By Mel Lee-Smith
Published: 12/04/2020, edited: 10/26/2022
Is it even Christmas without the scent of cookies baking in the oven? This year, let your pup get in on the fun, too, with some tasty (and safe!) dog cookies. We’ve sniffed out 5 different recipes that are sure to suit any dog's tastebuds. From crispy to chewy and sweet to savory, we’ve covered all the dog cookie recipes you'll ever need!
You'd be surprised at how many human ingredients dogs can eat. Most of these recipes have a wheat flour base, but feel free to sub that out for coconut or rice flour if your dog is gluten intolerant. Blueberries, apples, bananas, honey, carrots, peanut butter, and sweet potatoes are all safe bets for sweet cookies. For palates that prefer savory snacks, try cheese, fish, or meat-based cookies.
If you decide to go with a peanut butter-based cookie, check the ingredients list for the artificial sweetener, xylitol. Xylitol can cause organ failure in dogs due to its effect on blood sugar. You can usually avoid this ingredient by steering clear of sugar-free versions and opting for the all-natural stuff instead. Xylitol is also found in some sugar-free apple sauces and other snack foods, so make sure you check those ingredient lists too.
*Attention non-bakers: this is undoubtedly the easiest recipe on our list, and dogs LOVE it. You can’t mess this one up!
4 oz of fresh pureed blueberries*
½ of a banana (mashed well)
2 cups of whole wheat flour
Who says cookies can’t be made out of meat?! These cookies will surely be a hit on Christmas morning.
Silicone mold (we love the Christmas tree ones!)
1 cup cooked, finely diced chicken
1/2 cup rice, cooked and mashed
3 tablespoons rice flour
1 tablespoon parsley
Cheddar Christmas cookies — because who doesn’t love cheese?
4 cups of flour
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp – 1/4 cup of oil
1 1/3 cups of water
Christmas cookies SO GOOD you’ll want a bite.
1 cup dry quick-cook oatmeal
½ cup cinnamon applesauce, or applesauce with a dash of cinnamon added
1 large egg
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup water
3 tsp honey
Okay, okay, we know these aren’t technically cookies, but trust us. Your pup will be head over tail in love with these.
1 can salmon
1 medium sweet potato, baked in its skin
2 large eggs
1/3 cup coconut flour
Coconut oil for greasing the pan and parchment
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