The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and full of tradition. For many families, one of these traditions is getting together and baking delicious, holiday cookies.
Like any dog lover, you want your dog to be apart of the fun and festivities. The bad part is, holiday cookies aren’t exactly healthy for dogs. All that sugar and fat isn’t good for them, and some ingredients can be toxic – like chocolate and macadamia nuts.
We are here to help. You can make your dog their very own super easy Fitdog DIY Doggie Holiday Cookies with ingredients you probably already have around the house!
DIY Doggie Holiday Cookies
What you need
- 2 cups of whole wheat flower
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup of peanut butter
- 1 cup of hot water
How you make them
In a large bowl, pour in the two cups of whole wheat flower.
Add in the baking powder
Mix together the dry ingredients
Pour, or spoon, in the 1/3 cup of peanut butter
Add in the cup of hot water
The dough should be a little sticky, kind of like bread dough. This recipe is pretty flexible – if it is too runny, add some more flour. If its too thick, throw in some more water.
Give your very patient doggo some pets while she waits. Good girl!
Form your dough into a ball – pick it up and get your hands messy!
Make sure you have a large, floured surface and a rolling pin ready to go
Put your dough on it and roll it on out!
Grab your cookie cutters and start stamping away.
Put them onto your baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can put a little olive oil on your baking sheet so that they won’t stick.
Let them bake at 375 for about 10 minutes, until they have risen a bit and are hard on the outside.
Let them cool completely before frosting them!
DIY Frosting for Doggie Holiday Cookies
Half the fun of making holiday cookies is decorating them, right? We tried a few different dog-friendly recipes to find the perfect one that would decorate easily and would also harden. Some of the recipes we nixed included: cornstarch and water, which was difficult to work with, and egg and food coloring, which was too glossy and crispy.
The yogurt recipe is the winner. It is easy to work with and hardened beautifully in just about an hour.
What you’ll need
- 1 container of plain yogurt (no flavors, not even vanilla!)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Food coloring
How you make it
Combine the yogurt and honey, then mix with a whisk. Divide up your mixture into different bowls, drop in the food coloring, then mix again.
Start decorating and leave in the fridge for about an hour so that the frosting can dry and harden.
What treats have you made for your pets? Tell us in the comments.