh treats each time.

There are so many good reasons to freeze Dough. It's a great approach because you can just slice off as many treats as you need and they bake up really neat and easy. So whether you are freezing individual dough balls, large dough discs to slice & bake or roll out later, or already cut-out dough shapes, here are a few tips for how to freeze your doggie dough properly:


HOW TO FREEZE DOGGIE DOUGH BALLS:

Various ways to prepare Doggie Dough
Form the dough into shapes or balls to bake right away or save for later by placing in the freezer.

It works better with slightly-flattened dough balls. To freeze doggie dough balls, simply…

  1. Form the dough balls. You can use a cookie scoop but a simple spoon (or clean fingers!) will also work well too. Form the dough into whatever size/shape of dough ball you prefer (flatten slightly.)

  2. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Line a baking sheet (whichever size will fit in your freezer) with parchment paper (even a paper plate or empty egg carton will work!) Place the dough balls in a single layer.

  3. Freeze. Transfer the entire baking sheet to the freezer, and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until the dough is frozen.

  4. Transfer to storage bag/container. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the dough balls to a storage bag (either a ziplock or Dough ReMia's reusable storage bag) or a food storage container. Freeze for up to 6 months.

HOW TO FREEZE DOGGIE DOUGH DISCS (OR LOGS):

Dough ReMia's Doggie Dough shaped into a log to slice and bake, serve or freeze
Slice & Bake Dog Treats: aka "BARKscotti"


This method works well especially when you are freezing larger cookie dough discs that you are planning to roll out (or dough logs that you are planning to slice) at a later date.

To freeze cookie dough discs, simply…

  1. Form the dough logs. Shape the dough with your hands into an even 1-inch-thick disc or leave in original log shape.

  2. Wrap tightly. Tightly wrap the dough with plastic wrap making sure that every part of the surface is covered to prevent freezer burn.

  3. Freeze. Freeze for up to 6 months. Once you are ready to use the dough, transfer the wrapped dough to the refrigerator and let it thaw until it is soft enough to roll/slice.

HOW TO FREEZE DOGGIE DOUGH CUT-OUTS:

Doggie Dough can be shaped into any shapes your heart desires.  Large bone-shapes, small-bone shapes and heart cut outs on a cookie sheet.
Get creative! PAWfect for dogs of all shapes and sizes.


This method works well to freeze pre-cut and unbaked (so that you can easily bake them at a later date, without needing to roll out and cut the dough), To freeze cookie dough cut-outs, simply…

  1. Cut out the doggie dough. Cut out the dough shapes (using cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, etc.) according to your preference.

  2. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Line a baking sheet (whichever size will fit in your freezer) with parchment paper. Place the dough cut-outs in a single layer (not overlapping or else they will stick together) on the baking sheet.

  3. Freeze. Transfer the entire baking sheet to the freezer, and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until the dough is frozen.

  4. Transfer to storage bag/container. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the dough cut-outs to a storage container stacking the cookies in layers. Freeze for up to 6 months.

HOW TO BAKE FROZEN DOGGIE DOUGH:

Duke the Doodle waiting by the oven for his dog treats baking in the oven.
Waiting patiently for his fresh-from-the-oven dog treats!


If you have the time, you can always let the frozen dough defrost in the refrigerator, and then *bake as the label directs.

But if you would like to bake frozen doggie dough immediately (while it is still frozen), just set the dough out on the counter while your oven preheats. Then place the dough on a baking sheet and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes longer than the recipe directs, keeping an eye on the treats during those last few minutes so that you can see when they are ready.



*Baking times vary depending on the size/thickness of each treat, as well as varying oven temperatures. Also, it depends on your dog's preference for a soft or hard treat.



HOW TO FREEZE BAKED DOG TREATS:

When freezing already baked dog treats, make sure to let them cool completely before placing them in an airtight container or resealable bag. You can wrap the dog treats individually or layer them in a storage container/bag. Make sure that the treats are sealed properly before placing them in the freezer so that they do not get a 'freezer burned' taste or smell. Serve the treats to your dog directly from the freezer for a harder, colder treat they are sure to love or let the treats sit at room temperature before serving. Either way, it makes an easy, healthy treats that's ready when you are!


Where to find Doggie Dough:

Four Dough Flavors available from Dough ReMia's Doggie Dough with mini cookie cutters (sold separately)
Dough ReMia's Doggie Dough flavors (top to bottom): Nut-Free, Original, Pumpkin, Nut-Free Pumpkin

You can easily make your own dog treats (read our other blog posts with lots of different recipes) or simply use our original, prep-made & oven-ready

Dough ReMia's Doggie Dough available in various flavors and comes in a reusable/resealable bag. To learn more, visit www.doughremia.com.


Dough ReMia’s Doggie Dough is extremely versatile, so have fun spoiling your dog with healthy treats whenever you feel like it. BONE Appétite!


Dog receiving a dog treat fresh from the oven.
Charlee the Sheepadoodle enjoying a freshly baked treat made especially for her (and baked with lots of love!)


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