Christmas Cookies for the Dogs


The weekend before Christmas is usually one full of holiday baking–families and friends get together to bake all sorts of goodies. I always enjoy baking, I just don’t do a bunch of it because I end up eating it all. But when it comes to baking for my pups and for my friends’ with dogs, I’m all about it. Which is why part of my holiday baking consisted of baking two batches of Christmas cookies…for dogs.

These two recipes are pretty easy, and healthy, for you. If you’re looking for some last minute gifts for dog lovers, or for your own dog, I highly recommend these two recipes.

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Chicken ‘N Oats Cookies

2 Cups + 1/2 Cup rolled oats
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 Cup low sodium chicken broth (can use beef broth)
1 Tablespoon parsley

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups rolled oats with salt, broth, egg, and parsley. Once combined, add the 1/2 cup leftover oats.
  3. After laying out wax paper, pour out the batter and knead by hand for 3 minutes to firm up the dough. Let the dough stand for 3 more minutes.
  4. Roll the dough to about a 1/2 inch thickness and use cookie cutters to cut into the dough.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, with the option of flipping the cookies over for 4 additional minutes for extra crispness.
  6. Store in airtight container.

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Peanut Butter Puppers Cookies

1 1/4 Cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Cup natural peanut butter (I like to use crunchy for texture)
1 Cup water
2 Tablespoons honey
1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, baking soda, egg, and peanut butter.
  3. Add the water and honey (your dough will be very sticky).
  4. Allow dough to chill for about 5-10 minutes in the freezer to help quell the stickiness.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-1/2 inch thickness and use cookie cutters.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden. Sometimes I’ll flip over the the cookies after 20 minutes and bake an additional 4 just to get a little more crunch.
  7. After cooling, store in an air-tight container.

**If you’re giving these (or any) homemade cookies to a dog lover on your list, be sure to include the ingredients in case their dog has an allergy. (For instance, my mom’s dog cannot have gluten due to his epilepsy.)

Your turn: Do you do anything special for the dog lover in your life on Christmas?

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