Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dog Cookies for My Favorite Dog

I'll admit it - I'm not really a dog person. I think it might have something to do with being scared after my brother was bit in the butt by a Doberman when we were little. But there is one dog I really like....Dixie.

My grandparents adopted Dixie many years ago and she has since been the most pampered pooch in North Carolina. In addition to being fed gourmet dog food, Dixie gets her own ice cream dish and even the occasional lick of an almost-empty coffee mug. 

My grandfather was Dixie's constant companion and you could usually find them both in the TV room, with Dixie sitting on my grandfather's lap in the old leather chair. My grandfather's passing this April has been hard on all of us, but I'm sure it's also been hard on Dixie, too. My grandmother says the dog has been walking around a little lost, wondering when Grandpa will come home and take her for a walkie. 

So I figured Dixie needed a little treat. I've heard dog cookies were easy to bake, but didn't realize just how simple they really were.

 The recipe I used called for only four ingredients and was a good way to use up a can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving (don't worry, it wasn't expired). 
 The ingredients are all combined in a bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid) and then rolled out in a light dusting of whole wheat flour. I had a large dog bone cookie cutter, but figured since Dixie is a little dog, smaller would be better. The batch made several dozen small cookies.
 These cookies don't spread, so you can place them close together on a cookie sheet. I pricked the middle with a fork to make them look more like the fancy dog treats sold in stores. 
 The cookies bake for at least 45 minutes, longer if they don't seem fully hard. 
 I packed the cookies in two small boxes and had enough left over to put in little cellophane bags to give to my co-workers who have dogs. I happened to have some dog bone ribbon I'd been saving for this project to finish the look.

If you're wondering how the cookies taste, my co-workers said their dogs really enjoyed them. Believe it or not, I even tasted one and didn't find it repulsive. 

The treats are on their way to Dixie... hopefully she likes them!

Here is the recipe (adapted from

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. Add water if needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff (I didn't add any water). 
  4. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Use a cookie cutter to cut into pieces.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 45-50 minutes.

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