Using a great recipe is the key to making dog treats that are fun, healthy and delicious. I think it’s common for us dog owners to use the term “cookie” interchangeably with “treat” or “biscuit”. But, I also like to think of dog cookies as special treats for our canine companions.
When I’m looking for inspiration to create new doggie recipes I often look to my own “people” cookbooks. It’s fun to create dog treats modeled after some of our favorite people treats.
- If you’re inspired to adapt a “human” recipe to make goodies for your canine companion be sure to use only dog friendly ingredients and avoid anything that could be toxic to your pet.
- Eliminate refined sugar. You can use a little honey or molasses – but keep in mind these treats do not need to be as sweet as cookies do for us. Honey and molasses are still a form of sugar – but also contain added nutritional benefits.
- Applesauce or pureed banana also adds a nice sweetness to cookies. You may also want to reduce and/or replace the fat. Applesauce often makes a good substitute for some of the fat in recipes. For the fat you do use make sure it’s a healthy oil such as canola or olive oil.
There is nothing wrong with a treat just being a delicious treat – but I love it when the delicious treat also turns out to have health benefits for your dog. The recipe below does just that!
If your dog suffers from car sickness or other tummy problems then you might want to keep these cookies close at hand. The ginger helps to settle upset tummies. Some dog owners have seen good results with giving these ginger treats as a way to prevent car sickness for their dogs.
Doggie Ginger Snaps
These are a favorite dog cookie recipe of mine (and the dogs!) You will not believe how wonderful these treats smell when they are baking. Yum!
- 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 3/4 Cup Unbleached Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
- 1/4 Cup Molasses
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a mixer or food processor. Mix until a thick dough forms. Roll out on a floured surface.
Roll out and cut out into desired shapes using your favorite cookie cutter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
After shutting off the oven leave treats in to allow to dry completely.
Need some ideas for another dog cookie recipe? Check these out:
Carob Chip Cookies