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DIY Dog Treat: Dog-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies

When the mouth-watering aroma of holiday baking wafts through the house and your dog comes running to the kitchen sniffing the air, it can be temping to share a bit of your baked goods. However, many of the foods we enjoy this time of year, such as raisins, chocolate and nutmeg, can be fatal to our dogs. Instead, opt for a DIY dog treat like these safe gingerbread cookies.

These dog treats are easy to make and I love using a cookie stamp to create adorable little men—although I don’t think my dogs care about the shape.


  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger

dog-friendly gingerbread cookies


Preheat your oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit

In a large bowl, whisk together the molasses, egg and peanut butter.

dog-friendly gingerbread cookies

Add the wholemeal flour, cinnamon and ginger to the wet ingredients.

Knead to form a stiff dough. If the dough is too dry, add additional peanut butter one tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too wet, add additional flour one tablespoon at a time.

dog-friendly gingerbread cookies

On a lightly-floured table or work surface, roll out the dough to 5mm thick. Use a cookie cutter or stamp to create your favorite shaped treats and place them on a baking sheet.

dog-friendly gingerbread cookies

Bake the gingerbread treats in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a rack to completely cool.

dog-friendly gingerbread cookies

Store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh and tasty.

Storage tip: This cookie dough freezes well. Store it in a plastic bag or other container. Press out as much air as possible and it will last for up to three months in the freezer.

dog-friendly gingerbread cookies

Nutritional Facts: 1053 Calories, 45 grams of fat, 40 grams of protein, 139 grams of carbohydrates.

Kristina Johansen is a certified canine nutritionist who runs Elmo’s Kitchen and provides guidance on general nutrition and home-prepared diets for dogs.