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
- Set your oven to 350º F. Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. If your dough is sticky, add a couple of tablespoons of flour at a time until it doesn’t stick to your hands. Knead the dough a few times until you achieve a solid mass.
- Dust a surface with flour, roll out the mixture, and then cut your treats in the desired shape. Place your biscuits on a pan and put on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake 25 minutes, cool, and serve. Freeze leftovers for up to 6 months. *Pureed apples, sweet potato, and avocado are dog-safe and work beautifully in this recipe also. Feel free to mix and match.
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
- Set your oven to 350 degrees F. Pre-cook your chicken and rice, then finely dice or puree the chicken and rice to a fine consistency. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
- Place the mixture into your molds or spread out in a thin layer on a greased baking sheet. Cook for 20-30 minutes until solid and browned. Cool the treats and remove them from the pan or the mold. If you used a baking sheet, slice or break into bite-sized pieces. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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
- Mix your dry ingredients well, and then gradually stir in your liquids. You may need to add more water until you achieve a stiff consistency.
- Roll out your mixture on a floured surface. Then cut the dough into the desired shape with a cookie cutter.
- Put your cookies on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Bake at 300 degrees until hard. Woo!
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
- Set your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Thoroughly combine the oatmeal and applesauce, then stir in your beaten egg.
- Spoon the mixture in piles onto a greased baking sheet and bake on the middle rack for 20-22 minutes.
- Cool completely, and they’re ready to be iced and eaten!
- Measure out ¼ cup of cornstarch and pour it into a bowl.
- Mix in the water gradually, adding a couple of tablespoons at a time while stirring.
- After you’ve added a 1/8th of a cup, add the honey.
- Continue adding the water and stirring until you have no more left.
- Finally, add the food coloring. Either dip or drizzle the icing over your cookies. Let harden and eat!
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
- First, set your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Crack your eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk until fluffy.
- Mix the canned salmon and flour, then gradually fold the mixture into the eggs.
- Cover the bowl for 10 minutes.
- Next, scoop the sweet potato out of its skin and mash well.
- Gently fold the sweet potato into your mixture.
- Line a 9x9 square pan with parchment that has been lightly greased with coconut oil.
- Bake for one hour until solidified and lightly brown.
- Cool and cut like brownies.