Make Your Dog a Part of Christmas Cookie Day with These Easy Recipes
Don't leave your dog out of the holiday fun! Make and decorate dog-friendly cookies with these easy cut-out cookie and icing recipes. They make great gifts too.
Cookie decorating is a holiday tradition for many families, so don’t leave your dog out of the fun! These easy recipes for cut-out dog-friendly cookies (and icing!) will allow your furry best friend to partake in the holiday festivities. Make extras for friends and family, and maybe even Santa’s reindeer!
Cut-Out Cookies for Dogs
While your dog will probably love any cookie you give them, there’s something about cut-out cookies that just screams “the holidays.”
Check out these amazing recipes to help get you started:
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and egg. Mix well.
Add peanut butter, water, and honey until fully combined. This dough will start out sticky and may take time to fully combine. An electric mixer will make it easier. It should not be sticky once it is thoroughly mixed.
Roll out the dough onto parchment paper or a well-floured surface until it is ¼-inch thick. Cut into shapes with your pup’s favorite cookie cutters.
Transfer cookies to a lined baking sheet. This recipe doesn’t spread much, so you only need a little space between each cookie. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
These oatmeal cookies are a great alternative for peanut-free houses.
2 cups oats or plain, uncooked oatmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
In a blender or food processor, pulse oats until they are powdery like flour. Combine with other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer or your hands to stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Roll dough out onto parchment paper or a well-floured surface. Dough should be between ¼ and ½ inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into shapes.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
Dog-Safe Icing for Cookies
This icing isn’t just safe for dogs, it also only has 4 ingredients. This recipe comes from The Sugar-Free Diva.
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons honey
In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch and water, being careful to add water 1-2 teaspoons at a time. When half the water has been added, stir in the honey before continuing to add water 1-2 teaspoons at a time until you’ve reached your desired consistency. You may need more or less water depending on your climate. Your icing should seem a bit thin, but it will harden.
Divide icing into smaller bowls based on the number of colors you want to use. Add coloring a drop or two at a time until your desired shade is reached.
Decorate your cookies with fun colors and designs. Allow to cool thoroughly until icing is fully set.
Enjoy the holidays with your human and pet family! Incorporating your pets into your seasonal traditions like cookie decorating is the perfect way to make memories (and snacks) together.
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