How to make Christmas cookies for your dog

IMG_20141214_162706Spoil your pups for the holidays with this super easy cookie recipe. Truly, it’s the only recipe you’ll ever need – it’s simple and completely customizable!


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or, if your dog has wheat sensitivity, switch it for another flour)
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth, crunchy, doesn’t matter)
  • 1 cup hot water

Optional ingredients:

  • Dried blueberries, honey, a dash of cinnamon, flax or chia seeds, the sky’s the limit

Get started:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, or you can coat them in a light layer of olive oil if you don’t have parchment on hand.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: the flour and baking powder, and any other seeds or seasoning you decide to throw in.

Then, drop in the peanut butter, add the hot water, and stir. This is the tricky part about this dough; you want it to be like bread dough, neither too sticky nor too dry. If it’s too wet, add a pinch more flour. Too dry? Add a splash of water. With this batch, I was a smidge short on peanut butter, and the dough was too dry. Instead of water, I added honey. You can really do just about anything you want with this recipe!

Roll it out on a floured surface. Use holiday cookie cutters – or bone shapes or the opening of IMG_20141214_162107a cup – to cut it out. Spread the shapes across the cookie sheet. They’ll expand a bit, so make sure to leave a little space between each cookie.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Even though your dogs were probably drooling through the whole process, allow the cookies to cool completely before serving. I usually pop them in the fridge while I clean up the kitchen, then let them taste-test.

Store the cookies in an airtight container.

IMG_20141214_160923Bonus: If your friends and family tend to sneak your dogs little bites of food during holiday gatherings, set these cookies out on a pretty tray with a note that says “Dog Friendly!” It’ll encourage your guests to feed approved food instead of potentially harmful scraps!

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Positively Expert: Maggie Marton

Maggie Marton is an award-winning pet journalist who focuses on the animal-human bond in her writing and her advocacy. She is a freelance writer and the founder of the popular dog blog "Oh My Dog!" She is also the author of "Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup."


6 thoughts on “How to make Christmas cookies for your dog

  1. Kaytee23

    I've just made these and wanted to say thank you for the recipe! It was my first attempt at making my own dog treats and these are great 🙂 My poodle Emma LOVES these cookies and has eaten 3 already although I was intending to save them for Christmas. She has a wheat intolerance so I used rice flour instead and smooth peanut butter. I also halved the recipe as I was worried there would be too many and it made around 40 small cookies :). How long do you think I can keep these in an airtight container? Or could they be frozen maybe?


    Crunchy peanut butter is a choking hazard for a dog? Unless it's one of Paris Hilton's 8-ounce dogs, I find that very hard to believe. How do you think they swallow kibble?

  3. NancyGraz

    The bigger issue with Peanut Butter is that many brands include Xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs. When buying your PB verify that it does NOT include Xylitol. There are many stories from reputable sites about this - you can just Google "Xylitol Peanut Butter Dogs" or a similar keywords to find them.

  4. Judi Sharp

    You just sound like a troll or someone trying really hard to get their own agenda out there. My dogs eat crunchy peanut butter every morning and unless the peanut pieces are as large as ping pong balls, they aren't going to choke.

  5. Kerri

    The sky is NOT the limit on optional ingredients! Please edit this so people don't use raisins instead of dried blueberries!

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